What’s an ERP System and Does Your Company Need One?

Enterprise Resource Planing SystemWhen your business grows from a few employees to a dozen or more, it can become time consuming to track and monitor all the details that need to be attended to by each department or individual.  Having an ERP system – that is, an “Enterprise Resource Planning” system — is one way to improve the functioning of your business processes, both daily and long-term. ERP systems are used by companies of all sizes – the larger the enterprise, the greater the potential need.

A good ERP system helps you to view and manage day-to-day operations from a single interface, providing you with better decision-making ability. It can help your business streamline workflows, saving time and effort wasted by employees having to access multiple sources of data for everything they need to complete their daily tasks.

An integrated ERP system allows for automation and interaction among various departments to coordinate respective activities, for example, sales department with marketing department; inventory management with warehouse or suppliers; all departments with accounting.  Not only does this help streamline workflows, but it reduces errors by eliminating the need to aggregate data manually.

Accountnet is a value-added reseller and Gold Certified Partner of Microsoft ERP software: Dynamics GP and Dynamics SL. We help our clients select, install and configure an ERP system that best matches their business’s needs.

Depending on the industry you’re in, ERP can be configured with different modules, for instance, a service-based organization may be heavily dependent on tracking project costs across multiple client accounts; a manufacturing will want integrated production planning, goods movement, purchases and inventory functionality.

If your curious about ERP, you can check out one of Microsoft’s live or recorded webcasts.  Of interest to those who haven’t yet explored how an ERP system can benefit them, we recommend “Evaluating Microsoft Dynamics ERP for Your Small or Mid-Sized Business? Get Answers to the Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions.” This session is targeted to any business that believe it is outgrowing entry-level accounting software, rubber-banding an outdated legacy solution or simply tired of paying annual maintenance fees to a vendor that provides little to no value for your money.

Regardless of industry or where you are in your vendor selection cycle, Accountnet can help you assess your specific business needs and propose a solution that makes sense and will allow for continued growth. Contact us to learn more.