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Enterprise Resource Planning Software For Better Return On Investment
Businesses are very cautious in every investment they make, especially if the subject involve can affect the overall productivity and efficiency of their business. That being said, it is safe to say that one of the most crucial tool that many business owners are willing to spend invest today is the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software.
For starters, ERP is a business management software that helps a business to run applications on a single environment and automate many basic and advanced functions like human resources, logistics, inventory, marketing and sales, and manufacturing. First entered the commerce scene in the early 1990’s to extend the capabilities of materials requirements planning, and manufacturing resource planning years after, the modern ERP system nowadays are now equipped with advanced functionalities that that helps business not only manage back-office functions but front-line functions as well.
Some of the advanced functions that modern ERP supports today are customer relationship management, electronic banking, and supplier relationship management system. With these functions enveloped into one solid, intuitive system, the business will be able to work collaboratively and avoid data related issues like duplicates and inconsistencies.
And although big organizations were the first one to take advantage of this system, more and more ERP vendors nowadays are offering cloud-based ERP solutions on the market that are priced on either monthly or yearly subscription basis. This makes ERP a more viable option for small business that aims to improve their efficiency and productivity in different business aspects, and eventually, boost their sales in the long run.
But aside from its incremental impact on the operational efficiency and sales level of a business, another aspect that ERP immensely affect is the most prized asset of the company- its employees. Check out this infographic from CloudSuite Pro as they compiled the ways how ERP brings ROI to your employees.
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5 WAYS ERP CAN DELIVER AN ROI
Business owners usually measure ROI based on its added statistical value on various business processes- from financial reporting to manufacturing and distribution to customer relationship management and stock and sales figures.
However, it is rarely observed in many businesses the relative impact of an ERP software on one of the most prized assets of the company- the human resources.
With thousands of businesses relying on ERP to process and manage information from all parts of the company, it is certain that ERP has a huge impact on the overall morale and performance of its users all over the globe.
1. ALLEVIATION OF STRESS AND REDUCED FRUSTRATION
ERP software helps streamline your daily business operations by automating complex and time-consuming tasks such as invoicing and data validation, thus the amount of discourse and frustration involved are reduced, and your employees are more driven to do more things that actually generate revenue.
Their reduced stress and frustration helps your employees to have a clearer and energized mindset, making them more productive and efficient to the company.
Moreover, A consistent ERP system across the organization promotes an understanding and provides an easy to use and train interface. Most of the ERP software vendors today are designing the user interface of their products based on the visual interface of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
As well as features such as chat applications which help the user to communicate with their co-workers quickly and easily. This lets the user access the features that come with an ERP software easily and hassle-free.
2. IMPROVED ACCURACY AND ACCOUNTABILITY
Mitigation of human error through tailored and carefully designed daily business workflows can make an employee’s position less subject to human error and an employee more accountable.
For example, a sales representative can use the ERP software to process customer order and access the customer credit information at the same time without having to fiddle with the two separate systems because ERP has stored all the necessary information in one database, preventing rekeying errors and ensuring on-point data referencing.
ERP provides transparent reporting that can show where data input and collection begins and ends, adding to the accountability of the organization when seeking solutions for problems as they arise.
Each employee has more freedom, authority, and responsibility when doing their job functions as they are able to keep track of work happening in other departments or areas related to their work, thus giving them an idea where and when their role starts and ends.
3. IMPROVED ACCURACY AND ACCOUNTABILITY
ERP software has a profound effect on your employees’ overall job satisfaction. ERP increase your employees’ satisfaction. ERP increase your employees’ satisfaction through an ability to see how an employee’s impact has aided in the organization through accurate reporting metrics.
The sales department, for instance, may have a sense of fulfillment when they were able to keep a big client happy and content with the help of customer relationship programs inside the ERP system.
ERP makes it easier for management to track which employees or job unit is responsible for major business success. Equipped with better business performance visibility.
CFOs just have to rely on the business’ KPI’s to aid them to accurately reward employee performance, and to launch initiatives such as employee work ethic development strategies accordingly.
4. COLLABORATIVE ENVIRONMENT
ERP enables business managers to clearly define its business objectives through tangible reporting. ERP guides each of its users on what has to be accomplished for every report, and what reports are required for each business unit. Thus, providing seamless understanding and communication across internal meetings and when answering the question, “What’s next?”.
A tailored ERP software solution can also be used across an organization to measure and dissect data between departments, hence a collaborative decision-making process transpires. ERP can pull-off detailed and accurate reports from each department in various reporting periods, enabling key decision makers to have access to valuable information and make sound critical decisions for the business.
ERP also comes with an easy to use interface that makes it easy for everyone in the organization to share data with various departments. Employees are more likely to embrace collaboration because the access to knowledge sharing is much faster and simple. For instance, a sales person can easily work with inventory managers to schedule when the new stocks should be available in the physical store by referring to information available in the ERP system.
5. IMPROVED TALENT ACQUISITION
ERP has expanded throughout the years to cover other core areas of businesses such as talent management. Modern ERP systems today provide accurate KPIs to various business unit heads that can aid them in recruitment and make the human resources role within your organization a more effective one.
ERP software equipped with talent management can help the HR department to carry out its complex task mroe efficiently such as the talent acquisition, recruitment administrative processes, background checking, and interview scheduling, and management.
ERP systems also provide accurate inventory and forecasting reports that can assist HR in providing a more “real time” approach for hiring appropriate resources in the relevant departments. This enables the businesses to hire the right candidates in line with business requirements, thus recycling costly employee turnover.
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