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July 31, 2017

How to Automate, Streamline & Grow Your Business with ERP

By Special Guest
Stephen Marshal, Community Contributor

In the terminology of enterprise software, an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) for small business means simpler and lighter business management, which integrates various departments, such as manufacturing, development, sales, HR and marketing. Typically, ERP in a smaller business setup equates to being a SaaS (News - Alert) (Software as a service) model, which is required typically as and when the business grows and workflow amplifies.

Top Benefits of ERP

It nurtures a way of growth. How, you ask? It helps in keeping complexities at bay and by providing a single data window for vital information. It also takes away inefficiency. A single ERP installed can help with the following positions:

  • Top-brass managers can spot any kind of susceptible troubled areas
  • High-calibre financiers can get a direct picture of their work process and ROI
  • Good production planners can keep an eye on stock and can keep deliveries on schedule
  • HR staff can get the right kind of help for identifying recruitment opportunities and managing paperwork
  • Higher level of executives can get a clear picture of overall operations

ERP on a Small Scale Can Encompass Some or All Aspects of Business

While mostly large-scale businesses require ERP, small or medium-scale business can also make use of ERP. It can be used for workflow management and technological updates, while their niche and small-sized staff focuses their energy on personalizing experiences for better serving their clients’ needs. In fact, small scale businesses can use ERP for some aspects of business too by separating it for a product or service, making it extremely feasible and robust.

ERP for Growth

Small doesn’t always equate to the fact that it is a one-man shop. Small businesses need to understand their ERP requirements in detail. They will have to answer questions like: If I delegate my marketing work of posting social media updates to platforms like Hootsuite or Buffer, will it help me? Will an easy-to-use point-of-sale (POS) system aid my staff to keep a stock of inventory? Will automating customer service and support help?

Choose a service provider for ERP, such as Adeptia (News - Alert), which offers a complete ERP/EDI integration solution. Companies like Adeptia will be able to take care of the end to end integration by first being able to configure the transmission of EDI data to and from your Trading Partners. No matter if you need to connect via FTP, SFTP, FTPS, or even AS2, Adeptia supports all the standards as well as some advanced, communication protocols.

As you transmit your EDI data back and forth between your Trading Partners, you can also manage those partners and be able to track which transactions are for which partners. A dedicated trading partner management and relationship page can be easily configured with drop-down menus explaining which configurations are for which partners.


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