ERP – The ‘P’ does not stand for Procrastination.


The 5-step process to improved efficiency

Researching, choosing, and installing an ERP System can be a time consuming process, so it’s easy to understand why it’s continuously pushed to the bottom of your to-do-list.

Unfortunately, the ‘P’ in ERP doesn’t stand for procrastination so time is of the essence. One of the first steps to reviewing your ERP is recognising and admitting that you have a problem.

We know it’s difficult but there are plenty of support groups out there that will offer you the advice you need to move forward, just take a look at our own ERP blogs! They’re full of helpful information about when you should change and how to manage a successful ERP implementation.

Of course, you can continue to struggle on like you have for the last few years, but why not make life easier for yourself? After all, can your business really afford to keep struggling with the same tired old systems, processes and limited functionality?  If you do this, you’ll continue to plod along but with limited growth.  

Truth be told, the above scenario isn’t desirable to anyone. If your business is ready to make the move, don’t hold back any longer. Here are just five reasons why it’s time to stop procrastinating:

  1. Acceptance

The first step is to accept that you need help. ERP will provide you with immediate results in terms of improved business efficiency.

An ERP system like Microsoft Dynamics NAV will allow you to streamline processes, reduce the amount of time spent on manual processes, and speed up production, all this leading to significant cost savings.

  1. Learn from your past mistakes

When reviewing ERP, you should identify how effective your current business processes are. Are they completely redundant or could they just be improved? This provides you with an exact understanding of the level of functionality you need going forward; thus helping to reduce cost of purchase.

  1. Assess what you need

You can also identify what people and assets are underused. This will allow you to make a better decision about who or what you keep, redeploy or get rid of. These decisions will increase revenue in the long run.

  1. Embrace the support that you need

ERP helps you plan for future developments in the company. A system like NAV gives you the ability to identify the future trends of customers and suppliers. This understanding will ease the pressure in order to allow you to meet the increasing demands of customers.

  1. Move on

Improved staff morale will lead to an improved business. Your employees are probably as frustrated with your existing software as you are; they’ll be glad of the change.

With that being said, it’s vital that you engage with your staff about the new system to in order to win their stamp of approval. This also allows you to get a better understanding of training and user requirements.

According to research carried out by Aberdeen Group, businesses that choose to migrate to a new ERP solution could benefit from:

  • An 18% reduction in inventory levels.
  • 97% increase in inventory accuracy.
  • 96% schedule compliance in manufacturing.
  • 97% of orders completed and delivered on time.

Even the most demanding Finance Director can’t argue with those figures!  

If you’re considering reviewing your ERP system, the most cost effective and efficient method is to talk with one of our partners. They can help you with a demo of Microsoft Dynamics NAV to see how you can improve efficiency, increase productivity and boost profits.  

If you’re ready to stop procrastinating and begin your journey towards improved efficiency, get in touch today.

Article written by Mark Blackmore, QBSgroup


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