Covid 19 made many of us change the way we work overnight. And the longer the pandemic drags on, it’s only natural to wonder whether we will ever go back to the way things used to be. How difficult it was for your business to pivot to remote work depends on a lot of factors. One of the most crucial of those is whether you have a remote ready ERP.
If moving to remote work was a grueling experience, you may question whether it’s time for an upgrade to a more remote ready ERP. Sound familiar? Here are five key questions to ask yourself. The more often you answer no, the more likely it may be time for an upgrade.
Do you have a Remote Ready ERP? 5 Questions to Ask
Can your staff, both those working remotely and those working in the field, access your ERP from any device, no matter where they are?
Why this is important: when staff can only access ERP in the office, it lessens the likelihood they’re entering data as they should be. When data entry can be on the fly, it causes minimal friction. Your staff doesn’t have to rely on their memories or ability to take notes.
Does your current ERP keep your remote teams in the loop and streamline workflows?
Why this is important: when working remotely, getting questions answered is not as easy as strolling to a coworker’s desk. So, having a system that gives remote workers the most up-to-date data lessens confusion and delay. And automated workflows help them get their jobs done faster, even if they’re in a more distracting environment.
Can everyone in your organization see the same data at the same time?
Why this is important: when the systems on which you run your business can’t communicate freely with one another you don’t have a single version of the truth. It becomes difficult to tell which systems data is the most up to date. This not only makes reporting more difficult and time-consuming, but it can also lead to misinformed decisions.
Does your software help automate, control, and streamline back office processes?
Why this is important: features like automations and notifications help keep everyone on the same page, no matter how wide the geographical divide that separates them. Also, when everyone’s working in their own spaces, they may be also working on differing schedules. Notifications bring important tasks to their attention and minimize delays.
How flexible is your current ERP?
Why this is important: If your remote team relies on a lot of clumsy workarounds requiring duplicate data entry or extra steps, they’re not being as efficient as they could be. But it’s not their fault. It’s the technology.
Thinking it may be time to make the switch to a more remote ready ERP?
Ready to explore your options?