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Five Foolproof Steps to Overcoming Software Procrastination

Our complete guide to improved efficiency

If you are naturally averse to time consuming tasks, you might find this hard to believe, but the ‘P’ in ERP doesn’t stand for procrastination. Researching, choosing, and installing an ERP system can be a time consuming process, so it’s easy to see why it often gets pushed to the bottom of your list, but time is of the essence!

One of the first steps to successfully overcoming your software procrastination and reviewing your ERP is recognising that you have a problem. We know this can be difficult, but there are plenty of support groups out there that will offer you the help you need to move forward.

Take our own ERP knowledgebase for example – it’s full of helpful information about identifying when you should change your software solution and how to manage a successful ERP implementation.

Of course, you can continue your years-long struggle. But why not make life easier for yourself? After all, can your business really afford to keep wrestling with the same tired old systems, processes and limited functionality? Sure, you’ll be able to continue plodding along, but your growth will be limited.

Let’s be honest, the above scenario isn’t desirable for anyone! If your business is ready to make the move, don’t hold back any longer. Here are our five tried and testes steps to ending procrastination:

1. Acceptance

The first step is accepting that you need help. The good news is, when it comes to improving business efficiency, ERP provides immediate results, so you’re not a long way off! An ERP system like Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central will allow you to streamline business processes, reduce the amount of time spent on manual tasks, and speed up production, all of which will result in significant cost savings.

2. Learn from the past

When reviewing ERP solutions, take the time to reflect on the effectiveness of your current business processes. Are they completely redundant? Or do they just need some improvements? This will help you understand what functionalities you need from your new ERP software, and reduce the cost of purchase as a result.

3. Assess what you need

The next step on your journey is identifying which team members and assets are underused. This will inform who or what you decide to keep, redeploy or do away with, enabling you to increase revenue in the long run.

4. Embrace the support you’re offered

An ERP system such as Business Central empowers you to plan for upcoming developments in the company by identifying future customer and supplier trends. This knowledge will enable you to meet the increasing demands of customers more efficiently and increase revenue as a result.

5. Make the change

Boosting staff morale will make a massive difference to your business. Since most of your employees are probably frustrated with the existing software, they will welcome the change. That being said, make sure you engage with your staff and get their stamp of approval on the new system. As well as ensuring you have full stakeholder buy-in, this gives you a better idea of the training and user requirements in your team.

Research carried out by Aberdeen Group shows that businesses which migrate to a new ERP solution benefit from:

  • An 18% reduction in inventory levels
  • 97% increase in inventory accuracy
  • 96% schedule compliance in manufacturing
  • 97% of orders completed and delivered on time

Even the most demanding Finance Director can’t argue with those figures!

If you need help overcoming your software procrastination, kickstart your ERP system review by talking to one of our specialist partners. They will give you a demo of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central so you can see how a new ERP can improve the efficiency of your processes, increase staff productivity and boost business profits.

Wave goodbye to procrastination! Get in touch today and begin your journey towards improved efficiency.

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