The cost of ERP in India

The Cost of ERP in India

Investing in Enterprise Resource Planning for your Business.

ERP- THE NEED OF THE HOUR!

 

It is January 2020 the onset of a new decade. With the changing times we all move forward and upgrade ourselves to the new. It is an affirmation that you are living your life and believe in growth as only dreams give birth to change. 

Like in many other fields, the global business processing is going through a renaissance where everyone speaks of automation and digitisation. An ERP streamlines daily business processing such as accounting, procurement, project management, risk management and compliance and supply chain operations. This system ties together a multitude of business activities and enables the flow of data between them.

We all know “Rome was not built in a day” and so can’t be for your business process digitisation. It involves a lot of research and strategies to make a major decision such as to choose your Enterprise Resource Planning solution provider. The most common factor that arises in our mind is the cost.

How much does it cost to implement ERP in India? 

For any business, budget and cost-effectiveness is the key to growth and success. Choosing a suitable ERP provider could make or break your organisation. The objective of this post is to guide you how to choose an ERP software that’s best fit for your budget and business type. Adopting an ERP solution is not an expense but a long time investment for your business. Investing in an ERP System is in most cases a one time decision and hence a little time spent in reviewing multiple software before making a choice is advisable.

Implementing ERP is NOT sky-high!

 

When implementing ERP solutions to expedite business transformation, the owner or the decision maker should have a clear insight of the needs of its business. If you are one of the entrepreneurs who have not yet created a checklist, it’s time you unwrap the implementation challenges that are unique to your business goals.

 

ERP solution providers like Expand ERP provide one to one consultation with customers who require in-depth knowledge regarding the software. We help businesses to understand the needs and customise the software completely according to the requirements. The authoritative members, project team members and stakeholders should be aware about the critical elements affecting an ERP implementation cost.

There are various elements that are to be considered for ERP implementation:

 

    1. Scalability: The cost of ERP increases with the number of users who will be using it in the company.Training costs of the users is also depending on the numbers.
    2. Licensing: Here, the choice is totally yours. It is not compulsory to invest in a software license outright.The ERP license can be paid by monthly subscription based model also. Depending on the budget and requirements,the ERP license may be temporary or perpetual. The maintenance agreement is charged as a percentage of the license.
    3. Totally customised: Every organisation is unique and ERP implementation requires a lot of alterations and transformations which should fit into the business structure. It is best to implement a totally customised software which caters to all your organization’s unique needs.
    4. Nature of Business: Depending on the type of business -small, mid-sized or large the ERP cost is determined. For micro/ small organisations the annual cost of ERP could be anything between 6000-10,000 INR, as it is mostly online and there is no investment cost involved. For mid-sized businesses (manufacturers and wholesalers), ERP implementation starts from Rs 1,20,000 a year. The large segment businesses need to consider a budget from Rs 5,00,000 onwards annually.

According to a report,only 23% of the companies implement vanilla ERP with zero customisations done.

  1. Cost of Infrastructure: According to the deployment option-(on-premise or on-cloud option) the cost of infrastructure is based. For the cloud-based option cost will be low as all data will be stored on cloud and no hardware needs to be purchased. Further, the cost will be lower as less IT technicians will be employed .
  2. Recurrent Cost: This varies from vendor to vendor as some solution providers charge less initially but increases the cost at renewal. On average the renewal cost of ERP is 10%-15% of the total software cost.There are always chances of upgradation charges which can vary from time to time.

SUPPORT IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS

Choosing the right ERP System for a business is not only a pricing decision. It is 80% about considering the after sales support and training abilities. Your vendor should provide training to new employees and also upgrade old ones. If you are a manufacturing business in India, Expand ERP has the advantage of Low pricing and Local support on Installation and training.

MONEY SAVED IS MONEY EARNED

Investing in an ERP for your manufacturing business can increase production efficiencies, reduces the time taken by the Customers to pay, avoids pilferage of Inventory and help you get the necessary data to make decisions quickly. Investing in the right software will increase your profitability and your ability to increase your production capacity phenomenally. With Expand ERP you can take your organisation to the next level even sooner than you imagine. If you want an accurate estimate for your project, be sure to accurately scope your project and account for some of the most overlooked costs. Our team members in Expand  can help you set realistic expectations that won’t scare executives nor get you fired for causing budget overruns.

