Building the Case for ERP – Key 3 of 5

June 27, 2017

It’s time to get excited! Do you remember building a holiday wish list when you were younger? Well, Key 3 is for you!

Key 3 of our Building the Business Case for ERP: 5 Keys to ERP is perhaps the most exciting phase of smart ERP investment as you will begin envisioning how and where software will improve your company. Having already Described the Challenges (ERP Key 1) and Documented the Operational Flow (ERP Key 2), you can finally begin your Assessment of the Benefits, Costs, and Risks.

In this step, you will develop your wish list of necessary and supplemental software functionality as it relates to (and improves upon) your business operations. For each of the items you list, explain the benefit that each feature will deliver to your company. Using this list, you can then begin evaluating the related costs (for calculating ROI) as well as the considerations of new software to employees, customers, and your products. Careful assessment will help you avoid any lumps of coal in your ERP investment.

As you build your wish list, remember to investigate the Benefits of Cloud ERP before discovering the final 2 Keys to ERP!

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Customers share their ROI achievements. Click each testimonial to read the full case study.

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Empire Bolt & Screw

“Out of the gate, our first cost savings occurred in accounting. What was previously a full-time job went down to just 2 hours a day. This change alone saved us $40,000 in year-over-year labor costs.”

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Patlin Inc.

“Distribution One has allowed us to deliver 30% more orders without having to increase our labor force.”

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The Nut Place

“ERP-ONE actually helps our business be more productive. We operate more efficiently because our software performs like a world-class product. And that’s not marketing hype. We trust in its reliability. It is one of the best decisions our company made.”

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Colorado Industrial Packaging

“ERP-ONE tracks product costs and sales margins for us… that benefit alone has added 4% to our bottom line after the first year of implementation and has more than paid for the cost of ERP-ONE.”

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A-Jax Fasteners and Tools

“Enhanced productivity, lower operational costs, higher service levels, and stronger customer relationships—it’s all been attained through our ability to provide continuous real-time data generated through the myriad of programs within ERP-ONE.”

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VLC Distribution

“Having spent 30 years on the operations side of distribution using SAP and AS400 software, I have not encountered a better system than ERP-ONE. The efficiencies and expandability has allowed us to improve our sales by $500,000 per employee in a year.”

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On Time Supply

“We had immediate visibility into which sales representatives were performing and which product lines were providing the best return for our business.”

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Cathy’s Concepts

“The ability to manage orders online has created greater efficiency in their business and has delivered more flexibility in modifying and tracking orders. Changes to an order instantly cascade all the way through the terminals and the processing stations cutting production time by at least 15%.”

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“I’m excited about the future. We processed hundreds of orders in the first week and project our webstore will be handling over 10,000 orders per year.”

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