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How Operational Process Innovation Can Separate You From Your Competitors

Do you know the business process analytics involved in your organisation? How can management track each stage to ensure quality, traceability and optimise resources to be most efficient?

In today’s fast-paced business world staying technologically savvy more often than not translates as staying ahead of your competitors. Therefore, smart SME managers should be utilising technology to tailor the performance of their businesses and optimise business processes to create synergy and smooth running between different departments.

For SME’s, investing in an Enterprise Resource Planning management system is a shrewd business move as in doing so takes advantage of automation software to streamline your business processes including supply chain management, purchasing and sales, financial management and more.

The fact that ERP technologies cut out errors in shelf life management and optimise supply chain as well as connecting factory floor processes with financial processes means that as a result, it saves you money and frees up your bottom line – powering managers to invest capital where it’s really needed.

Weighing, packing, scanning, labeling and barcode software are at the forefront of this technology and they have many benefits to businesses including:

  • Simplifying tracking with continued serial numbers
  • Improved accuracy as fewer data errors
  • Central stock control database for the whole company to work from

Managers can now access the right information in real time across all devices and make better decisions on the fly that can be backed up by data. Similarly, customers benefit as delays are minimised and value is added through enhanced speed and traceability of products.

Most people seem to think that ERP systems are only for multinational companies but they are wrong, in fact, some ERP systems are designed specifically for small to midsize businesses, for example, SAP Business One. Connectivity in the following areas means that one system is used to manage business operations from end-to-end, powering management to cut through the noise and focus on building their businesses – profitably and efficiently.

  • Procurement
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Accounting
  • Human Resource
  • Corporate Performance & Governance
  • Customer Services
  • Sales

SAP Business One offers a Professional Edition that allows 1-100 users or a Starter Package Edition more suited to startups that facilitate 1-5 users. SAP’s solution is attractive to both segments, small and midsize businesses, as it allows you to scale on demand, meaning the solution can grow as your business grows.

Additionally, SAP Business One has over 500 industry specific add-on modules in a variety of different verticals that enhance the overall product offering, for example, add-on modules specific to the meat industry, distribution industry, pharma and science, agribusiness, food and beverage etc. Furthermore, the solution can be hosted in the cloud or on premise – depending on a customer’s requirements.

A SAP ERP system is measurable, customisable, scalable and with a level of personalisation to different industries means it’s a clear favourite to SME’s – this positions it as a smart investment to lower operational costs and streamline business processes.

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