3 Things to Consider when choosing your ERP

14/11/2018

ERP solutions often struggle to keep up with demand when an organisation scales, falling short on reporting, analytics and speed. This actively hampers growth, fostering data silos which reduce productivity. Finding and implementing a new one to match your business’ ambitions is not an easy process either, eating into already packed schedules.

With quick fixes out of the window, choosing a product which facilitates long-term growth becomes the common-sense approach – this is exactly what makes Dynamics 365 Business Central the clear market leader.

Flexibility 

By leveraging the power of the whole suite of Microsoft applications via the cloud, Business Central users are always able to access the right data at the right time. Instead of being resigned to wasting their time navigating numerous on-premise systems, Microsoft’s joined-up thinking allow users to efficiently pull information from disparate sources. 

Features such as accelerating financial close and reporting as well as improving forecast accuracy take advantage of these integrations, helping to improve decision making across-the-board.  

With a lifespan of 10-15 years, Business Central also guarantees that the process of adopting a new solution will not have to be repeated in the long-term, while regular updates ensure that it can follow your business onto the next level. 

Visibility  

For scaling business with multinational operations, increased visibility is a key consideration. This is incredibly difficult to achieve, however, without supportive infrastructure. Fortunately, Business Central represents a true end-to-end business management solution with the power to eliminate silos which stand in the way of progress.  

Say, for example, a silo exists between Sales and PMO. Sales are sending off quotes without the approval of PMO, only for the latter to say that they don’t have sufficient time to deliver what has been promised to the customer. While they are part of the same organisation, they clearly aren’t co-operating, to the detriment of the business as a whole.  

With Business Central, this issue could be easily rectified. PMO could become part of the approval cycle for projects, creating a joined-up sales and delivery model. Not only would this improve the organisation’s customer service, but it would also enhance internal relations, creating a foundation for growth.  

Delivery 

As no set formula will guarantee the delivery of your ERP solution, finding a Microsoft Gold Partner who will tailor your solution is key. At City Dynamics, we ensure that we cater for every organisation’s unique priorities and capacities.  

For example, SMBs are unlikely to be able to dedicate a full-time team to the process, whereas larger ones often can, meaning that implementation will be longer in some cases. But getting this process right is imperative – especially if you don’t want to retrace your steps a couple of years down the line. 

In some instances, we firefight; identifying an area of the business that needs urgent attention. In others, we take more of a backseat; aiming to minimise the overall impact on operations in the short term. Rest assured, City Dynamics will devise the right implementation strategy for you, drawing on our extensive experience and expert Microsoft product knowledge. 

Quantifying success 

Whatever the approach, there is, of course, a barometer for success. For companies with multi-million-pound turnovers and a sustainable workforce of 100-200 people, an ERP solution has only fulfilled its purpose when revenue doubles and then doubles again.  

And by delivering Microsoft solutions, City Dynamics have achieved that gold standard with companies turning over £70 million per annum. 

If your company is looking for a new ERP solution, please contact us via email or by phone at 020 7065 6868. 

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