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How To Find Scalable ERP Software That Grows Alongside Your Business

Posted by Michael MacDonald

Jul 22, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Growth is a turbulent time for any business, but small and mid-sized enterprises are a unique breed. The SMB market is dynamic, fast-paced and volatile, so those successfully scaling enterprises must endure chaos both externally and internally. Of course, this challenge should not deter you from pursuing growth – you just need to find the ERP software that eases the stresses of expansion, encourages your business to thrive and matures right alongside you.

So what does this powerful ERP software look like, and how will you know it when you see it? Use the following definition to simplify your search for a superior business management system.

It's a robust platform …

Your ERP software should offer a wide range of tried-and-true business applications, intimately connected through a seamless business management system. Powerful, trusted technologies such as Office 365, Dynamics CRM, SharePoint, SQL and Exchange should all be integrated into a single ERP platform that touches every aspect of your business.

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Protecting Cloud ERP: 6 Security Realms Your Software Vendor Should Know

Posted by Matt Woodward

Jul 21, 2014 7:00:00 AM

It's no secret that cloud-based small business software is the way of the future: Cloud technology has advanced dramatically and its popularity has grown exponentially in recent years. Cloud ERP offers marked benefits over its on-premise counterparts, but your software still houses massive amounts of critical business insights and private data. You need to guard that information fiercely against digital threats from high-tech hackers.

It's true that cloud-based solutions offer small and mid-sized businesses the unique benefit of unaccountability. Your cloud provider is responsible for maintaining security in the platform, and you're free to reap the benefits of the most advanced software technologies available. You're not responsible for maintaining security, but you are in charge of choosing which cloud provider you put your trust into – and the choice you make determines how secure your business data stays. A good ERP provider needs to address the following:

1. Physical Security

On-premise software is much more vulnerable to natural disasters, break-ins and power outages – and that vulnerability is very much your problem. The onus is wholly on you to keep your hardware, software and critical data protected. If floods, high winds or robbers damage your infrastructure, you're liable for the loss and for restoring the system. Cloud ERP solves this problem … on your end.

Although the system is not housed on your premises, it's still located somewhere. Your cloud provider is responsible for employing the surveillance and security measures necessary to prevent breaches and break-ins. Datacenters should have access logs, surveillance cameras, strictly monitored entry/exit and state-of-the-art authentication technologies (fingerprint readers, ID badges, retina scanners). If your ERP provider doesn't offer these measures, it's time to look elsewhere.

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Topics: cloud ERP, business management solutions, erp software

4 Common Fulfillment Problems And How Distribution Software Solves Them

Posted by Steve Anderson

Jul 17, 2014 7:00:00 AM

From sales and invoicing to warehouse management and inventory tracking, distribution is a very complicated endeavor. As a wholesale distribution company, you're well aware of the challenges associated with fulfillment – you encounter them on a daily basis. Find out how distribution software solves these common problems and helps your business run smoothly.

1. Your customer places an order, but you can't fulfill it.

When your customer places an order – no matter the channel – you're tentatively promising that you're able to fill it. But your inventory is inaccurate or your warehouse is mismanaged, so you're unable to process and fulfill orders as they come in. Your customers, who assume that your product availability is accurate when they place the order, are upset. You've lost their trust and all but eliminated the possibility that they'll return in the future.

How does distribution software help?

Distribution software utilizes data-capture technology to accurately track every item in your inventory. This warehouse management system is linked to barcode scanners, laptops, smartphones and mobile devices, so every item that comes in and out of your warehouse is tracked. Your overall business management system is integrated, so all the tracking data that's captured is immediately synced to the ERP software. This grants you real-time inventory control and visibility into your omnichannel transactions.

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Topics: business management solutions, erp software

5 Reasons To Consider Cloud Migration For Microsoft Dynamics ERP

Posted by Samantha Merrill

Jul 16, 2014 7:00:00 AM

The Microsoft Dynamics ERP suite is a great tool for small and mid-sized businesses. It helps connect all of your software applications into a unified system, streamlining your process, enhancing your productivity and increasing your profitability. But until you've migrated your software to the cloud, you're not maximizing the potential of your Dynamics ERP system. Cloud migration offers marked benefits to your business, including:

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Topics: business software, erp software

Top 4 Questions To Ask Your Business Management Software Provider

Posted by Michael MacDonald

Jul 15, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Business management software is one of the best investments your small or mid-sized company will make – but only if you find a comprehensive solution that works for you. When you're on the hunt for business management solutions, it's difficult to find the software that meets your needs without breaking your budget. Ask these four questions of potential software vendors before you decide to invest in your next solution.

1. How flexible is the cost of your solution?

Business management software is a big investment. The ROI of an effective system is indeed robust (the operative word is effective), but the cost is still a burden for small and mid-sized businesses with tight budgets.

