A new year brings new resolutions. You've probably made the resolution to be more productive, use the tools you have for training or best practices, or get better data reporting. But if your resolutions can't be accomplished with your existing software system, please read on. You'll find out how to make sure the system you purchase makes the most sense by achieving maximum long-term benefits for your business.
Consider the following when choosing industrial software:
1. 'One-size-fits-all.' You're in the gas industry so when you choose an ERP software system, choose one designed exclusively for your industry with the components you need that are specific to your business alone. Select a software that will grow with you, one that takes into consideration all aspects of your business and recognizes that everything within your core business is an asset. Experience, innovation, and dedication matters. The right software is one designed, built and supported exclusively for your industry.
2. 'We can do that.' It's important to know how something is done rather than if it can be done. Many software companies can accomplish much the same things but how do they accomplish them and how many steps are necessary to make it happen? A robust system of operations would involve cylinder management, A/R, A/P, OE, ecommerce purchases & payments, truck distribution, easily accessible reports and more. Consider the best path to take via software technology to realize that if chosen wisely, your technology investment should be a lucrative one.
3. 'Layering software products to make up one system.' The main point here is that you are 'making up a system.' Combining different parts to make up a system is simply not a 'whole' solution. Separate vendors that provide individual software components may not have the means or the inclination to develop enhancements required by a specialized industry like yours. Such a system lacks integrity and long-term stability. Think through whether the variables of a method such as this would work together cohesively to give you up-to-the-minute answers, share information between departments, or consolidate reporting capabilities to gauge effectiveness and profitability.
Identifying the right technology solution begins with a gap analysis to discover inefficiencies throughout your business operations. Talk with your managers, your employees, and your customers and discuss areas that need improvement. Identifying these areas will provide a more closely defined technology solution that fits the needs of your business.