ERP on Cloud

What is Cloud ERP Software ?
What is Cloud ERP Software ?

96% of Fortune 500 companies are using Cloud computing.

Cloud ERP is the new normal in 2020!

Cloud ERP is Software as a Service that allows users to access Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software over the Internet.

Expand ERP is a time-tested business automation software software solution for the fast-growing manufacturers and exporters. For the last 15 years there had been extensive R&D and market testing to make the solution robust and perfect for the manufacturers and exporters.

Expand ERP is a comprehensive scalable, customisable cloud ERP software for the fast growing businesses. It empowers the manufacturers with real-time visibility and complete control over their business for faster expansion.

Why are so many businesses moving to the cloud?

 

It is solely because cloud computing enhances efficiency, competency, speed and cost-effectiveness which results in the company’s growth. 96% of Fortune 500 companies have at least one cloud offering and a goal to deliver 80% of it’s workloads in the cloud in the near future. Businesses can harness the power of data to connect with each customer throughout the entire customer relationship period. Also finding the right software vendor is also essential for an impactful implementation of Cloud ERP. It’s just a matter of leveraging the right technology to help you get there.

 

“The hybrid cloud strategy has enabled an agile environment that helps us to respond to new demands and opportunities very quickly.’ – Alice Keung, Economical Insurance.

 

Hybrid cloud computing is a mixed link between on-premise infrastructure,private cloud user and public cloud user and a third party user by allowing data flow  between them.

The future of cloud is Hybrid

Advancements and progress in the cloud computing industry move at a pace that can hardly be predicted or kept at par with. Cloud infrastructure – public, hosted private and on-premises is increasingly less siloed, allowing workloads to be more portable and data streams more mobile.

2020 will be witnessing several dominating trends that will shape the future of hybrid cloud. Fast paced cloud industry are developing and will characterise the new trend market.

 

T.It has emerged as the preferred implementation model that will drive the progress of the cloud industry.

77% of enterprise global infrastructure decision makers that are planning, implementing or upgrading cloud technology say that they are in a hybrid cloud environment.

6  Indispensable Cloud Computing trends to watch in 2020!

  1. Seamless consistency in hybrid cloud – In the following year hybrid cloud space will be seen with new innovations. Organisations will be able to enjoy seamless and consistent hybrid experiences.
  2. Hybrid Multi Cloud in demand – Companies are taking advantage of the flexibility to move mission – critical business applications to the environment – public or private or on-premise. Hybrid multi cloud has an inevitable approximate 9000 Crore Rs. market opportunity and nearly 80% of IT decision makers see it in their future. 
  3. ‘Security” is the most crucial attribute – 60% of the IT decision makers mark security control as the most essential attribute of cloud computing. Tools will be created  that can uncover security insights and respond to incidents faster through dashboards that help centralize operations.
  4. Edge computing gains greater relevance- computations are performed as close as possible to the sources and sinks of data and content, Combination capabilities of hybrid cloud and edge computing brings a great value proposition for organizations, wherein hybrid cloud ecosystem can be used to aggregate most relevant data and back-end functions, while edge can support processing and real-time analytics.
  5. Containers will be the core of an effective  hybrid cloud – It provides consistency regardless a workload is deployed on – premise or on cloud.Containers help organisations to maximise business value by simplifying deployment and management processes.
  6. Kubernetes will become more consumable with proliferation of open tools – Till last year organisations turned to open source tools to modernise their infrastructure but in 2020, they will be adopting the hybrid multicloud.To stay at par with cut throat competition,companies will resort to tools that can rapidly deploy applications such as containers and Kubernetes.

The future trends play a pivotal role in today’s evolving market trends and requirements. ERP features for manufacturing SME’s must be able to connect devices, departments,  partners, suppliers and your loyal customers in one versatile database. AT powered ERP for transportation or other manufacturing industries will do a lot more than simply track every aspect of your business. It will take your business to the next level and actually provide recommendations for improving and optimising at every level, becoming the real brains behind the operation.

EXPAND ERP Cloud  based software is fully equipped for the digital new age.

We do it differently.

100% Cloud-Based ERP Solution

With automatic regular backups on Cloud and masking feature your data is secured with us for a lifetime.

Deep Understanding of your business

A ready to fit solution with deep industry knowledge which can be further customized as per your business needs.

Mobility

Warehousing, Sales force, HR, GPS tracking, we provide solutions for every possible process of your business. Expand ERP Mobile App enables you to now manage your entire business on the move.Mobile apps are undeniably the most quickest and efficient way to respond to real time changes in production. Having instant mobile access on the shop floor makes it possible for the users to deal with live problems instantly, reducing wasted resources and materials.Supervisors can also access product availability or change work data on the spot to eradicate a problem in its tracks. With Expand ERP mobile based app you can achieve all this in real time.

