Why can't ERP systems tackle the planning?

Most business owners consider ERP systems to be worth a lot.  After all, these systems can manage all of your information and make sure that everyone in your organization has access to it!  These systems are designed to make your life a whole lot easier, because they can completely streamline your work day.

The only thing they can’t do, however, is tackle your planning duties.

Why not?

First and foremost, large ERP systems are actually TOO complex to plan things.  Since everything in the system is bound to everything else, simple tasks (like rescheduling a design job, for example) involve too much work because the entire system has to get involved.   

In fact, ERP software requires a lot of input data – even to do simple tasks.  Since you can’t simplify the process (for example, by using key phrases to search for things or manage tasks), it’s way too tough to have the system plan things out for you.
Amazingly, this is the one time when an ERP system might be “too smart”!

Another problem these systems face?  There’s no feedback for planner.  

With a traditional ERP system, you have one person entering the data and a supervisor looking at the final report and making decisions.  Since the planner doesn’t have access to that report (which is really like a bird’s eye view of the project), they can’t see how changing one aspect of the plan affects everything else.  If they could see the “domino effect” in action, their work would be a whole lot easier!

Bottom line – count on your ERP system to do just about everything for you, EXCEPT your planning.  That’s got to be done a different and easier way. That is why lot of planners use spreadsheets for planning. Spreadsheets again are simple to use but have no planning features built in. Ganttic is made for planning and scheduling. Try it out!

Written by Indrek Kuldkepp Connect with me in LinkedIn