IT support in Houston has a core directive which is centered on modern technology innovation. Any successful MSP must continuously “keep their eye on the ball” in this regard. Every 12 to 24 months, depending on who you ask, the computing ability of modern computers doubles on itself. It takes some time for advances of this kind to trickle-down to the rest of the world. Sometimes ways in which this tech is employed have a clumsy nature to them. Sometimes things work well enough that getting on at the beginning of a new innovative trend makes a lot of sense. With the right MSP, you can have the best of both worlds. One area where this is especially considerable is in Enterprise Resource Planning or ERP software.
Considerable Factors in ERP Deployment
IT support in Houston that provides your business an effective ERP solution can save you tens of thousands of dollars annually. When everything can be consolidated into a single software solution and monitored directly, it will cut down costs substantially. Installing such a system and getting it to its proper “cruising altitude” may take a little while, but once you are there, you can immediately start optimizing. You will see where certain operational practices are not doing your business any good and where others need to be encouraged. Re-apportioning priorities accordingly can shave percentage points off costs and add percentage points to profits. A business big enough to benefit from an ERP solution will be adding and subtracting tens of thousands of dollars with each operational “course correction” as facilitated through ERP software. Several direct advantages you can expect from ERP include:
- Reporting enhancement
- Increased customer service
- Compliance simplification
- Integration possibilities
This was touched on but in a nutshell: you can generate statistical operational analyses as you need them, instantaneously. You do not have to send “Fred” from the analytical department off to generate you a report— you just click a button, look at the results, and make the move you need to.
Increased Customer Service
Here is a hypothetical situation: a customer asks if something is in stock. Without ERP, you send someone to notify a manager to ask one of the guys in the warehouse, who must then take a little golf-cart down the labyrinthine corridor between toiletries and towelettes to find whether the item is available. Alternatively, you could do a “Ctrl + F” command in your ERP software and immediately provide an answer.
Compliance is no joke— or if it is, it is not very funny. It is also a complex operational necessity. ERP comes with built-in audit capability that can help you automatically retain operational compliance. This is a huge time saver.
The right ERP software through the right provider can be integrated into existing software solutions to compound and expand utility. CRM (Customer Relationship Management) can be combined with existing sales stats to help you see if there is a relationship, or how that relationship should be fostered. The possibilities are essentially endless.
Optimizing Your Operation
IT support in Houston through ICS can help you employ ERP solutions that optimize your business cost-effectively. Contact us for ERP implementation.