Why a unified software solution is what your business needs now

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Why a unified software solution is what your business needs now

These days there seems your business needs a different app or program for EVERY. LITTLE. THING. Whilst it is nice that you can get very well thought out, specific programs, the downside is that all these bits don’t necessarily talk to each other.  So why do you need a unified software solution?

The more features one tool has, or the more effectively these solutions integrate together; the more effective your business can be. Recently in software, some developers have concerted efforts to build tools that integrate several smaller applications into one unified platform. If you have done any searching around for a new ERP or CRM, you’ve most likely seen them praising how many other software systems their platform integrates with. However, not all developers create integrations that talk to other software.

So, you have two choices:

  1. A single ERP system (Complete Business Solution) that does it all; or
  2. A “Best of Breed” situation where you chose the best products for each area of your business and ensure they will work together. 

Let’s look at the four main benefits of going with one of these two options. 

1. Uninterrupted Flow of Information. 

For organisations to be successful, it’s essential that information can travel between departments without any interruption.

2. Less Manual Data Entry. 

If your systems are talking to each other – you literally only need to enter one piece of information once for it to be seen throughout all the other systems. Again, this reduces the time your staff take to complete data entry and reduces your error rates. 

3. Greater Access to Data.

A unified solution talks to all parts of your business and allows for more visibility across your whole organisation. It ensures a single source of truth- so the accounts team, project managers and execs are all looking at the same figures – no more arguing about whose numbers are the “correct” ones…

4. More Effective Internal Collaboration.

Following on from the point above – when you have all departments singing from the same sheet – it is much easier to get them to collaborate. The accounts team and project managers can get together and discuss where a particular project is at and how it is tracking to budget. HR can have a much better view of individual team members KPIs and how their individual projects are tracking. 

So, now you know why it is essential for all your information to talk to each other through a unified software solution; which way is best for your business?

This is a very business-specific question and one that our team of industry experts can help you solve.   

A complete ERP system can automate and better manage tasks related to purchasing, inventory and order management, manufacturing, payroll, project management, workforce management, sales and marketing and more. Why do companies use ERP? ERP software has become an invaluable tool for companies because it generates significant time and cost savings.

Whereas a “Best of Breed” situation takes the “best of the best” software solutions for each area of your business and ensures each program talk to each other. An example of this is a specific program for the sales and marketing team, one for the operations staff, a specific accounting solution, and a payroll / HR program that all work together to get the best results for your business.

As I mentioned, which way you go will depend on your specific business and the challenges you face. We are more than happy to sit down with you and figure out the best approach for your business.

If you think you could use better data visibility within your organisation, get in touch with our team today, and let’s start making your business run smoother and more efficiently.

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