So, again, what does all of this really mean to any small to mid-sized business looking to tie all departments together? From a historical perspective, it means that despite the preponderance of acronyms and the lingering frustrations of some companies limiting their options, integration has become easier and “a standard” capability. If you picked up this article thinking that integrating and migrating data between applications and web sites is extremely complex, well, it isn’t, necessarily – it’s sometimes as simple as typing a line in your browser’s address bar. But it all depends on the complexity of the data that you’re working with, and the tools that your software application gives you to manage that data.
There are two further thoughts to draw from as this article seeks to assist a thought process.
If you are a small business looking to move from managing various spreadsheets then your first step must be an Accounting System and again, much like the earlier comment in this article that refers to the great capabilities of leading BP solutions, they in this case, Accounting Solutions, are all extremely good. However the moment you need to automate Inventory, Customer Relationship, Fixed Assets, Purchasing, Forecasting (which every well-run company has need to do) then don’t be afraid to take the next step and implement a Business Platform that provides for all these aspects, reduces the application landscape (and the not inconsiderable management of various application touch points) and where there are very specific point system requirements such as Point Of Sale, Warehouse Management, Ecommerce etc then deploy accordingly and work with the partner of choice to consider the integration requirement.
I took the liberty of using this slide from a very relevant SAP Business One presentation that speaks to the entire matter we face. As we move forward with the adoption of current (and I purposefully say current rather than the catch all “modern” adjective) technologies, repetitive mundane tasks are beginning to disappear as the automation of your Business Processes increase. As I said earlier in this article this allows your most valued asset (your team) to concentrate on High Value Tasks that directly contribute to the bottom line.
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