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Posted on December 13, 2022 | All

Product Updates and Race Against Time

An ERP system unifies several disparate systems with the swiss-knife like functionality. It covers a broad range of operations, from progress on enterprise development to payroll management. It allows your staff to access all the tools they need in one centralized system. A unified solution is always preferred by your teams over multiple devices with loosely bound integration.

But how does an ERP work? What role does development play in upgrading your ERP software to the current versions? Why is it essential to develop add-ons for your ERP? And why is it vital for your team to keep your add-ons ERP compliant? Read this blog to know that and beyond.

Why do we need to extend the functionality of an ERP?

An ERP is a business management solution with standard features and a range of elementary functions. However, every business has unique operations and processes that an off-the-shelf ERP cannot offer. Overcoming the limitations of ERP is possible through developing add-ons. An add-on is a feature that is built on top of existing functionality. Some reasons why you should consider add-ons:

  • Module development: Customization is not just about extending features and capabilities but also about being able to isolate features depending on who’s using the ERP interface. For example, providing development teams with HR features would only make their interface more cluttered and confuse them. The isolation also makes it easier to control data flows and makes systems more organized and secure.
  • Operational ease: Developing an ERP means exclusively designing products for your customers or internal teams. It’s easy to address product gaps and fix bugs when you understand where the problems arise. When an expert guides your development processes, you can create what you want quickly. Having one solution for every team to converge into helps make things easier for the decision-makers.
  • Flexibility: When you take an ERP solution from the market, you’ll need to adapt and adjust to make things work. Even with various offerings to choose from, the gaps in expectations and reality will persist. Tailored software is the way forward, as it’ll be a one-time investment that pays off in the right direction.

What happens in a product update?

A product update is down to an update on every level of the add-on, from keeping up with ERP updates to an OS update that fundamentally changes the data funnel. The base tech of an ERP is updated to keep up with the changing technology, adding new features to the base and removing low-priority and out-of-date features. Any fixes that apply to the ERP will directly impact a feature add-on that you’ve built on top of it, so the team involved in the product update will need a thorough understanding of the .NET infrastructure.

Every add-on is created to serve a unique business purpose, with customization applicable to that business. Add-ons bridge the gap between the requirement and the available ERP without the firm undergoing a complete overhaul.

An up-to-date ERP add-on is a primary yet prominent step to make your operations safer and maintain tech compliance against cyber threats. Especially when the updates are from the OS, security patches can sometimes mean that the data funnel you’ve built for the ERP needs to be remapped along with database reconfiguration. These updates can be triggered by policy changes as well. Such product updates need specific focus as the payroll, operational costs of businesses and trade flows are all connected within the ERP system they adopt.

Why do add-ons need to comply with the ERP update as soon as possible?

An update can cause many ripple effects throughout the funnel from a management perspective; the add-on needs a corresponding update to comply with the new version of the ERP. Often the time given to comply is within two weeks; this halts the development team’s ideas and pushes the priorities into overdrive.

A simple change in the ERP system can directly impact the functionality of the add-on you’ve integrated into it. When compliance is neglected, a snowball effect occurs. Once a series of events continues on the old model without updating the software, your system collapses, and you risk legal actions in extreme cases. For example, in an HRMS update, payroll is affected, and the way your entire workforce gets their salary changes. A fast update on the add-on front must patch the requirement before it spirals out of control.

How does CI Global help your team get there?

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