Adopting technology in educational system is becoming a thing in India now. ERP implementation at your college /school is most probably an important decision for the betterment of the organization which obviously calls for a lot of suggestions, advices & feedbacks along with a lot of research. But too many feedbacks & excessive information can sometimes put you in dilemma & cause turmoil. While it’s good to have a feedback about different vendors competing in the market, you should be clear about what are the challenges your institute is facing & what is the kind of solution that you are looking for to eliminate them.
In this blog post we have broken down 5 common myths about ERP implementation at educational organizations. So let’s begin!
# Myth 1: ERP is costly & time consuming – One common misconception about ERP is that its implementation is very expensive for institutes. Customized solutions can be even more costly and as it’s a complicated process, can be very time consuming.
While this could be true a few years back, today we surely refrain from believing so. The reason is now ERP implementation has become more efficient & quick. Due to new methodologies such as cloud based computing, once the exact solution is framed for an institute, successful implementation can be done in a short span of time. Also ERP implementation process has become very cost effective. We do not mean it has become cheap, but it has definitely become valuable & profitable.
# Myth 2: You need to be technology sound to adapt – This may be one of the most heard misconception that you have to be a technology expert to use the software. It is a challenge for the administration to learn & practically use the software due to its highly tech build-up structure & extraordinary efficiency.
Any stakeholder that wants to use the software does not have to be a technology expert. Though it’s a complex designed & developed software, it has an easy to use interface which makes it easy for the user to understand the modules & use them effectively. Also a good vendor will always provide a hands on training along with software manual to ensure a smooth & efficient use of the software.
#Myth 3: It is only for institutes large in size – Most of the managements think such institute management systems are only made for huge campuses. However, this is not true.
Institute Management systems are designed & developed to manage the life cycle of the any educational organization irrespective of its size. It can be effective for every institute that wants to automate the institute operational process. Solution can be built for different kinds of institutes with varied sizes.
#Myth 4: Replacement for staff – We believe that though ERP softwares are of a great help to the teaching & non-teaching staff, they can never replace them.
With changing dynamics of the system, it is important to have a helping hand for the administration. Hence ERP softwares are implemented to rid educational institutes of systemic inefficiencies & provide safe & easy to use interfaces. In other words, they automate all interlinked processes of the institutes covering the needs of all the stakeholders, including management, teaching & non-teaching staff & students & make all the functions available on single easy click.
#Myth 5: Improvement is difficult – Other misbelief is that all the features need to be implemented all at once only because no new modules can be added at a later stage.
A flexible ERP software will always allow any addition of modules to the existing solution as per the need of the time. They can also have plug-in features if required. Managements can always start with a few modules & later go for more modules as preferred. Hence ERP softwares are adaptable.
These were some commonly held misconceptions that we have helped clearing out. Do take feedback & suggestions but don’t rely on such misbeliefs that block you from having an ERP for your institute.
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