Monday, December 23, 2013

Unlimited Growth Potential for ERP Solutions

Is there really such a thing as a smart solution?  Unlimited growth?  One of the first things we learn in technology is the phrase “GIGO” or Garbage In, Garbage Out.  A smart solution has multiple objectives to achieve if it is going to actually be considered smart. 


First and foremost no matter how it achieves it, any change must contribute to providing great customer satisfaction.  In order to do that it has to be responsive to user needs.  It has to have the ability to collect and analyze information from multiple sources and present that information to users in a timely manner so that intelligent business decisions can be made quickly and accurately that grow revenue, protect margins, and improve profitability.


The future of Enterprise Computing is certainly going to include adoption of Internet Technologies.  The benefits of this type of development are great.  A consistent and simple user interface that reduces training needs, removes the need for custom client software which helps to reduce costs and provides for a customizable single sign and access to all needed resources. 


This migration to web or cloud computing will provide uses access with any device, at any time and at any location.  The flip side of this access is the need to secure the enterprise with borderless technology solutions.  These security challenges are very achievable, but are also something to not glance over in any rush to modernize.


ERP solution providers now have to develop robust solutions that solve real world business issues and drive bottom-line results.   Anytime access is great, but you have to connect with accurate real-time information first. 


The solution designs do have to conform to the equipment and devices that people want to use.  Sometimes referred to as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).  The logical choice is web based as that is relatively standard software interface with any device available today.  This is a shift from the traditional standard of use-this-software, because that is what we support with our solution.  Now solution providers must tailor their solution to the client software of choice.  The different web browsers are the answer whether the solution is hosted in-house or in-the-cloud. 


One of the challenges that persist is how each web browser vendor implements web presentation in their respective version and the constant rush to get new versions out that may not be fully supported.  If a solution provider releases a version of their web browser is must support published standards. 


Anytime, anywhere access.


Just as the solution providers are changing their solutions, organizations are increasingly adopting and demanding cloud offerings for critical business operations.  As more consumers and businesses adopt tools such as smart phones and tablets, the ability to host data in the cloud and access it from just about anywhere on the planet is quickly becoming vital. Any solution today will need to allow customers multiple options for their infrastructure including on-premise servers, platform as a service, or software as a service.


One of the major benefits of this type of computing and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions in general is the ability to collaborate more effectively.  This collaboration results in increased productivity from business process automation.  A fully integrated Contact Relationship Management (CRM) system becomes a necessary component in fulfilling this challenge.  It is designed to collect and present notifications as well as monitor and assign daily tasks and business alerts.  


Web based portal interfaces give users an intuitive workspace where screens, applications, and dashboards have been consolidated and customized for the specific role and authority of the user.  By giving users the ability to configure their screens with the exact applications and information that is important to their business function, companies can empower their employees to drive results instead of hinder productivity.


Some key benefits of embracing this technology shift:

  • Single sign on and interface to all needed resources.
  • Responsive design and consistent user experience.
  • Increase productivity.
  • Reduce training costs.
  • Access on any device, anytime, anywhere computing.
  • Central point of access to Collaboration and tools that make job functions easier.
  • Flexible and configurable interface to exact applications and content.
  • Business process automation.
  • Immediate access to accurate enterprise data and business intelligence dashboards.
  • Monitoring of daily tasks and business alerts.
  • Insight into business opportunities and trends.
  • Communicate business goals consistently.
  • Grow revenue, protect margins, and improve profitability.
  • Robust solutions for real-world situations that drive bottom line results.
  • Enterprises can compete at a high level.

The web provides unlimited growth potential.

Clearly, the Internet is the future of ERP.  The writing is on the web page.  The challenge is in separating the latest technology hype and finding out what real results you can expect to drive by embracing and implementing changes in your infrastructure.


What changes have you made? 

What problems have you encountered? 

Have you tried tying together separate systems to achieve results or have you implemented a new fully integrated solution?


We would like to know.  Please share your failures and successes with our readers.  Contact Dolvin Consulting to see how we can help you sort through the constant flux of technology to find solutions that empower your enterprise.


1 comment:

  1. Well, with the development of erp system it has now become easy to work more easily and efficiently with the new technology.
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