“I just spent the last three days building a report for the boss on the accept / reject rates at each inspection point. I got an order list from sales. I found paper reports on the inspections. I put it all together in a spreadsheet with beautiful colors and formatting. It was a lot of work and I am proud of the report.”
“That sounds great. Why the glum look?”
“The boss wants even more details. In addition, this report needs to be ready at the end of every month. I cannot spend that much time. I need a better way to publish this report.”
If you’re looking into investing in an ERP system, you’ve read about all of the benefits that they bring to organizations. One of those benefits is higher productivity.
Productivity gains are considered a hidden source of ROI because they’re harder to quantify. However, they’re no less important than other advantages that ERP systems bring to companies. Read on to learn how you can harness the power of increased productivity thanks to an ERP implementation.
When it comes to calculating ROI for ERP systems, we tend to look at a dollar and cents amount. We think of ROI as a purely financial amount. If you’re saving this much money or earning that much more money than the cost of the ERP, then you’re getting a good return on investment.
However, that’s only one way to think of the ROI on ERP systems. Another way of looking at it is to look at the less tangible or quantifiable benefits that ERP systems bring. Read on to learn about how to assess less obvious sources of ROI.
During his or her pitch, your ERP salesperson most likely highlighted statistics about how much you can save – “you’ll see a 20% reduction in this cost” or “you’ll see a 40% saving in this area.” That tends to be an effective sales approach and gets results, because everyone wants to achieve these goals.
Do you remember the “Where’s Waldo?” series of books? Each page was filled with an illustration of a crowd of people. Hidden inside the crowd was a tall, skinny man (Waldo) who wore blue jeans, a striped sweater with a matching hat and scarf set, and glasses. Trying to pick him out of a crowd of hundreds of characters led to frustration and eye strain, yet there was ultimately a sense of triumph when you located Waldo.
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words “ROI” and “ERP systems”? Do you automatically think of how much money you’re saving because you’ve implemented an ERP system, or how much you’ve profited as a result of this technology?
Everyone has made at least one bad decision in their lives. Some decisions are worse than others, though. And while humans are imperfect, bad decisions can be avoided.
That’s good news for businesses, because the ramifications of a bad decision can be huge. But, bad decisions don’t come out of the blue. There’s groundwork that employees and executives lay for themselves. Read on to learn one of the top causes of bad decisions and how you can avoid it.
The medical device manufacturer that had a spectacular compliance failure probably made the headlines. Their story will be noted in university classes around the world for years to come. Let’s look at another outcome.
Here’s a pop quiz for you: how many data sources can your ERP system connect to? You might think that this open-ended question wouldn’t have a right or wrong answer, but it actually does.
If you find yourself saying, “Well, our ERP system can only connect to one or two data sources,” that’s a bad thing. Read on to learn why your ERP system’s inability to connect to a variety of data sources is a sign that you should consider replacing it.