What is an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software?
ERP is the abbreviation for Enterprise Resource Planning and is a generic term for IT systems that support business processes in companies. A good ERP software can be adapted to a large extent to the existing operational processes Wikipedia describes an ERP software as follows
” Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) refers to the entrepreneurial task of planning and controlling resources such as capital, personnel, operating resources, material, information and communication technology, IT systems in a timely manner and in line with the company’s purpose. The aim is to ensure an efficient operational value-added process and a constantly optimised control of the entrepreneurial and operational processes
ERP systems are available on the market for different requirements in different versions from many manufacturers. The best known ERP systems come from the world’s largest manufacturers such as SAP, Oracle, Infor, Sage or Microsoft.
In most cases, an ERP software consists of several components such as CRM (Customer Relationship Management), merchandise management system, invoicing, requirements planning, document management and, depending on the requirements, many other modules and components. Today, modern ERP software must have sufficient security mechanisms and data security in addition to the functions offered. For example, the ability to make automatic backups is just as obligatory today as user administration with configurable views or an event log of all changes to the database.
Standard software and individual ERP software
Most ERP programs on the market are closed standard software, i.e. the software must be used as delivered and can only be adapted to individual operating procedures to a limited extent. For example, some ERP programs only support the adaptation of graphics and texts to print layouts, while other systems support the complete adaptation or even the addition of print layouts. In most cases, standard ERP software is set up once and then used with the existing functions.
Some ERP systems were also developed completely individually for the respective purpose of use in a company. There are various development systems available on the market for this purpose, such as FileMaker, 4D, Microsoft Access or other development environments and programming languages. Some ERP systems are also used as pure client-server solutions based on SQL databases. To develop an ERP software completely individually means to adapt the software in the best possible way to existing operational procedures, for which however a relatively high expenditure must be counted on.
Adaptable ERP software (customizing)
For ERP software, the market also offers modular standard systems that already have many ERP functions and modules and can be adapted and extended according to individual requirements. Based on the FileMaker platform for Mac, Windows and Apple iOS, we also offer the gFM Business ERP software as customizing or open licenses, so that you can extend the software yourself with FileMaker Pro (Advanced). Various other basic systems on other platforms such as Microsoft Dynamics or SAP are available on the market for all company sizes. Also on the FileMaker platform further customizable systems such as Topix or advanter from Günther BS are available, but mostly not as open licenses. Adaptable ERP software is characterized by the fact that it already has a high functional range in the delivery state. This makes it possible to adapt software to individual operating procedures without having to “reinvent the wheel” at the basis.
FileMaker-based ERP software
ERP software is also available based on the FileMaker platform, which can be adapted to the specific requirements of companies and expanded accordingly. The advantage of FileMaker-based ERP solutions is the flexibility to run on Windows, Mac OS X and Apple iOS.
With cFM Business we offer ERP software for Mac, Windows and Apple iPad. The software is available for all company sizes as single and multi-user licenses.
The adaptable FileMaker-based solutions include gFM Business Custom and the Open licence from gFM-Business from goFileMaker.de. Both versions can be adapted and extended for individual business processes in companies. Because of the interface variety of the FileMaker platform direct connections to any third party systems are possible. The open license of gFM-Business contains a development environment, which supports the developer with the adaptation and extension of the software optimally.