The Importance of Agile Development in the Workforce
One of the most important factors to consider when evaluating an ERP supply chain product is how well that product adapts to your existing workflows. It’s highly unlikely that your current product is a perfect reflection of the way you do things now, but the best ERP will be close, and give you the flexibility to evolve to meet your specific business needs.
With fast changing markets, this flexibility is essential today, and unfortunately one that a lot of leaders overlook. Sure, bells and whistles are exciting, but if they are irrelevant to what you do or require a whole new approach in order to deliver value, they’re not quite the asset you had initially thought.
Here are just a few of the reasons you should insist on using an ERP product that prioritizes agile development:
An ERP implementation is really about finding the existing knowledge in your company and ensuring the ERP you’re putting into place reflects operations. The process is a lot faster from beginning to end if your ERP can quickly, easily, and expansively change to meet your specific needs. Agile development also helps to ensure that the implementation process is successful, sparing a lot of expenses and setbacks down the road.
You will only get as much out of your ERP as your team is willing to interact with it. That is why buy-in is so important. If your team is eager to embrace the potential of cloud ERP, they’ll take the implementation process seriously and find ways to map their workflows into the ERP. Securing buy-in is a lot easier when your ERP is built using agile development because when people participate mapping and designing the business processes that empower their success, they are more likely to be excited about adopting something new.
Any time you make an investment in new technology you want it to start delivering the largest returns in the shortest amount of time possible. Agile development helps you reap greater rewards faster since it does not force you to reinvent the wheel. An ERP should not force you to do everything differently. It should enable you to do everything better. When the ERP you rely on is a faithful reflection of familiar interfaces and workflows, it seamlessly elevates the capabilities of your team. The improvements to productivity and efficiency that you’re expecting have the potential to manifest themselves in a fraction of the time.
An ERP that cannot change and evolve will only meet your needs for so long. As your company grows, begins to introduce new products/services, takes on different partnerships, and angles for emerging markets, the demands placed on all your technology systems, especially your ERP will change in kind. A product with a fixed configuration will quickly become more of an obstacle than as asset. But one that has agile development built into its DNA will be able to adapt and scale to meet your new needs.
As a final consideration, just imagine what it would be like to rely on an ERP that does not prioritize agile development. Your team is forced to adopt a tool that disrupts the way they prefer to work. You pay for features that the team doesn’t particularly want or need, which also create more confusion than value. You also have to accommodate a lengthy and expensive implementation process that is ill-equipped to deliver a fully functioning and flexible ERP.
Why create the conditions for hardship and more technology pain points, rather than setting your team up for success? An ERP that offers agile development like Kenandy ERP on Salesforce will complement the way you operate rather than contradict it. To find out how this works in practice, contact us to schedule a free demo.