Personalise Consultation

Expand ERP is the preferred business automation solution provider for 15 years to various industries. We provide personalised attention and automation that is best fit for your business.

Expand ERP has completed 15 glorious years in building trust and faith of our patrons. We have successfully partnered with many businesses in Kolkata, Delhi, Bangalore, Jaipur and in other cities. With the advent of a new year we have new aspirations, new dreams and fresh focuses. We will maintain our goal to spread the latest trend in technology to as many organisations we can reach out to. Our team will focus relentlessly to spread awareness and touch the lives of business owners and help them reach their goals. If your goal as an entrepreneur is to achieve great  heights for your company, Expand ERP Cloud based software is your ultimate route to the peak. Please leave a comment below for more enquiries and information.
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Manage your business supply chain with erp

Supply Chain Management System

Manage your Business Supply Chain with ERP

“Changes call for innovation, and innovation leads to progress.”

– Li Keqiang

All about Supply Chain Management:

 

Understanding the need-

 

Supply Chain Management or SCM is crucial for everyday activities in every organisation whether small or large. It is the organised flow of processing of supply chain to maximise customer value and achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. It deals with the movement and stocking of supplies needed to manufacture a product as well as inventory management and keeping track of finished goods. In today’s times, SCM includes the strategic alignment of end-to-end business processes to realise market and economic value, as well as giving a firm the competitive advantage over their business rivals.

Automating SCM with Enterprise Resource Planning software:

 

In the current hyper-competitive business scenario, handling SCM the traditional way is mere backwardness. In the new automated business processing era, the system is expected to work with visibility, focus and agility to bring an overall enhancement in the organisational operations. An ERP software can bring all these features to action automatically in less time. It can integrate and refine forecasting, create sales and operations plans, promptly respond to demand changes, and supports the core functions essential to runa supply chain business effectively.

The Prerequisites of SCM:

 

SCM streamlines everything from product flow to unexpected natural disasters. An organisation can diagnose problems and disruptions effectively through a sound SCM. It also plays a pivotal role in transferring goods quickly and efficiently to its destination. It reduces Purchasing and Production cost to a great extent. It improves customer service by delivering the correct quantity and quality of products on time. After sales services can also be tracked efficiently.

How does ERP affect SCM?

 

ERP software has eased the process of manufacturing industry, as it streamlines all the processes. To begin with, customer order fulfillment to inventory control, ERP system is a one stop solution for all tracking needs.

If you are part of an industry that requires SCM, with the following parameters you will be able to reap the benefits of ERP software system.

For a successful ERP implementation you will require:

 

  1. A defined flowchart that categorises what each section of the company does and how the data or instruction will flow from each department.
  2. Appropriate training for all managers and employees is essential to make sure all plans are executed efficiently.
  3. A clear understanding of the Return on Investment for both long term and short term is crucial.
  4. The company’s resources need to be aligned to ensure successful deployment and continued implementation.

ERP benefits on SCM:

 

Expand ERP provides a solution which improves supply chain operations. It empowers clarity in vision, focus, agility and control over all the business processes, thereby enhancing your performance goals.Some of the proven benefits are:

 

  1. Tracking of Inventory – To avoid over stocking or shortage, it is advisable to keep track of inventory. With the advanced ERP this process can be made simpler without wasting any time.The user will be notified whenever inventory level goes down so that orders can be placed timely.
  2. Clarity in data insight – The efficiency of a supply chain can be graded by the accuracy of the data received. With our ERP system, real- time data can be achieved related to stock inventory resulting in less errors and greater revenues. The software also allows users to access reports 24×7 for a better insight into operations.
  3. Integrates various business operations – Expand ERP software helps to streamline and automate all the business processes in a supply chain-HR, Finance,management, sales etc on one single system. This reduces manual paperwork and enhances the visibility of data through all the departments.
  4. Improves process accuracy by standardisation – ERP builds uniformity across teams in single and multiple locations to enhance the competency of the overall system, improving the accuracy of the processing and team work,reducing errors and miscommunications.
  5. Unified, transparent view – With Expand cloud ERP solution, you can be assured of  a unified, transparent view of every section of supply chain operations. It provides accurate, relevant and real-time information about shipments and warehousing. This will enhance the clear communication between the employees at the store and the warehouse with accurate information.
  6. Inventory Management – Organised management of stock decreases cost and increases the profit of any business. With Expand ERP features, real-time visibility of exact inventory level is enabled. This results in optimum operations and reduced overhead costs.
  7. Improves Speed – ERP system is a unified source for all necessary data, so the tools provide transparency and efficiently  allocates resources including material, staff and machines, from the initial stages itself. This results in easy coordination and on-time delivery across the supply chain.
  8. Makes return of orders easy – If you have a logistics company, supply chain processes dealing with returned goods and back order processing, can be made simpler with Expand ERP solution. An up to date return management system can help businesses to reduce waste and bring consistency in the backorder processing.
  9. Generates less operational costs – With intelligent ERP systems like Expand ERP, you are made aware of the costs at all stages of a supply chain. More realistic cost projections can be generated by harnessing the demand and supply flow chart. This reduces the uncontrollable additional expenses and brings in effective cost management in your business processing.

