Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is software which was written with the ability to deliver an integrated suite of business applications. ERP tools share a common process and data model, covering broad and deep operational end-to-end processes, such as those found in finance, HR, distribution, manufacturing, service and the supply chain.
Enterprise Resource Planning (commonly referred to as ERP) is a business management software that manages and integrates a company's core processes. ERP systems share a common process and data model, covering broad and deep operational end-to-end processes, meaning data can be easily retrieved, managed and interpreted.
These processes include:
Think of your ERP system as the core of your business. Everything revolves around it. Bringing together every department in your business and storing it in one central database means a solid foundation for your staff to work from.
Every industry has specific requirements and standards to adhere to. An ERP solution makes this easier - for example, Dynamics 365 Business Central contains 'Making Tax Digital' functionality to help you comply with the UK Government's tax regulations.
Utilising an ERP solution within your business could mean you benefit from the following:
Read our guide on 'The Alternative Guide to Buying ERP' to understand the selection processes businesses should go through when considering ERP solutions.
Businesses looking to implement a new ERP solution often experience similar fears, mostly related to cost, timing and project failure.
Here are some of the common fears around implementing a new ERP:
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Finding the right Enterprise Resource Planning system and Support Partner for your business can provide your business with significant benefits. But implementing or changing an ERP system is not a decision to be taken lightly. It requires a lot of time and input from your best people.
For many people, it’s easier to find good reasons to not take the risk and therefore to not start the ERP implementation journey.
We are passionate about business applications like ERP and truly believe that well implemented and supported business software benefits both a business and its people.Talk to us about your ERP plans
The history of ERP systems dates back to the 1960s with the beginning of social computing. Through the 1970s these tools evolved to offer large scale manufacturing companies a more comprehensive approach to material requirements planning, which begat the name 'MRP'.
By the 1980s MRP tools had moved on to support plant capacity planning – at which point the term 'MRP II' was born. By the year 2000, Gartner were advising their clients to explore the opportunities that the internet created in terms of engaging suppliers and customers more closely with their ERP systems. This demanded a new name. The marketing people got involved again and came up with ERP II (you see what they did there).
In or around 2010, came 'cloud'. Cloud has transformed the market for ERP software. You can read more about how cloud computing has transformed ERP here, alongside a further history of ERP.History of Enterprise Resource Planning
We are passionate about the Microsoft Dynamics ERP, Dynamics 365 Business Central. Previously known as Dynamics NAV (and prior to that, it was called Navision), we have adored working with this product since version 1.0.
Dynamics 365 Business Central is part of Microsoft's Dynamics 365 family of products and is the only ERP system that we implement and support. It is a world-class solution that can scale, adapt to any industry and extend through Microsoft-approved extensions.
We're convinced it can work for any business, no matter how nuanced your processes or how niche your area of expertise.See Business Central Learn more
We improve the lives of business system users to enable them to add more value within their businesses using a Microsoft Enterprise Resource Planning system. We do that by making smart use of technology and providing great service.
Individually Microsoft has products that are number 1 or number 2 in each of these categories. In combination Azure, Power Apps, Dynamics 365, Power BI, and Office/Teams make Microsoft’s offer unique – and save our customers money. We're also excited by the investment Microsoft are making into artificial intelligence and how this will benefit Microsoft ERP.
There’s another significant factor that we want to be transparent about - we've been lucky. We backed a winner. Navision became Dynamics NAV which became Dynamics 365 Business Central. As a result, the skills and experience we’ve gained over 30 years are still very relevant. We’ve not got many small groups of people focussed on different ERP solutions. We’ve got a big team that gives our people colleagues to learn from, career progression and the ability to deliver great service to customers.
Microsoft's Azure Integration Services technology can be used to connect your ERP to various other systems in your business. This could be a CRM, a website, a warehouse - the possibilities are endless. By connecting your systems in this way, you can push and pull data from and to your ERP with ease.
You therefore benefit from a standard method of communication between your business systems, rather than complex, independent integrations. You also only need to monitor one location for data transfer errors, reducing work load and time consuming manual effort.
We have a sister brand, called The Power People, who specialise in integrations of this kind. They also design, build and support business applications using the Microsoft Power Platform suite of technologies.Read more about The Power People
If you're looking for something more specific to your industry, check out the pages below. Our experts have worked on countless projects across industries such as Retail, Fashion, Beverages and Furniture and have the expertise to assist you in any capacity you require.
Our team of experts have been working with the beverages sector since 2003! We know the beverages industry inside out and are able to advise on the best way to tackle the unique challenges that drinks companies have to overcome.
Dynamics 365 Business Central provides businesses with one solution for complete omni-channel success. TNP have worked with customers to create a set of APIs that can easily connect to various e-commerce platforms. Our experts can tackle any eventuality.
We work with our customers to develop their apparel management solutions to help their businesses run faster and smarter. Whether you are a large fashion house or a smaller business, we can build the perfect fit for your business.
Managing your entire food chain has never been easier than within Dynamics 365 Business Central. TNP's developed solution gives you the ability to move, track and trace products in real time to boost your efficiency in getting stock to market.
We've been helping UK furniture companies for over 25 years, working with well-known names such as SCS, Loaf and Barker & Stonehouse. We believe that the relationship between a company and its ERP provider should be one that lasts a lifetime.
Maintain compliance and track products with Dynamics 365 Business Central for healthcare. Where laws and regulations are ever-changing, TNP can help you to ensure that compliance across the organisation and take the stress out of surprise audits.
