ERP. The planning tool for your SME

10 Mar 2022. 13:02
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  • SME maturity
    1. Planificación de recursos / ERP
    Scope to digitize
    1. Business processes

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Find out how an ERP system can improve your SME's planning and boost productivity.

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Executive summary

It is becoming increasingly necessary for companies to adapt quickly to the customers' needs and to the speed at which the market is moving. In addition, the celerity at the time of making relevant decisions is essential to promote the growth of companies, which is why it is necessary to take it into consideration.

One of the most relevant aspects linked to this business growth is the correct exploitation, analysis and understanding of the data in order to adopt measures that are of economic benefit to the company.

In this sense, the use of systems that allow the extraction of customers, suppliers and potential customers data is essential. ERP business management systems do not only allow efficient use of data, but also have different capabilities to improve business efficiency to a large extent, such as the automation of tasks, or the improvement of internal processes.

The first section of the report explains what an ERP is: a set of internal business process management software applications that allow SMEs to automate most of the business practices related to the operational or productive aspects of the company, facilitating, and centralising the information of the areas that compose it.

In addition, different cases are presented in which it is convenient to install an ERP, as well as its functionalities and advantages over not having one. In this regard, the main advantages include the following:

  • Improving the internal organisation of your SME.

  • Support in business decision-making.

  • Increased productivity through automation.

  • Reducing business costs.

  • Better control of operations, etc.

The second section of the report explains the different types of ERPs available on the market, considering their design and installation. In this sense, we can find the following:

  • ERP according to its design. It can be designed from scratch to suit the SME or implemented in different modules already designed, which has a lower cost (customised or modular, respectively). In addition, there are integrated ERPs, which offer an ERP with all the available modules.

  • ERP according to its installation. There are two types of ERP in this regard: ERP on a local server (installed on the company's computer network) or ERP in the cloud (more advanced, developed in the cloud. This allows connection by any user, anywhere).

There are several ERP providers, considering both paid and free ones. In the third section of the report, the main ones are detailed, such as Microsoft Dynamics 365 or Sage in the paid category or Dolibar or Odoo, if considering free ones.

The following section of the report presents different use cases (and success stories!) of SMEs that started using the ERP system and have been able to considerably improve their business, solving everyday problems of their company, thanks to the utilities it offers.

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