ERP applications are made to serve a specific purpose — running your
business. People use them every day, and their value lies in the depth of
service they provide your business. But if your ERP system does not have
these seven "musthave" capabilities, its stands a good chance of failing to
live up to the requirements necessary for it to be the main hub of your
Most companies have ERP needs that are unique to their particular business.
When a "standard" ERP package does not fit well with accepted industry
practices or company business processes, you seem to have two choices —
customize and enhance the software or change the way that you do business to
match the package. The first can be difficult, time-consuming, and
expensive. The second can force you into doing things in a way that actually
complicates your workflow and raises expenses. It may even hurt your
competitive advantages. Find out how this company stepped "outside the box"
and solved one of their ERP needs with inexpensive equipment, internal
developers, and open source software.