Companies at the forefront of innovation are looking to implement ERP to reduce internal costs, improve processes and increase efficiency across the organization.
IT managers will agree that one of the biggest reasons to implement ERP solution is to create a common IT platform across the company. However, the reasons and the benefits must be carefully weighed against, as a project of this scope has significant upfront costs and change management implications that must be accepted by both your managers and your employees.
If your organization is currently about to implement ERP, here are the key reasons to make the move.
Cross Platform Issues
Over time, organizations may find themselves running many different software systems across multiple departments. These systems may have been inherited with absorbed companies or pieced together to be able to work with partners and vendors. Yet this lack of conformity can have a detrimental effect on process flow. Problems arise when systems are incompatible, too expensive to maintain, outdated, and/or are unable to be serviced or upgraded. When it becomes apparent that the systems need improvements, this is when an overhaul of the current IT structure is reviewed, and an ERP solution begins to make business sense.
With ERP applications, business activities and company performance can be better monitored and controlled. According to a 2012 survey of nearly 250 organizations that have implemented an ERP system within the past year, 94 percent of responders said the biggest benefits realized from the implementation included:
Availability of information Faster response times and increased interaction across the organization as a result of streamlining processes
Disconnects between finance, sales and production caused by multiple software platforms, allow for increased errors and wasted employee time trying to fix problems, or find needed information.
ERP system functionality includes the software pieces for Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and sales automation in order to streamline sales processes and stop work redundancy.
When your sales professionals, product marketing team, customer service personnel and financial groups work on a common sales platform, practices and reporting flow throughout the organization helping to increase employee productivity, and generate higher revenues.
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