Five Must-Have Web-Based ERP Features

You’ve decided to take the plunge and join the increasing number of businesses using a web-based ERP system to regulate business processes. But which one will you choose?

There is an amazing range of web-based ERP options, and choosing one can be daunting. What you should look for is a system that works for your business, how you operate, and that which will help you achieve your end goals.

Here is a list of key ERP features to consider.


One of the features you are likely to need is some sort of payroll/accounting module. This will be used to manage everything from wages to turnover, from supply costs to sales.

Human Resources Integration

A useful ERP module for many companies, especially larger businesses, is HR integration. This can store crucial employee data on things such as work scheduling, absences, grievances, and it can provide workforce development capabilities to improve employee performance management and recruitment.

Easy-to-Use Web-Based Dashboard

An ERP system can have all the top features, but these features will be useless if you and your employees cannot use the software to its full potential. What you want to look for is a well-structured dashboard with clear menus and an intuitive interface. Choosing an ERP software that you are comfortable and confident in using is an absolute must.

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In order to achieve maximum efficiency, whatever the situation and however the industry changes, an ERP system must be flexible. This means that it can be modified easily and will scale to accommodate evolving needs. By choosing a web-based ERP system you have already made big steps to achieving a flexible system, but some systems are more agile than others. Find one that will grow with your company easily. To do this, look at customization options, overall system settings, and data access options.


Like flexibility, open-source is now a common feature found in web-based ERP systems, but it is prudent to look at the vendor’s policies before purchasing. If they do follow an open-source philosophy, then they offer access to the software source code, which allows you to change it as you see fit. This increases flexibility and means more constant improvements to the software made by the community, rather than closed-source options where new software releases may be few and far between.

And Much More…

There is a lot more to look at when choosing web-based ERP, but hopefully this article has shown you just how many options you have.

This post provided by Sandra Bellow on behalf of QAD a web-based ERP solutions provider.

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