Are You Drowning In Spreadsheets? Discussing ERP System Integration
We start off with the best of intentions. We’re going to manage this new service/ product/ project using a simple spreadsheet. It won’t be complicated, as we’re going to put it on a shared drive so we can collaborate, until a number of varying factors that weren’t initially considered pop up:
- Someone needs access offline.
- The data needs to be shared with a couple of suppliers in a different format.
- Someone inputs the data incorrectly.
Before you know it you’re drowning in spreadsheets.
Alternatively, you could have an all singing, all dancing ERP system to run your whole business. Then three months down the line, you’ve had to reorganise your previously efficient business processes to accommodate this computer system, now finding that you’re doing more data entry than ever before. Worst of all, although this system does do everything, it does everything inefficiently and at a very basic or even poor level.
Our client Wolseley was drowning in spreadsheets a few years ago, but with the help of our IT system integration solutions, they were able to overcome the struggle. Please view all our case studies, to find out more about how we have used software integration and ERP system integration services, previously. The one positive of overcoming any of the above situations, is that you’ve probably done a good job of defining your business processes, either as a result or prior to any new systems. Now, it’s just the implementation of those processes in IT form that is holding you back, which is where a software integrator is needed to merge everything altogether.
The alternative to erp system integration, is to invest in a piece of bespoke software, developed in a Lean and Agile manner. Bespoke software is software that’s written just for your organisation. It is completely written from the ground up to match your business processes so it adapts to you, not the other way around. Bespoke software is likely to be lower cost that an ERP system. Your bespoke software will belong to you, so you don’t have to pay heavy annual license fees.
Defining Bespoke IT System Integration
“Lean” means you can build your Minimum Viable Product. This is the smallest, simplest piece of software that you can think of that will meet your needs. Forget the bells and whistles! That is just complexity that you don’t need.
“Agile” means that the software is upgrade-able as your business changes. Instead of hitting a brick wall, you can have a can-do attitude and software to drive your organisation’s success in an ever-changing environment.
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