Most companies have a finance and operational system in place but these siloed systems can’t go beyond everyday business processes or help with future business decisions and growth.
An Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is a type of software system that helps businesses to manage and even automate their processes for optimal performance.
As companies expand and needs grow and change, the systems they have in place should be flexible enough to grow and adapt with them.
Selecting the right ERP system is not a decision that should be made quickly, as it can have a significant impact on your businesses performance and therefore overall success.
To assess your business needs, you can start by identifying and listing all the critical business processes that drive your organisation. These may include, but are not limited to:
Sales and marketing: order management processes, lead generation and customer acquisition.
Finance and Accounting: Accounts payable, accounts receivable, financial reporting and general ledger.
Human Resources: Employee onboarding, performance management, talent development and payroll.
Customer Relationship Management (CRM): Tracking customer interactions and managing relationships.
Project Management: Planning, executing, and monitoring projects to meet objectives.
Once you have identified your businesses key processes, it will be beneficial to map out the workflow for each.
Visualising the workflow in this way will help you identify bottlenecks, redundancies and areas for improvement. These identified pain points and understanding any challenges is crucial in determining the features and capabilities required from your ERP system to address these issues effectively.
When choosing the right ERP system for your business, it is crucial to focus on several key features that can significantly impact your operations and productivity.
Scalability is the backbone of any successful ERP system. A scalable system is capable of growing alongside your business and as your company expands, this scalable ERP ensures it can accommodate increased data, users, and transactions without compromising on performance.
A user-friendly interface is paramount for successful ERP implementation. Intuitive design and ease of use lead to faster adoption among employees. If a system can be navigated effortlessly, tasks can be completed more efficiently which reduces the learning curve and minimises errors. It empowers your staff to focus on their core tasks rather than struggling with complex interfaces.
Your ERP system should reflect your specific needs. Customisation options allow you to fully embrace the fact that your business is unique, and tailor your ERP solution accordingly to your business processes. A tailored approach enhances efficiency by eliminating redundant steps, optimising workflows and increasing overall productivity.
The ability to access your ERP system anytime, anywhere, is invaluable in today’s digital age. Mobile accessibility enables employees to work on tasks, access real-time data and make critical decisions while on the go.
Cloud-based ERP systems take this convenience a step further by offering secure, scalable and cost-effective solutions and provide businesses with flexibility to enable remote work, reduce IT infrastructure cost and ensure automatic updates.
Choosing the right ERP system is a pivotal decision which can significantly impact and influence a businesses future performance and success. By assessing your organisation's key processes and by visualising workflows you will gain invaluable insight into your operational landscape.
The right ERP system acts to streamline processes, foster collaboration and enable data-driven decision-making. City Dynamics specialise in implementing Microsoft Dynamics 265 Business Central, and this comprehensive ERP system is specifically designed for small and medium-sized businesses to automate and streamline business processes to improve management across the whole enterprise.
Microsoft 365 as Enterprise resource planning software is a great solution for SMEs. It can offer a range of features and functionalities that enable businesses to manage their finances, supply chain, inventory, manufacturing and human resources. One of the main reasons why Microsoft Dynamics 365 is a great choice for an ERP solution is its scalability, as the software can grow as the business grows, with the ability to add new functions and features as needed.
Microsoft Dynamics ERP is a suite of business management software that can be used to manage various business operations, and as a cloud based solution, Microsoft Dynamics 365 ERP can be accessed anywhere at any time using any device.
When you collaborate with us, you will have access to a dedicated team of certified Microsoft Dynamics 365 consultants and our team is highly focused on delivering solutions based on Microsoft Dynamics 365 CRM and ERP applications. We are well-positioned to partner with your business and implement a Dynamics 365 system which will facilitate long-term transformation and success.
For more information regarding Microsoft Dynamics 365, or to choose City Dynamics as your ERP Partner, contact us today.