Every high-growth business grapples with decisions around the best business system to manage its expanding operations. Proper planning of an integrated business management software system often takes a back seat to short-term revenue acceleration goals. As a consequence, various disparate applications are installed at different points in time in various functional areas, resulting in business process inefficiencies and software integration challenges. But how did these problems arise in the first place, and how can they be avoided?
Process Efficiency Across Your Organization: There are several key processes that you may encounter in your daily operations, such as order management, fulfillment, invoicing, cash collection, expense approvals, and financial consolidation, to name a few. Automating such processes enables you to avoid new hires that would otherwise be required to manage these processes, and redeploy staff to higher-value activities to help your business innovate and grow. In an ROI study by independent analyst firm Nucleus Research, of customers using NetSuite, the world's leading integrated cloud business suite, Nucleus found that, by using an integrated suite, companies accelerated their financial close times by up to 50%, increase sales productivity by 12.5%, and increase inventory turns by 50%, amongst other efficiencies. In the same study, another customer, Advantage Sign Supply, cut its order processing time by 66%.
Dramatically Improved Visibility: Real-time visibility is important in making timely informed decisions. When information can be accessed instantly from almost anywhere, without wasting resources on data extraction and tying data from different sources together, employees are better informed and can make more accurate, faster decisions. For example, by having all their business data available in real-time, König Wheels was able to monitor their suppliers' workloads in real-time and doubled their business in four years while saving $120,000 annually.
Significant IT Time and Cost Savings: With IT no longer having to procure, install, and maintain multiple systems as well as the various integrations between them, a significant reduction in operational costs can be realized while IT time can be spent improving the business operations.
Accelerated growth: With an integrated software system, expansion to multiple locations and additional sales channels can be accomplished a lot faster because of unified order and accounting management processes and data. Companies can also upsell and cross-sell more efficiently to their existing customer base because of the improved visibility they obtain. Beyond the Rack, a company that was started as recently as 2009, was able to rapidly grow to serve 4 million customers by deploying an integrated system, NetSuite OneWorld.
User-Driven Innovation: Because process changes can be implemented quickly, everyday business users are able to apply their functional expertise to tailor processes and applications in a way that improves performance. Meanwhile, IT is liberated to focus on strategic initiatives that can add value to the bottom line by building innovative value-added solutions.