Sage software is made for small to mid-sized businesses. The company understands the challenges that small manufacturers face and provides state-of-the-art software that grows with your business. Sage Business Cloud from IWI Consulting is one such product. It offers complete, comprehensive business software in one package so that whether you need to build out your accounting or operational support, you can do so easily and quickly.
Cloud computing is truly changing the way businesses access software. It’s put powerful software at the disposal of small companies that may not have been able to afford such robust software in the past. Without the need for heavy investment in the infrastructure, hardware, and support personnel to maintain such systems, you can get all the benefits without the headaches of expanding your software.
A Simple Definition of Cloud Computing
Cloud computing is in the news a lot these days, but you may be unclear about the definition of just what constitutes the cloud. There are many characteristics which make software truly “cloud” software, but these are the top characteristics to keep in mind.
Cloud software is:
- On-demand – cloud computing is available on demand, 24/7, through internet access.
- Pooled service – instead of one company purchasing software for its own use, resources are pooled. Multiple companies can share server space, software, and more for maximum cost-effectiveness.
- Infinite scalability – you can expand cloud services in an almost infinitely scalable manner. From giant, intricate, global computing networks to a small manufacturer’s cloud computing needs, the cloud expands according to what you need.
- Measured basis – cloud services are measured and billed according to a prescribed payment system.
- Broad network access – the service is accessible to many people.
With such flexible software at your disposal, you can easily add and integrate additional Sage software products into your business as it grows, develops, and expands. For example, if you add a new warehouse, you can add warehouse software that integrates barcode scanners, inventory management, and other information into a base Sage software system. Other software can be added to manage supply chain needs, manufacturing technology and resources, and much more. It’s easy to add or change your system when you have cloud-based software.
The Impact of Cloud Software on Manufacturing
Cloud-based ERP software enables manufacturers to track, measure, and report on metrics that help them make better decisions about their businesses. For example, you can manage your supply chain with greater accuracy and insight. This enables you to deliver faster, better goods to your customers.
Digital services such as cloud computing now provide approximately 25% of the total inputs that go into the manufacturing of finished products. Thanks to cloud computing, manufacturing operations are safer, more productive, efficient, and better able to keep pace with supply and demand.
Cloud systems can shift up or down, downgrading or increasing as needed. This is of great benefit to small and mid-sized manufacturers who may need to adjust the scale of their operations to accommodate order and workflows.
Today, over 90% of global manufacturers use some form of cloud computing. A 2015 IDC study that surveyed 600 companies from 17 countries indicated that 66% of manufacturers were using public cloud systems while 68% used a private cloud (the study indicated that some overlap, with companies using both public/private cloud hybrids).
The Internet of Things (IoT) is also pushing more companies to adopt cloud software strategies. The IoT uses internet-connected devices to transmit data to a central system, linking multiple items together. It can be used by manufacturers to track pallets or shipments, monitor temperature inside shipping containers, locate equipment or vehicles, and much more.
Sage Business Cloud Gives Competitive Advantage
With all these innovations shaping manufacturing around the world, small to mid-sized businesses need every competitive advantage available to grow. Sage Business Cloud makes it possible through cloud-based systems for manufacturing.
IWI Consulting offers Sage Business Cloud, a “one-stop shop” for all of your business management needs. Whether you are a startup or just celebrated your 50th year in business, Sage Business Cloud offers a robust suite of tools for manufacturers of all types. Installation and support from IWI Consulting Group takes the pressure off you to ensure the successful implementation of your system and enables you to focus on manufacturing the best products you can for customer satisfaction and return sales. Contact IWI Consulting today to learn more about Sage Business Cloud. Call 1-866-916-3851.