Committing to an ERP (enterprise resource planning) is a major decision. Unfortunately, the number of ERP solutions on the market and the range of features and functions that each provides makes picking one ERP over all the rest a major challenge.
The first step is to determine what you really want your ERP to do and what kind of impact you intend for it to have on your company. Then you will need to focus on the features of an ERP that have the biggest impact on ROI and the quality of the user experience — cost, implementation, interfaces, tools, etc.
As you begin to refine your understanding of what you want and need from an ERP, keep in mind the benefits of a Salesforce integration. More than any other feature, this is the one that empowers your organization to reap the maximum benefit from its ERP.
Here are nine reasons to make Salesforce integration a priority:
1. Save on Costs
There is a lot of waste and redundancy that can be linked directly to issues with your data. Relying on an ERP Salesforce platform gives you access to an expansive cloud environment for sharing data. In ways both small and significant, that helps you cut costs across the board.
2. Improve Data Security
The Salesforce cloud has a sterling reputation for security and security leadership. Unless you have made a major investment in your own data security, you are likely to be better protected if you put your data in the cloud.
3. Gain Flexibility
An on-site deployment forces you to make a major investment in a single rigid solution. A Salesforce integration, by contrast, lets you flexibly change or scale your capabilities to keep pace with changes in the competitive or threat landscape.
4. Embrace Mobility
Your team needs access to essential data and applications from anywhere, at any time. When you rely on a Salesforce integration, you cannot just improve the mobility of your data but build a whole strategy around the opportunity of mobility.
5. Refine Insights
Decision making must be based on objective, accurate, up-to-date information if it’s going to be effective. An ERP with Salesforce integration puts all your important data in one location so that you no longer have to rely on inferences and assumptions.
6. Enhance Collaboration
Your staff is your greatest resource, and ultimately your success or failure rests on them. An ERP is a powerful tool for improving where, when, and how your staff collaborates. With Salesforce integration you put them in the best position to deliver their best effort.
7. Ensure Quality Control
Lapses in quality are typically caused by problems with information. Once an ERP is in place, companies can aggregate their information and eliminate the kinds of oversights that cause products, services, and consumers to suffer.
8. Institute Disaster Recovery
Imagine the consequences if your data were to be destroyed in a natural disaster or because of an accident at your office. With Salesforce integration it’s possible to instantly recover all data even if a facility and all the IT inside are completely destroyed.
9. Simplify IT Management
Salesforce operates one of the most sophisticated clouds out there. An ERP that is integrated with Salesforce allows you to rely on dedicated IT experts to handle much of the necessary maintenance and monitoring.
At this point an ERP is a must-have for any enterprise that hopes to stay competitive and engineer growth. But the choice of an ERP is just as important as embracing the solution in the first place. Feel confident you’re getting everything you really want and need by insisting on Salesforce integration.
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