Small manufacturing businesses face the same challenges as large, global manufacturing enterprises: they must be faster and more agile than the competition. You might think however, that your business is too small or too young to take on an ERP initiative. The truth is, cloud ERP gives your business the same tools, infrastructure, and software capabilities that many large-scale enterprises enjoy.
Automating Manual Tasks and Getting a Comprehensive View
In a small business, employees tend to wear multiple hats to get the job done. Manually processing data or sifting through mountains of data is a huge time and resource commitment. You need to work smarter, not harder.
With a Cloud ERP system, processes are automated and information is captured during orders, planning, inventory management, and more so you get a comprehensive view into what’s happening up to the moment. Cloud ERP eliminates data silos, delivering a single source of truth that gives you a clearer picture of any situation, even as it changes, from the shop floor to the top floor and across your entire supply chain.
Gaining Control of Your Shop Floor
Tracking inventory and ensuring quality is paramount for any manufacturer but as a small business you can streamline processes and implement standards that you might think are only available to larger companies. Workflows, alerts, and controls are built into the system, eliminating the need for you to manually be present on the shop floor to ensure that checks are completed properly. Repeatable and predictable processes also make your small business more efficient so you can compete with the big guys.
Connecting People, Processes, and Machines
What if your small business could connect everyone and every machine cost effectively? It would mean that you could use that information to make smarter decisions about lowering costs and streamlining operations. Even as a small business it’s overly complex and extremely difficult to ensure the proper real-time communication and information consolidation needed to drive data-centric decisions. With today’s cloud ERP, you benefit from technology that connects your business in a way that many thought was only available to large companies with deep pockets.
Focusing on Continuous Innovation
Cloud-based ERP has removed the cost barriers to small businesses. There is no hardware or additional IT resources needed to install, maintain, or support the system. You benefit from versionless software that delivers features as soon as they are available with no tedious upgrade processes. This gives you the ability to focus only on innovations that bring value back to your business rather than trying to figure out how to use functionality you don’t need.
If you are shying away from a manufacturing ERP system, consider the benefits of cloud ERP. Manufacturers large and small are leveraging the power of the cloud to streamline their business, freeing up time and resources to focus on producing and delivering new products.
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