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ERP101

 

Enterprise Resource Planning

Fundamentally, ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software is a simple solution to an all-too-familiar problem. Often, the various core business functions within an organization are (or become) detached from each other. For example, the software used to process and track expenses not integrating with the payroll system, the warehouse management system not integrating with the accounting system, or the inventory planning system not integrating with manufacturing, etc. This is not a novel problem; most business built, bought and modified solutions to meet their needs at that time. Then one day the problem becomes clear: when your systems don’t talk to each other, you become very inefficient and your decision-making abilities suffer.

Best-in-class business have two big things in common:

  • 1. Timely access to reliable information to drive sound business decisions
  • 2. Efficient operations to drive unnecessary costs out of their operations

When your systems are not integrated, your information is not timely and its accuracy is almost always in question. When your systems don’t communicate, you are paying staff to redo things that have already been done which is both costly and error prone.

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is the process of bringing together all the core business functions of your business into one unified, accessible system. It eliminates double-entry, speeds up reporting, increases accuracy, aids planning and collaboration, removes excuses and facilitates better decision making. The entire organization can access key information ranging from sales to manufacturing to warehousing to HR to marketing, all from a common, secure, permission-based user interface. In other words, everything you need to know about your business is accessible instantly.

The benefits of ERP are clear

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Greater efficiency

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Greater efficiency

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Reduced errors

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Reduced errors

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Diminished redundancy

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Diminished redundancy

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Improved employee morale

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Improved employee morale

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Faster reporting

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Faster reporting

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Timely access to reliable information

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Timely access to reliable information

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Increased sales

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Increased sales

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Lower costs

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Lower costs

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Higher Profits

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Higher Profits