How do I know if I need an ERP system?

Guest blog from Enapps

Regular exhibitor at itSHOWCASE

This is one of the most common ERP questions.

“From experience, we have found that if you have grown to around 10-20 people, your internal systems tend to break down in one way or another.”

Typically, you need an ERP system if one or more of the following issues are impacting your business:

  1. Your existing systems are clunky, or you use too many disparate, historic business systems which do not ‘talk to each other’.
  2. Your business is growing but your existing systems are not able to cope with the increased workload or the complexity of the new tasks.
  3. As your business grows, data duplication, manual tasks and human errors are increasing.
  4. There are required business functions which you would like to automate, but you can’t find a solution which will deliver the automation in the way that you need.

This can be due to a number of factors, but ultimately the same thing happens… the internal systems end up not working the way the business needs them to. We typically need to consolidate your standalone systems which have historically delivered a ‘vertical piece’ of the business jigsaw.

For instance, standalone systems such as Sage 50 for finance or a best CRM system like Act or Pipedrive, which may typically integrate (or not) with a standalone database such as Microsoft Access. There also tends to be a raft of manual systems such as Excel spreadsheets, Word documents and a plethora of files from ‘other software applications’ in most businesses we deal with. Our remit is simply to consolidate all of these systems into a single, logical end-to-end bespoke ERP system which can grow with you as and when you need it to.

How will ERP make my life easier?

“The system can be expanded as your business expands. You will be working with unified system architecture, which means that there is a single database holding all of your business information. This means no more moving data between systems, no more synchronisation issues and the complete confidence that you are always working with the very latest data.The system can be expanded as your business expands. There is no downtime; due to the modularity of our system architecture, we can accommodate system functional changes and enhancements as you continue to work with the system.We can deliver virtually any automation task specified, by utilising our full-time experienced programming team.

Guest blog from Enapps

Regular exhibitor at itSHOWCASE

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