COVID-19 and ERP: Digitalisation and the Post-Pandemic World
29 April, 2021 by
COVID-19 and ERP: Digitalisation and the
Post-Pandemic World

The irruption of COVID-19 has completely reshaped the mechanisms of the business world – forcing them to adapt to the new normal. With companies forced to shut down physical operations within a matter of days, the world suddenly looks like ghost town. This has precipitated an abrupt change – organisations have turned to the digital realm to maintain their operations in a bid to salvage their businesses. Schools have been 100% online – relying on digital classrooms with the automated dissemination of information. Grocery stores were closed; everyone flocked to online platforms to shop for their necessities. Even hospitals have turned to telemedicine, using smart healthcare solutions to sustain patient care.

For many businesses, COVID-19 has enabled the restructuring of business operations, expediting the shift towards a digital paradigm in order to continue their business ventures. This exposure has brought a new level of understanding for various businesses: the power of digitalisation is not to be underestimated. More importantly, the technological landscape is now fertile ground for the implementation of advanced – and even novel – Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems.

Smart Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management

Supply chain management is a significant component of the modern ERP system. The internal monitoring of supply movement is essential to prevent a bottleneck – ensuring that other areas of the business can proceed smoothly. This means that real time insight must be gathered effectively and smoothly – obtained through the seamless integration of supplier information, communication, supply forecasting and other relevant areas. Moreover, with more social distancing laws enacted, companies must confidently rely on digitalisation and automation to reduce the number of employees on site – maintaining the robust continuation of supply chain operations

Human Resource Planning and Finance

Working from home is no longer an anomaly. Employees must adapt to work remotely – with companies providing the right and sophisticated digital tools. With fewer employees, automation becomes vital in minimising losses and keeping the system going. 

Adapting to Customer Behaviors and New Trends

The surge in online shopping allows businesses to tap on digitalisation and data analytics to understand these new buying habits. When it comes to providing a better customer experience, ERP enables better insights to customer behaviour, adapting and accommodating their buying needs. This is especially so for the development of greater delivery services to send products, and likewise, attend to any returns efficiently and effectively.

Better Regulation and Protection for Companies

With selected operations streamlined on to these ERP systems, companies are enabled with a panoramic view of their organisational structures, and thus are able to manage their ongoing processes better. They can simultaneously manufacture products, improve security to safeguard their businesses, and maintain good customer relations. Significantly, companies with ERP systems are empowered to adhere to meet the industrial standards while being assured against data breaches with advanced cybersecurity. Such protection standards include meeting the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and data security requirements with single sign-on and two-factor authentication practices. 

In a time of economic instability, it is imperative for companies to remain vigilant against cybersecurity threats while efficiently remaining productive in their business ventures. With ERP systems, the switch to digitalisation becomes easier and smoother. It doesn’t matter whether you’re at work or working remotely – ERP facilitates an online office with effective communication and an efficient management system, accessible at your fingertips.

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COVID-19 and ERP: Digitalisation and the
Post-Pandemic World
ODES 29 April, 2021
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