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ERP software: With low-code software to the individual database

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Digitalisation does not stop at any industry, but there is a lack of specific industry solutions. Especially in resource planning, logistics companies cannot use the same ERP system as a construction company or industrial manufacturing companies.

This article will therefore show you how to design individual ERP systems with a low-code database and what advantages arise.

Low-code ERP software is flexible business software

Standard ERP systems such as SAP, Sage or Infor are often complex applications that are difficult and costly to adapt to a company's specific processes - requiring a lot of programming and lengthy IT projects. Low-code-based applications, on the other hand, can be used to design enterprise software so that it can be customised with as little programming as possible.

According to the building-block principle, the low-code database can be designed by Citizen Developers. Unlike conventional ERP software, a low-code ERP offers the possibility to react to change at any time. Instead of relying on expensive IT services, the functions can be easily adapted by the users themselves.

Wie funktioniert ein Low-Code ERP-System?

ERP systems cover various tasks and processes in companies with the aim of using resources as efficiently as possible. For this purpose, the processes are mapped digitally and brought together in a central database. With low-code-based ERP systems, individual adjustments can be made quickly and easily in the databases, partly via intuitive drag-and-drop editors. Little or no programming knowledge is necessary for modelling an ERP using low code. The various building blocks (data fields, diagrams, spreadsheets) are visually represented and can be placed individually. This allows ERP systems to be created that are adapted to industry-specific standards. For example, if you run a company in the field of photovoltaics, you need an ERP system with which you can map and control project sizes, profitability forecasts and parameters such as electricity consumption and measurement concepts.

Before you start creating a low-code ERP, you must first carry out a current-state analysis to find out which individual functions your ERP needs. Necessary interfaces to third-party systems (such as DATEV) must also be checked in advance. Once your requirements are set, you can easily create your ERP yourself with the Ninox low-code database or you can contact a Solution Partner.

Low-code ERP advantages

Companies that rely on standard ERP systems often reach their limits. Changes in the structure or functionality are difficult to make and often cost tremendous amounts of money. With a low-code ERP solution, on the other hand, you benefit from:

  • Flexibility: Low-code ERP can be adapted to your own processes and procedures on your own. This makes it possible to implement industry-specific solutions from the construction industry to personnel management.
  • scalability: As your processes grow, low-code ERP grows with you. Scalability is critical in pretty much every industry, which is why the agility of low-code platforms is increasingly in demand.
  • Ease of use: Visual editors and drag-and-drop features enable Citizen Developers to customize ready-made templates or implement completely new solutions themselves.
  • Mobile working: Whether in an architecture office, on construction sites or in social projects: mobile working is becoming increasingly important. Offline access via app is therefore an essential feature for low-code ERPs.
  • Data visualization: In traditional ERP systems, data visualization and analysis are only possible to a limited extent. Reports are an important criterion for making success-relevant decisions. Thanks to the intuitive operation, data reports can be easily created in a low-code tool using the modular principle.

Low-code ERP disadvantages

Whether a low-code platform comes into question for one's own company is a very individual decision. The savings in personnel and development time are enormous - but the in-house effort in developing individual solutions should not be underestimated. Companies should therefore always clarify in advance which is the most efficient way and whether they can provide the human resources.

Depending on the complexity of your project, it may be advisable to let experienced partners take you by the hand. For example, when data migrations need to be carried out or when it comes to implementing interfaces to connect third-party systems. Ninox users have access to a broad network of experts and partners who are familiar with both the organisational and technical mapping of processes.

Conclusion: An ERP for every industry

Low-code ERPs enable the development of highly specialized databases. As a result, companies no longer have to be satisfied with standard solutions, but can independently develop a resource planning tool that is 100% tailored to their needs.

Learn more: Many companies have already digitized their processes with Ninox, added new functions to existing ERP systems, or created completely individual ERP applications with Ninox.

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