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Read more on "5 Ways ERP Can Make Your Business as Agile as a Deadly Ninja" »

 

Trust me – you wouldn’t want to get into a fight with a ninja. After all, they’re stealthy, good at unarmed combat, trained to use various weapons, and know how to use their minds to overcome tough obstacles! They are also incredibly agile.

…But what does agility mean to ninjas? Well, simply put, it refers to their ability to move quickly and gracefully.

What you may not realize is that agility isn’t just a skill for ninjas – it’s one that should be possessed by your business too! Business agility is the ability to make important business decisions quickly and cost-effectively in response to change. If your business is agile, you can make smart adjustments that allow you to keep up with market demands and gain a competitive advantage.

So, get ready to dropkick your next tough business decision with the agility of a trained ninja. The right ERP solution will help with business process improvement so you can make it happen. Here’s how:

1. Convenient, real-time business intelligence

What do you need to make a good business decision? Access to reliable data, of course! The right ERP solution will not only provide you with the data you need – it will deliver that data in real time so you can quickly gain visibility and a deeper understanding of your company’s strengths and opportunities for improvement. Gaining this knowledge will allow you to innovate faster and reduce costs.

2. Automation

Automating repetitive tasks is a huge contribution to business process improvement. When it is done with an ERP solution, your business can run much more smoothly. Automation allows business activities to be performed much more quickly and accurately, eliminating mistakes caused by manual methods and presenting precise information fast so business decisions can be made as needed.

3. Use mobile technology

Mobile technology, like smartphones, can help your business become more agile. Add an ERP solution into the mix, and it will make your business run even more smoothly. With a few clicks on a mobile app, you and your employees can automatically trigger the actions that need to be taken to complete orders and other tasks – this really comes in handy when you aren’t at your computer!

4. Improving insight

We’ve already established that ERP allows you to get data quickly, but did you know that it also improves the quality of the data you have access to? That’s right – with a well-designed ERP solution, you’ll get better, more detailed information from the best sources. Then, you’ll get that information presented to you in a way that is incredibly useful for your business. That way, you can easily identify any problems within your business and take quick steps to eliminate them.

ERP does much more than make your business more agile through business process improvement. It can actually help you save money, go paperless, and more. If you’re interested in gaining all these benefits, our ERP experts would love to talk to you! Contact TGO Consulting today, and let’s chat about the right ERP system for your business needs.

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Read more on "The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Guide to Improving Workflow with ERP" »

 

Who is your favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle?

If I have to pick, I’d say mine is Michelangelo. He pretty much lives the good life, cracking jokes constantly and scarfing down pizza whenever he wants to!

But I really like Master Splinter and the other turtles too. They all make a unique contribution to the group, and it’s fun to watch them work together despite their differences.

You might be surprised to learn that the ninja turtles can teach you a bit about the benefits of managing business process flows with ERP. Don’t believe me? Check it out:

Business Waste Reduction

Master Splinter from TMNT definitely isn’t wasteful. After all, he didn’t waste his opportunity to develop a family of ninjas when he found the turtles. Instead, he brought them up as his own sons, teaching them martial arts along the way.

You need to avoid waste too – business waste – because wasted time and resources harm your company. With the right ERP system, you can avoid these problems and stay efficient because your workflow is constantly being documented. That way, you can analyze what’s going in on your business and take steps to make improvements once you discover what processes aren’t running as smoothly as they should be.

This allows you to reduce waste caused by overprocessing, defects, inefficient transportation, excess inventory and more!

Better Customer Service

The ninja turtles are crazy good at helping the people who need them – fast. They have pretty much mastered the process of battling criminals, overlord, aliens, and more.

You need to make sure your workflow allows you to help the people who need you too – your customers! An ERP system can assist you with this by simplifying the order management process – it coordinates the workflow for all departments and allows for customers to track the progress of their orders as well.

Easier Collaboration

Why are the lovable ninja turtles so successful in everything they do? …Because they know how to communicate with each other effectively! Every turtle knows his role, and they know how to work together to save lives.

Make sure your employees can communicate effectively so they can work productively like the ninja turtles – give them the tools they need to do so! You can do this using an ERP system because ERP allows your employees to:

  • Easily share important updates with co-workers and customers
  • Collaborate around suppliers, orders, and more
  • Share critical information fast to resolve issues

…And those are just a few of the ways that ERP encourages teamwork. Remember, helping your employees collaborate means that your business will be able to innovate and become more profitable, so prioritize it!

