Things To Know So That Your ERP Is Not Over-customisedby Rob Stephen getaprogrammer
This article pens down some of the crucial rules to follow to avoid over customising or over optimising an ERP solution while developing it.
To make a 'tailored' solution, businesses often forget that too much customisation can lead to certain disadvantages. They request for too much of changes in a software system so that it aligns well with each of their processes. However, customising an enterprise software assuming the various functions that are needed from it before actually implementing it is like firing at a moving target. It may either work out well or just turn fruitless. Clearly, customisation is one of the biggest risks involved in ERP implementation. However, it is also not recommended to go for 'zero customisation' for your ERP. So, here are mentioned some of the essential things to bear in mind to make sure your ERP solution do not get over customised.
Decide the key goals you want to achieve
The first thing you need to consider is whether your ERP solution will be automating all your business processes to reduce your workforce's labour or it will just help to enhance the present potentiality of the existing systems. In the former, there is a need for greater customisation. So, while seeking a partner's services to build a custom ERP solution, you need to look at the future state of your enterprise instead of bothering much about your current processes. This will help the services provider to work better on the software's re-engineering processes.
Over-customisation leads to vendor monopoly
Too much customization comes with a major drawback and that monopolisation of your vendor provider. In any case, after the implementation of an over-customised software solution you are not happy with it and want to move to another partner to tweak in some features, it is nearly impossible. The new partner obviously wants it to do in their own way with their technologies and resources. In contrary to this, if you stick to standard customisation in your software, shifting to a new partner would not be an issue.
Sticking up to Standardisation is the best rule
Modern-day ERP solutions made by the software companies by adopting the best practices and by aligning with industry-specific regulations and needs. Thus, a standard solution of ERP, not customised in and out can also provide you with functions that meet your existing needs.
There are limits to the custom code
Use of custom code for customising the restrict down any process that may be required in your ERP in future. Further, coding that is already written with a module if changed for including of any new function can really breakdown the integration paths of the ERP with other apps within the system. Thus, if you go for custom code or customisation, you need to remember that tweaking it in future might not be easy and if made can cost you a lot.
Nevertheless, these are the key things you need to know while getting a customised ERP solution for your business. While a clear understanding of your end to end processes is necessary for it, you also need to be careful about preventing it from getting over-customised.
Rob Stephen is an adept Odoo ERP software developer working at Envertis, a leading company for Odoo ERP development in Australia, that specialises on Odoo, the front-running platform for developing dynamic ERP solutions. Being a trusted Odoo partner, it has developed inherent expertise in all the features, modules of the platform and can offer businesses with befitting ERP software.
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