Do disconnected software systems = business inefficiency?

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

All businesses use software systems of some description, whether it be for accounts, CRM, project management, warehousing and distribution or manufacturing. But what if you use multiple software systems that are disconnected – does this cause duplication of effort, as the information moves through your business process?

Time is something that none of us can get back and when that time costs money, then it’s time for your business to take a hard look at how it can improve efficiency, reduce costs and reap the rewards from using an all in one integrated software system.

When undertaking any project to improve or change software systems, it’s important to be clear about what outcomes you want to achieve, so it’s best to start with a list of tangible objectives.

Once you have written down what outcome you’d like to achieve, the next step is to look at your current processes and ask yourself how many software systems does your process use?

If the answer is more than one then you’re sure to be duplicating effort, wasting time, money and your business is not working as efficiently as it could do…

Once you have some business objectives you can look at your current processes whether your current software can help you meet those objectives or not; if the answer is no, you need to ask yourself these two questions:

  • can my current software systems be joined together in some way to meet my objectives?
  • if they cannot be joined together, is there a software system available that will help meet my objectives?

If you’re not sure about the answers to these questions, then it might be worthwhile talking to your current software provider or IT partner about how they could help you.

As a reminder of why you’re doing this – it’s worth looking at some of the benefits of using integrated software systems in your business:

  • help your business save time & money
  • gain a full insight into business operations
  • invoice quickly, correctly and on time
  • reduce people's frustration - contributing to happier and more productive people
  • a 360 degree view of your customer
  • increased bottom line

Exact cloud software can help your business reap the benefits of working in the cloudExact cloud software has an all-in-one integrated back office solution specifically designed for Professional Services, Wholesales Distribution and Manufacturing - each of these solutions include Accounts and CRM. In addition, Exact offer 100’s of business apps available from the App Centre in combination with Exact cloud software could help you meet your business objective, reduce capital expenditure, improve the reliability of IT and reduce the risk of data loss.

Who are Elementary Solutions?

Elementary Solutions helps businesses save time, money and improve efficiency with the help of Cloud technology. As an Exact Certified Partner, our technical business consultants have all been through the rigorous certification programme to ensure that they not only understand the Exact software solutions but, also understand how it can help your business reap the benefits efficiently and effortlessly.

Three things we believe in:

  1. When your business has the right processes in place you’re more in control
  2. Software should support your processes not frustrate them
  3. When your people are empowered they’re more efficient and effective

What makes Elementary Solutions different?

It’s not just about the technology. Of course the technology is important, but of equal importance are your people and business processes. When you choose Elementary, you can be confident in the knowledge that you are choosing a partner who understands the importance of this and can help you successfully implement your Exact Cloud Solution.

We work with you to design the systems and processes that will help your business achieve its objectives. We implement the software that will support the new processes. We ensure your people are equipped with the knowledge to make the most of the new processes and software. And we’re with you every step of the way until your business is enjoying the transformational power that processes, software and people working in harmony brings.

If you would like to discuss how our experts can help you design your Exact cloud software and processes to deliver better business results, please get in touch.

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