If the past year has taught us anything, it’s that you must be ready to adapt to whatever comes your way. Having the right digital tools can mean the difference between a company falling behind or thriving in these unprecedented times. So, how can a truly great enterprise resource planning (ERP) system allow a business to bloom rather than wilt? Let’s take a look.
Be ready for whatever is in store. As in nature, you never know what can happen in business, so you have to be ready for anything. And while humans are known for their enduring adaptability, software systems are historically not known for adjusting gracefully over time. Highly customized ERP systems can seem like the perfect fit at first, but fluctuations in demand (such as adjusting to run a business during a global pandemic) can reveal rigidity that affects overall productivity and profitability.
By investing in an ERP system that can fluctuate to meet a large breadth of needs, you ensure that your digital tools support future growth rather than hinder it. I’ve built my career on helping companies create seamless digital ecosystems using this software. The ERP systems we implement grow with the business, even if their customer base doubles or they are suddenly thrown into a new industry.
Make true alignment possible. If you’re still dealing with a collection of disparate systems all trying to communicate with one another, you have to face that the different silos of your business are not as aligned as they could be. A patchwork of software systems trying to do the job of one comprehensive ERP system will result in inefficiencies, miscommunications, and productivity obstacles; no matter how hard you try to make it work.
While your current systems might “get the job done,” they simply aren’t as seamless as a holistic system designed to help a company’s different facets work together. The goal is to create a digital space primed for company-wide collaboration. This sort of overarching alignment allows everyone to work together towards the same goals in an efficient, quantifiable way.
Know how to grow! Another benefit of a single, company-wide ERP system is its ability to collect and present up-to-the-minute analytics across all areas of your business. Since all departments can communicate with one another, their data can be viewed in one central location. Rather than waiting hours or even days to gather a comprehensive view of all of your operations, you can see what’s going on anywhere right away.
Tools like this give you extremely valuable insights that can quickly advise your strategic decision-making, giving you a competitive edge. By being able to collect current and accurate data across all silos of your company, you can react quickly to any circumstance that may arise. This simply isn’t as quick or easy when dealing with multiple stand-alone software systems.
Invest in your business’s growth with an ERP system that works for you rather than against you!
This blog was originally written for Forbes. You can find the original post by clicking here.