What to keep in mind while scoping your business before ERP implementation?

 

  • Complications of your business: It is advisable to keep an unbiased analysis of how complex your business requirements are. Many businesses need an entire ERP software solution (human resource,supply-chain,inventory etc). Companies which have lesser complexities may require only point solutions such as CRM or Finance and Accounting.
  • Change managing activities: The focus should not remain in one direction but also on business process reengineering. Any change in your business process will add to your cost on ERP at a later stage.
  • Similar business overview: We recommend comparing and considering similar organisations ERP vendors and expenses and not set a benchmark to what a particular solution provider may have set for you.

 

The license fee and technician costs is just one side of the coin to view before implementation of ERP. You need to consider the broader aspects to ensure your software investment delivers value.

Some tips to control costs:

 

  1. Clear view and analysis of cost from vendor (ensure no hidden costs)
  2. Develop a project plan with detailed estimates
  3. Include change or unexpected costs
  4. Carefully strategies and wisely judge your vendor
  5. Prices can be negotiated

YOUR FRIEND IN NEED!

 

EXPAND ERP : FREEDOM PRICING

 

Expand Freedom Pricing has been created keeping your needs in mind. Our attractive pricing module gives absolute freedom to the fast growing manufacturers and exporters to take the decision of digital transition of their organisation with ease. 

    • Subscription based concept: Prices starting from INR 3300/- subscriber/month
      Freedom from all fringe costs.Subscription includes update,upgrade,service,remote support (phone support,ticket support,and screen share support), R&D and remote implementation.It also covers cloud service ,auto backup of data, data encryption all managed for you.

 

    • Concurrent User Advantage:
      Freedom of unlimited named user in multiple departments and amp; locations.All users in your organisation will have their own login credentials at no extra cost.

 

    • Freedom from Capex and Infrastructure investment so that you are at minimum risk exposure.Even for customisation it is billed only after customer satisfaction.

 

    • Freedom from any upfront cost.

 

  • Easy Pay- Freedom to choose from Annual (special pricing available) or quarterly subscription fee module on the first year.
  • Pay as you use Privilege: Freedom to pay as per your usage from the second year onwards.
  • Freedom to choose Implementation options (on-line/on-ground) and customisations as per your specific need and pay accordingly.

LIVE LIFE STRESS FREE!

 

Empower your organisation with Expand ERP and enjoy real-time visibility and complete control of your business. Grow your business to the next level with ease as our software does the hard work. With Expand ERP we guarantee you a complete stress free life. 

Please leave a comment below for any further enquiries or if this article has been of any value to you. To book a demo call…  (+91) 9007026542

ERP for Manufacturing Industry

erp for manufacturing industry

ERP – THE BEST WAY TO REDEFINE THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY!

KNOW HOW?

Way back in the olden days, business data and records were maintained in complex spreadsheets and files and voluminous folders. When businesses grew in scale, such antiquated systems also got obsolete. They were replaced by ERP systems which were more than just organising and scheduling modules for manufacturing enterprises. They combined the virtues of business planning and management, production scheduling, inventory control, customer relationship management and alignment of partners in the supply chain. The manufacturing sector is piled with competition and susceptible to an ever-changing market ecosystem. To remain at the top of the game, manufacturers need ERP systems that can be deployed and maintained off-site, are comprehensible, scalable, customizable, cost-effective and easy to use. Every industry has their own specific needs and processes. The ERP solution provider needs to understand the business well to define the scope of the software. Expand ERP has over 15 years of extensive R&D and market testing to make the solution robust and perfect, exactly for your specific business need.

According to an ERP Software Market Report published by Allied Market Research report, the global market is expected to garner $41.69 billion by 2020.

Still contemplating about adopting Cloud based ERP for your manufacturing industry?

Here’s why your manufacturing unit needs a modern ERP system:

From conception and design through to manufacturing and delivery, ERP is built to handle the complex needs of manufacturers that use engineering in the design and build of their products. ERP gives you complete visibility into your software processes to help integrate engineering activities, streamline operations, improve efficiencies, manage complexities and grow.

