Which ERP solution is right for your business?
13 April 2022
What is an ERP System?
Find Out The Basics About Enterprise Systems
It’s crazy to think that ERP systems are almost 70 years old. Although the initial Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems are unrecognisable from the ones currently on the market, the concept remains the same today: a single solution to integrate and manage critical business processes.
ERP systems show no signs of slowing down. Modern systems are filled to the brim with functionality to help small businesses manage, monitor and automate their critical daily activities. The market-leading ERP Solutions include different features to manage everything from finance and sales to warehousing and production. You’ll also find in there tools for HR and CRM.
There are lots of ERP solutions aimed at different types of organisations. Typically, these applications fall into one of three categories. Tier 1 solutions are aimed at big global organisations with ten-figure revenues.
Tier 2 solutions are usually less complex to deploy and nowhere near as expensive. They are ideal for growing companies or those that may have multiple locations. These end-to-end solutions typically include many features to help grow organisations in one application.
Then, there are entry-level Tier 3 solutions. These basic solutions - which aren't really ERP applications - help companies manage basic tasks like finances or sales. However, start-ups quickly out-grow these tools. And they often result in organisations becoming frustrated with software that slow down their productivity.
Who Uses ERP Systems?
The beauty of an end-to-end solution is that any type of or in any type of industry. These solutions have all the tools needed to run every aspect of an SME as standard. Although there’s no definitive figure on the number of organisations that use an ERP system, it’s fair to say that every successful company has some enterprise system managing and automating tasks.
One of the biggest misconceptions around ERP is pricing. ERP solutions are designed, developed, and priced for all types of organisations. Although a Tier 1 solution may be out of the price for a growing business, systems for two users up to 10,000 are available from SEIDOR. Whatever your business size and requirements, we’ll help you find the perfect ERP system for your business. You can also get a breakdown of how much it costs to deploy an ERP system here.
With ERP, everything is easy. You can manage your finances and accounts and link these with your warehouse or production activities. Not only does ERP simplify the way an organisation works by integrating all critical tools into one solution, but it also provides access to real-time data that users can access at any time and trust to make the right decisions.
How Can ERP help a business?
ERP solutions help SMEs make significant savings by improving stock management and eliminating unnecessary inventory spending by accurately forecasting demand. SMEs can also avoid purchasing surplus stock by gaining better control over their supply chain.
By streamlining processes and ensuring you can meet customer demand, you’ll also increase satisfaction levels within your client base and improve the chances of repeat or return business. An ERP solution is the cornerstone of every successful business. It’s also no coincidence that organisations that manage to accommodate growth do so with an integrated solution.
Running a growing business can be tricky. It isn’t easy trying to juggle all those different plates simultaneously. And with so much going on at one time, it’s often difficult to allocate time and focus on tasks that matter. That’s where ERP solutions help out.
Business Management systems help organisations take back control. Tasks are simplified; core processes can be completed automatically, and you can get to grips with what’s going on across your business.
Because there’s only one database that holds information, there’s a single source of truth across your business. There’s no extracting data from multiple systems to run reports; no more silos of data; no more extracting reports from one system and uploading them into another. Everything that happens in your organisation is tracked and can be monitored to make better, more strategic decisions.
One of the most significant impacts an ERP solution has on an organisation is productivity. Users love solutions like SAP Business One because it helps them get more done with less effort. The systematic nature of ERP means there is no longer a requirement to spend hours importing data into one system.
Organisations can finally maximise resources and improve outcomes without increasing overheads. It’s only by improving productivity levels that your organisation can grow and reach its potential.
Just as an ERP solution helps a company become more productive, it also helps it be more efficient. What’s the difference between productivity and efficiency? Think of it like this. Productivity = quantity. Efficiency = quality.
ERP is guaranteed to drive levels of efficiency across small businesses. Because you’re not constantly juggling those plates with an ERP system, you can focus on driving levels of quality across your organisation.
Why is ERP so expensive?
The size of your company and the number of users will ultimately define the overall cost of your project. ERP doesn’t automatically equal expense. Each user will require a license to access your solution. However, you’ll also have to factor in consultancy days for blueprinting, configuration and training. These can often match or exceed the cost of your licenses but are essential in ensuring your project is a long-term success. Also, if you select a solution with a detailed roadmap, like SAP Business One, it’s likely to be the only solution your business will ever need. When you calculate the cost of a project and then break it down over a five, ten or even 20-year period, these projects are attractive when you consider what you’ll get in return. Contact us to organise a no-obligation quote explicitly based on your business requirements.
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