ERP software - or Enterprise Resource Planning software - was originally developed to link all business processes together, ensuring that everything was in the right place at the right time. The result? Cost reduction and efficiency. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Well, it used to be. But nowadays, ERP hurts. In this blog, we’ll explain why, and we’ll tell you about a solution that can take away the pain.
People and machines
The roots of ERP software can be found in the manufacturing industry. It was a huge success in this sector, as the software could help plan everything in the production process. When people started using it in the emerging services economy, however, issues slowly arose. Now that people were the most important resources, attempts to realize ERP’s efficiency did not yield the hoped-for success. ERP started to hurt. Because people aren’t machines, and you can’t tell them to do things ‘because the computer says so.’
From the industrial age to the information age
When the industrial age gradually faded into the information age, ERP caused even more pain. Work processes were based on information rather than physical products – and ERP software had not been developed for it. Today’s digital natives – who have never worked with paper files and depend on smartphones, apps, and Google – have no clue what to do with ERP software. On the other hand, organizations don’t want to let go of ERP, because the idea of organizing efficient and effective processes through software is still very appealing. ERP as we used to know it might be dead, but it’s still a much-desired type of software. Long live ERP – right? But how to fulfill the yearning need for it?
ERP software: contemporary version
Efficient work processes have the great advantage of being time-saving. The old manufacturing days may be long gone, but the services industry still wants to enjoy the benefits of ERP software. When information is your essential resource, you need to get it to the right person, in the right place, at the right time.
ERP software should be organized in a completely different way to accomplish this. It can’t be a description of what a person needs to do every day. Instead, it should summarize the result that employees need to achieve at a certain point. Subsequently, they need to be given freedom in their performance of the task.
In short, contemporary ERP software should be based on Google Apps for Work. Like GeeFirm’s pioneering VOGSY software. further, we’ll tell you more about this present-day version of ERP, which can take away the pain!
Google for Work: digital natives
Before we get into ERP software and Google, let’s have a closer look at Google for Work, the umbrella term for all Google business apps. The entire suite has been developed for a single target group: digital natives. Google Apps for Work were never created for old-fashioned binders. They were designed for smartphone addicts who have fully embraced the digital way of working. They are the information worker’s toolkit, which is why they’re all about social collaboration and sharing documents. ‘Cloud only’ and ‘mobile first’ are crucial terms in the digital native’s dictionary. And those are the exact things that Google business apps provide them with.
On the other hand, everyone needs structure. As openness and transparency are at the core of Google business apps, companies working with them are allowed great freedom. But not everyone is happy about it. Most people need a certain degree of organization. That’s where ERP software solution VOGSY comes in.
ERP software VOGSY meets Google
Doing something because a customer asked you to do it, or because you and your co-workers came up with a great idea, or just because you like it: ERP software VOGSY is made for motivated people who don’t do things just because a computer told them to. It allows people to give shape to freedom at a larger scale, and give direction to their plans. Basically, VOGSY is ERP software that lets digital natives organize and structure their freedom in order to shape their ideas.
Freedom meets structure: that’s how ERP software and Google can be integrated. And VOGSY found a perfect balance between these two!