For many organisations, an out of the box ERP software solution may be sufficient, but for some businesses it cannot meet your needs holistically or up to a high standard. There are many types of ERP software solutions that are available as out of the box solutions and despite having the benefit of being ready to launch straight away, you have to question whether a quick fix is necessarily the right choice for your company. Custom ERP and Sage development can range from completely bespoke additional modules, customer forms to simple additional fields.
What are ERP modules?
ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software consists of different modules that work in unison when programme and software features link them together. For example, it can link your HR software with your payroll software. Each module works together to build a full suite, meaning that it can be highly bespoke and can be tailored specifically to the needs of your organisation.
Different modules will represent different areas and necessities of the business. Most ERP systems will include:
- Human Resources
- Sales and Marketing
- Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
- Finance and Accounting
- Supply Chain Management (CRM)
Depending on the scale of your business and operations, you may choose to have more, or fewer modules, which will consequently impact the implementation time of the solution.
The following signs and discussions will help you to identify whether you need a custom ERP system to meet your business needs and how Sage development can help to overcome challenges.
Are you expecting significant growth in the coming years?
Every organisation wants to expand and grow in and if your business is growing rapidly, the single most important thing you must consider is finding an ERP solution that can adapt to your changing business needs. Many standard ERP systems could become obsolete for your company very quickly if it is not scalable. Choosing a customised ERP solution that is built to incorporate tailored functions using Sage development, can give you the flexibility you need to continue growing your business, eliminating the elements of worry that you may face when thinking about whether your software can keep up with your expansion.
If expansion isn’t on the horizon for your company, for example, if you are well-established and don’t forecast any dramatic growth expected in the near future, Sage development could allow for your currently siloed business processes to be brought together through tailored integrations to make your business more efficient and more profitable without the need for growth.
How many standard ERP features are you actually utilising?
Out-of-the-box ERP software may be rich in features and add-ons that in reality, you may not be using at all. This may seem like it is not that much of an issue however this can create a ‘bloated’ system that can bog down some of your most critical tasks and processes at work. However, a custom ERP solution that has been built using tools that Sage development can offer, will provide you with a streamlined experience that can help employees be as productive and efficient as possible. That means you can benefit from the exact functions and applications you want and need, each specifically designed to work precisely as you need it to.
Sage development can give you specific features lacking in standard software options
Every business is different and therefore, it’s only right that you have the option to choose between different ERP systems that can accommodate to very specific or unique needs. Whether you need to track certain data or manage your inventory in unique ways, standard ERP features may not suffice, and you shouldn’t be in a position where your processes are compromised. When you utilised Sage development, you can get applications built solely for the purpose of your business needs and these are the types of enhancements that will help your business to be sustainable and competitive, especially for long term success.
Introducing ERP software to your business can improve efficiency considerably and streamline processes even more. Some of the benefits for small businesses include:
– Integrated data that allows departments to work collaboratively while minimising the errors and time associated with manual data entry.
– A centralised hub for information that lets employees manage processes, spot inefficiencies and identify opportunities of improvements.
– Business intelligence reports to allow business a 360-degree view of the business to spot opportunities for innovation and identify where improvements can be made.
These are just a few examples of how businesses can really add value to their business by choosing an ERP solution that can be customised to their exact business requirements via Sage development. Our talented team of developments can take out of the box offering from Sage 200 and turn it into a custom-made solution for your business.
To ensure you make the most out of an ERP solution, be sure to carefully consider what types of personalised and customised features your business really needs. If you think that your business could benefit from a tailored ERP solution, or would like to discuss the options available, contact Micross Logic to discover a wide range of solutions and services we can offer.