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.
Mary Jo O'Neill