Find Accounting, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Inventory Management Software
If you are in the process of researching whether or not an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system would be a good solution for your growing small or midsize company, you’ll need business management software that will help you efficiently service your prospects, vendors and customers. Instead of using different software applications for data management, many business leaders are implementing ERP systems because of the integrated financial accounting, CRM, and inventory management modules. In addition, having all of your critical business data in one database, as opposed to many non-integrated software programs, makes it easier to perform analysis. Further some ERP software systems, such as SAP Business One, can be run on mobile devices, such as iPhones and iPads. In this day and age, customers expect to be able to find your business online, place orders for your products and maintain their accounts using mobile device technology (iPads, iPhones, smart phones, etc.). Further, customers expect businesses (especially distribution and retail) to be available any time of day to meet their needs. These are all important things you should be asking yourself before you invest in a new ERP system.
Before making a decision about which ERP system will meet your needs, you may want to consider reviewing your requirements with a person that is familiar with your current software and technology. If you do not have a designated person on staff to define your needs and perform the ERP research, hiring an information technology (IT) company to perform a business needs analysis is highly recommended. Consolidate the business ERP needs analysis with requirements for things like like scanning, bar codes, mobile commerce, and warehouse management. Share the discovery with your C-Level (CEO, CFO, CMOs etc.) and ask them for their input concerning how they plan to use ERP to make their departments more efficient. Each department head should provide you with an outline of the important ERP business processes that they will require. Obtaining feedback from managers and stakeholders about accounting and finance, purchasing and operations, inventory and distribution, analytics and reporting is essential for making the right ERP decision for your business.
Before you make the final decision concerning which ERP solution you plan on implementing, you may want to focus on what makes your organization different from the rest. Then, focus on the functionality you’ll require to support your current business processes and procedures. To avoid being overwhelmed, you may not want to create a checklist of every possible standard function you think your business may require. Rather, focus on the core functionality necessary now and the capabilities you may need in the future. If there are regulatory requirements, add them to the ERP checklist. Some systems have built in processes to facilitate serial number, lot, and bin traceability for items. See how easily the system can adapt to changes in your organization. If you’ll need to expand upon the “out of the box” functionality of the ERP, you’ll want a system that is easy to customize and simple to extend capabilities. So, it might not be a bad idea to make sure the system is built upon the latest software and technology platform.
SAP Business One ERP System Research
SAP’s best selling ERP for small and midsize businesses (SMB and SME) can be installed and run on your on-premise server or in a cloud. The database options are MS SQL and SAP HANA (for querying data at lightning fast speeds). MS SQL is a traditional database. SAP HANA is an in memory database. As a singular data system, right “out of the box” SAP Business One offers completely integrated:
- Sales Opportunity Management
- Order Entry
- Accounts Receivable
- Accounts Payable
- Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
- Business Partner (Customer/Vendor) Management
- Production Entry
- Material Requirements Planning (MRP)
- Service Management
- HR Management
- Crystal Reports Reporting Engine
- Dashboard and Analytics Displays
Create an ERP Strategy
If you are the business owner, you may want to assign one employee (preferably with knowledge of ERP systems) to review information online concerning software solutions like SAP Business One. Next, create a list of the essential business requirements and any additional functionality you may require such as electronic and/or mobile commerce, bar codes and scanning, and warehouse management. This type of discovery might result in need for additional processes and software.
Review Your Needs With the ERP Software Resellers
Consult your team as well as others who perform those tasks having to do with inventory and distribution, accounting and finance, purchasing and operations, along with analytics and reporting,and review all essential ERP business processes. Describe the current flow of sales orders, work orders, and production orders with the business partners / resellers. Next, discuss how you envision the processing of orders within an ERP, and any add-on apps you may require, with the business partners / resellers.
If you are researching enterprise resource planning business management software systems, and would like more information about the fastest selling ERP program on the market, Cornerstone Consulting specializes in:
- SAP Business One ERP
- Electronic and Mobile Commerce
- Enterprise Mobility
- Bar codes and Scanning
- Business Intelligence (BI)
- Business Analytics
- Databases (SAP HANA)
- Cloud Computing
- Custom Programming
- Web Development
Schedule the ERP Demo
Now that you have an outline of all essential processes, contact the business partners / resellers to schedule the demos of the enterprise software systems. It is a good idea to have someone from each department within your organization attend the demonstrations of the software.
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Run your business better today ““ and be ready for an amazingly successful future. Find out if this flexible, quick-to-implement business management solution can take you there. For immediate answers to questions about SAP Business One sales, support, and services, please feel free to Contact Cornerstone and speak with a Certified SAP Business One Consultant at 813-321-1300. Looking forward to connecting with you. We are happy to discuss if this all-in-one business-management solution that integrates your company’s core functions is the right fit for your enterprise needs.
Why is SAP Business One SAP’s Best Selling ERP System?
1. It is simple to use. Please see the SAP Business One iTour
2. It is affordable. Professional (super) users approx. $3,000. Limited (financial, logistics, CRM) users approx. $1,500
3. Built by the world leaders in ERP, SAP, on the latest software and technology platform. Can be run on iPads and iPhones
SAP Small Business Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems | SAP Business One Software, Related Services and Tech Support
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