Why Businesses Are Eliminating Standalone Systems
Eliminating standalone systems may be one of the best choices for businesses to make to remain competitive in the modern and changing business environment.
Before we continue discussing on why businesses should eliminate standalone systems, let’s define what standalone systems are. According to TechTerms, standalone systems are software programs or solutions that function independently and is not integrated with any other solutions and/or devices. In this article, we are referring to an ERP solution that is independent of all other systems or solution in an organisation.
Typically, an enterprise resource planning (ERP) application is implemented in a business to automate a range of workflow and processes, from planning and procurement, inventory to finance, marketing and sales as well as operations, manufacturing and more. Some examples of ERP that does the above are Dynamics 365 Business Central and SAP Business One.
Thus it is important for business management solutions such as ERP solutions to be a truly integrated solution to prevent information silo or break down in communication between different roles and departments.
Why Eliminating Standalone Systems Is Your Best Decision
Eliminate Inaccuracy and Human-Related Errors
Old or legacy applications used by distribution providers, or producers often rely on a range of non-integrated applications to take care of nearly all their processes and workflow. This may mean working on numerous worksheets to create financials, and using historical versus current information – which can be cumbersome, inaccurate and not efficient.
Improve Information Flow
Today’s modern ERP solution uses CRM functions to track customer interactions and engagement to perform better forecast as well as to meet the future demand of customers. All these Information could be incorporated with orders, delivery and support request while obtaining the important customer insights that can help tweak goods reinforce the brand and gain new clients.
Make Better Forecast
An integrated system allows information to be shared across the department, and all data to be stored in one central location. This opens up the possibility of making better forecast which will, in turn, be easier to plan production, procurement and inventory management.
More often than not, maintaining a system that is not integrated and works on a standalone basis is more expensive than implementing a new solution. To “flow” information across to another system require additional manpower which may also be prone to mistakes and errors. To analyze data across departments will require the implementation of separate analytical tools. And if the solution have an API to allow integration, there will be cost to maintain the integration as both solutions progress with time
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