We at Parallel Solutions specialize in working with small and medium-sized manufacturing businesses, and, as such, we understand the unique needs and challenges these smaller operations face in contrast to large, enterprise-level companies. When it comes to ERP software, one size does not fit all.
In a smaller business environment, you often have fewer people monitoring more business functions. When you’ve got less than 100 employees, key personnel wear many different hats, keeping track of operations in their heads. But in order to grow effectively, all of that information needs to be tracked in such a way that everyone who needs access to it can get it.
While some smaller companies may err on the side of something too robust, others might seriously consider an inexpensive solution that only meets their immediate needs. Those that rely simply on the cheapest software solution which solves the problem at hand, can end up with a patchwork quilt of non-integrating pieces of software that don’t talk to one another, making any kind of proactive, big-picture analysis very difficult.
Don’t settle for a solution that won’t integrate with one department or requires a workaround by hand up front, as this is precursor of inconvenience and expense to come. Make sure the new solution covers ALL of the business tracking and measuring you need both in this moment and in a projected scenario where the business, and its needs, have grown.
Of course, this is easier said than done. How can you reliably know what kind of software a business will ideally need in five or ten years? How do you meet projected needs without over-buying something too robust and complicated?
Having a trusted software consultant can help answer these questions. Vendors like Parallel Solutions can help you see which pieces of your business software puzzle need to fit together and how to get the best results from them.
Take, for example, the case of ALTEO NA, LLC. Their AS400-based legacy order-entry system, Oasis, was no longer meeting the firm’s growing needs. Executives considered business needs and came up with a straightforward list, which led them to consider replacing the current system with Quickbooks Enterprise. However, after speaking with experts at Parallel Solutions, they were able to fine tune their business process model and consider future needs.
Scott Barnhouse, Director N.A., found this service to be especially valuable. “Parallel Solutions guided us through the decision process regarding the specific ERP that was best suited to our company and showed us that Quickbooks Enterprise would not be our best long term solution. Initially, we did not fully understand the longer term, total needs of the company.”
When it comes to choosing the right software solution, the right vendor can be invaluable. Having a trusted software partner helps you find the right-sized software for the business practices you need to monitor both today and in the future.
If your existing software needs an improvement, don’t delay. Give us a call at (440) 498-9920 and we can help you assess your business needs and find the software that will best serve your immediate and future business needs. You can also download our free resource checklist right now at this link: Questions to Ask Before Buying an ERP System.
It’s all too easy to get swept up in the day-to-day running of your organization and not take the time to look at the “big picture” of your company’s business processes. The turn of the New Year is a great time to take inventory of your Accounting, CRM and operations IT systems to make sure they can meet growing business needs for the coming year.
Often business owners and managers are able to rationalize the time and attention necessary to address problems in a makeshift system with glaring inefficiencies, but it would be wiser to use that time for planning and strategizing about a system upgrade or change. Don’t wait for a glaring problem in a makeshift system to force change.
As your business grows, your ordering, inventory, manufacturing, order processing and accounting grow more complex, and siloed departments with multiple ways of tracking information can become roadblocks for future success. Whereas a comprehensive software solution—ideally, one linked to your other business functions—keeps everyone on the same page as far as customer needs, follow-up, operations and processing.
If the idea of considering a change seems daunting, know that you don’t have to go it alone. We here at Parallel Solutions are not just sales people, we are consultants that can help you during the consideration and planning phase for IT software and hardware changes.
When we work with potential clients, we like to visit the facilities to get an understanding of how your business works, so that we can help tailor a solution that works with your specific processes. For example, we can help determine if today’s software has the ability to grow with you to meet future needs. While keeping growth in mind, we can also help prioritize which needs are greatest to keep expenses down and maximize ROI as quickly as possible.
Here at Parallel Solutions, we pride ourselves on finding the best solution for today and tomorrow when it comes to your business. We work with you to help you make well-informed choices about your software, while maximizing your financial investment.
Call us at 440-498-9920 or email us at email@example.com.
Mary Jo O'Neill