Imagine your body trying to function competently without a nervous system. All the body parts might work great on their own, but there would be not anything coordinating any of the activity or sharing information with other parts of the body. That doesn't make for a very efficient body.
Your business works under the same basis. All of your different departments may work great on their own, but it isn't a very efficient way to do business if departments aren't talking to each other and there's nothing coordinating all the activities.
ERP is software that businesses can use to run information from all parts of the company and process this information in the most efficient manner possible. ERP software solutions store all of your company's information in one database, which gives your business a simple way to assess how all their systems are running, individually and collectively.
For those thinking that an ERP system is only for large organization, think again. ERP is rising in popularity among small businesses as a way to improve productivity. It provides small businesses with streamlined data that departments in a business can access at any time.
A small business can integrate the activities of each of its departments by using the common technology platform and database of an ERP system throughout the company. Your small business could see improvements in a variety of costs and in operational and productivity benefits.
Still skeptical that your small business can benefit from implementing your own ERP system? Consider some of the benefits of ERP software to your small business:
Implementing an ERP solution gets rid of recurring processes. It reduces the need to manually enter information, streamlining many business processes. Your ERP system can make it easier for your company to collect data, regardless of department, and does it in a more efficient way.
If each section is functioning in isolation, there is very little collaboration going on. Departments need to work together as a part of getting business done. An ERP system provides centralized, consistent data, making it easy for departments to work together.
Your ERP system gives your employees, particularly your managerial staff, the tools needed to create more precise forecasts of where the business is heading. Your business can make more realistic, effective forecasts since the ERP provides data that is as accurate as possible.
As your business grows, your ERP software should be able to facilitate the addition of new users and functions as you need them.
By providing a single source of accurate, real-time information to your business, your ERP software can reduce your administrative and operational costs. The right ERP solution can proactively manage your operations, prevent delays and disruptions and help your users make decisions more quickly.
ERP solutions are now including mobility as a standard feature in their packages. You'll be able to access your centralized database in real time, regardless of where you're working: home, office, wherever with mobile-friendly apps.
Your sales and customer service teams can better meet the needs of your customers with a well-equipped ERP solution. They'll have faster, more accurate access to your customers' information and history, providing high-quality customer service for your business.
An ERP system will improve the security, accuracy and consistency of your business data through built-in resources and firewalls. You can also make your own software as secure as you want through enhanced restrictions to your data access.
Your managerial teams are only as good as the information they have. An ERP system provides the information easily and consistently, giving your administrative personnel a better view of your business' "big picture."
If you haven't already, now is a good time to look into an ERP solution for your small business.