There’s one common desist we hear from buyers using dissimilar systems to conduct their processes: “Why is an ERP system better than what we’re using now?”
We’re glad you asked. Here are seven benefits of ERP software you’ve likely never heard of.
Modern ERP systems present superior user permission settings. These can prevent sensitive data from ending up in the wrong hands, allowing users to only right of entry what they need to from the system.
In the rare event vendors discover a security exploit in their software, they can typically patch it quickly, and enact the update for all users mechanically.
Hundreds of thousands of businesses use ERP software and have employees who are actively involved with their platform’s online knowledge community. If you experience an issue or problem, chances are someone else has experienced it, too.
Simply searching your platform’s knowledge base can often provide a solution for less serious problems, saving you a call to tech support. You can also post questions in online forums and get answers from other users.
Using disparate, poorly integrated business software systems can lead to messy, non-standardized data. This makes year-over-year comparisons less accurate, more difficult and more time-consuming and can also be a serious damage to forecasting.
With a modern ERP system, all necessary applications are integrated, your data is standardized and the tools to see year-over-year comparisons and forecasts are built in. These are often obtainable in an easy-to-read dashboard format
Is governmental red tape making your employees’ jobs harder? Most ERP systems are equipped to ease regulatory compliance when it comes to a variety of business processes, such as financial secretarial, data security and product traceability.
Incompetent processes and decentralized data mean greater labor costs for businesses. These can be especially damaging for small to midsize businesses (SMBs) that have more limited resources.
ERP systems can mechanize and streamline daily processes, giving your employees more time to do things that actually generate revenue.
For example, software can automatically tie sales orders to the accounting system, or run reports without the need for complicated spreadsheets.
The mobile trend present in other software markets has caught on with most ERP vendors: They are now offering native applications on Android, iOS, and Windows smart devices.
These applications typically offer a pared-down dashboard that updates in real time with crucial business KPIs, including:
“What they would love is to have fewer applications and/or have those applications integrated, so that they can run their business from one source. If your ERP solution can consolidate or integrate those applications and their capabilities … [on a mobile device], that is the ideal,” she says.
There are factually thousands of ERP vendors, from giants such as SAP and Oracle down to niche vendors that cater to a handful of clients in a specific industry.
A surplus of players in the market is great for customers and every vendor has its own unique advantages and target industries.
Whatever your needs and budget are, there is an ERP vendor out there that will fit your organization like a glove.