A January 2011 study by the Aberdeen Group found that companies with an ERP system were more successful. According to this study, these companies saw benefits that included cost reductions by 5% to 20% and improvements to customer shipments by 5% to 17%.
When Aberdeen surveyed SMBs in 2011, they found that 55% of respondents would consider SaaS ERP delivery options, which is a 56% increase over 2010. In 2010 only 39% of respondents would consider SaaS, which represented a 61% increase of 2009 results.
Running a competitive business in today’s economy requires passion, skill and a sophisticated set of tools. While you obviously bring the first two to your business, you sometimes need some help assembling the right set of tools.
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is one of those tools. Popularized by global technology companies such as SAP, ERP tools give large businesses the ability to integrate diverse streams of internal and external information across the entire enterprise, bringing together important information regarding finance/accounting, manufacturing, sales and service, and marketing/CRM. The ERP software that integrates this information, built on a range of hardware and network configurations and utilizing one or more databases, enables businesses to make more effective decisions and increases both productivity and efficiency.
While ERP systems have long been used by big companies, small and mid-size businesses are also starting to see the benefit, as the lowering cost of complex databases and computing brings new solutions within their reach. Historically, the costs of ownership for systems such as these made them out of reach for small and mid-size enterprises. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) makes it easy and affordable for companies of all size to buy and implement sophisticated tools, such as BizSlate.
By implementing tools such as BizSlate, small and mid-size businesses see real results, including lower operating costs, lower administrative costs and a reduction in inventory costs. Perhaps most importantly, they also see a marked improvement in complete and on-time shipments – which translates into more satisfied customers.
BizSlate may be onto something.
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