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The ABCs of ERPs :

A GUIDE TO EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

Karin Jones , Business Applications Business Group Lead at Microsoft South Africa , speaks to Intelligent SME . tech about how Enterprise Resource Planning ( ERP ) systems can help small businesses with workflow , data and cloud capabilities .

ORGANISATIONS NEED A FLEXIBLE ,
INTEGRATED ,
SCALABLE AND END-TO- END BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
AND ERP SOLUTION .
USINESSES TODAY NEED

B to change and evolve , particularly against the backdrop of a tough operating climate , which places new demands on the business .

Not least of these demands is accounting , business management or Enterprise Resource Planning ( ERP ) systems that struggle to keep up with the pace of change and emerging business requirements .
Many small-to-medium-size businesses , in particular – who act as catalysts of economic growth through job creation and currently make up more than 98 % of organisations employing between 50 % and 60 % of the workforce across all sectors in South Africa – are being forced to rapidly adapt to survive and thrive in the face of the challenges of current economic conditions .
The truth is that these businesses simply cannot afford to have disparate and disconnected legacy systems that don ’ t integrate effectively with one another and which fail to meet their business needs because of silos that act as barriers to decision-making . To keep up with rapidly changing needs and market challenges , these organisations need a flexible , integrated , scalable and end-to-end business management and ERP solution .
Although ERP is often a dirty word for the teams tasked with its implementation because of typically expensive , lengthy and complex deployments , the silver lining is that the new generation of ERP solutions provide the scalability , adaptability and mobility offered by cloud-based solutions .
Why is now the time to invest in the right ERP ?
If your existing on-premises or legacy systems are battling to keep up with the demands of the current climate and hampering your ability to transform , adapt and respond to business and market challenges , then there is no better time to invest in an integrated , cloud-based solution as a driver of business growth and agility .
Some of the key factors business owners and decision-makers should consider around ERPs are :
Streamlining deployments
One of the main reasons that business leaders hesitate to implement new ERP systems is because of a traditionally lengthy , costly and complex deployment process which required specialised skills from partners and vendors before businesses could even start using the solutions . Now , however , there are end-to-end , cloud-based
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