Are you driving your business strategy or is your software?

By December 9, 2016 No Comments

Navigating the rough terrain of modern business can be quite a challenge. To thrive in an ever-changing world your organisation needs the flexibility to adapt quickly and with minimal disruption to daily operations. How can you achieve this in an affordable manner, without sacrificing the structure that a reputable ERP system can deliver?

Business Process Management (BPM) is the next natural step in the evolution of any business that wants to go beyond the transactional efficiencies accomplished with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) to achieve competitive advantage.

BPM is designed for high customisability, offering a flexible, cost-efficient way for your organisation to extend the reach of its ERP.

Your organisation can use BPM to turn your existing ERP solution into a holistic system, which operates the way your company does. Not only does this increase user satisfaction, but it also ensures that the company’s unique processes are maintained, and in turn, safeguards the organisation’s competitive advantage.

ERP by nature is rigid and isn’t a natural fit with a company’s unique business rules and requirements. While offering some degree of customisability, at a cost, ERP is designed to support transactional logic. It can’t easily or effectively be used to define processes and drive operational efficiency.

In an increasingly competitive business environment, companies want to differentiate themselves with unique processes that can support their specific business strategies. These processes will change and evolve as the business moves through its lifecycle. This requires an agile approach because business strategies can change often and quickly in response to market events and requirements, particularly legislative compliance.

It is also important to remember that the value chain of a business is linked through processes. For example, a sales event impacts on various departments from the warehouse, which must dispatch the goods; and the finance department that issues an invoice; to the HR department, which needs pay the sales person a commission.

All the controls, inputs and outputs for just one event are interlinked and can connect the entire organisation. Seldom does a standard installation of an ERP adequately address all these processes and control the challenges involved.

BPM software, such as Processware from FlowCentric Technologies, allows customers to save, and make more money, by increasing efficiencies.

According to Gartner “Business process management (BPM) investments can provide a cost
savings of as much as 20 percent within the first year of implementation.”

Which of your organisation’s processes are currently operating outside of your existing ERP solution? How are you maintaining control over them?

Don’t overlook the value of BPM in extending your ERP and unlocking operational efficiency and cost savings.

Join the journey to business optimisation today.

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