How are we Different?

100% Cloud-Based ERP Solution

With automatic regular backups on Cloud and masking feature your data is secured with us for a lifetime.

Deep Understanding of your business

A ready to fit solution with deep industry knowledge which can be further customized as per your business needs.

Mobility

Warehousing, Sales force, HR, GPS tracking, we provide solutions for every possible process of your business. Expand ERP Mobile App enables you to now manage your entire business on the move.

Personalise Consultation

Expand ERP is the preferred business automation solution provider for 15 years to various industries. We provide personalised attention and automation that is best fit for your export business.

Other Expand Advantages:

 

15 years of building trust

With over 15 years of R&D and extensive Market Testing we have developed the best in class ERP software for your specific business needs. With our cutting-edge technology, we have been partnering many manufacturers and exporters over past years in their process automation.

Expand 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. 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Freedom from Capex and Infrastructure investment so that you are at minimum risk exposure. Even for customisation it is billed only after customer satisfaction.
  4. Freedom from any upfront cost.
  5. Easy Pay- Freedom to choose from Annual (special pricing available) or quarterly subscription fee module on the first year.
  6. Pay as you use Privilege: Freedom to pay as per your usage from the second year onwards.
  7. Freedom to choose Implementation options (on-line/on-ground) and customisations as per your specific need and pay accordingly.

Expand SureSmile

 

For a smooth and seamless digital transition of your organization we have our best in class hassle-free support ready for your help always.

 

  1. Anytime Support- 24hrsX12months in house Customer service team.
  2. Zero Waiting- Online support request booking through Ticket System- users can directly put support request online and it is assigned to respective team.
  3. Remote Assist- users can share the screen with the support person for any support required.
  4. Onsite Support- our team will visit the customers site for any support related activity.
  5. Expand User Training and external Certification.
  6. Train the Trainer Program- Expand encourages train the trainer program where expand Biztech Experts trains one or more users and they can further train other users, this helps in building in-house expert on ERP at client site).
  7. Online Help Document & FAQs for ready usage.

Expand SureShield

 

Enjoy 100% data security and grow your business to the next level with ease and complete peace of mind.

 

  1. Multiple Location Storage- Data is on cloud, stored in multiple locations ensuring maximum safety.
  2. Stored on trusted technology platform (Microsoft Azure, SQL Server).
  3. 99.9% up-time (up-time is the amount of time the service is online available and operational).
  4. SSL (encrypted) Data Transmission- Similar technology as Net Banking and thus extremely secure.
  5. Private Database- each user has the private database and not a shared one as in open source ERP.

“ If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.”         

Peter. F. Drucker

Expand ERP offers a more effective way to manage procurement and supply of the goods, services and other resources across the chain of supply. From handling manufacturing and warehouse resources to transporting management and execution processes Expand ERP takes control of all your supply chain elements. To validate the impact of ERP on Supply Chain Management embrace Expand ERP – a world class, home grown, Indian make software for your unique needs. Contact us for more information and book a demo to see how our competent consultants take full control of your SCM.

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

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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.

ON PREMISES OR IN THE CLOUDS?

In the clouds or in your office?

On Premises or in the Clouds – the two main choices when it comes to ERP. Yet, what exactly is the difference between cloud based ERP programs and on premises ERP program?The easiest way to explain is that an on premise system has all the programs, software, drivers installed directly in the office, onto each computer or the servers. Cloud ERP is basically a Software as a Service or SaaS system. The ERP vendors host all the necessary drives and hardware and the business need not buy expensive hardware.