  1. Cost-effective:

    ERP software makes quality management easier. Quality of the product is assured with ERP, which reduces the number of finished goods that are discarded. You gain real-time business visibility with analytics and reporting. The predictive defect analysis made available with artificial intelligence provides deep, timely insights into all aspects of your business. This limits wastage, reduces cost and increases the profit margin for a manufacturer. As the old saying goes, money saved is money earned.
  2. Streamlines Processing:

    Manufacturing operations which otherwise seem complex and redundant, are automated by an ERP system and streamlined across departments. Users can navigate complex processes easily in less time. The result is improved efficiency and cost.
  3. Maintaining Accuracy in Inventory:

    An ERP solution can track your entire inventory in real-time, which makes every transaction and business activity extremely transparent. Shop floor advisors can cross check the quantity of each product. Having accurate inventory or stock list provides products and services that deliver immediate value to clients.
  4. Agility saves Time:

    ERP offers to extend productivity, security and access to information to mobile workers plus partners and customers, working anywhere, anytime on any device. Decision makers compare the system generated reports on regular intervals to analyze the varied market demands and capitalize on customers purchase trends.
  5. Profound Analytics:

    All the departments of a manufacturing business are unified and synchronized in a modern ERP solution. Consolidated reports can be generated using the same system resulting in accuracy in analysis and precise forecasting. For example, an Accountant who can readily access charts and reports can make decisions based on real values and figures.
  6. Optimize Supply chain:

    Fast growing businesses need strategies to boost productivity, improve quality and reduce costs. Supply chain management (SCM) in an ERP system smoothens the planning and execution of activities in the business. This monitors the supply of raw materials to meet the demands of the finished goods.

To Conclude:

Cloud ERP solution is a huge revolution in the manufacturing industry. Most business owners have either already implemented ERP or are in the process of implementing it. So why should you lag behind in this competitive market?

Upgrading to Expand ERP will give your business an added edge for optimum returns on investment. As a solution that is 100 % focused on the needs of manufacturers and distributors, Expand ERP functionality includes primary and alternate BOMS and routing, Material Resource Planning, Masters Production Scheduling, Shop floor execution, scheduling Workbench, Inventory and Warehouse Management and Quality assurance.

Focus on finding a solution that aids you to achieve these benefits. If you’re considering implementing a manufacturing ERP solution contact us to help you develop a digital strategy to meet your business needs.

Our cloud solution offers a comprehensive suite of application without the costly hardware requirements. With Expand ERP you are sure to reap all the benefits of a hosted cloud environment.

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5 interesting facts to adopt Cloud ERP

5 interesting facts to adopt Cloud ERP

How to benefit from Cloud ERP?

“Water has memory”….and Cloud stores the memory.

Cloud! …sounds quirky?

Cloud is the data warehouse for multiple users over the internet, without directly managing or physically maintaining external servers. In technical terms, Cloud Computing is a network of remote servers hosted on the internet to store, manage and process data in place of a local server. The most commonly used cloud providers are Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

Most ambitious companies rely on ERP systems to help integrate and organize data that is spread across each of its independent departments. Traditional ERP solutions are often housed within a company’s own server infrastructure and require updating and servicing to stay updated. Cloud ERP, as the name suggests, is based in the cloud, like SaaS (Software as a Service.) Unlike traditional ERP software, Cloud-based ERP relies on the cloud rather than proprietary server infrastructure to help companies share information across departments. Cloud ERP software integrates some or all of the essential functions to run a business, e.g. accounting, inventory and order management, human resources, customer relationship management (CRM), etc. – into one complete ERP system.

Transiting from On-Premise to the Cloud

The term “moving to cloud” also refers to an organization moving from a traditional CAPEX model (own the dedicated hardware and depreciate it over a period of time) to the OPEX model (use a shared cloud infrastructure and pay as one uses it).

Patrons claim that cloud computing allows companies to avoid upfront infrastructure costs, and focus on projects that differentiate their businesses instead of on infrastructure.

The benefits of Cloud ERP are many. Essentially, an on-premise ERP system lives on company’s own servers and is customized according to its needs. It’s a system built for a single client and is typically maintained by the ERP vendor or partners with updates delivered maybe once or twice a year. On the contrary, public cloud ERP systems are standardized to meet the needs of a multitude of clients, though all the data are separated and secure, the application and intelligence layers are shared.