Process Automation

Donatello, who is pretty much the brains of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, has a way with technology. He builds complex gadgets that use automation to help the ninja turtles in their quest against evil.

Automation isn’t just for Donatello – you should take advantage of it too with an ERP system! The right ERP system will automate your processes so you can reduce your reliance on manual processes and make your business more agile, which will allow you to eliminate human error and save time and money.

Bottom line: choosing the right ERP system will have you yelling “Cowabunga!” in no time. We’d love to help you make it happen, so contact one of the experts at TGO Consulting today, and let’s chat about how ERP can help you with managing business process flows!

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Read more on "Solving the Mystery of ERP Selection: Which Type of ERP is Right for Me?" »

 

Sherlock Holmes. Scooby-doo and his friends. Inspector Gadget. All of them are incredible sleuths and use their own unique methods to solve mysteries!

Being a great detective like they are isn’t easy work – you’ve got to gather information, analyze facts and data, interview people, and (hopefully!) make the right final decision. If you’re doing some sleuthing right now while trying to decide on the right ERP system for your business, let us help! We might not have a talking Great Dane or bionic gadgets built into our bodies, but we do have lots of experience with ERP.

When it comes to ERP selection, we’ve de-mystified each option below so you can choose the right one for your business! Check it out:

Cloud-Based ERP

What if your ERP system required no hardware and could be installed quickly? With a cloud-based ERP system, it can! Since these systems are accessed using the internet, they require significantly less physical support/hardware than more traditional ERP options, like on-premise ERP. They are also usually easier to maintain and upgrade, and overall, they tend to be a cheaper option. So, cloud-based ERP is great if you’re looking for something easily deployable, affordable, and flexible.

On-Premise ERP

These ERP solutions are in the traditional format of the ERP system – the software is installed on a physical server located at your business – and they are great for large enterprise businesses. While this option may seem old-fashioned and can require more of an upfront investment than cloud-based ERP, it makes up for that by offering a great amount of control.

Hybrid ERP

Want the benefits of both on-premise ERP and cloud-based ERP? If so, consider hybrid ERP when you’re making a decision about ERP selection. With this type of ERP system, you can gain the control of an on-premise ERP solution while also keeping your capital investment to a minimum like you would with a cloud-based ERP system.

Industry-Specific ERP

Businesses in your industry have unique needs, so why settle for a one-size-fits-all ERP solution? With industry-specific ERP, you don’t have to! These ERP solutions provide a great balance between “out-of-the-box” and completely customizable, making them a cost-effective, flexible choice. Industry-specific ERP is a great fit for construction businesses, real estate businesses, finance businesses, and more. At TGO Consulting, we can customize an ERP to fit any industry!

Small Business ERP

ERP isn’t just for large companies – small businesses can benefit from a good ERP system too! Luckily, Small Business ERP systems tend to be lightweight and cloud-based, so they are scalable and work well for a small business budget. They are also customized for the business industry you work in so all of your business needs can be met.

So, were you able to use our information to help you solve the mystery of ERP selection for your business? If you’re still not sure which one is right for you, feel free to contact one of the experts at TGO Consulting today – we’d love to chat with you about your business needs!

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Read more on "4 Ways to Make Your ERP Training More Effective and Maybe Even Fun" »EducationalInstitutions

Let’s be honest: the prospect of systems training is generally not something employees or management approach with excitement. Too often, training on new tech means hours or days of sitting in a dark classroom, staring at endless Powerpoint slides full of far more information than most people in the room need.

That’s the real problem: the fact that in general, most workers get more information on the new system or process than they need in order to do their jobs. And as we all know from experience, if we sense something doesn’t apply to us, we tend to zone out, saving that mental energy for something we’ll think we will actually need.

Luckily, however, training doesn’t have to be this way. Here are a few things you can do to make sure that your ERP or process training is effective, efficient and — dare we say it — maybe even enjoyable.

  1. Personalize, personalize, personalize. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s a crucial step that can easily be overlooked or skimped on amidst all the pre-launch hustle and bustle. Before you schedule your company’s training, spend some time with your training instructor or firm figuring out what exactly your objectives are and, if possible, who needs to attend what. People will be much more engaged if they know you put some thought into why they’re in the room and what benefits you expect them to receive. If you’re working with TGO, you’ll be used to this emphasis on a personalized approach — it’s how we approach our clients’ needs from day one.

