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ERP in a Post-Pandemic World

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As the COVID-19 pandemic forced governments to implement strict lockdowns and contactless guidelines, companies were driven to adapt rapidly to keep the business going. The massive economic effect of the global health crisis saw enterprises in various industries pivot to remote work setups as physical offices are either closed or operated in a limited capacity.

Organisations that efficiently scaled operations quickly adapted to the changes due to their reliable ERP (enterprise resource planning) system. The need to change their business models and processes did not hinder their activities, making the enterprise grow despite the pandemic.

However, many companies, especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs), struggled to cope with the sudden changes in how things work. Businesses that do not have an ERP system or use traditional ERP flounder while trying to keep up with the demand for accelerating the digitalisation of many things, including business tools. With the rapid adoption of remote work models, these organisations need to reassess their traditional ERP systems to cater to the demand of the digital world.

The Shift to Modern ERP

Growing the business does not only mean expanding to other markets and increasing the revenue of the company. Being able to withstand unforeseen events are vital to prevent struggles when they happen. Properly scaling operations gives the company flexibility and boost the productivity of the workforce.

The limitations of traditional ERPs became the catalyst for organisations to start their ERP system migration to modern, cloud-based ERP. Innovations in ERP technology made it possible for businesses to have a reliable system for their operations, even if they work remotely. Cloud ERP helps streamline tasks and quickly create or adopt practices that will fit the business’s needs.

Having support and regular maintenance in business systems are important during the performance of stock take and end of financial year duties. Local technical support for ERP plays a major role in understanding your business processes, years of experience in the field is an added bonus.

Technology advancements have given a seamless connectivity between mostly used Microsoft Office, Teams, Power BI reporting and Business Central ERP is a good example of how you can unify your systems to make the right decisions at the right time.

Cloud ERP makes it easier for remote employees to access business-critical information from any location. The workforce can access the database with web browsers using their personal or company-provided devices. Meanwhile, enterprises can also communicate and collaborate with their suppliers easily and manage the data coming from the customers more efficiently. The continuously changing consumer patterns contributed to the explosion of data that entered their systems.

Modern ERPs are also cost-effective in many ways. Utilising cloud-based ERP will not require the companies to make private servers (on-premise ERP) that staff can only access in the office. Next-generation ERP can also automate business processes which decreases the reliance on the manual workforce.

Being on the Cloud?

Apart from showing the importance of adequately scaling the business, the COVID-19 pandemic speeded up the rise of e-commerce and digital transformation in many industries. Enterprises are adopting or creating new business models that integrate digital tools to automate processes and enhance the flexibility and efficiency of operations.

ERP cloud migration is vital during the pandemic and post-pandemic as e-commerce continues to thrive and remote work becomes the new norm for many employees. Providing the workforce with reliable digital tools like cloud ERP improves productivity and makes it comfortable for the staff to work in any location.

Implementing modern and cloud-based ERP can be complicated, and getting right help from local specialists in the field is important.  Integral Management Systems PTY LTD, the preferred Microsoft Dynamics (CRM and ERP) partner in Western Australia, can provide consultations, migration, implementation to support and maintenance all your ERP and CRM needs.

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