Ganttic: the 5 pros compared to ERP’s. Pro #1
Just last month, we wrote a piece comparing simple resource management software and ERP’s (Enterprise Resource Planning systems). We decided to take it one step further, so during the next five weeks, we’ll release one ‘pro’ per week so if you’re interested, stay ‘social’.
No matter what your technical background is, it seems to me, it always takes time to first get accustomed to a new resource planning software and then some additional time to learn how to properly use it, so needless to say, it’s vital for your scheduling tool to be simple to use. For example, for people with no technical background, we created additional possibilities in Ganttic.
In light of this I ask have you ever had a chance to work with an ERP?
You may disagree, but it seems to me, that regardless of the ERP’s several seemingly endless functionalities, ERP’s are often very hard to implement and to use. So in a way, ERP’s are the victims of their own success. And if you think about it, their complexity is only logical, because the goal of an ERP is to handle everything. But how do you handle everything, if you don’t have functionality for everything?
It’s namely because of the need to handle anything at once, people often use spreadsheets to manage their resources and granted, spreadsheets might leave the impression, that they’re easy to use and were made for scheduling and such, but that’s only because you haven’t used a proper tool before. In addition - a complex system (which spreadsheets normally are) means a lot of data, both to manage and to insert and based on this, can you imagine the amount of time that could be spent on just data entry? It’s enormous!
In ERP’s defense, they do have many positive functions, such as the possibility to integrate it to existing systems and bind different departments effortlessly, thus creating a constant flow of information and data. But on the other hand, as progress strives to speed up efficiency and efficiency (in return) speeds up progress, how many companies do you know, that don’t have to evolve? I used to know a few...
So if you have an online solution, that’s easy to use, doesn’t take time to implement and costs next to nothing, why not try it and bind your work processes around it and not the other way around?
Too little automated features, you might say?
ERP’s might create the illusion that human involvement is not necessary and that the program is capable of handling everything on its own, and it’s times like these I like to remind you that programs, apps and tools have been made to help the person working, not substitute them. At least, not yet...
Next week I’ll write about ERP’s and sharing options. See you then!
By Indrek Kuldkepp