 5 BENEFITS of Cloud ERP :

  1. Cloud ERP is typically more affordable. It eliminates the expense of buying computer hardware and software. In cloud, there is no need to buy hardware.
  2. Updates are sent to everyone at once, which delivers a competitive advantage. You’re not left waiting around for a vendor to update your custom ERP system. This ensures vast amount of computing resources can be provisioned instantaneously.
  3. Thirdly, Scalability is a huge advantage as it is easy to scale up your cloud capacity as per the need of the hour.
  4. Accessibility of data anywhere with internet accessibility makes business process smarter and quicker.
  5. Security– with Cloud your data is stored in a centralized secure location which is encrypted in highly secured systems. Shifting to the cloud also often requires changes to a company’s internal workings — changes that often turn out to be enormously beneficial.

Looking for a secure and reliable Cloud-based ERP Solution?

Your search ends here.

With Expand ERP cloud-based solution, you are free to manage your business anywhere or on any device that is connected to the web. All cloud-based servers are protected with software and hardware firewalls, in addition to 2048 –bit SSL certificates for secure HTTPS transports. Seventy four percent of IT executives and CIO’s have cited cloud computing security as the top challenge preventing their adoption of the cloud services model. But with us your data security is our highest concern. Safety comes First. With our Sure Shield promise, we help you overcome such security threats with our 100% assurance of data security.


We at Expand ERP train your team and provide a robust ready FAQ for our software and 24×7 support.

Still not made the right move to Cloud?

Given the fundamental benefits of cloud computing to businesses, it is no wonder that it is revolutionizing the industry, and is expected to grow further in the coming years. Hence, 93% organizations now use cloud-based IT services, 90% businesses plan to increase their cloud spending. Cloud computing allows businesses to ensure efficient collaboration across business locations and departments and effective sharing of information across third parties and contractors.

Some commonly sought after queries before moving to
Cloud computing are:

  1. What is the reason for the high demand in Cloud adoption?
    Over the years, the cost effectiveness of Cloud ERP was the most attractive benefit for changing business processing. The monthly subscription based payment module added to the leverage along with the elimination of managing software applications and investments in servers and external hardware. Besides, it also enhanced responsiveness, agility and promptness to act resulting in growth of business. It enables the users to access real-time information from various aspects of the business and utilize the data to make better decisions.
  2. What are the considerations for choosing between On Premise and Cloud ERP?
    The need for the deployment of new technologies in business is on a high. How and when to be transitioned is personalized to cater to the needs of the business for the optimum returns on revenue. A growing trend among organizations with on premise ERP is to start their cloud journey by adding specific cloud products (such as eCommerce or analytics) as satellites or complements to their core systems. extend? How will they enable you to achieve your growth goals?

Scalability is another unique characteristics of cloud ERP software. Being scalable, ERP can handle various business tasks irrespective of the size of the organisation. Technological advancements can bring new features and tools to make the ERP system more scalable and robust. From the aspects of convenience and cost-effectiveness, periodic upgrades of the ERP software are way better than replacing existing ERP systems. You can readily integrate the latest features and improve performance by updating the ERP version. It also contributes to bringing automation and digitalization to the business.

3. Is my business suitable for Cloud ERP?
Predominantly, business owners are often wondering whether digital transmission is apt for their organization or not. All kinds of organizations of every type, size and industry can use the cloud for variety of uses, such as data backup, disaster management, email, virtual desktops, software development and testing and customer –facing web applications. For example, healthcare companies use the cloud to develop more customized treatments for patients. Financial services companies are using the cloud to power real-time fraud detection and prevention.
It is necessary to choose the right ERP vendor who empowers rather than restricts. The key considerations should be Do the ERP solutions fit your business? Are they easy to use, deploy, and No matter how or when you choose to move your ERP solutions to the cloud, partnering with a reliable ERP vendor is crucial to adapt in the digital world.

