In today’s business environment everyone strives for high customer expectations, fast pace and high customer expectations to ultimately exceed their competitors. The best way to achieve this is to be more agile and have business information at your fingertips. No matter what size your business is, instant access to information is undeniably the key to growth and success. As a business grows they tend to become harder to manage. ERP systems are implemented with this in mind and have unquestionable benefits to any business.
ERP systems are designed to keep all departments communicating. It is vital that accounting is sharing information with sales; that sales is communicating with production and production is communicating with shipping. Without this communication, deadlines are often missed and promises are made to customers that can not always be kept.
What are the 5 main benefits of an ERP system?
Visibility. Greater control and co-ordination
ERP solutions allow total access to every important process in your business by making data from every department easily accessible to you and your senior management. As a business grows, the more complex it becomes. Keeping track of all the different departments and functions becomes more difficult. Once the correct ERP system is in place, it provides a constantly updated picture of the core business processes and how they are interacting.
User-friendly dashboards and data entry screens mean information is instant and in real-time. This improves overall efficiency control and co-ordination, and more responsive customer relationships. When departments are coordinated and in synchronisation with one another, people are working efficiently together.
Scalable, Flexible and Customizable
Modern software systems are flexible and adaptable. ERP systems do not only help with business growth, they also make processes easier to handle. When a business is ready for growth, your ERP software can easily accommodate the extra resources and functions without the need to buy a new solution.
For instance, you may choose to start with an ERP (Office) solution but then expand and add our shop floor time-sheet entry solution (Factory Floor) or oven an e-commerce solution (Web-2-Print). All solutions are designed to help streamline and simplify processes allowing for better planning and future decision-making.
Productive and Efficient employees
A manufacturing company with information stored in different programs and databases is at risk of wasting money on duplicated and unnecessary tasks. When a business is using one central system all the exact, real-time information you need is visible in one place meaning you can cut a range of administrative and operational costs including staff, support, infrastructure, and applications.
The right ERP system can also automate processes, such as making it possible to auto-generate production documentation for sales orders. With productive and efficient employees, you and your staff are without a doubt more streamlined and ‘on the ball’ meaning resources are utilised elsewhere.
Improved Customer Service
Happy customers are loyal customers. The ability to give immediate answers to your customer’s questions and your team wins big points and demonstrates you have a slick operation. With the OnePoint Systems ERP solution (Office), everything from past orders to present production figures, to billing questions to purchase orders are instantly accessible from one central system.
The number one thing in business is customer acquisition and retention. When your operations are running smoothly and efficiently, you can cut costs and yet offer better than ever customer service. A central ERP solution allows you and your customers to know exactly where an order is at any given time increasing satisfaction and retention.
Support for the business tomorrow
Along with improved visibility, better insight is a major advantage of ERP. Implementing an ERP solution across departments means your organization has a single, unified system for every process. ERP software gives you the ability to analyze and compare tasks across departments allowing you to standardize business processes and best practices to enhance productivity and efficiency for tomorrow.
Accurate, Efficient, Scalable, Flexible… An ERP solution is there to support your business for tomorrow.
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