ERP Software

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Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software for New Zealand businesses

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Supply chain, financials, manufacturing, projects, assets and procurement.

Do you want to make measurable improvements and efficiency gains in your business? With a well-implemented ERP you’ll realise more value from your resources and assets, make better decisions, compete more effectively, and ensure your leading operational processes are optimised.

A quick guide to ERP software

 

 

What exactly is ERP software?

First, ERP stands for Enterprise Resource Planning. That’s not a particularly insightful name, but what it represents is a system that integrates all the essential business processes you use every day into one complete system. Think inventory, financials, supply chain, order management, customer relationship management (CRM), HR, manufacturing and more – all in one application, and sharing a centralised database. So, accurate and up-to-date data is available in real-time between departments, all and processed in one system, with a single  interface – a complete one-stop shop!  

 

Why would I buy an ERP solution?

You may have one system, for example a bespoke legacy financial or manufacturing solution, which is critical to your business, but because of its age, it won’t talk to other systems without spending a considerable amount on custom integration. And as it is old, you’re running out of support and development options. Or you are held to ransom by the last remaining (and aging) programmer in the world who can make changes or restore databases.

Or, and this is a big one, you’re still running the business with spreadsheets! Downloading data from one system to upload it to another or share with key decision makers. Everyone with their own version on their PC, which doesn’t match anyone else’s, and potentially making poor decisions due to errors in cell CF216. (12 of the Biggest Spreadsheet Fails in History)

It maybe that your current setup also falls short in terms of security, compliance, and supporting a modern mobile workforce. So, with every year that passes, the risks to your business grow.

 

How does ERP software work?

The single unifying feature of all ERPs is that they use a shared database.

This means that employees across all divisions of your business can rely on the same information to do their job. They don’t need to wait around, or download and manipulate data, or enter it from one system to another. It’s like having a state-of-the art self-parking car with heated seats and GPS, instead of a pack of strong minded, independent and capricious huskies and a whip, sleigh and lots of snow.

 

How will ERP software help my business?

The list is long.

All of a sudden you have unprecedented (but controlled) access to the information you need to make decisions, on time and in time. You move from being reactive to proactive in how you respond to change. And because modern ERPs are cloud-based (saving you vast amounts on hardware, and believe it or not, improving your security position), you enable everyone to work from anywhere, without putting the business in danger.

Workflows are simplified and automated, and repetitive and often inaccurate manual input is a thing of the past. Everything is faster, more accurate and transparent, and more honest. You’ll also have a personalised dashboard, presenting all the information you need to do your job more easily.

And that’s just the tip of the ERP iceberg.

 

How much time and effort is required to implement an ERP?

We won’t lie. Implementing an ERP requires effort and commitment. But with the right partner, you can get the minimum viable solution up and running quickly, and earning its keep - and add the frills later. And you’ll gain the benefits from your new solution to realise a return on investment all the more quickly.

Basically, the less complex your business, the more rapid the process to get your ERP up and running. In fact, a 90 day go-live is not out of the question. The great thing about modern ERP solutions though is that they have lots of inbuilt ready-to-go best practice functionality for most vertical industries, so you’re not recreating the wheel.

 

How often will I need to update my ERP software?

Most modern ERPs are based in the cloud. ERP vendors make a huge investment in keeping their software current with regular updates throughout the year, so your business is never in danger of being caught out with a hard to support, obsolete and high-risk system.

You get to enjoy all the benefits of new functionality as it happens, without the traditional pain of an upgrade.

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