  2. Take advantage of technology. There are so many options for training these days that there’s no need to stick exclusively with a classroom setting. In addition to traditional instructor-led sessions, there are virtual instructor-led classes, self-directed learning opportunities like webinars, videos, and simulations, and social learning networks. Don’t be afraid to mix and match — maybe you want an instructor-led session to get employees started, but after that, perhaps online modules that are accessible as needed would suit your team best.

  3. Remember that training is available at all stages of use, not just at the beginning. Two years down the road, you may find that you need additional functionalities from your ERP — enhanced cash flow management, for example, or the ability to manage and track email marketing campaigns (TGO can connect you with solution enhancements for these and many other issues). Or maybe your team isn’t using the ERP to its fullest potential. In that case, some additional training time can greatly increase your ROI. At TGO, we offer Assurance Plans — personalized plans to address clients’ specific business needs — for our clients as part of our customer satisfaction guarantee. (You can find a case study about our Assurance Plans and improving ERP utilization here).

  4. At the same time, try to involve employees in the transition to a new ERP as early as possible. In other words, don’t just train them on the new system — involve them in the entire process. According to Inc. magazine, a surefire way to make your rollout easier is to invite “operators” — the people who will actually be using the ERP day in and day out — into the conversation from day one. After all, they’re the ones who can tell you what will actually make their jobs easier. And a better system will naturally lead to easier, more efficient training.

Does your business need training solutions? TGO offers several options, from courses at our state-of-the-art classroom to webinars and in-person events. Let us help you — contact us today!

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Read more on "So,Wait - Just What Is An ERP Again?" »EducationalInstitutions

First comes the blank stare.

Then the recovery: a polite nod, one whose subtext is: “I have no idea what you just said. Are you sure you weren’t speaking Lithuanian?”

This syndrome occurs frequently, after a friend, relative or acquaintance has just asked what I do, and I responded with: “I’m an ERP Implementation Consultant.” As they try to wrap their heads around that title … well, I might just as well have told them I was a “Biostatistician” or “Donald Trump’s image consultant.” Maybe because I followed it up with a jargon-y explanation like this:  “ERP stands for Enterprise Resource Planning, and basically I implement integrated business software systems that manage all transactions for running an enterprise through a shared electronic platform.”

Actually, I learned early on in my career that whether I’m explaining my job to a friend or a new client, the best way to get the gist of it across is through an analogy that even my old Uncle Hubert could understand.

The simplest, best analogy I’ve found is … a GPS! When I explain an ERP to the uninitiated, my first step is to describe it as a software system that does for businesses what the GPS navigator did for road-trip planning.

Think about it. A few decades ago, what did we do to plan a trip? We went to AAA and got a TripTik. We bought a load of road maps and guidebooks. Maybe we squawked over a CB radio to find out about traffic problems up ahead. We had to guess when the next rest stop or gas station would appear, or when we’d roll up to the Stuckey’s so we could sink our teeth into a Pecan Log Roll. And each year, each vacation, we’d do it again: more TripTiks, more guidebooks and maps, more guesswork. More money.

Then the GPS came along, got more sophisticated, and obliterated the need for all that paper and confusion (though we’re still nostalgic for our old CB, good buddy). The GPS funneled a staggering amount of information into one compact system: Which route is best in real time? How far to the cheapest gas? Where’s the nearest place for Korean BBQ? Elaine will tell us. (You may have a different name for your nav system.)

So, I tell Uncle Hubert, in a similar way, an ERP obliterates the old, costly, unproductive ways of conducting business. The ones where departments in the same organization don’t really talk to each other or share information easily: HR, finance, IT, manufacturing and more, all doing their own thing without communicating, never realizing they’re all supposed to be working on the same end goal. (Hubert comes from a line of farmers, so he’ll catch on to the “silo” model pretty quickly.)

  “So, really,” I tell him, “I help companies implement this tool that brings all those fragmented departments together and streamlines the whole operation. Everybody in the whole company can access the tool, and people across departments can collaborate together in real time.”
“Real time, huh?” Hubert might ask. “Like email real-time?”

“Nope. Way fewer voicemails and emails. You just shoot people instant messages when you need to communicate. In the end, this helps the business become more efficient and cost effective. Eliminates redundancy, waste and a whole lotta paper. Not to mention it all means happier employees.”

“Well, when you put it that way, it makes more sense. Also sounds more lucrative than your cousin’s medieval folk dancing collective.”

“Ha. Hey, Hubert, I’m hankering for a Pecan Log Roll. You up for a trip to Stuckey’s?”

Does your company happen to need a GPS…er, ERP consultant? If you’re looking to revolutionize the way your business does business, give us a call today.

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