On premise systems are self-managed by the business whereas cloud systems are managed by third parties. There are many hybrid options that combine the benefits of both cloud and on premise programs.
Infrastructural or IT requirements are the greatest for on premise systems. The enterprise has to purchase all the necessary hardware servers and IT equipment beforehand for the ER P deployment. Cloud hosted or hybrid systems have a moderate amount of investment required for the ERP system. Completely cloud based programs have little if any additional IT requirements. All the necessary resources and infrastructure are with the ERP provider.
There are concerns about the total costs of ERP ownership. On premise programs are generally not financially feasible for small and medium enterprises as they require a large upfront investments. Cloud program do not entail large up front expenses and generally have monthly or yearly payment models. Over a large period of time, cloud ERP may be the more costly system. A hybrid ERP system requires a moderate investment in total. Businesses would need to decide how long they would use a particular system, their budget and assess their financial capabilities before making a decision.

The software licenses are owned by the enterprise in the case of on premise ERP. For the cloud based system, the software license are rented by the company. Hybrid system also give the business ownership over the licenses. Because on premise and hybrid systems give the entire ownership of the license to the company, the usage license does not expires. In the case of cloud ERP, the license to use the system expires upon non-payment fees or when the company does not renew their contract. As per accounting principles an on premise and hybrid system would be regarded as a capital asset or capital lease while cloud ERP would be regarded as an operating lease or expense.
Cloud systems have a distinct advantage over the other two in terms of updating ERP software. Cloud systems are updated automatically by the vendor and it is ensured that the business is always running on the latest version. For hybrid and on premise ERP, the system is updated very infrequently – generally every 18 to 24 months and business often run on outdated system to avoid the additional expenses and possible data loss that may occur as a result of the updates.
Both on premises and hybrid ERP give the business the ability to completely customize their programs. Generally the greater the customization required, the greater the cost of the ERP. Businesses have to assess their requirements and decide how customized their program needs to be. Cloud ERP may be limited in their scope of customization offered depending on the vendor. Companies should find an EPR vendor that is compatible and one that provides them with the specifications they have in mind. The majority of small and medium enterprises do not require much customizations and the cloud systems would meet their business requirements.
Hybrid and on premise ERP systems have user based security. Access to data is determined by the company and its personnel. Each user or employee will have access to data that is relevant to their department and work. For cloud based systems, data is generally accessible corporate wide, but can be restricted. A function of cloud ERP is the greater accessibility it offers to users compared to strictly on premise programs. Users can access data from any part of the world through the internet (unless the company has restricted it). This allows them to be more efficient. Small and mid-sized companies where decision making is fairly integrated benefit from greater transparency and accessibility provided by cloud systems.

Large companies would typically opt for hybrid ERP and have greater restrictions on data accessibility to prevent unauthorized data manipulation.
Security of the servers is internally managed in the case of onsite ERP. For this the company must have a capable IT department or team to ensure no confidential data is vulnerable to hacks. The security and maintenance of the data is in the domain of the company. The additional expenses in employing capable IT personnel means that typically only larger companies or companies with highly classified or sensitive information would use onsite ERP. For hybrid and cloud ERP the maintenance and security of the servers is externally managed.
Cloud systems are the most logical option for small and mid-sized enterprises while on premise ERP is opted by larger companies. Businesses need to assess their requirements and capabilities to maintain the ERP before deciding which system to opt for.

Contributor : Vidushi

Think before you build your own IT infrastructure

Due to the sheer complexity and volume of business, setting up on premise IT infrastructure is the first thing that comes to mind. It is costly. Maintaining IT with in-house or third-party support team is unmanageable.

Regular upgrade, update, patches, security fixes, troubleshooting compatibility issues are important for smooth business operation. Troubleshooting a software issue or printer issue or fixing hardware can sometimes take days due to limited in-house knowledge. Depending on third party can be time consuming due to their response time. For business, IT issues can cost dearly. It can lead to missing order deadlines and business can even lose customers. 
Every business or individual today is online on internet most of the time. We all use hosted applications in some way or the other like emailing, social media, file sharing or shared drives. With the increased penetration of Internet, more and more companies are looking to adopt more flexible, manageable and scalable infrastructure. The primary concern of the business owner is order fulfilment and customer retention. For proper management, Businesses needs undisrupted information flow and complete visibility of business. Moving to Cloud is the first step to empower the employees with world class IT infrastructure and better business continuity.  
 

Adopting Cloud is only one half of the solution. The other half is upgrading your legacy business application to Advanced Cloud based Enterprise Application. There will be advisors and providers for work arounds / patch for legacy applications but soon you will realise the pitfalls. In the globally competitive marketplace, your employees need robust and flexible application, that can custom fit the business and automate repetitive workload. This is ideal and most desirable solution for business success. This will lead to better efficiency and productivity. We at EXPAND ERP help mid-market with integration and automation to take advantage of latest in technology.

