Enterprise resource planning or ERP is the backbone of today’s corporate houses and it has more to it than what meets the eyes. Primarily, laymen believe ERP is an elaborate accounting or bookkeeping software that connects different departments, profit centers of a business. This is just a part. Today, when someone says ERP what comes in mind is SAP and other ERP software solutions.
It’s an acronym that says Systems, Applications and Products in Data Processing. With established track record of several decades, SAP can do a lot to your business than just accounting or bookkeeping. It improves decision making and management accounting process through streamlining and overhauling different business operations.
The scope of SAP in your business could be absolutely vast. SAP Business Suite comprises five different applications; like, Supplier Relationship Management (SRM), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Supply Chain Management (SCM), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and others. For width and depth of SAP efficiency in your business you should bring all processes under SAP and that require across the business participation. That means training for accounting, as well as non-accounting personnel.
Secondly, training makes in-house development easier and more effective. Employees with appropriate training might solve lot of business process hiccups without rely too much outside support. SAP is extremely delicate ERP solution that offers highest degree of development and process customization. To reap full benefit out of such an ERP solution you need enough training.
Thirdly, training always adds flexibility and efficiency in the employees bring in the ability that lower cost as well as optimize performance. Being a business owner you can do a lot to achieve efficiency, optimum performance; but the most cost effective way to achieve that is effective training. That’s true about SAP too.
SAP has too many modules in it today; it’s easier to address the training in modular structure. That means you master one at a time. There is also a myriad of training facilities available, like, classrooms, virtual classrooms, manual-based self-study, online self-study etc. They have their own pros and cons. As far as cost is concerned, manual-based and online self-study courses are the cheapest. However, they don’t offer any expert support, interaction and rely solely on learners’ motivation.
On the other hand, classrooms – offline as well as virtual – offer teacher support, interaction with experts and more effective course material; of course at lot higher price point. Certified classroom-based training facilities carry lot of importance in terms of authenticity also.
An effective supplementary to SAP training would be interaction with developers’ network / groups like SAP Developer Network or SDN and SAP User Group Executive Network or SUGEN. There are many other developers’ communities too. These communities are rich source of developing experience, troubleshooting tips, and support on all issues related to SAP.
SAP training for your business would be definitely a foresighted decision; and would never stop giving dividend in terms of streamlined business process efficiency and better decision making. This article in its small scope has tried to explain intricacies and importance of SAP training. Hope it would help you.