When running a business, we’re always striving to improve our operations in one way or another. Getting that extra 5% of output and productivity can sometimes be the difference between a business thriving and one treading water. One of the best ways businesses in commercial and industrial sectors can manage and refine their critical processes is by utilising the right business management system for their organisation such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software.
In today’s hyper-competitive business climate, we are continually challenged by the competition and our customers’ expectations to consistently provide exceptional service. Over time, outdated business systems can harm your bottom line without even realising it. If your business is very process driven, you need a solution that can simplify workflows, even automate bottleneck or repetitive tasks to allow you to continually innovate and manage resources effectively.
ERP systems give businesses the chance to coordinate a variety of processes to give you greater control and a top-level overview of your day-to-day workflow; everything from customer relations and order automation through to inventory updates and production schedules.
According to a recent Gartner Study, priorities among business owners have changed markedly in recent times. More than two-fifths (41%) of businesses surveyed said growth and profitability were their primary goals as opposed to saving costs. Let’s take a look at the ways in which ERP software can play a key role in delivering that growth and profitability.
Reduce the need for multiple software for business processes
Take a step back to consider the amount and range of software that you use in your business. After a detailed analysis, you might realise that you’re currently using separate systems for accounting, shipment tracking, customer relations and even inventory management.
When a business operates too many systems that were never individually made to work in tandem, it can result in costly inefficiencies across different areas of the business. ERP software allows businesses to take back control, integrating all of the important tasks above into a single real-time system to allow you to work from a unified database.
If you run a business that demands continual management of stock through inventory orders, an ERP system can automate this process for you in the background. No longer do you need to worry about running low on stock; an ERP system can reorder stock or remind the purchasing manager once it acknowledges levels are depleting.
If you’re striving for better ways to generate leads into customers, ERP software can help automate and track your sales and marketing efforts to better determine the marketing activities and channels that are working best. It’s all about funnelling qualified leads through your sales funnel and meet conversion targets as efficiently as possible. Sales orders logged within the system will also provide data for forecasting and market analysis activities.
If you are currently operating different departments of your business across multiple databases and find it difficult to collate your business data, you simply can’t put a price on having a centralised ERP database that streamlines the reporting process so that all departments can work from the same information. The access to real-time data will provide a clear picture of the business which allows more objective decision making.
Technology has enhanced business operations, improving efficiency and productivity immensely in recent years - where some tasks simply do not require human input anymore. An ERP system can assist in the scheduling and automate production processes, appointments and even HR tasks to work reliably in the background, leaving your workforce to focus on the innovation that’s a key ingredient for business growth.
Our WinMan ERP software offers a comprehensive all-in-one business management solution, designed to cover all areas of a supply chain, from manufacturing and distribution to CRM and financials. If you’d like to learn more about how to integrate your business process into one real-time automated system give us a call today on 0121 749 8050 or email our experienced ERP consultants using our contact form.