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“To ERP or not to ERP?”
That is the question I ask to my fellow entrepreneurs. Acquiring an ERP system is one of the biggest investments my business has to make, however; I am still in dilemma about getting one – with a fine excuse…. ‘my business is too small’ for ERP.
After much of R & D, this is what I revealed….in today’s business landscape, no business is too small for an ERP solution. ERP allows small businesses to appear, act and operate like an enterprise-scale business.
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is a management software system that allows your building product and commercial equipment supply company to quickly and easily manage every day, back-office tasks.
From human resource functions to technology services and more, ERPs benefit everything from enterprise operations to small, family-run construction companies.
Features of ERP
- ERP helps in streamlining your Business Process and Workflows
- It helps you in better customer support and services
- You gain real time data from various departments allowing quick and powerful decision making
- Reduce paper work, duplication of entries and manual entries.
ERP is an integrated solution that brings together a wide variety of business functions. Below are the 5 basic features:
- Human resource management
- Customer relationship management
- Customization capabilities
- Integration capabilities
- ERP systems are typically configured with a relational database, or a collection of data items that are organized as a set tables, charts, and graphs.
- This relational database collects information on all of your business transactions and automatically organizes the data in a way that allows you to quickly access what you need.
ERP can ultimately benefit almost any and every business; most of the companies that adopt ERP software are looking to reach performance or financial goals.
ERP functionality is practically limitless, you can adopt a module for every aspect of your company that produces and utilizes business data.Request for Quote
The majority of small businesses start with just the basics. This may include a combination of simple accounting software and document-based processes—i.e., spreadsheets, synced documents.
As the business expands and transactions increase, it may become more time-consuming and difficult to process a larger volume of data. Business processes become much more tedious, such as:
- Inputting sales and purchase orders from various clients
- Updating inventory, manual stock checks
- Processing invoices
- Billing and keeping track of client interactions
ERP can automate these manual processes, allocating more company time to sales and business development instead of administrative tasks.
Contact with Client (CRM) → Order Processing (Supply and Inventory Management) → Invoicing and Payment (Finances and Accounting)
It may be time for ERP implementation:
- When the amount of inventory in the warehouse becomes difficult to determine
- When the sales forecast is based mostly on guesswork
- When the company is struggling to keep up with an upsurge of orders or relies heavily on excel spreadsheets
- When getting solid facts becomes problematic, it may be time for ERP implementation
Here are top benefits that small businesses have reported to gain after implementing ERP:
- Integrated information
- Customer services
- Data quality
- Improved reporting
- Better supply chain
- Regulatory compliance
- Reduced complexity
- Lower cost of operations
- Web-based ERP solution simplifies back-office process automation for mid-sized and growing business enterprises.
- It provides real-time information about finance, order management, purchase, inventory, employee management, e-commerce and much more.
- With web-based ERP solution, you can accelerate business cycles, improve productivity and reliability, and provide higher levels of service to customers, suppliers and partners.
- Web-based ERP solution improves business among customers, suppliers and partners through self-service portals, providing for lead management, shipment tracking, bill payment and more.
- As a web-based ERP hosted solution it significantly reduces your overhead expenses.
- There is no software to install, no hardware to purchase and maintain, and no up-gradation requiring complex re-implementation over time.
Not all companies have the same requirements of their ERP system. Generally, a moderately-sized manufacturing company will require more complexity than a similarly sized professional services company.
Typically, subscription fees for a cloud system, over the course of a year, will add up to about 20 to 30% of the cost of a similar system’s perpetual license.
Depending on the vendor, maintenance and support may be included, or may cost extra. With an on-premise deployment, users must still pay annual support and maintenance costs that run between 10 and 20% of the original licensing fee
Some of the key considerations are:
- Types of business and the number of users
- Third party software add-ins
- Implementation costs
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