Contributor – Vineet

ERP Implementation = Failure! Not Anymore.

When it comes to deciding for an ERP for the organisation, the monster that comes to everyone’s mind is ERP Implementation. ERP implementation is not just perceived but in reality is a nightmare. We have come across more failure than success when it comes to ERP implementation.

This holds true for all ERP providers and any project size. All ERP vendors have to deal with this negativity that clutches the minds of decision makers.
In an implementation there are two and only two rules both the ERP vendor and Customer need to remember to make it successful!

1. For the ERP vendors: Do not try to push Customer to change everything in his business process to fit the ERP.
2. For the Customer: Do not try to change ERP to make every part work according to the business.

Of course, every Customer see ERP Implementation as an opportunity to adopt best practice and are tempted to do as much customisation possible but this is the number one reason for project failure.

Involvement of top management and important end users into the project planning stage is critical for leading project to success and avoid resistance on rollout. Lastly, training and documentation is taken lightly by end users until it is forced upon.
The above dos and don’ts are totally valid for Vanilla ERP vendors. You can google numerous case studies in reference.
History and experience has taught us and we at EXPAND ERP have steered through this journey to bring industry specific solution to minimise implementation timeline and deliver quick ROI. With ready to go live on cloud from day one and on the go training, our customers have more success to share.

The summary, inspite of all the odds ERP system is something any business cannot do without in this competitive world. We have customers who have learned from failures and made successful rollout across their business expanse and taken business to newer heights with better efficiency and productivity. With Cloud technology and Internet of Things (IoT) taking the lead, it is high time that we make our business secure and easier to manage.

Contributor – Vineet

Is your ERP ready for Internet of Things (IoT) ?

Is your ERP ready for Internet of Things (IoT) ?

Did you know there are more mobile phones than humans on this planet? The ever increasing use of smart devices, they are getting more intelligent with more sophisticated sensing capabilities. 
Internet of Things Expand ERPThe extensive use of sensor embedded devices, The old saying ‘Garbage In Garbage Out’ seems no more relevant. The devices are getting smarter and increasingly the data input is automated with least human intervention. The data thus collected is analysed by enterprise software and ready to influence and guide human decision. Early adopters of Enterprise software are more than ready to get fully automated. Early days examples of integration of PLC, Weigh bridge, boom barriers at manufacturing units as management control has evolved further to offer real time update and statistics on patterns, forecast and better alert humans for preventive action and readiness. Early indications by Internet of Things (IoT) can reduce lead time, save costs and increase efficiency of businesses exponentially. One of the most widely used examples of IoT is GPS devices that are fitted on vehicles for tracking of location, movement, quality of driving and vehicle performance. The device only generates location data every few seconds that is captured on central servers and further analysed to get meaningful information. Most of the businesses today use GPS on their vehicles. Today businesses track the product they sell for its lifetime. Service industry offers more convenient ways to reach customers; on the contrary customers find services. Unless IoT is not integrated with analytics capability and enterprise application the organisation cannot see an impact on its business. To sum up, in days to come business need to ensure readiness on scalable infrastructure and flexible software that can consume and process data from IoT and make business more competitive in the market place.intelligent devices that are generating data and at the same time transmitting data. 

Contributor – Vineet

Small Business ERP

Small Business ERP

Cloud computing has removed the major hurdle for ERP service providers to roll out cost effective for small business ERP. ERP is mainly used by large companies to manage their business. Due to
high cost of deployment and maintenance, it was difficult for small business to benefit from an ERP. Small Business erpPay per user, Pay per transaction, Pay as you go models have made ERP accessible to small business and inevitable with the growing competition and business volumes. Small business ERP has increased efficiency and helped save costs.
Even the bigger ERP players are trying to remodel solutions for small business by cutting on the frills, making it more friendly for end user and easy to learn. Small business ERP are mostly industry specific and in line with the business, unlike bigger ERP that is generic and needs to be customized for the business.
There are several Small business ERP with different combination of functionality and pricing. Businesses really need to evaluate to suite their budget and ensure that software can address the core business function. Business should verify track record of the ERP vendor in similar industry.
EXPAND ERP is a cloud based solution for small business. It is comprehensive for mid-sized businesses who are manufacturers, exporters, distributors or retailers. EXPAND ERP is flexible to manage complex business processes. The pay as you go model gives enough scope to the business to try the software before committing.
EXPAND ERP has vast experience with SMB environments and understands the functional problem of similar companies. With the pricing model and functional expertise EXPAND ERP is a safe bet for small business.

Contributor – Vineet