If this is your first time to hear about MRP software, you should know that the MRP in MRP software stands for Material Requirements Planning. It is a software that is widely used in the manufacturing industry, although it has its roots in general business, through a software called ERP or Enterprise Resource Planning.
Do you need MRP? Well, that really depends on whether or not you are operating a large manufacturing operation and you need to keep track of inventory and you want to ensure that everything in the manufacturing line is going smoothly.
If you search for it online, you will see that there are many brands of this type of software. The question is: Which one do you choose? Well, that really depends on several factors. For us, the most important factor to consider is whether or not the software is easy to use and also easy to customize.
Really, the people in your production line are not technical people and they are busy, and so we highly doubt they have the time nor the patience to use climb a steep learning curve just to use a piece of software.
Well, thankfully, there are statii software brands out there that are easy to use and easy to customize. Practically the only thing you need to do is to work with the customization wizard. Of course, these so-called “easy” software brands cost more than the software brands that you need to customize from the ground up. But this really only goes to show you that in life, you only get what you pay for.
Anyway, before buying any tool, make sure to test different software brands. Don’t worry because most of the software you will find on the market have a trial period or a demo version.