What is ERP?
ERP stands for “enterprise resource planning”. The definition of enterprise resource planning is an integrated software solution used to manage a company’s resources. ERP systems integrate all business management functions, including planning, inventory/materials management, engineering, order processing, manufacturing, purchasing, accounting and finance, human resources, and more.
Why implement an ERP system?
ERP software integrates all departments and functions across a company onto a single computer system that can serve all those different departments' particular needs. ERP combines finance, HR, manufacturing and distribution all together into a single, integrated software program that runs off a single database so that the various departments can more easily share information and communicate with each other. This integrated approach can have a tremendous payback provided the software is installed and used correctly.
Why should I choose Mosaic 21 Applications for my ERP solution?
The four main reasons to choose Mosaic 21 Applications are:
- Software Functionality - superb user friendly functionality to meet all your business process reQuirements
- Technology platform - ensures the security and integrity of enterprise data while providing the lowest total cost -of ownership
- Proven Implementation Control - with the Mosaic Implementation Methodology (MIM) you are ensured an expeditious and successful implementation
- Industry Knowledge and Expertise - Mosaic's resources have real world experience in the manufacturing and distribution industries
Mosaic Data Solutions offers the functionality, technology platform, industry knowledge and implementation expertise to help you realize the full benefits of an ERP solution.
What kinds of ERP systems have you worked with?”
Some organizations have deployed a hybrid comprised of multiple ERP solutions, while others may have created their own using open-systems software. Make sure your candidate is familiar with the system (or systems) you use or plan to use.
What functional areas do you know best, and how have you built bridges from there to other parts of the enterprise?”
If the candidate has only worked on financial systems, for example, how did she handle integrating payroll automation with HR? You might also invite the candidate to discuss a few examples of flaws or bugs that she later resolved.
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How have you worked with the different functional areas to keep projects moving forward?”
Any ERP implementation calls departmental autonomy into question. So implementing ERP systems requires skills in both project management and persuasion. The best ERP analysts are both reassuring and assertive.
Have you developed custom transaction software?”
Tell me about this.” Well-designed and well-implemented ERP systems help management keep track of the tiniest pieces of inventory. Custom transaction software enables employees to make real-time inventory changes. While this concept seems geared toward manufacturing, it’s applicable to any business that offers something for sale. For instance, it would also be appropriate for a retail store, food-service operation or a government facility.
How can an ERP analyst improve the speed of an ERP implementation?”
Seip strongly recommends utilizing the SAP ASAP Methodology for SAP systems. Your ideal candidate should be familiar with ASAP or industry best-practice information published continuously by other leading ERP software providers.
Tell me about your experience with ERP training programs.”
A good training program helps employees become expert users of their company’s new ERP systems. Your ideal candidate for an ERP specialist job will have solid experience at getting everyone up to speed easily.