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.

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Example

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.

Bespoke Software

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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McKenna Consultants

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Nick McKenna
Since 2004, Nick McKenna, BSc, MBCS Biography has been the CEO of McKenna Consultants. McKenna Consultants is a bespoke software development based in North Yorkshire, specialising in Cloud development, mobile App development, progressive web App development, systems integration and the Internet of Things development. Nick also holds a First Class Degree in Computer Science (BSc) and wrote his first computer program at the age of nine, on a BBC Micro Model B computer. For the last 21 years, Nick has been a professional computer programmer and software architecture. Nick’s technical expertise includes; Net Core, C#, Microsoft Azure, Asp.Net, RESTful web services, eProcurement, Swift, iOS mobile development, Java, Android mobile development, C++, Internet Of Things and more. In addition, Nick is experienced in Agile coaching, training and consultancy, applying modern Agile management techniques to marketing and running McKenna Consultants, as well as the development of software for clients. Nick is a Certified Enterprise Coach (Scrum Alliance), SAFe Program Consultant (SAI), Certified LeSS Practitioner (LeSS) and Certified Scrum@Scale Practitioner. Outside the office, Nick is a professional scuba diver and he holds the rank of Black Belt 5th Dan in Karate.