The good news is that SAP Business One’s Sales Analysis capabilities enabled us to evaluate the results of that campaign and then make adjustments for future promotions. Specifically, we can check the number of transactions, discount levels and net gain or loss per promotion and per location. We have to be very careful with how we spend our precious marketing dollars and the new system gives us the tools to optimize our investment in that area.
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When it comes to growing pains SAP can help
Today, many ERP systems offer cloud-based solution options and professional services provided to allow for a complete off-site capability.
All companies are worried that a new ERP project will impact the day to day activities of the company. With careful selection of the proper provider and a focus on documenting the changes, this can be minimized.
ERP platforms are scalable and able to be tailored to the specific needs of a business, making them much more accessible than many organizations may think.
Cost to Customize
Most mainstream ERP systems are designed to integrate with other solutions that many businesses use, allowing custom functionality as needed. Many ERPs also have open APIs, allowing for easy to build custom apps and implementations.
Time to Implement
ERP implementation is a major project, but new hosted and targeted ERP systems allow smaller organizations to better manage the Time to Implement.
Large Companies Only
This was once true, but the ERP technology landscape has diversified enough to accommodate businesses of all sizes.
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For A Growing Company ERP Systems Are Required To Remain Competitive
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As companies grow, their needs and processes change over time. To accommodate this, their systems need to provide effective scalability to handle the changes in process as well as volume. Many legacy systems cannot take advantage of new technology and do not provide flexible processes.
With growth, most companies immediately determine that they need more than just an accounting system to run their business properly. The importance of cross-departmental information begins to escalate as it is needed to make decisions for the business going forward. Having an enterprise level system in place to provide not only access to information but also process controls for the business itself becomes essential to the overall health of the organization.
In most cases, companies will come to a decision point with regards to their legacy system. The cost to maintain or enhance their system grows to a level where evaluation of additional options is required. Many of the older legacy systems are often no longer support and thus pose an increased risk of failure.
- Many older systems will have security issues
- Old technology is often far more expensive to maintain than newer, lighter systems, from a general maintenance point of view
- Older systems lack flexibility to customize or integrate
- It becomes more difficult and more expensive to find a support for the outdated system
- They suffer from a lack of modern features and functionality
Probably the most powerful delivery from an ERP is the inherent visibility into inter-departmental activities. No longer is the company siloed in its various departments. An ERP will allow companies to use the same information across departments, stamping out the risk filled, time-consuming, money wasting practice of duplicate data entry. The shared information and processes allow better governance to ensure distributed organizations operate the same way which in turn reduces risk.
Many companies realize that they need to alter their processes but finding the will and determination to make major changes across a company can be daunting. Time and again, I have seen organizations use an ERP implementation as the primary change agent for their overall goals for the company. Implementing an ERP system will force definition of business processes and procedures to be used in the future. It allows for changing the “this is how we have always done it” approach. It also allows for the company to re-define their business to a more streamlined and efficient model.
Many large companies are looking to re-focus their operations onto their core business. We have seen many companies “Spin Off” subsidiaries based on such changes in focus or goals. While a subsidiary may be experiencing little to no growth as a part of the larger corporation, it may be quite valuable to sell as an independent operation.
For these types of organizations, it is essential to invest in a properly sized system and start over with clean data tailored to their business model. Additionally, for a company spinning off a division or product, a new ERP system can facilitate the change of focus away from a product or service and help achieve a ‘clean break’.
Investing in an ERP system is imperative to any growing business. Often small to medium sized enterprises grow out of their legacy systems, and processes are quickly backed up. By upgrading to an ERP system, companies can be confident that their systems will scale and grow as their company continues to evolve and succeed.
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What our customers say
Denise Ost, Chief Operating Officer, Goodwill Industries, San Joaquin Valley
Jason Dugan, CFO, Trudeau Distributing Company
Softengine has been a key contributor to our rollout of SAP Business One. The company’s consultants were excellent and helped ensure that we had a successful implementation.
Leonard Kang, Operations Manager, Christopher Lena
We decided to find a partner we could put our trust in. Softengine is very experienced and systemized in its approach. We were very confident we’d made the right choice. Small businesses might be intimidated by SAP software. What they don’t realize is that SAP offers solutions designed specifically for small to midsize companies like ours.
Ray Lacorte, VP of Operations, Choice Organic Teas
We feel like we are in great hands with Softengine and the SAP Business One system they installed. It’s nice to finally put all those unreliable ERP systems and redundant procedures in the rear-view mirror.
Justin Ku, Administration & Operations Coordinator, Swabplus
The Softengine team was able to tailor SAP Business One to deliver all the traceability Swabplus needed, including all the applicable reports. Softengine enhanced the core system to enable creation of new batch numbers if components don’t already have them and the option of batch-costing. They also added fields for escalation dates, expiration dates and additional inspection data (e.g., who inspected and when), which could be incorporated into each Certificate of Analysis.
Virginia J. Gregorian, COO, Turbo Wholesale Tires
Our experience with Softengine has been extremely positive. Any time we call for assistance, they always assign someone who’s highly professional and gets the job done quickly. Interestingly enough, I’ve become so much more educated about IT-related matters since working with the Softengine team on this project. Every time we need to upgrade the system, they walk me though all the steps to make sure that I completely understand what’s happening, which contributes to the overall success of the upgrade. It’s been a pleasure to work with them.