TNP can help businesses in the Hotel and Hospitality industry to embrace technology across the organisation. Dynamics 365 Business Central provides back-office staff with automation and easy reporting.
Covering industries such as pub companies, student accommodation, social housing and many more! TNP have developed a specialised property management module that gives organisations access to the power of Dynamics 365 Business Central.
We specialise in the retail industry, supporting over 45 retail customers, and have a team of 40 retail experts whose skills cover the full customer journey from product innovation right through to support in specific areas such as EFT payments and POS hardware.
Selecting an Enterprise Resource Planning solution to implement can be a tricky business.
There used to be hundreds of different ERP solutions to consider. Now there are just four viable solutions. Vendors will tell you that selecting their product will define the success of your project. We disagree.
Each of the above systems will largely meet the needs of your business and as such, the key (and first) consideration isn’t which platform you should choose, but rather who you should enlist to help you. In our free guide, The Alternative Guide to Buying ERP, we highlight how you can modernise your approach to ERP selection and ensure your deployment project is a success.
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Your choice of partner will truly impact the success of your enterprise resource planning deployment project, so choosing the right partner – one which has the expertise and ‘fit’ you are looking for – will put you on the path to progress.
When implementing an Enterprise Resource Planning system, cost is always a key consideration. There are often several ‘costs’ to consider: the cost of deployment, the cost of support, the cost of training and so on. Many businesses try to get a fixed or estimated cost from a Partner upfront, typically choosing one that is ‘less expensive’.
But choosing a ‘less expensive’ Partner is no guarantee. The truth is that the cost of an Enterprise Resource Planning implementation project – regardless of the initial estimate or fixed cost given – is dependent on the days spent on it. The best way to control the cost is to look at other factors, e.g. the partner’s people, culture, methodology and expertise, to mitigate potential risk.
In our ERP Pricing Guide, we address the main questions businesses have about ERP implementation projects, as well as:
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Buying a new ERP system is never a decision made lightly. Microsoft commissioned research on the priorities of IT decision makers when it comes to purchasing Enterprise Resource Planning software.
Are you determined to improve your financial processes? Do you need to improve workplace productivity? All of the above are typical priorities for businesses when considering a new ERP solution.
Read our blog to discover the top priorities of IT decision makers, the top five challenges customers come up against and what's driving the change.Read our top ERP Priorities Blog
When you choose a new ERP system, an important consideration is where to host it. This could be in the cloud, utilising the latest technology, in a Software-as-a-Service type agreement.
The solution could be hosted by a Partner like us or hosted within your own servers. Some ERPs don't have much flexibility in where they are hosted.
Dynamics 365 Business Central, the ERP we implement and support, can be hosted in any of the ways mentioned, depending on how involved you wish to be with the hardware and the inner workings of the system.Read more about the hosting options
From installing software and transferring data, to mapping processes and training users – implementing a new ERP system can be time-consuming and challenging. Common issues during implementation are missing data, tools not working properly, insufficient testing and lack of budgeting.
But what if your ERP implementation process could go smoothly and the final product had everything you needed? With our implementation methodology – called the 'Day in the Life’ – we develop a model of your business within Dynamics 365 Business Central. Your data can then be experienced in a real business environment.
This process ensures you get a solution that works in context with the items, suppliers and customers you know. We have unparalleled expertise and knowledge of Dynamics 365 Business Central - read more about our team here.Our ERP Implementation Process
You may need to train your team on how to best use the ERP solution once its implemented and develop policies on how data and activities are managed within.
What if your ERP system has problems that you can’t resolve yourself? You then have to call up your Partner to request their help. What if you need to upgrade your system to get access to new features?
As your ERP system is being implemented, you may want to make changes to the specifications and add on new modules or advanced features. This adds to the cost of adding and customising the solutions!
What is the history of cloud ERP? How has it grown to become the buzz term amongst decision makers we hear today? Read our blog and find out more about why we're excited about cloud ERP and what to expect from a cloud solution.Read the blog here
Ian Humphries, Founder of TNP, provides insight into how to successfully kick off an ERP implementation, and why it is important to focus on what you can do with your ERP system rather than starting with what 'it might not do'. He also covers TNP's 'Day in the Life' methodology and why it's a great way to start your ERP project.Read the blog here
The idea of a rapid ERP implementation may seem too good to be true, but in our experience we have found that sometimes the need to get your system up and running outweighs the 'go steady' approach. Our blog covers what we mean by a rapid ERP implementation and how the process works in practice.Read the blog here
An Agile process is widely used in ERP implementations with great success. TNP use an Agile approach for ERP software projects as it allows for a step-by-step process and eliminates nasty surprises early on for a smooth go live!Read the blog here
Our blog covers our thoughts on how economics undermine the future of vertical ERP software providers using companies that grow fresh produce as the example. It also covers what makes TNP's approach to ERP solutions different.Read the blog here
See our favourite new features within Business Central and get an understanding of how it could boost your business productivity and automate your day-to-day processes.Watch here
Are you interested in learning more about how we can help you? We're experts in the implementation of enterprise resource planning solutions, as well as supporting, training and customising where required. Why not check out our customer stories to learn more?
Portico Shipping chose TNP to implement a cloud ERP solution to align with the organisation’s wider IT strategy. Read their success story to find out more about their journey to the cloud.
Healthspan chose to implement Dynamics NAV as their ERP, on which their business has grown and evolved year on year. We're excited to continue to help Healthspan on their journey.