Friday, 21 August 2015

MRP systems are our friends

MRP systems can be brilliant for business. If you are involved with the running of a business' operation then you will be all too aware of the juggling act that needs to take place. ERP systems effectively give you additional pairs of arms to make this an easier task.

So why do so many people complain about their MRP system?

Can MRP systems really be our friends?

After people have complained about their system they often then consider what other systems are available and wonder whether the new system would be better.

The reality is that although functionality has improved over the years (and speed, appearance, flexibility etc...) the adoption by users and the embedding by the business is still poor in many cases.

So, does it matter if you switch MRP system? Whilst there are many factors a big one is related to the embedding. That is why I see businesses move from one 'bad' system to another 'bad' system.

Embedding a system isn't difficult, but it means that once the MRP vendor has completed the installation the real work starts.

If you find yourself in this situation then thinking how you can develop the right MRP orientated habits will get you going in the right direction.

If you want some more specific help check out my book 'Making MRP Work'.

Available for the Amazon Kindle reader / app.

Giles Johnston
Author of Business Process Re-Engineering

C'mon! Just write the SOP!