reIMAGINE 2015 is THE conference for Microsoft Dynamics GP Partners, offering training sessions in sales, marketing, consulting and development.
That’s where I’ll be this week!
I am currently in Fargo, North Dakota attending the reIMAGINE conference. I’m looking forward to all the knowledge-sharing events and informative training sessions in the week to come. And of course, I’ll be bringing back everything I learn to share with our clients.
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Read more on "The Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Guide to Getting the Most Out of Your ERP Software" »
The Mission: Impossible movies have always been pretty popular. And, if you’ve seen Rogue Nation, you understand why. The thrills, the exhilarating moments, and the plot twists – it all keeps you on the edge of your seat until the final scene!
And that’s not all – the movie offers several valuable lessons to people trying to get the most out of their ERP software! Check them out:
Choose your actions carefully
Ethan Hunt has to be very calculated in everything that he does. If not, his mission will fail, or worse – he’ll be killed! So, he takes the time to think situations through before he jumps in to them. That way, he can plan properly and set himself up for success.
But how can you set yourself up for success when it comes to your ERP solution? It’s simple: choose the right one.
For example, you may need an ERP solution designed specifically for your industry or simply need to install specific modules from a regular ERP system. Do your research (or partner up with a trusted ERP consultant) so you can decide on ERP software that is specifically tailored to meet your business needs.
Get your processes right
When Ethan works with his team to complete a mission, everyone needs to be on the same page. Just one wrong move, and the entire mission could be compromised! That’s why everyone takes the time to understand the process involved with the mission before it begins.
Before you implement an ERP solution, you’ll want to have a good idea of how your processes should work too. That way, once the ERP system is in place, it can streamline those processes. Then, you’ll notice higher productivity and an improved bottom line!
Don’t be afraid to adapt as needed
Ethan often finds himself adapting to situations and handling missions much differently than originally planned. Why? Because his work is unpredictable.
Your business growth can be pretty unpredictable too! That’s why, like Ethan, you’ve got to stay ready to adapt to changes – not only in your business, but in the industry in general.
Also, you can enhance your ERP solution with third party modules as needed to fully support your complex business processes as you evolve, and you’re sure to enjoy continued growth.
Prioritize ongoing training
Do you think Ethan Hunt would have a long, successful career as a spy under his belt if he had stopped training early on? Probably not.
He’d likely have gotten out of shape, forgotten how to fight, and failed to reach his full potential.
Similarly, neglecting to provide ongoing ERP training to your employees can keep your business from reaching its full potential. Let’s face it – ERP can be pretty complex, so it’s really important for you to equip your team with the knowledge they need to fully harness its power.
…Still feeling like using your ERP software is Mission: Impossible? Don’t worry – our team is here to help. We’d love to talk to you about how your business can take full advantage of ERP. Contact us today!
So, when I’m not trying on the latest ball gown or governing my land, you can usually find me helping businesses like yours understand exactly why they need an ERP solution. And I even use my personal life to help illustrate the benefits!
So, let’s jump right in. Here’s what you’ll be able to do with the right ERP solution:
Make better decisions
If you’ve heard my story, you probably already know that touching the thimble wasn’t my best decision. I mean, I couldn’t really help it since I had been cursed, but that doesn’t stop me from wondering what would’ve happened if I had been able to resist the evil spell and avoid falling into that deep sleep! Thankfully, I’ve learned my lesson now and avoid bad decisions whenever possible.
When you’re running a business, you need to avoid bad decisions too. I doubt any of them will involve you falling into a deep sleep, but they could send your sales into a deep sleep… Ouch!
ERP can help you with your decision-making process because it provides you with the accurate, real-time data you need to make the right choices at the right time. It’s that simple!
Improve bad experiences
Being cursed by an evil queen was definitely a bad experience for me – not one I’d ever wish on even my worst enemy! I got lucky though, because my true love found me just in time, waking me up from a nap that could have been eternal. He and I are still very happy together, so my life has improved a lot since the thimble incident.
You’re probably thinking – what does this have to do with my business?
It’s simple: Just like my experience improved, you should constantly work to improve your customers’ experience.
An ERP solution can help you make it happen because it provides customers with better visibility and more accurate data. That way, your customers can track orders as needed.
Plus, ERP improves processes to ensure you can consistently deliver products on time. That means your customers will be happier with your service and view your business as reliable!
Get rid of unnecessary complexities
After I was cursed, I was taken out of my rightful home in the castle. While that sounds pretty unpleasant, it really wasn’t that bad! I got to enjoy a simpler lifestyle in the woods with three good fairies who did everything they could to make my life enjoyable.
