Enterprise Resource Planning: Automating for Success

As a business owner, you know that there is a lot more to success than just making the sale.  Business has a lot of moving parts and it is easy to get overwhelmed by the enormous number of tasks you have to be on top of constantly.  Even if you have several employees to handle various tasks, managing the communication between these employees and monitoring their work is a difficult task.  There are many types of software out there to help with various tasks, but managing a handful of applications for your various tasks often adds complexity to your system instead of simplifying business processes.

For years now large companies have been using Enterprise Resource Planning software to simplify their business processes.  However, the expense has been cost prohibitive to all but the largest and richest companies.  As technology progresses, though small to medium sized enterprises can now more easily afford enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.

What is an ERP?

An enterprise resource planning system is a type of software that seeks to connect all of your business functions in a single system.  This includes accounting, supply chain management, e-commerce functions, customer relationship management, task management, and much more.  A quality ERP system should give you access to most if not all of your business’s data and let you perform all of your most essential job functions inside a simple user friendly interface.

Advantages of an ERP

  1. Simplify Training: A considerable amount of the time you spend training an employee, is on how to use the software systems they need for their job.  By having a single interface, the employee learns the functions more quickly and is able to be productive with few errors.  This reduces the time and money it takes to train new employees.
  2. Improve e-Commerce and Supply Chain Management: Success in business takes a lot more than making the sale.  You have to ensure that a product is shipped and billed, that replacement products get ordered, and that customers are happy.  An ERP can help you to manage all of the actions that single order should trigger automatically.  By connecting your e-Commerce, supply chain management, accounts receivable systems, and accounts payable systems you create a seamless process, that your employees only have to oversee.
  3. Ease of Software Management: Multiple programs require a lot of work in terms of installation, license management, system requirements, and updates.  With a single system, you only have a single set of licenses, installation, and system requirements to worry about.  Additionally, many ERP are offered on the Software as a Service basis, meaning that the software is web based and maintained by the provider.  This means that updates and storage requirement burdens are mainly shouldered by the provider of the program.
  4. Centralized Data: With separate systems, come different reporting modules.  Therefore, when you need a comprehensive report from across several systems there is a lot of manual compilation required.  In an ERP, you can create customized reports that can compile information across several different departments.   This improved access to your business data enables you to make decisions quicker with less manual compilation.

Nourtek Solutions and the ERP

Nourtek is a top provider of business process automation products designed to meet the needs of businesses of all sizes.  We have the skills and experience to custom design an enterprise resource planning system that fits the unique design of your business’s needs.  In addition, we can build your system to integrate your existing data and applications to make your transition as seamless as possible. For more information or a quote on  a custom built ERP contact us today!

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