Digitally Transform Your Operations With ERP Software
Enterprise Resource Planning (commonly known as ERP) is a comprehensive business management software that aims to streamline and integrate a company’s fundamental processes. ERP systems adhere to a shared process and data model, encompassing a wide range of essential functions, including finance, human resources, distribution, manufacturing, service, and supply chain management.
In the past, businesses relied on separate systems to manage each of these functions, resulting in fragmented data and hindering collaboration between departments. ERP software addresses this challenge by consolidating all these processes into a single, central system.
Think of an ERP system as the core of your business: where all departments’ operations and data converge and share information within a unified database. This centralisation not only facilitates data retrieval but also provides a robust foundation for your workforce to operate efficiently. ERP systems, such as Business Central, empower businesses to enhance productivity, make informed decisions, and achieve greater cohesion across various facets of their operations, ultimately contributing to improved overall performance.
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Why Use An ERP System?: Automate Your Processes
Every organisation strives to streamline their operations and stay ahead of the competition. This is where an ERP system can be an invaluable asset.
By automating a wide range of processes and integrating all aspects of the business, an ERP system provides a centralised platform for managing your finances and operations. And one of the biggest advantages of using an ERP system is the ability to standardise processes.
By ensuring that tasks are performed consistently, the likelihood of errors is reduced. An ERP system also ensures that all employees are following the same procedures. In doing so, companies improve their accuracy and reduce the amount of time and resources required to complete tasks.
Using an ERP system can also help eliminate duplication of work. With a centralised platform, all employees can access the same information in real-time, reducing the need to copy data entry and manual reconciliation. This not only saves time but also reduces the risk of errors.
Why Use An ERP?: Unified Data & Business Intelligence
Managing all areas of operations from a single, secure platform means that all of your organisation’s data exists in one location. And that means it’s easy to assemble and compare.
By implementing an ERP system, businesses can benefit from a single, centralised database that provides real-time information on their operations, finances, and customer interactions. This allows for improved data accuracy, better visibility into the business processes, and increased automation, saving time.
An ERP system can also provide valuable insights into business performance, allowing for data-driven decision-making that is informed by accurate and timely information. Companies can use their data to enhance operations and automate more of their tasks – freeing up employees to focus on more critical and strategic work.
ERP system reports are highly customisable, meaning reporting can be tailored to your specific needs. So you’ll always have the data you need when you need it.
Why Use An ERP System: Increase Your Profits
Ultimately, the goal of an ERP system is to improve efficiency, increase productivity, and boost profitability.
By providing a single platform for managing all aspects of the business, an ERP system enables companies to make better-informed decisions, reduce costs, and improve customer satisfaction. In today’s highly competitive marketplace, investing in an ERP system is a smart move for any organisation looking to stay ahead of the curve.
With the payback time of a Microsoft ERP system typically less than two years, expect your ROI – and profits – to soar.
See below for the operations areas that a Microsoft ERP system can help with:
Business Uses Of ERP Systems
Organisations can use an ERP system across the following areas:
- Sales – Track all information about enquiries from new and existing customers from start to finish.
- Manufacturing – Automate processes, accurately track orders and monitor resource levels with instant data reports.
- Finance – Track accurate finance data, simplify billing and invoicing through automation and stay on top of cash flow.
- Supply Chain & Warehousing – Track and manage stock and orders in smarter ways, increasing efficiency.
- Operations – Manage all areas of your business, see predicted sales revenues and know where to focus your efforts.
Nine out of ten companies that adopt an ERP system say that it has improved some or all of their processes. These efficiencies quickly add up to tangible time and cost savings.
This is accompanied by an uplift in sales conversions thanks to better management of new and existing customer accounts.
Dynamics 365 Business Central: Microsoft’s modern ERP solution
Microsoft has developed ERP solutions for 20 years and its Microsoft Dynamics 365 application is used by thousands of organisations worldwide to drive all areas of their operations.
Previous iterations of Microsoft Dynamics (such as Navision) were designed for enterprise-size organisations and their processes, and were relatively inflexible as a result.
In contrast, Microsoft’s latest ERP solution – Business Central – has been born out of the needs of SMEs. From its cloud deployment (making it flexible to use on the go) to its custom reporting capabilities, Business Central is designed to work the way your organisation does.
Business Central is also a far more cost-effective solution: it is licensed per user, so costs can be kept low. It’s ready out-of-the-box, with minimal development required to meet your needs. And it’s modular, meaning you can adopt Business Central’s functionality in phases to meet your budget and operational requirements.
About Akita Intelligent Solutions
With a 25 year heritage, Akita designs, develops and supports transformation technologies for organisations across the UK and internationally.
As experts in Microsoft Dynamics, we develop Microsoft ERP systems that transform the operations of our customers.
Our consultancy and project approach ensures that the solutions we develop are tailored to the requirements and operations of the organisations they work with.
This means that, by design, the resulting ERP system makes the organisation more efficient and – ultimately – profitable.
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