Applications and Uses of ERP Solutions

ERP or Enterprise Resource planning solutions help organization streamline the multiple, diversified, resources and processes, with the common goals of a business – productivity and profitability.

Through a single interface in the ERP, organizations can consolidate the business processes of various departments and bring them under “one-roof”. The different business units of an organization have a shared database, to support their various functions.

With an ERP solution, many business processes can be automated and synchronized . This replaces the need of doing manual data entry or maintaining separate databases or spreadsheets. Business units get streamlined into one system, where each one gets access to the information they require with respect to their unit or another’s. For instance, the Accounts department can drill out reports on the sales order. Or the sales order in turn can view the status of pending invoices. This way, business units leverage on the integrated systems of an ERP that helps them function in a coordinated manner, saves time and avoids duplication of data too.

Uses of ERP

ERP solutions can be customized to suit your business requirement . Some of the basic functions carried out by an ERP application are:

  1. Inventory and Order management(Supply Chain management)
  2. Accounting
  3. Manufacturing
  4. Payroll
  5. Human Resources
  6. Customer Relationship Management

ERP Applications

ERP applications have evolved over the years, ever since their entry into the software market. Diverse technologies have come into play to make ERP systems robust, customizable and flexible.

ERP-solution
ERP Application

Some of the Popular ERP Applications Are

Epicor

A legacy player in the ERP arena, Epicor uses Microsoft technologies such as SQL server as the database and is based on SOA architecture. It has a vast consumer base and a strong customer support system and is priced at the lower end.

Infor

This ERP product is popular for its SCM module for which it has a huge customer base. This ERP offers varying degrees of customization depending upon the business requirement. The ERP is stands at the lower end of pricing, compared to others.

Microsoft

Microsoft has been a competent leader in the ERP market and has catered well to small and medium level businesses. Its framework is designed in SQL server and dotNET. With its well networked distributions channels and the costing factor, Microsoft’s ERP has a wide established customer base.

Oracle

Java-based Oracle’s ERP is a highly customisable and flexible product. They have a huge market across the globe, this partly attributed to their stronghold in the databases segment, since so many years

SAP

As leaders in the ERP market space, SAP was the first to introduce the client-server ERP software. They have a stronghold in the market through their SCM(supply chain module), payroll and Accounting modules

ERP applications have changed the way organizations store, track, review and present their information. They have defined channels that facilitate better coordination amongst different business , by optimizing on time, effort and costs.

Enterprise Resource Plannning – “The state of the ART – TECHNOLOGY”

What is ERP?

ERP, Enterprise Resource Planning, is a business management system that is absolutely integrated. Information flows are spruced up and harmonized in pursuance of effecting optimum use of resources. This is cast out to be employed by large businesses to handle the trade and mechanize several operations like Finance, Production, Logistics, Accounting and Human Resources. For the whole business, enterprise resource planning guarantees one single database, an individual application and a unique user interface.

Each and every ERP should own certain essential attributes. Few of the characteristics are as recorded below:

  • Ability to be comprehensive by assisting various organizational functions
  • Bearing a compilation of best business processes is a prerequisite
  • Organizational limits should not be a confinement
  • An open system architecture is preferred
  • In order to address the diverse needs of the enterprise, it should be flexible

ERP imparts multi-platform, multi-facility, multi-mode manufacturing, multi-currency, multi-lingual facilities. It supports strategic, operational and business planning activities along with execution activities. All functional areas like manufacturing, distribution, payables, inventory, accounts, human resources, purchases etc. can be taken care of. It performs core activities. Information gap across organizations is bridged thereby rendering complete integration of systems across departments and across companies under the same management. Automatic introduction of current technologies like electronic fund transfer, electronic data interchange, internet, intranet, video conferencing, e-commerce are granted. Intelligent business tools are equipped like decision support system, executive information system, data mining and easy working systems to enable better decisions. ERP is the solution for better project management.

