What is ERP?

ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software is a type of business management software that helps organisations better manage their core operations and drive real business improvement.

By unifying key business functions – such as accounting, inventory, production, customer-relationship and supply chain management – under a common data environment, teams can greatly improve their working efficiency. ERP applications support far more cohesive working, give real-time visibility into complex processes, and help organisations deliver consistently strong results.


“The function of good software is to make the complex appear to be simple.”

G. Booch, IBM


True ERP software helps businesses control not only what outputs are needed (finished goods, projects or services) but also what capacity of resources are available to deliver them – be it financial, time, materials or labour – to maximise profitability.

Because of this, ERP applications usually rely on a single underlying database shared by different business departments – but can often integrate with 3rd-party data sources as well – to make more intelligent decisions about what your business needs. This helps staff work more effectively, improves coordination and encourages timely, data-driven decision making.


“Because there are so many ERP applications and each business will work differently, every ERP system—or the integrated components—will look different… a small business may only need a few modules when they are in its early phases but can always grow its ERP system by adapting new modules if needed.”

Forbes, April 2023


Businesses need flexibility, and our software is intended for a very wide-range of different business models and use-cases. Good ERP software is cross-platform and offers a wide-range of available software modules, with businesses choosing the exact scope of the system within their operations and adjusting as they grow.

Lineal’s Software Development Team are as essential to our clients as the software itself. Crucially, our clients can speak directly with those write code for sophisticated processes, even helping to solve challenges that are unique to their industry.


“Anyone who has lost track of time when using a computer knows the propensity to dream, the urge to make dreams come true, and the tendency to miss lunch.”

T. Berners-Lee


Choosing the right business management software is an important component in different kinds of business improvement, including:


  • Improved Productivity:

    Streamlining by consolidating software applications, centralising information, and cutting reliance on 3rd party integrations.

  • Reducing Hidden Costs:

    Heightened real-time financial visibility from multiple reporting perspectives, drilling down to granular line-level values with ease and keeping profitability front and centre.

  • Efficient Working:

    Hours of work duplication saved by powerful automation, detailed order progression, data imports, audit history & more to claw back countless office person-hours.

  • More Control:

    Optimised spending & stock holding powers to enforce efficient buying, minimise unnecessary reserves & avoiding running short of resources ever again.



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