Why you need an ERP system
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems help organizations manage their businesses with efficiency and flexibility—bringing together finance, manufacturing, retail, supply chain, warehouse, and inventory.
What can enterprise resource planning systems do?
Automate routine tasks
Spend your time on what matters most by automating tasks that once took time, effort, and resources. Automate reports, set triggers and alerts, and assign tasks to the right team members.
Enterprise resource planning systems are a critical tool in unifying operations across the many departments businesses must manage. Instead of disparate processes, communication challenges between departments, and outdated systems, enterprise resource planning systems provide insight and visibility across your business.
Provide a single source of intelligence
Regardless of the needs of your customers and partners, enterprise resource planning systems help you stay aligned across your assets, employees, and goals—which means your team can work better together.
Connect your warehouses, suppliers, subsidiaries, and teams through a unified system, giving you total visibility of your supply chain all throughout the globe.
Identify areas needing support
Full visibility into your business operations lets you quickly spot trends, downturns, or operational challenges that need your attention, helping you keep your business running at optimal capacity.
The benefits of enterprise resource planning systems
In addition to driving improved visibility and insight, here are additional benefits that enterprise resource planning systems can bring your business:
More efficient operations.
Real-time insights and predictive intelligence come together to help you easily and efficiently identify and resolve anything that hinders optimal operations.
Improved efficiencies, budget control, and financial process automation let you keep a close watch on your costs and help identify areas for improvement.
Shared best practices.
Connected departments make knowledge-sharing easier than ever, helping elevate all departments to their best performance.
Improved team productivity.
Smoother operations and a central source of information boost productivity by bringing together people, data, and processes.
Connected data takes you beyond outdated spreadsheets, helping you plan growth using dynamic views of future strategic opportunities.
Features you should look for in an enterprise resource planning system
As you explore different tools for resource planning or cloud ERP, make sure you find a system with the following features:
Look for a system that allows you to integrate a wide range of data and functions across your business, such as finance, manufacturing, human resources, inventory, and sales.
Machine learning and artificial intelligence can provide insights that help transform your products and customer interactions, guiding your teams to the right business outcomes.
Customize, extend, and integrate your solution with other apps, offering confidence your enterprise resource planning system will meet your needs as your business grows.
Integration with other systems
Invest in a system that offers a unified experience, letting you connect and share data across different apps.
Multi-national organizations must monitor country-specific compliance and tax guidelines. If your business operates throughout the globe, look for a global ERP solution.
Cloud ERP: Flexible, fast, and cost-effective
In the past, enterprise resource planning implementations were mostly on-premises. But with the convenience of accessing data in the cloud, cloud ERP implementations are more and more common.
Cloud ERP systems are flexible, giving you anywhere access to your information, boosting productivity, and keeping teams connected throughout the globe. Being able to access data when on-the-go, or on-location with customers, partners, and suppliers offers a level of convenience that moves business forward.
The straightforward implementation of cloud ERP systems can save time, resources, and the headaches that may occur from complicated, on-premise implementations.
Operating on a monthly subscription, cloud ERP systems often do not require a high, up-front investment, which can make a big difference for smaller businesses.
Bring enterprise resource planning into your business
Transform your business with Microsoft Dynamics 365—intelligent business solutions that seamlessly integrate ERP capabilities. Based in the cloud, Dynamics 365 apps help break down silos across your business by giving your team a unified view of operations.
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