The triumph of an Enterprise Resource Planning implementation mainly depends on how implementation consultants, users and vendors work hand in hand. The implementation consultants have to be aware of the needs of the users and prevailing business realities to formulate the business solutions. ERP is an enabling tool and it naturally needs additional efforts. During the course of implementation, the standard package may undergo changes which may be a simple or major ‘functionality’ change. Implementing such changes is known as customization. The contents of the package are modules which are further divided into components. The roles and responsibilities of the employees have to be clearly identified, understood and the employees will have to accept new processes and procedures configured in the system. These processes and procedures should be user friendly. A well organized and executed ERP package can give a 200 percent return on investment where as a poorly implemented one can yield a return on investment as low as 25 percent.

Change integration has to be inevitably embedded in the task list for any ERP implementation. The main tool for this is the process of communication; be it written, oral, workshops or meetings. The critical success factors (CSFs) of the company have to be listed in the beginning of the project. These should be drilled down to CSFs for respective functionalities or departments. From these CSFs, performance measures required to validate these CSFs should be called out. The numeric figures against these performance measures can be classified as the Key performance Indicators (KPIs). As configuration, construction and implementation are in progress, the organization needs to make itself ready for the post-implementation period.

The vital task is to monitor KPIs and make correct business decisions to improve them. Certain KPIs, though existing in the system, are better monitored and controlled after the ERP system attains maturity. Even with all the preparations, during post-implementation, there will be a necessity for course correction. This may be due to a change in the business environment which in turn requires a change in the CSFs, resulting in a new or changed set of KPIs necessitating reconfiguration. A review may indicate a need for change in some process or vision changes in the ERP and improvements in hardware and communication technology require changes. Most of all, new additions to the business require extra functionality.

What is “User Interface Design”? – Fundamental Studies

What is User Interface (UI)

User Interface (UI) is the place where the interaction between the system and human happens. Through this, the human can convey what he wants the system to perform and instructs the system on how to perform.

Why User Interface ?

Even though the human can interact with the system, he can only convey and instruct in the human readable form i.e. in english or any language but the system can only understand machine readable form i.e. binary system. So the main use of UI is communicating the instructions from human to system with translation of the human readable form to machine understandable form.

History:

User interface starts with the Industrial Revolution in 17th century when the machines are used to do the works of man. At the initial stages, UI is mostly based on the physical form like pressing buttons, punch cards etc. These also convey the instructions from human to machine but not in a current understanding of the UI.
As the computer and other machines developed, user interface had got a bigger role to play. Because these machines are doing more jobs than human and also in a efficient way. So the more humans depend on them, UI is getting more importance day by day. With the computers, UI is mostly interacting with the system using the input devices like keyboard and mouse. But when the evolution of touch screen displays starts, UI is not only through keyboard and mouse. Now the UI is more interactive with touch screens, audio input, gestures etc.

How to design?

In the olden days, UI is mostly based on the display because all your interactions through the keyboard and mouse will be captured by the display and translated to the machine understandable form with the help of CPU. But now-a-days, UI is not only through display, it includes microphone, camera, GPS etc. So the designing of UI is little bit tougher than before. And also it varies for specific applications.
For designing UI, you need to understand what are the ways to interact in that particular scenario like microphone, camera etc. So based on that you need to include the additional features utilizing the other ways.
Basic requirement in the UI is the Homepage with the links to all the functions of the system. And for specific functions, you can add the additional features to interact with the system.

Concepts used:

UI design can be done with many software tools based on the current technologies or advancements like HTML5.0, Android, Dot net etc. But all the designs should use a concept to make the UI more user friendly and easy to handle. Some of the major concepts used in the UI design are given with a brief description.
1. Minimalism – Using a minimal and most important links or grouping similar tasks under a link to provide a simple interface to the user.
2. Skeuomorphism – Imitating the real world things in the UI design like a book shelf for the E-book reader UI etc. This is more user friendly as the user has more experience with the real world objects that you imitate.
3. Laser focus – This is where we will be focusing on one single item to user. This makes the user to be concentrated on that task rather than drifting with the additional information available with it.
4. Context sensitive navigation – This is a more dynamic design as we can select which links should be visible to the user always and which will be visible after certain actions. This can make your UI looks simple with all the links hidden.
5. Collapsed content – This is also a dynamic design where you can group the links under one link which will expand when the user clicks on it.