At EXPAND ERP, we understand how important choosing the right ERP cloud service provider is for you. Our model-driven Innovation Platform promptly and efficiently helps to integrate all your business operations. With over 15 years of extensive R&D and market testing our home grown Expand ERP effectively takes care of all your business process needs. Expand ERP is a comprehensive, scalable, customizable, cloud-based ERP solution for fast growing manufacturers and exporters. We are the direct developers and implementers of the software and there is no third-party involvement. Thus, we ensure complete peace of mind as your business starts a smooth and hassle-free digital transition journey with us. To know more about Expand ERP or to book a demo call

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Enterprise Resource Planning

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

Expand ERP cloud provides you the best in its class ERP software to streamline your procure-to-sale processes. Expand ERP consists of Purchase Management, Sales and Billing Management, Customer Management, Vendor Management, Product Management, Financial Reporting, Account Management, Statutory Compliance and Inventory Management. Purchase Management automates key transactions and provides approval workflows. Sales and Billing Management helps you to eliminate bottlenecks and streamline your enterprise processes from sales quote to fulfillment, and timely invoicing to payment all in one ERP software. Customer Management helps to achieve short order cycle times, fast delivery, custom configurations, timely service, accurate invoices and hence a better Enterprise resource planning (ERP).

Vendor Management enables to efficiently manage supplier and vendor data to gain a competitive edge traditional ERP software. Product Management promotes integration and data exchange among all business users who interact with products. Financial Reporting empowers the finance department to record, organize, maintain and analyze data captured from all functional systems included in ERP. Account Management gives you a financial consolidation and reporting application which enables flexible, accurate and rapid reporting than traditional ERP software. Expand ERP Financials, a module within the ERP ensures that you make your tax submissions to the Indian government within statutory compliance’s.

Expand ERP offers a complete set of Inventory management that helps move inventory to the right place, time and cost all through one ERP solution. Expand ERP gives you an in-depth, real-time view into key supplier, inventory and shop floor performance indicators for better Enterprise resource planning (ERP).

When you add up these advantages, the value of Expand ERP is clear. With Expand ERP solution, employees have access to accurate information that enables them to make better enterprise decisions faster. ERP software also helps to eliminate redundant enterprise processes, lowering the overall business cost.

Because every company is unique, there’s no single indicator that says, “You need ERP now!” However, the companies that would benefit most from ERP software often face problems and frustrations.

How to achieve ERP benfits?

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How to achieve ERP benfits?

While selecting an ERP system, companies may see about unlimited possibilities in terms of improvements in their businesses. However, somewhere along, many ERP systems do not reach the expectations and the company suffers.
In experiences, aligning of organizations is not a priority for companies during selecting a software. Moreover, companies are very desperate to find a new ERP system fast so that it addresses their pain points and they lose sight of their business goals.
Staying focused on benefits realization is not easy. Therefore we’ve found many strategies which will help companies realize significant benefits from their ERP projects. These strategies are most effective when implemented before or during the selection process.
  • Understand Your Current Status – You can realize many business benefits by knowing your pain points in your current system.
  • Outline Expected Benefits and ROI – When embarking on ERP projects with clients, we typically help them clarify their overall business goals, so they can determine how ERP software can support these goals. This leads to a discussion about business benefits.
  • Ensure Organizational Alignment – Your company needs clearly defined business goals along with project goals.In addition to this they also need an understanding of how they tie together. Everyone, especially executives in the company needs this understanding.
  • Develop A Realistic Project Plan – Unrealistic expectations often is one of the main causes of low benefits realization and ERP failure.
  • Focus On Change Management – You cannot realise business benefits if the end-users are not ready to use the new ERP software.
  • Think Twice About Changing Your Goals – While changing the ERP system all processes, like customization or scope adjustment must be viewed. Also keeping in mind your project goals is necessary.
  • Continually Measure Benefits Realisation – Identify gaps between projected and actual benefits throughout the project. This helps managers to understand what they are doing well and how they can improve.
  • Continually Improve – If the company is including, focusing on business process management as a part of your ERP projects, you should understand the importance of continuous improvement.

Some more ways by which an ERP system can help our industry grow :

  • They are flexible in terms of user interface. This ensures better support throughout industrial operations.
  • They can easily integrate with all our application and business management tools. This provides a single platform for all our operations.
  • It effectively manages project planning, scheduling, inter department communication, etc. This optimizes all our industrial processes.
  • It provides us with detailed project and market analytics for better sales performances.
  • It manages various currency, foreign policies and compliance and finances with ease.
Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.

