Growing organisations that are considering investing in an enterprise resource planning system or upgrading their existing solution need to start making the right choices now, so that their future business decisions can be made easily, confidently and with the best outcome.
When looking at your ERP options, you’ll probably have a fair idea of what you want the solution to deliver for your business, i.e. improved accounting functions, better cash flow insights etc.
But you also need to consider what else will change when your chosen solution is implemented – your inventory management system, your sales forecasting, your financial year end reporting along with other vital business processes might also be impacted, so it’s important that the ERP you select gives your business the best possible outcome across all areas.
Considerations when selecting your ERP
- Do you want something that comes out-of-the-box with key business functions built in? Or would you prefer to pay for additional customisations as and when you need extra services?
- Would you prefer a solution that grows with your business or are you prepared to regularly invest in upgrades and new systems as your business evolves?
- Are you looking to integrate all key business functions into a single platform to improve efficiencies or would you prefer to run disparate systems for each business area to run in their own way?
- Are you looking for your ERP to provide you with meaningful insights into your business data? Or are you confident you can already gather enough from existing processes and systems?
Whilst it might be easy to think that saving money or time reviewing your existing processes now, and selecting an ERP that fits most (but not all) of your requirements is the better option, you should also consider where you want your business to be in the next 2, 5 and even 10 years.
That’s where your ERP decision needs to come from – a bold place where your business is already growing, your ERP has supported your entire business function throughout this transformation and is still there to support you for the next 10 years, and beyond.
Why a bold decision might be a tough one
It’s not purely a financial investment when you invest in an ERP. Your business will be (or should be) transformed by the right solution you choose and this doesn’t always come easily for some small businesses.
Many of the clients Blue Ocean Systems work with struggle with replacing trusted processes and systems that have ‘always been done this way’ or worry that employees of the family business that have been there since day one will be replaced by automated technology.
It’s a worry we totally understand too, and that’s why when you talk to the ERP consultants at Blue Ocean Systems, you can be sure that we respect what you have achieved over the years and look to support you in your next crucial steps.
Why we know SAP Business One (and HANA) is the right choice for SMEs
Out-of-the-box – you can be up and running in a few weeks’ time.This doesn’t mean one size fits all either – it simply means that the industry leading solution provides a full business management system will little or no need for expensive customisation and consultation.
Integration with other business functions. With SAP B1 you don’t just improve one business function, you improve them all. You can also integrate SAP B1 with subsidiaries, including with non SAP information as well as mobile devices.
Trusted solution that grows with you.SAP Business One has more than 42,000+ customers and 800,000+ users in 150+ countries – it’s going to be around when your business reaches its next milestone, and the next few after that.
Understand your business from the inside out.Use your company’s data to learn more about your own company than you ever thought possible. With HANA’s in-memory technology, SMEs can leverage what is usually reserved for the big players to learn how to improve their business offerings and understand their market better.
Manage your risk and investment.You can start small with SAP B1’s starter package for up to 5 business users and grow from there, when you decide the time is right. Transparency from us means you only get exactly what you want, when you want it. You can also choose to have SAP B1 on-premise or in the cloud depending on your preferences.
Stay ahead of the game.SAP is an industry-leading technology software and as a company invests in always staying ahead of the competition so that you can too. You can be sure that you are always using best-of-breed technology the market has come to expect from SAP.
Ready to make that bold move yet?
Contact the Blue Ocean Systems team of ERP consultants who can answer many more of your questions about the right ERP for growing businesses.