There are several different types of ERP designed for several industries in order to address their specific needs:
Apparel ERP: The clothing industry has to handle a lot of changeover when fashion trends and seasons change.
Automotive ERP: Auto manufacturers can rely on ERP tools to handle inventory management, quality control, and scheduling.
Cannabis ERP: This ERP is an all-in-one solution for the cultivation, manufacturing, processing, and distribution of legal cannabis.
Construction ERP: Construction contractors need to stay in control of labor, materials, equipment, and any subcontractors they’ve hired for a job. ERP software helps with construction task management.
Higher Education ERP: College and university ERP systems support academic business processes ranging from tuition billing to exam grading.
Manufacturing ERP or MRP: Going back to the origins of ERP, MRP provides production planning, personnel and machine workloads scheduling, and general inventory control along the supply chain.
Why is it so important to use an industry-specific ERP solution? A general ERP system will weigh you down with unnecessary features. For example, manufacturers need applications for sourcing raw materials while the higher education sector mostly needs scheduling tools for student, teacher, and staff. While a manufacturing plant still needs ERP with scheduling applications, a school doesn’t need ERP to manage raw materials.
If your business downloads a general ERP full of features you don’t need, all you’re doing is slowing down your own resources. Instead of overloading your computers with a bloated software package, save computing space by only installing the ERP you need.