Standardization In ERP: Is It Bad For Users?

A quality checklist representing standardization in ERP

Today, standardization in ERP is quite a debate. For many, it would be better for the industry. Yet, others argue the opposite. Unfortunately, the topic is very subjective. So, we can’t speak for everyone.

That’s why we’re focusing solely on clients. Naturally, their interests differ from vendors. Thus, let’s dive into the client’s perspective.

Is standardization good or bad for you?

What does standardization in ERP really mean?

Currently, ERP software relies heavily on customization. That’s why business process reengineering matters. That’s why some methods focus on installing modules separately.

So, ERP excels at providing a tailored experience. You can install the features you need.

On the other hand, standardization plays a bit against that. It argues for creating premade ERP packages. Then, all users will have access to roughly the same features.

The case against standardization in ERP

Of course, many experts argue against that. Many of ERP’s touted advantages come from customization. Essentially, ERP standardization would mean:

  • Less versatility for companies.
  • Less reliable features and accuracy.
  • Overall lower image of ERP software for investors.

Now, we can’t attest whether that will happen or not. But, it’s a possibility many bring up.

Still, customization remains a pinnacle of ERP’s benefits. So, we’d have to side against “over-standardization”.

The case for standardization in ERP

The reason why we mention “over-standardization” is simple. Today, there’s already a degree of standards. For instance, most ERP apps include the same financial features. Likewise, integrations are fairly common among them.

Moreover, standardization could bring lower prices for ERP solutions. Then, we’re touching on client-relevant advantages.

Still, we can’t argue entirely for standardization. ERP development capabilities are crucial for the industry.

So, what would be better for companies today?

As we mentioned, some standards are necessary. That’s true for all industries. So, it’s natural for developers to move toward it.

But, we can’t give up on ERP’s catering to specific needs. Module customization and development are unique benefits. Eliminating them would be a massive mistake.

That’s why we offer ERP development for all our supported services.

If you have any questions, book your free meeting today!

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