Why Your Business Needs ERP as a Platform: Flexibility

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Most of today’s ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software solutions are similar across the board: they have the same rich features, but lack flexibility, agility, and security. And because they’re all so similar, it’s difficult to stand out among your competition. But what if there was a way to get more out of your software solution? ERP technology has come a long way since its introduction in the 1990s, and this includes ERP software flexibility that has never been seen before--thanks to cloud software and artificial intelligence. Now, ERP is more of a platform than an application and can save you more time and money with powerful features like AI and machine learning.

The Struggle with Legacy ERP Software

Getting the most out of your employees and systems is paramount for any business owner. However, with traditional ERP solutions, there’s no escaping the endless cycle of putting a request in to IT, waiting for it to be acknowledged, meeting with a programmer to discuss solutions, and finally getting something implemented. This may seem productive to your team because it’s all “work,” but it’s work that doesn’t need to be done this way. Time is being wasted! Chances are that you’ve automated tasks and implemented code changes that a more flexible ERP system could have handled for you.

A World with Flexible ERP

Currently, you may have a departmental dynamic that looks like this: your business users are fed up with trying to request system changes or enhancements from IT. There are so many requests that the developers can’t keep up, which amounts to longer wait times and priority shifts. To cut down on those hassles, business users take it upon themselves to shop for apps, tools, or plugins for your ERP software in an attempt to meet their needs. These end up on your credit card and can result in logistical nightmares or, even worse, can open your business up for a data breach or cyber attack.

Enter a flexible ERP enabled by Cloud technology, ready to save you time and money. With a flexible ERP platform configuration sitting on a Common Data Service, your business users can tailor an ERP solution for themselves. There’s no programming knowledge required, and no chance of causing system damage. For example, PowerApps and Flow are drag-and-drop tools that allow your employees to create their own business apps that connect back to Dynamics 365, Common Data Service, Salesforce, third-party applications, and more. This allows your business users to meet their own ERP needs while freeing up development time for other projects vital to your organization.

This doesn’t leave your developers out of your ERP solution. However, tasks that would have taken them much longer to code in your legacy system take much less time with strong and powerful tools that make more advanced projects easier. This further frees up their development time when they do need to accommodate the needs of your business users, especially when your business needs to adapt quickly when new compliances are issued by regulatory bodies or customer engagement processes need to change.

Get More Flexibility from Your ERP Platform

ERP software capabilities are growing, and with this growth comes immense time savings for you, your business users, and your development team. Now is the time to upgrade to a more flexible ERP system, and AKA Enterprise Solutions will make the process quick and painless while educating you on how to get the most out of the software for your specific business. Contact them today to see what they can do for you!

AKA specializes in making it easier to do business, simplifying processes and reducing risks. With agility, expertise, and original industry solutions, we embrace projects other technology firms avoid—regardless of their complexity. As a true strategic partner, we help organizations slay the dragons that are keeping them from innovating their way to greatness. Call us at 212-502-3900!

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