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Benefits of Business Software Integration

Business Value

There are a number of generic benefits to improved systems integration. The obvious, surface level, benefits being reduced effort (of data entry) and fewer errors. While these alone can be significant, there are often even more significant benefits that result from enabling business processes that were previously impractical.

The bottom line is that you can reduce costs; make better (and more effective) decisions and even grow your business by eliminating the artificial barriers between systems.

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Enter Data Once
  • Customer, product and production data entered into one program/system is automatically transfered to your other, separate systems
  • Changes are updated system wide
  • Mistakes are dramatically reduced
  • Different departments efficiently share data improving:
    • Sales effectiveness
    • Customer satisfaction
    • Project completion
    • Profitablility
    • Faster invoicing
 
Increase Revenue
  • The efficient flow of accurate inventory and production results to corporate (and supply chain) planning systems can enable businesses to adapt more rapidly to changing market conditions. For example: responding to opportunities for sale of unique, high value, products.
  • Improved maintenance strategies (enabled by automated collection of machine/equipment use and health) can result in better asset utilization, and ultimately increased production.

 

 
Reduced Cost
  • The improved maintenance strategies referenced above will also typically result in fewer unnecessary preventative maintenance orders; reducing cost of labor and spare parts
  • Providing accurate feedback to MRP II planning tools is essential to ensure that purchase orders are placed for the right materials and the right time
  • Reduced data entry time & transcription errors. (In one example, transcription errors resulted in incorrect invoice data being entered and vendors being overpaid).
 
Increase Free Cash Flow

More efficient materials planning (by feedback to MRP II) helps to lower raw materials inventories and ensure that the right products are made, this lowering finished goods inventories.

 
Better Decision Making

People at different levels of the organization typically work with the system(s) that provide the most value to them, personally. So, business people tend to look to the ERP system, while plant personnel turn to shop floor systems. When these two systems are not in tune with one another, someone is looking at the wrong data, and could be making the wrong decisions.