What is ERP? 

Published: 20 March 2023

Businesses will always seek out ways to streamline processes, as they want to become more profitable and gain a competitive edge in the market. ERP, or Enterprise Resource Planning is a tool designed to achieve this aim. ERP takes the workload away from physical resource and brings all your business processes and data into a single system. It provides a central database that can be accessed by different departments making it easier to manage resources and information. 

So, what areas of my business can ERP assist with?  

  • Accounting 
  • Inventory management 
  • Order management 
  • Production planning 
  • Human Resources 
  • Customer Relationship Management  

By bringing all these functions together, ERP creates a more efficient and cohesive business. 

What benefits can ERP provide my business? 

  • Joined up processes

    The ability to input data once reduces manual effort, improves data accuracy and makes employees more efficient. For example, with an ERP system what starts as a customer quote, can be converted to an order. This will then generate demand on either the purchasing or production department, through to despatch and final invoicing. This seamless flow of data reduces the risk of errors and frees up time for the staff to focus on other tasks. 

  • Provides real-time data and insights

    With a centralised database, you can access data on various aspects of the business, such as inventory levels, sales figures, and customer behaviour, at any time. This helps your business make informed decisions based on accurate data, which is essential for a successful business operation. 

  • Collaboration between different departments

    By providing access to the same data, employees from different departments can work together more effectively, improving communication and reducing the risk of duplication of effort. For example, if the production team has access to inventory levels and customer demand data, they can better plan their production schedules to meet customer needs and avoid excess inventory. 


ERP could be the key to managing your operations and making your business more efficient and importantly more profitable. It is a powerful tool that allows you to integrate various business processes into a single system. It streamlines operations, reduces manual effort, and provides real-time data insights. With the ability to automate processes, provide real-time data, and enable collaboration, ERP is an essential tool for any business looking to improve its efficiency and stay ahead of the competition. 

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