After a lot of strategic planning, and cross-company meetings related to usability and near-and-far reaching goals, a modern, cloud-based ERP system is in place. While it may seem that congratulations are in order, not so fast…
It’s essential that a company not only have the right software, but also be able to use it. Whether a system is successful or not can come down to one very basic point — does the business get the right insight from the ERP.
Data to Improve and Strengthen Security
Advanced user-permission settings help to track activity and make sure those accessing the system are approved and receive appropriate training. Say goodbye to unsecured Excel sheets and Google documents when it comes to the company’s financial or inventory needs. An ERP system can keep sensitive data from falling into the wrong hands. Users access only what they need from the ERP system. In the rare event vendors experience a security issue, it can typically be fixed with a software update to all users automatically.
Community Knowledge and Support
When a company works with a well established vendor, they become a part of an active community that is involved with the platform’s online knowledge community. A lot of insight can come from valuable user help groups — it’s seldom that one person experiences a problem that no one else has. With a broader work group, a SMB can benefit from more vast insights. Forums are relatively active, so questions and issues can be tackled rather quickly.
Better Data to Make Better Decisions
Out-of-date, poorly integrated business software systems lead to messy, non-standardized data. Over time, the chances of comparisons being inaccurate increases, and the process becomes more difficult and time consuming. Accurate forecasting doesn’t evolve in this environment. A modern ERP system, however, comes integrated with integral applications. This means data will be standardized and presented in an easy-to-digest unique format.
The C-Suite and business at large can greatly benefit from real-time, at-a-glance, data and information that relate the company’s performance. The “need to knows” and “nice to knows” are important to time-strapped decision makers. Day-to-day metrics keep business leaders up to date with the insights needed to make more informed decisions at a single glance. Those who want more detail, can drill down to a more granular level.
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Leading ERP systems are equipped to ease regulatory compliance, which is often required for business processes such as financial accounting, data security, and product traceability. ERP systems can do everything from keeping tabs on the financial records of publicly traded companies to tracing food contamination to the source at an identifiable manufacturing plant.
Generate Revenue Through Efficiency
Utilize the ERP to cut down on labor costs, which can be stifling to a SMB. Inefficient processes and decentralized data can put a huge strain on a business. A modern cloud-based ERP system can automate and streamline daily workflows, in turn, freeing up employees’ time to do things that actually generate revenue. For instance, an ERP system can effectively automate and link administrative and operational capabilities such as finance, HR, purchasing, manufacturing, and distribution to better achieve business flexibility and agility.
Mobile offerings of native applications should be available from any device, anywhere, and at any time. Applications offer updates in real time and with critical real-time crucial KPIs, such as:
- Customer Acquisitions
- Web traffic
- Manufacturing output
Gartner predicted in it’s Forecast Overview: ERP Software Worldwide, 2016 report that 60% of SMBs will be selecting cloud-based ERP systems by 2020. This will increase the mobile accessibility of users.
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At Cloud 9 ERP Solutions, we understand the transformative power of Acumatica Cloud ERP and have helped companies like yours to select, implement, and operate business-changing ERP that grows with them well into the future.
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