We all know that ‘change’ can be hard. However, change can also be a great thing. It may be difficult at first but in the end it can prove to be the best thing for you, or your company. Therefore, convincing your boss to implement a new ERP software system can be quite difficult, as this would mean a big change for the whole company. However, if you strongly feel that major improvements would come from this change then you should definitely do all you can to talk to your boss and show him or her the list of benefits associated with an upgraded solution. Here are some key points to mention:
In order to convince your boss on this point, you’ll need the help of your coworkers as well. A lot of the time, managers or executives do not realize that so much of their staff’s time is used doing inefficient tasks that can be eliminated with a simple ERP solution. A big chunk of the day is sometimes used for manual data entry or managing Excel spreadsheets. By going through your daily routine with your boss you can see what inefficiencies you and your coworkers are doing now and see what you can be doing instead with a software solution in place. Many times, time savings alone can pay for the upgrade in software solution. With an efficient ERP system in place, employees can truly focus on excellent customer service as well as on new ways to increase sales and revenue.
Increases Accuracy of Data
By eliminating manual data entry and the sole reliance on Excel spreadsheets to manage your company data, you can surely reduce errors and increase the accuracy of data. Some errors have the potential to cost the company thousands of dollars; something managers surely want to eliminate. A fully integrated ERP system will allow employees to work with accurate up-to-date data at all times.
Provides More Awareness & Visibility
Increased visibility of data is essential for a company to be fully integrated and for all employees to work together as ONE. Business Intelligence tools, added on to the ERP software solution, can provide your company with powerful analytics to track performance, identify trends and strategic information and manage Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). This ERP system also facilitates communication between all departments or locations since everyone is accessing the same system with the same real-time data. Equipping your team with such tools can allow everyone to make better, informed decisions to lead your company toward growth and success. By focusing on the right data that is visible to those that need it will make for better decision making and planning for the future.
Streamlines & Automates Processes
An ERP system and it’s many add-on solutions are known to streamline and automate business processes. For example, with an efficient EDI system integrated into your company’s ERP solution, you can receive orders directly into your management system and they can be processed without any manual entries. You can then automate emails to be sent out to customers once their orders are processed and shipped. All of this can save on time and costs.
All of the above points in the long run can reduce costs. On top of this, one integrated system can save on maintenance costs and staff previously responsible for the separate systems you had in place, especially if your company goes with the cloud deployment option. At this point, you can eliminate the need for any in-house IT staff since Third Party Providers can handle it all.
Having an efficient, fully integrated ERP software solution and any add-ons necessary for your business can have a tremendous impact on the growth and success of your company. Business processes will run smoothly and large orders or sudden growth won’t be a problem for the business. By having accurate, visible, real-time data at your fingertips, you can make better decisions so you can always stay one step ahead of your competitors.
We hope our 6 reasons will help you convince your boss to upgrade your existing inefficient software solution(s) to an efficient fully integrated ERP solution.
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