Ask a distributor what it’s like updating their computer systems and a good number of them are going to roll their eyes. That’s because many find themselves with disparate systems where every desk PC has to be updated separately, a licensing package has to be tracked on each one of them, and data needs to be accessible on each one and confirmed or the installation has to be done all over again. Like most companies, the matter comes to fruition when a company has to scale up, add more staff, or add more programs tools to be compatible with the current ones.
- Point of Activity Data Improvement - Those who have switched and are up and running with a cloud ERP system are seeing the ability to double the number of orders they are processing, and they are doing so with the same level of staffing they had before the implementation.
- Data Integrated - There is no major compatibility barrier; distributors taking the big dip are finding their data is easily transferred and interpreted across their ERP system without the need to constantly convert and manually cleanup the files. Even better, the information is synchronized across an ERP system, so there’s no longer the caveats to worry about with regards to point in time reporting.
- Real-time upgrade visibility - The amount of time it takes to update software and digital tools is amazingly fast. The days of having to upgrade each desk machine are over. They all update with a cloud ERP system instantly by simple access account changes. That cuts down on IT workload and loss of productivity tremendously.
- Operations are Integrated With Logistics and Delivery - Those using ERP systems are realizing a competitive edge in time, speed, lower cost and efficiencies versus market players they work against for the same customers.
- Demand Planning - A cloud ERP system allows maximum flexibility for distributors to scale up to new customers’ demands and larger orders. A traditional system would never allow such a change to happen so quickly, which means big potential sales and revenue for orders are frequently lost to system limitations an ERP approach does not have. Instead, the speed of moving from sales quote to cash received is moved exponentially faster.
- A Full Customer View - Distributors who have changed over have realized the new ability to solve customer issues and support far better, faster and with a far better access to customer account information. That frequently means smarter and better results as well as customer retention.
- Real-Time Collaboration - An ERP-optimized supply chain makes Just-In-Time techniques look like kindergarten basics. The ability to see real-time what’s happening across the system empowers everybody in a distributor structure, not just the ordering department or the sales team.
And, of course, all of the above leads to far better financial decisions for distributor companies and their managers. So with these seven benefit and more, why wouldn’t a company seriously consider moving to a cloud ERP network? The analytics alone make the choice extremely attractive in better, leaner, faster management and decision-making.
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