With ERP, you’ll get to enjoy simplicity too.
How? Well, ERP integrates all of your current systems and becomes your one single source of information. Instead of looking to many different systems for the data you need, you can find it all in one location with ERP!
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Your business processes pretty much dictate how profitable your company can be. After all, time is money, and redundant processes cost you a lot of time!
If you’ve dealt with redundant processes before, then you’ve probably wondered how to manage and improve your business process flows more easily. Well, if so, you’re in luck! This blog post will explain how the right ERP solution will help you make it happen.
But first, let’s dive deeper into what a business process flow actually is and what purpose it serves.
What is a business process flow?
Simply put, a business process flow is a nifty little graphical representation of a process within a business. It’s exactly what it sounds like – a flow chart that shows the details of a process!
An accurate business process flow serves as a great tool for identifying the “why” behind a task and understanding all layers of a process – it’s really handy because breaks everything down in a way that is easy to digest!
But what happens when a business process flow gets too complex? What happens when it becomes apparent that business processes aren’t as streamlined as they should be, and it’s costing the company money?
Well, that’s where a good ERP solution comes in. Here’s how ERP can help you with managing business process flows so you can improve them:
ERP streamlines your business processes.
Without ERP, you typically have to use multiple systems to manage the operations in your company’s varying departments – this is a big time-waster. On the other hand, with ERP, all of the aspects of your business are integrated into one place so you can manage them all at once!
ERP allows you to automate tasks, cutting out errors and unnecessary labor.
If you’re managing business process flows and notice way too many sub-processes that require manual labor, you could likely benefit from a good ERP solution.
Well, the right ERP solution will automate many of the tasks that previously required tedious data entry and/or manual labor – this typically means tasks will be done a lot faster. It also means that inaccuracy due to human error will be eliminated!
ERP is customized to meet your specific business needs.
Let’s face it – your business and your business process flows are unique. So, why use a one-size-fits-all solution?
With ERP, you don’t have to. The right ERP solution can solve your specific business problems and cut down on redundant processes in your business process flows.
Bottom line: Managing business process flows with the right ERP solution will allow your business to run more smoothly, saving you both time and money.
Sounds good, right?
Well, if you’re ready to harness the power of ERP to improve the performance of your business or learn more about the benefits of ERP, we’d love to chat. Our team of professionals has years of experience helping companies like yours achieve greater success by choosing the right ERP solutions.
Read more on "Why Hiring an ERP Consultant for Your Business is as important as Hiring a Tour Guide on Vacation" »
Ah, vacation. I don’t know about you, but I’m a big fan of kicking back, relaxing, and casting my cares aside for a little while.
Know what makes a good vacation even better? You guessed it – a tour guide! When you partner up with a good one, you can see more exciting places, have more fun, and just have a better experience overall.
…It’s kind of like how partnering with an ERP consultant allows you to have a better experience throughout the process of planning, implementing, and using an ERP solution!
Not sure what I mean? Let me explain further with these 4 reasons why taking advantage of ERP consulting for your business is as important as hiring a tour guide on vacation:
They know how to plan and set the project up to succeed.
When you hire a tour guide, they already have lots of experience giving successful tours. They’ll have all the skills necessary to plan yours so that you can have a good time!
Similarly, when you choose ERP consulting, your consultant has lots of experience planning and implementing successful ERP projects. Since ERP implementations mostly fail due to lack of planning, this is absolutely critical.
They can manage the process of implementing the solution effectively.
A tour guide provides you with a tour, which is a solution for people who don’t know their surroundings. An ERP consultant, on the other hand, provides you with successful ERP implementation, which is a solution for people who may not be fully aware of how to implement ERP.
Pretty much no one knows more about notable locations in their city than a good tour guide. Kind of like how pretty much no one knows more about ERP than a good ERP consultant!
ERP solutions can get pretty complex, so having an ERP consultant by your side throughout the implementation process will help ensure things go smoothly. You’ll get the best possible return on your investment!
They focus on meeting your specific needs.
A good tour guide will focus on the specific points of interest that the tourists want to see, and good ERP consultants will focus on implementing an ERP solution that provides the most business benefits to the companies they work with.
Consultants know that ERP isn’t just about technology – it’s about improving the business overall by automating tasks, streamlining processes, and boosting productivity.
Here at TGO Consulting, our ERP consulting services can help you get your ERP solution up and running and achieve the highest ROI. We take the time to get to know you, understand your specific business needs, and help you select an ERP solution that will meet those specific needs.