On-premise software vendors need to be upfront with you about the cost of the system. This includes hardware purchasing, equipment setup, software license fees and upgrade costs.

Cloud software eliminates the need for any hardware or equipment, because the system is hosted remotely. You don't need to buy the software licenses, either – you pay the software provider for usage. Cloud software is also typically available through a subscription plan, making it much easier to plan for the cost in your budget forecasting.

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Topics: business software, business management solutions, erp software

Integrative HR Solutions: Make The Most Of Your Human Capital, Part 4

Posted by Rita Strauss

Jul 14, 2014 8:36:00 AM

If you're like most business owners today, you're actively looking for ways to improve your employees' engagement and increase their productivity. Cloud ERP offers the most effective and far-reaching benefits to your enterprise on the macro- and microcosmic levels. In Part 3, we discussed how cloud-based ERP software helps you improve your employee engagement and decrease your costs through automated payroll processing. Cloud HR solutions should help you streamline your processes and maximize your productivity.

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Topics: cloud ERP, HR and payroll, business management solutions

Integrative HR Solutions: Make The Most Of Your Human Capital, Part 3

Posted by Rita Strauss

Jul 10, 2014 7:00:00 AM

It's no secret that engaged, satisfied employees form the best companies, but achieving employee satisfaction isn't always easy. Most small and mid-sized businesses are using HR solutions that are too outdated or too ineffective to foster an engaging, stimulating workplace. In Part 2, we discussed how cloud ERP helps you improve your talent management strategies. Once you've got the talented employees, you need to pay them. Learn how cloud-based ERP software helps you improve your employee engagement and decrease your costs through automated payroll processing.

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Topics: business software, HR and payroll

Integrative HR Solutions: Make The Most Of Your Human Capital, Part 2

Posted by Rita Strauss

Jul 9, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Businesses today have begun to recognize that in order to make the most out of their human capital investments, they need to focus on improving employee engagement. Cloud-based HR solutions play a major role in employee satisfaction, leading to higher productivity and better employee retention rates.

Our four-part series is designed to help you maximize your human capital and highlight how your business benefits from cloud migration. In Part 1, we discussed the first two benefits: user experience and process efficiency. Today, we continue on to number three on the list:

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Topics: cloud ERP, HR and payroll

Integrative HR Solutions: Make The Most Of Your Human Capital, Pt. 1

Posted by Rita Strauss

Jul 8, 2014 9:18:00 AM

Your employees are your biggest investment, but they're also your most vital assets. Your HR solutions should help you create an engaging environment for your employees, improving their performance and increasing their productivity. Your retention rates go up as a result and, best of all, your customer satisfaction increases, too. (Happy employees mean happy customers.)

This renewed focus on employee satisfaction casts light on a gaping void in the HR software marketplace; ERP vendors have been scrambling to fill it, working hard to deliver on the promise of integrative end-to-end business management solutions with premier functionality and enterprise-wide benefits.

With cloud migration, ERP software has been given a remarkable boost: Cloud ERP provides immense and far-reaching enhancements to business processes. In this four-part series, we explore the six key business areas that stand to benefit from cloud migration. Let's start with the first two:

1. User Experience

As a business owner, you need HR solutions that your employees actually use, which means you need to focus on user experience. While small business software formerly focused on building 'systems of record,' today's approach has been to create 'systems of engagement.'

One of the most compelling reasons many small and mid-sized businesses switch to the cloud is to improve engagement and the user experience. Cloud ERP enables you to fully integrate your human resources software, creating a configurable and easy-to-use system that's both effective and engaging. The learning curve is less disruptive because your employees don't need in-depth training or require over-the-shoulder guidance from your HR team.

Mobility

Tech trends have changed dramatically in the past few years. There are currently four times as many mobile devices as desktop computers in the world, so mobility has become the most critical purchasing criterion for businesses searching for HR solutions.

Because cloud ERP operates remotely, it's the most mobile-friendly platform available. It allows employees to access the system from anywhere and with any device they choose, essentially expanding both the workplace and the workday. Mobile ERP is, without question, well on its way to fully replacing its outdated, on-premise counterparts.

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7 Ways Cloud ERP Better Connects You With Your Customers

Posted by Matt Woodward

Jul 7, 2014 7:00:00 AM

As technology advances, it seems many small and mid-sized businesses lose sight of the importance of connecting with their customers. It's true that technology has enabled automation, which allows companies to delegate mundane, tedious tasks (like data entry, fulfillment and invoicing) to their small business software systems. Automation improves efficiency, but it doesn't disparage the need for human interaction. In fact, automation simply allows you to reallocate those vital personal resources to more important tasks, such as forming, building and nurturing customer relationships. Cloud ERP not only encourages, but also facilitates a renewed focus on customer interactions. Here's how:

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Topics: cloud ERP, business software, erp software