When faced with the decision to purchase and implement new technological solutions, the first thought that comes to mind is, “What’s the ROI?” Generally, ROI is expressed as a number – after all, the formula is ROI = net gain/cost. Let’s say you buy a $5,000 software system and you then go on to make $7,500. That’s an ROI of 50%!
Sometimes, the sources of ROI are less obvious. However, that doesn’t mean that they’re any less important or that they shouldn’t be considered at all. Read on to learn how four hidden sources of ROI in your ERP implementation can transform your entire company, making it more profitable and sustainable.
“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?