How better is it:

Currently UI is mostly with the touch screen and camera to minimize the user activity. At most of the times, we have the best experience with the UI like easy clicking on touch screen, exact copy of the given image in the search etc. But on certain scenarios need more accuracy which can be provided only through the keyboard and mouse like Photoshop editing etc. So for the specific scenarios like that we have to improve the UI design to give more accuracy with the touch screen input itself.

What can be future developments?

Currently UI is dominated by the language which makes it accessible only to the persons who know that specific language. So it should be based on the pictorial representation or in other form which should not be constrain for most people.
Nowadays UIs mostly need an attached platform to work with, like screen of the mobile phone. This makes the people to carry the platform with them always. This can be avoided if the UIs can use any platform for the user to interact like the projector uses a white wall instead of the projector screen.
Future UI should have an alternate option for the physically challenged people to interact with, like embedded mark in keys F and J in the keyboard for the visually challenged people.

Increasing Awareness Of MIS Companies In India

When the decision making is becoming one of the most important attribute concerning businesses all around, the assistance of Information Technology with the decision making makes the Management Information System as one of the most important technological solution for a business concern. But some years back, the number of people and companies who are aware about the applications of MIS are very few. The trend is changing, and the awareness is increasing resulting in more and more companies choosing usage of MIS over others.

The Massive Data And Information

There is an availability of huge amount of data and information in every business and company, whereas utilization of this data is very little throughout most cases. The management information system comes at this scene to have a direct impact with that of businesses and employees throughout. The MIS is being adopted by more and more companies. Technology firms are providing MIS solution to businesses around and this trend seems to continue.

Ultra-Easy Report Generation

Management information systems (MIS) produce fixed, regularly scheduled reports based on data extracted and summarized from the firm’s underlying transaction processing systems to middle and operational level managers to identify and inform structured and semi-structured decision problems. The MIS is proving to be highly useful in this task completion. Because of this final consolidated output only more awareness is generated.

Management information systems can evaluate different possibilities and let managers examine scenarios. What-if scenarios are a powerful tool that helps managers decide on the best strategy for the company. Management information systems calculate what happens based on their collection of data on how the company operations performed in the past. Managers can see what happens if they increase promotional budgets or cut staff. There are many institutes who teach MIS around India, which clearly shows the future of MIS.

I am the Digital marketing manager of Pixint and I post blogs related to our services and at times information oriented. Our range of services include business application, MIS and ERP solution. For more of our blogs, please do visit our website click here.

Growing Importance Of User Interface Design

Every web designer is a user interface designer in one way or other. So, when it comes to UI designer don’t neglect that it doesn’t concern us. Because we design and use user interface designs in many cases without realizing that is an UI design. In the near future, the role of UI designers will become even more important everywhere. While web pages today have simple user interface designs with no more than navigation and contact forms with it, the rise of new technologies and latest standards will create a demand for more dynamic and customized user experience.

Importance Of Clarity In Call-To-Action

The clarity and vision of the final output is very much important while executing it. Every single page will be having a specific call-to-action to be executed. That particular page and action should be clear in that particular page and section. Items that are logically connected should be grouped together on the screen to communicate they are connected, whereas items that have nothing to do with each other should be separated. You can use white space between collections of items to group them or you can put boxes around them to accomplish the same thing.

Word Your Messages And Labels Effectively

The text you display on your screens is a primary source of information for your users. If your text is worded poorly, then your interface will be perceived poorly by your users. Using full words and sentences, as opposed to abbreviations and codes, makes your text easier to understand.  Your messages should be worded positively, imply that the user is in control, and provide insight into how to use the application properly. For example, which message do you find more appealing “You have input the wrong information” or “An account number should be eight digits in length.” Furthermore, your messages should be worded consistently and displayed in a consistent place on the screen. Although the messages “The person’s first name must be input” and “An account number should be input” are separately worded well, together they are inconsistent. In light of the first message, a better wording of the second message would be “The account number must be input” to make the two messages consistent.

