You may be surprised by the many manual operations that occur throughout the office. Data is often entered into one system, then another. Reports are often sent by slow inter-office mail or email, then data needs to be validated before it can be used. Add automation to these time-consuming processes, save time, and improve productivity by using an innovative business management solution.
Using specialized software programs may seem appropriate for your core business areas such as the financial department, inventory and manufacturing, and sales. However, separate systems can also create delays as well as risk to data accuracy. Repeatedly entering the same customer or product data is a drain on productivity and introduces the chance for typos or data errors. Also, each software program will generate reports with different formats and key data summaries. Then managers need to piece these reports together to determine whether operations are productive and profitable, which is also time consuming and fraught with mistakes.
Streamline business operations by introducing automation through one of today’s comprehensive enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions. An integrated ERP solution , such as Sage® EM (formerly known as Sage X3), enables your team to manage finances, inventory, manufacturing operations, sales, and other core business processes from a single software solution. Instead of manually entering data in several separate solutions, you can enter it once in Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) and share it with other departments. Each department can enter specific data and monitor key metrics, making sure that specific activities or goals are being met. In addition, managers can get a ‘big picture’ view of the entire enterprise and watch for how activities from one department can impact another.
Another time-saving automation offered in solutions like Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) include workflow functionality. Your team can use the built-in workflows for common business process or create their own specific procedures. For example, accounting can input the receipt of an invoice which triggers an email requesting approval from one or more project or financial managers. When the invoice is approved for payment, the accounting department receives an automatic notification to pay the invoice. Instead of sending copies through interoffice mail or emailing managers for approval, the workflow will save time and reduce delays.
The more time that is spent on manual processes, the less time you have for other important business tasks. Harness the efficiency offered in an ERP solution and spend more time using your data than handling it. Contact IWI Consulting Group for more information about the time-saving automations offered by ERP.
By IWI Consulting Group, Sage Authorized Partner in Canada