Mark Twain

5 Ways to Reduce Downtime: Preventive Measures Every Company can take

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5 Ways to Reduce Downtime: Preventive Measures Every Company can take

Despite having a sturdy infrastructure, there are many organizations which face database, software and hardware downtime which lead to shorter periods of shutting down to longer days of non-functionality. What exactly is a downtime period? It is basically an ‘unplanned event which stops production caused by either by human error or machine dysfunction”. System outages are common, but can your company afford this downtime? Here are 5 preventive measures to downtime that companies can follow.

Calculate the expenses of downtime


For any manufacturing unit, the biggest mistake would be not to calculate the ‘real’ expenses of downtime. The calculation should include loss in the production of actual goods, loss in productivity, and the number of man hours which needs to be further devoted to rescheduling. Not to forget the unexpected expenses of repairing equipments and the time which needs to be devoted to satisfy the customers. But the most fatal of these expenses would be reputation damage.

Go for a risk audit


The most effective way to reduce downtime is to go for a risk audit. According to statistics it has been proven that obsolete machines and equipments used by the manufacturers can stall operations leading to sudden downtime. For most outdated or old machines, parts are not available or take weeks to deliver. Think about your support network and get a thorough idea about the availability of the spare parts. A risk audit will ensure that problems are highlighted and you come up with solutions which can help you when you go down.

Prepare your data and reporting systems


Many manufacturers have manual methods of data collation and data management. When you evaluate your current data collection system, do they pinpoint to the macro causes of downtime? A vague report on a non-functional machine is not enough. What you need is real-time access to the entire operational data. ExpandERP is one integrated software which resolves this issue immediately. Once the IT and operational systems are integrated, it helps the manufacturer to know the exact moment when a machine breaks down. Once the cause of downtime is known, it helps in faster and accurate responses.

Updating your documentation


Update all documentation on your equipments like machine history and procedure and up-to-date drawings of an equipment which can be used as easy reference in case of an error. Proper documentation is the key to address unplanned downtime. When the operators have the right information, it becomes easier for them to address the issues. Working without context never helps. You need an integrated software like ExpandERP to show people how proper documentation can improve overall performance of an unit.

Adopt a proactive method

Proactive thinking will allow you to adopt new habits and systems which will stop problems even before they occur. ExpandERP is one such example of proactive thinking. The idea is to automate your processes and maximize the value of those processes leading to increase in operational value. To know more, you can click on Expand ERP

Expand ERP Gets The Honor Of Prestigious ERP Software Awards

ExpandERP Gets The Honor Of Prestigious ERP Software Awards

If the recent past is anything to go by Expand ERP is well on its course as one of the best Cloud ERP solutions present in the length and breadth of this vast and diverse nation. Yes, Expand ERP has graced the honors two years in a row in the annual FinancesOnline.com awards.
After setting new benchmarks in the ERP industry, FinancesOnline.com saw that Expand was offering a product beyond the league of its competitors and the financial organization gave credit where it was due and the industry received its Rising Star 2016 Award for the ERP software category with warm accolades. Not one to only bask in the shadow of past glory, the Expand team kept up their momentum and continued to innovate on its ERP offering which ultimately ended with the team bagging the Great User Experience Award 2017 from the same organization.
In Finances Online review of the software, Expand was rated at a formidable number 22 amongst ERP solutions available globally. User satisfaction stood a bountiful 97% and the impressive overall score of 8 as awarded by the organization doing the review saw it surge well ahead.
Expand ERP is all about scalability and large ERP implementation on its flagship platform saw the fortunes of the product scale to greater heights even as 2017 is set to unravel itself. But whatever comes its way Expand ERP team is intent upon improving its product even further till it becomes a league of its own not only in the category of its perceived competitors but in the much larger segment of firms that develop ERP offerings for companies and businesses globally.
The latest recognition comes in the wake of a plethora of honors that the company bagged in the previous year.
Looking to expand the horizons of your business? Then you just must have a look at Expand ERP.

Why ERP Software for Exports Should Have Integrated CRM Software Solution

Why ERP Software for Exports Should Have Integrated CRM Software Solution

If you think carefully enough you will come to realize that ERPs or Enterprise Resource Management solutions were always meant to be accompanied by CRM software. Having said that ,we must concede ERP software for exports has proved to be invaluable allies of businesses on their own. But the magic works best when both are part of one software suite and their true potential unleashed.
 
