Many businesses are learning that switching to a business management system is a smart move. The main ‘go-to’ for business management is an ERP solution, but even if you’re a small business, implementing an ERP system might seem like a daunting task.
If you’ve been considering making the switch, here are 10 reasons why you should take the plunge:
1. Increased revenues
The best business management systems provide deeper visibility into what is happening in your business. From a dashboard, you can see all of the critical information for every department, quickly and easily. You also get better insight into sales data like lead origins, close rates, average order values and more. As a result you can do things such as analyse your entire sales cycle or forecast with greater accuracy.
You also gain inventory visibility to make better decisions about how much to keep on hand and when to reorder products. And the automated order processing means that you have instant updates on orders from customers and suppliers so that nothing slips through the cracks!
2. Improved data accuracy
In addition to streamlining your business processes, a single source of truth for your data also means improved data accuracy. This is important for a few reasons. If you can’t trust the information that’s being handed to you, how can your employees make accurate decisions? Even more importantly, how would customers feel if they found out that their data wasn’t being handled correctly?
As well as resulting in the loss of employee confidence and trust from your customers (and this could mean losing customers altogether), a business management system can help to improve the accuracy of your own internal financial reports and forecasts.
Quicker, more accurate reporting means faster access to decision-making information which will lead to better decision making – an essential tool for any HR manager or leader.
3. Improved customer satisfaction
Strong customer satisfaction is a key indicator of a healthy company. An ERP system can help improve your customer service capabilities by making it easier to track and fulfil orders. For example, if you’re able to quickly pull up each customer’s order history and delivery status, you’ll be able to resolve issues more efficiently. Plus, it will be easier to maintain high quality service across multiple locations. The result: happier customers who are more likely to return again and again.
4. Increased operational efficiency
When you think about a successful business and what sets it apart from the others, what comes to mind? Good products or services? Excellent customer service? Perhaps an optimal location that gets plenty of foot traffic?
While all these things are important, they only get you so far. When it comes down to it, the most successful businesses are the ones that are able to operate as efficiently as possible. And one of the easiest ways to do this is with an ERP solution.
ERP allows businesses to manage their operations more effectively by organizing every aspect of their enterprise into one system. This means no more worrying about how well your employees in different departments are communicating with each other; ERP will take care of that for you.
5. Increased employee productivity
A business management system is designed to increase the efficiency of employees, saving them time on administrative tasks, improving their access to information and allowing them to collaborate more effectively across departments.
This is especially important for businesses that operate in remote or virtual environments where most of the workforce isn’t in an office every day.
ERP systems can also help with worker retention, as employees have a greater ability to work remotely and stay connected with your team.
6. Improves efficiency
Because everything is combined into one system, you don’t have to waste time switching between different platforms and applications to get things done or find the information you’re looking for.
You also don’t have to worry about getting disconnected from your network when you leave the office because you can access your business management system remotely via a mobile device or computer with internet access!
When all the pieces are tied together, you can quickly and easily see where you are losing time and money. You can streamline processes to make your business more efficient, which of course saves you money in the long run.
7. Improves expansion potential
If you are considering acquiring other businesses or expanding into new markets, having an ERP solution in place simplifies these processes by allowing you to integrate your new business units quickly and effectively into your existing operation.
8. Improves sustainability
Because all of your departments can easily see each other’s operations and input information directly into a shared platform, you can be sure that the right people are getting the right information at the right time—and therefore make better decisions about how to run your business.
So, if disaster strikes one part of your operation, the rest can still function effectively—and therefore survive!
9. Increased security
often companies that use disparate systems have many ways for unauthorized people to access their data; an ERP solution streamlines access so you don’t have quite as many holes that need patching! An efficient system also reduces human error, which is a common source for data breaches and lost information.
10. Improves your business processes
Consolidation of data is one of the primary benefits of an ERP system. Instead of each department having its own spreadsheets, documents, and systems, all the information is combined into one place, where everyone has access as necessary, but not more.
This means that employees can easily share resources and collaborate on projects because all the information they need is in one place.
Spending some money now on an Business Management Solution will put your company on the path to growth and profit and prepare it for the years ahead.
ERP solutions can help any business, large or small, but the biggest benefit comes when they’re obtained as soon as possible while a company is still small and nimble enough to implement them effectively.
ERP is most effective and helpful to a company this young if it buys the right software solution for its size and industry.
An investment in ERP today could save that company from having to purchase more powerful software several years down the road, which can cost more and be much more frustrating to implement.
The sooner you move forward with an ERP system, the better for your business’ future.
Choosing SAP Business One from Signum helps you connect every person and process – from finance and expense reporting to procurement and inventory – into an integrated method that can scale efficiently, control costs, manage compliance and help your team make the quick decisions required to run your business your way.