E-Everything – a unique possibility for all business processes for a power-packed distributor
When all industries are now moving towards digital transformations, the distribution sector is sitting on the edge of exciting possibilities that the virtual connectivity can unleash for businesses. With single unified access across all functionaries of a global company that operates in the distribution space, comes the coined term E-Everything.
All for one
Traditional systems are undergoing metamorphosis that is blurring the lines between backend and front-end operations of an enterprise. At the same time, transparency and interoperability that comes with digital streamlining will have a major positive impact on improving efficiencies of resources and processes, thereby enhancing productivity.
Cost-effective and smart
On top of it, cloud services and SaaS-based models ensure that such intelligence can be adopted by companies at low-cost and pay-as-you-use models. This means that the heavy investments in infrastructure may be avoided if needed. At the same time, the scalability of the adoption can be directly proportional to the level of operations of the business. In fact, a phased digital adoption is possible for the entire coverage of the distribution company for a smooth transition.
Microsoft Azure has a robust framework that helps distribution industries leverage the power of digital adoption towards a holistic e-system. The Microsoft Dynamics suite has compatible solutions for CRM and NAV. These can help business create new opportunities with a seamless integration across all departments.
No need to reinvent the wheel
The Dynamics Suite can work seamlessly with existing applications within a company’s network, such as Office 365, OneNote, SharePoint, Outlook, and Word. This means that data can flow smoothly between systems throughout the processes that run across the enterprise. This reduces errors and promotes transparency.
Tap it anywhere
The increased use of shared data empowers the transfer of knowledge across functionaries. Hence the benefits of integration can be tapped at any point within the system’s flows.
Powerful remote controlling
With lightweight apps connecting to backend over the cloud, the employees can get access to real-time data on personal devices as they are on the move. This means monitoring and controlling systems from remote locations is now a reality.
Predict, prevent, and save
Remote access leads to better insights and better forecasting. The systems can also move to preventive and predictive business models with higher chances of accuracy. Real-time data can be analyzed by smart analytics to integrate with AI or M2M apps for preventive maintenance.
Predictive models also mean that inventory management for distribution companies can be leaner with better demand forecasts, thereby freeing up locked capital. It can also lead to streamlined order fulfillment with real-time tracking of shipment and delivery. Complete automation can thus be achieved riding on the backbone of Dynamics NAV.
See new opportunities for growth
A higher visibility with integrated OLAP services promotes better extraction of data, recognizing patterns and enhancing relationships. This can, in turn, help businesses to spot new opportunities to grow. With smoother data reporting and increased business intelligence, the level of control over the business goals is much higher.
Customer Relationships get a boost with a 360-degree view of the client’s expectations and preferences from within the CRM as well as the visibility into the internal operations that work to support those expectations. This can be translated into actions that promote the customer experience.
Besides formal external customers, Dynamics empowers the internal customers of the distribution company – the employees as the work environment is more collaborative and open. Flexibility to access data from anywhere increases productivity. At the same time, partners can access the data from within the systems, for a more synergized view. This brings tighter coupling between the company and its business allies.
Truly a global asset
With a support for multiple currencies and multiple languages, Azure and Dynamics ensure that distributors with global operations have a single system to cover all geographies, whether it is their office and warehouse locations or their partners and customers.
To sum it all
The value chain comes to fruition in a distribution enterprise where the channels of distribution are engaging on the cloud and in-premises versions of intelligent systems. This white paper clarifies how Dynamics focuses on the distribution industry in particular. We, at Techminds, have a rich experience in customizing the solutions to suit the specific requirements of each distributor, making the transition an exciting journey.