ERP consultants or enterprise resource planning consultants are business experts who organize data in a way to provide one central repository that businesses can use to manage information, labor, workforce, equipment, materials, expenses, vendors, and customers for superior performance across organizations. ERP represents a software application that most businesses want to implement today in order to optimize business procedures and data management. It is the ERP consultant, who deals with the selection and implementation of ERP system and business re-engineering for the organization.Most ERP Professionals find the scope of work as a Functional Consultant or Technical Consultant. Functional ERP consultants must have a fair understanding of the required functions such as finance, HR, manufacturing process or supply chain management. Whereas Technical ERP consultant are basically specialized as software developers, system integrators or IT who code business requirements into the software and integrate them to form a package.There is a high demand for ERP applications primarily because of the huge potential they hold out for users. This has encouraged an exponential growth in creating job opportunities for professionals opting for a career in ERP package implementation and maintenance.
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Most management graduates coming from finance, commerce or technical background choose a career in ERP as there are a host of job opportunities that covers all the facets of business, like finance, materials management, project management, CRM, production planning, sales or human resource management. Job outlook for these experienced professionals are thus very bright in India as well as developed countries abroad.Pay scales are generally very high for ERP Consultants with functional and technical skills such as Oracle and SAP. The average salary for an experienced ERP Consultant is in the range of INR 6.5 lacs p.a to 7.0 lacs p.a.
Education and Training
A basic educational qualification in computers is necessary to pursue a career as ERP Consultant in order to understand technical and functional requirements of ERP software. Fundamental knowledge of ERP modules such as finance, inventory, manufacturing, purchase and CRM should be acquired for becoming Functional ERP Consultants. Technical Consultants should be aware of Oracle features and tools for business intelligence and generating reports.SAP ERP Certifications are one of the highest credentials recognized and sought after for SAP ERP Consultants.
Valued Traits & Abilities
Every small or medium enterprise relies upon resources and the planning of the same which is essential to optimize how they are acquired, allocated and used. This necessitates the urge for companies to be enabled by ERP solutions and thus offers multitudes of opportunities for a highly rewarding career for ERP consultants. A career as ERP Consultant opens up a plethora of job openings in ERP Package implementation and maintenance and also in other fields of database administration, systems administration, software testing and network administration. One can also transition his/her career into other organizational functions. Finance and accounts functions find some of the highest implementations of ERP. Commerce graduates enabled with some global ERP Financials implementation and skills may find global career options as ERP Consultants.
He spends most of the time during the implementation process and assists in gathering requirements and documenting business process. He reports the project progress to the steering committee and is often the point of contact for resolving all issues from employees and the vendors.
He is mainly responsible for business analysis, application design, application maintenance, integration and delivery and is a support function for customer relationship management. As one of the senior level management consultant he is responsible for managing multiple teams and monitors the quality of ERP projects.
Supply Chain Management Consultant
They work with client organizations to enhance the supply chain processes through planning, process re- engineering and implementation of information technology. These experts are hired by companies to develop business strategies that will help them to minimize costs and secure highest profitability.
They work with the end users and assist in the development and maintenance of the company's ERP based applications. They make sure there are no bugs in the system and also help in customizing, developing and improving ERP models.
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