Ganttic: the 5 pros compared to ERP’s. Pro #4

You are using an ERP and you say you’re all about efficiency? Are you sure of that? Operating in the field of resource planning, I can tell you, quite often it's just the opposite.

You might be used to different resource planning softwares, but most of us take various softwares into use in the name of efficiency. But is this really true?
For example, how much of your ERP you currently use, you actually utilize? Have you calculated it?

An article* suggests that an ERP isn’t always the best solution. It could be, that the expectations towards the capabilities of an ERP are just overrated, but it would seem to me, that people often just don’t get the results they are looking for. But why is that?

As the survey pointed out, it’s not an easy question to be answered, but I think there’s at least one aspect that influences the use of ERP’s a lot.

In my opinion, it has a lot to do with people’s expectations towards the capabilities of an ERP. That and the overwhelming selling tactics of a professional salesman are usually the things that do the trick.

I believe the users’ assumption - that the new application would make their jobs easier - to be the biggest problem of them all. 

On one hand ERP’s do help organize data, work processes and resources, but on the other hand it’s just another tool to make your life just a little bit more complex, regardless of its top-of-the-line user interface. And needless to say, these aspects apply only if the implementation of the new app goes smoothly, the app itself is easy to use and everything works from the start.

ERP’s often have several features that you will never use. So if you’re not using them, why have them?

I agree, that having an interconnected system, which involves every person in the organization is a cool thing, but if you use only a fraction of the system, why go through all that trouble at all?

One should always keep in mind, that for the time being, people are the ones who are doing all the work. In light of this I think it’s only proper to ask, why keep a system that is not fully utilized, slows people down and actually needs additional effort?

Thanks for reading!

Next week, in my final chapter, I’ll write a small summary, why ERP’s might not be the best choice for a tool.


By Indrek Kuldkepp