Thus UI design in India is improving in its importance and effectiveness. The work output is also improving alongside expertise in UI design. On adopting the latest trends and following UI principles, the scene of UI will improve further.

I am the Digital marketing manager of Pixint and I post blogs related to our services and at times information oriented. Our range of services include business application, MIS and ERP solution. For more of our blogs, please do visit our website http://pixint.com/user-interface-design.php

Software Solution For Staffing And Recruitment Makes a Big Difference

Software Solution For Staffing And Recruitment Makes a Big Difference

The softwares developed and dedicated for software and recruitment requirement are run-of-the-mill in some cases. But when they are well targeted and designed, they prove to be very much useful. The automation and digitization help the companies in long run. The recruitment by human resource team will not change with the software. Instead, the ease of use will greatly improve with the improved usage.

The Automation and Digitization

The application and software designed for the particular purpose of Human resource management system and Human resource Information system greatly improves the recruiting experience of the company. The application tracking is an inevitable feature for all the firms. With the automation of the tracking facility, this would become hassle-free. The digitization of the resumes and all other associated documents will make the record maintenance easier.

The Recruitment Becoming Seamless

The addition of work force and maintaining the existing work force can become a difficult task if not regulated once in a while. The interview and subsequent stages need not be always stressful for both the sides. It can also be made enjoyable and engaging for the company and the interview candidates. The seamless integration will allow referencing and getting the best talent possible.

The Internal Staffing Solution

The varied experience and presence of employees in an organization makes handling a bit tough in certain situations. The staffing and staff maintenance will become effortless once digitized. The incoming and outgoing members shall also be made note of easily. The internal staffing is indeed worth its effort since it has a direct relation with the work output. The efficiency in the work will show direct improvement and the company work profile along with the individual employees’ performance.

Thus the staffing recruitment software has become inevitable for an organization. The advantages associated with them are high when compared to many other expense. The difference between manual and digitized software solution lies in the fact that the softwares are absolutely error-free and completely precise. The latest release and updates of the softwares are much more capable than that of older versions. The human resource software is having multiple purposes to it. The softwares in general are capable of routine things and issues. When they are customized, they can be made suitable to many other purposes other than the regular functionalities attached to it.

The Distinctiveness Of Indian Graphic Design Companies

Graphic design is not a standalone service; it derives its purpose only when associated with another task or work. It might be website designing, application development, flex boards and signs, photography or any other work. When it comes to Indian graphic design companies, the range of activities is still more diverse. The taste and sensibility of Indians are different, and our designers need to take this aspect in mind while working.

The Uniqueness In Our Taste And Sensibility

    The Indian expectations are markedly different with respect to design. Any design, be it the graphics or Digital medium-the taste of Indians is quite varied. Also the designers are also accustomed to this unique sensibility. So, the graphic design companies in India have both advantage and disadvantage regarding this. The Indian designing needs of the Indian target audience are almost always performed by Indian graphic designing companies. But, the foreign requirements and design orders are generally not allotted to Indian companies for the same reason.

Changing Tastes And Streamlining The Indian Graphic Design

    With the advent of globalization, every aspect of day-to-day life is undergoing change, and is getting more streamlined or generalized in other words. The uniqueness of Indian sensibility is wearing away. It has opened new gates for our Indian companies, as some foreign design requirements are taken over by Indian companies. The younger generation is highly influenced by foreign way of life, style and many other things. So, their taste and sensibility is different from major and older Indians. So, the design companies change their design according to the target audience and their age group.

The Debate On Technological Divide

    There is a long ongoing debate with respect to the technological haves and technological have not. But, there is little to no truth in that discussion. Since the twenty first century, the gap is narrowing where the developing countries too are accruing all the latest updates and upgrades. So, at ground level there is almost zero technological divide.

The Indian design company policy with respect to pricing and delivery, copyrights are a lot more flexible. This suits well for the Indian customers, who are used to the flexibility and slightly lethargic work mentality. But it is highly competitive to any other nation’s group of graphic design companies. The investment too is highly available for the startups and the newly cropped companies. Thus the future is bright for Indian graphic design companies.