How can an ERP system improve your business?
An ERP (Enterprise resource planning) system is an instrumental piece of software. All companies should have or plan to integrate ERP into their business processes.
An ERP system is powerful, with the ability to pull in data from many different business functions, which can result in many improvements for businesses from better productivity and efficiency, decision making and even stock management.
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How does it do this?
ERP doesn’t come in a one size fits all package, although they all claim to do everything. The detail in each is different and may better suit specific business industries and have varying ability to tailor to meet user’s specific needs.
ERP works by pulling data in from all different functions of a business, and stores it all in one place. By doing this, it can streamline business processes which opens up new capabilities that were not possible beforehand.
How would this improve a business?
There are many advantages that an ERP can bring to a company. Some examples of how your business could be improved:
An ERP doesn’t only collect data. It helps you sort, analyse and create information with ease. Real-time data collection leads to extremely accurate and relevant data with which to work. ERP can also enable you to create bespoke reports for individual roles and sectors of the business.
With improved reporting comes greater insight and visibility into all business operations, helping with more transparent business decisions based on facts.
Order management is more effective as an ERP system can track and collect data from the whole life of an order. Through the process from the initial enquiry to the delivery of the product and everything in between. Employees from the warehouse up to the admin staff in the office can access this information and process any actions through the system.
ERP can also help with cost saving, because with one source of accurate and relevant data, an ERP enables planning, and reduces the need for administration and operational costs. It also allows the chance for operations to be managed in real-time helping pick up on any disruptions and delays.
One of the most critical issues that business is facing today is security. Data security is vital for a business, especially with GDPR. With the use of ERP software, data security is less of a worry. Administrators can put restrictions in place for specific employee groups allowing management of data. Other software such as firewalls can even be built into an ERP system to help secure data further.
The list is endless as to how an ERP system can help improve your business. If you do not yet have an ERP integrated into your business, unless a micro-SME, we would seriously consider looking at some more of the benefits an ERP can bring to your company and start to plan accordingly to integrate the right system for you.
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