 
These days, data is being generated in huge amounts as we speak and write. This has translated into an environment for businesses that far more complex for their owners than ever before. They have to meet the challenge of being able to take correct action and they have to do it fast. Otherwise, their business prospects take a turn for the worse both in terms of short and long term. Customers are faced with an exploding array of choices and are more demanding. Businesses have to respond to their demands or face obliteration. Competition takes the center-stage as hundreds of companies vie for the same money of individual consumers. But that is a natural consequence of the consumer is king model.
 
So, in order to prevent your business out of gears when that happens, it is far better to opt for a modern and flexible solution that not only has modules that may be customized and scaled easily but has a built-in CRM as well. That is truly the best software for export import business.
 
All this has resulted in more and more companies realizing that an ERP with a built-in CRM solution is the best option open to them. Today even small and medium-sized businesses are turning to such a breed of ERPs in order to better their business processes. The magic of automation and enhanced management is in full bloom when ERP and CRM are inherently integrated.
 
ERPs perform the function of management and automation of back-office tasks while at the same time streamlining their business operations, CRM’s look after the front-office machinery that is responsible for interactions with customers, management of the whole pipeline of sales, provide support, conduct up-sell activities, track information regarding customers and come up with dashboards and reports on the whole data collected through their system. CRM’s are of great use in simplifying and standardizing all such activities.
 
But personally, obviously, for valid reasons, the concept of mashing up two different products from two distinct vendors does not seem to me to be that great of an idea. The different products make use of different architectures and the absence of any pre-set standard when it comes to exchange and interaction of data makes them unwieldyand unreliable. Not only does such a solution prove to be prohibitively costly but makes the whole process unnecessarily complex.
 
It is a risky decision and I as a business owner am highly unlikely to make such an unwise move. Sometimes companies claim that their solutions have integration compatibility but future updates may break such integration’s and make the whole system inoperable.

What You Can’t but Should Expect from A Modern ERP in Kolkata

What You Can’t but Should Expect from A Modern ERP in Kolkata

Admittedly Kolkata for all its charm and nostalgia is not the financial hub of India. But that does not deter thousands of small businesses from starting a shop and thriving in this complex atmosphere of layers of contradictions. If you are located in the eastern region of India, then before you go shopping for an ERP in Kolkata, check out whether it has the following features which form the backbone of any modern ERP that can truly stand up to the best of the world.
 

Even businesses with existing ERPs in place would do their operational efficiency a world of good by investing a modern variant of this highly popular system which is peerless in its enviable combination of efficiency and popularity. A modern ERP should have the following features:



An Integrated CRM- What can possibly matter more to a business than its valued customers. A good CRM ensures that one-off purchasers are converted into returning and loyal customers. Customers relationships matter and ideally you would like to have your pulse on the exact customer demographics. Integrated calendars and reminders make CRM a breeze for owners of businesses or the respective departments in large departments.

Export Management- Many businesses in the region concentrate on exports thus making it imperative that the ERP contains invoice and packing lists features. Forward contracts and export incentive are other areas of concern for them.

Inventory Management- An ERP that helps in inventory management through software is nothing short of a boon. Major features to watch out for are the transfer and routing of stocks, management of contacts along with management of the Bin and Stores.

Accounting- Accounting is an essential part of any business process. Your ERP should pass with flying colors when tested on this front. Pay particular attention to credit notes and cost centers in addition to overall management of the finance of your business concern.

Production- In the case of industries if nothing is produced, nothing is consumed leaving you with a bad business at hand. The ideal ERP should have provisions for quality checks, advice on the production process and production of the bill of materials.

HR or Payroll- Increasingly it is being found that the payroll function of the entire business process is being centralized and your ERP should have no problems in making this long felt need, another problem solved. This comprehensive process should comprise of payslips, management of payroll and management of employees.

Self Services- In this era of online stores customers more than ever eager to check their other issues that concern them themselves. An ERP should facilitate this process with a state of the art customer portal, a well designed and thought out shopping cart along with the final barrier to a sale, payment gateways that integrate with process of shopping without a hitch

If you are wondering whether you can really expect all of this plus more from an ERP in kolkata then stop wearing out your grey cells and pay a visit to ExpandERP. It is Kolkata’s own but packs a punch thay maybe compared to the best professional boxers that you are likely to find anywhere.