How to Empower Your Employees on Any Device
September 16, 2020
The world has changed.
And we've changed too.
Those may be two of the most overused statements of 2020, but they may also be the most accurate.
It's likely even more change is upon the horizon because the future remains uncertain and unpredictable. It's hard to know what business will look like this week, let alone what it'll look like three or four months from now.
Before the coronavirus pandemic, it was easier to make forecasts, predict trends and anticipate inventory needs for your consumer goods business. Now, it's harder to know all that stuff. Before, so much of good business practice involved predictability and planning; now, profitable business is all about flexibility and mobility.
Much of the global workforce is working remotely, and having the ability to access your data no matter where you are easily is essential if you plan to continue operating successfully. If you're tied to an application on a computer, it's not easily accessible for your employees, or, as we've recently seen, you're not able to return to the office regularly.
If you're operating on an old legacy system, now is the time to consider using a SaaS, or software-as-a-service, solution. With an on-premise solution, everything is installed and stored locally on your company's servers and hardware. While, with SaaS, your data lives on a centralized, cloud server.
When you select a SaaS solution, your business software, along with its data, lives in remote servers managed by your service provider and is accessed using a web browser. This provides the flexibility to quickly adapt to the upheaval and unpredictability of today's business environment.
When you're on-premise software, it's more challenging to enable remote workers, as they can't access their data from a home office. And in a worst-case scenario, which we've seen during the coronavirus pandemic, you may be forced to pause or shut down production without an option that enables distant or remote work.
To ensure your business is prepared for future unpredictable supply chain disruptions, you must have a SaaS ERP in place so your employees can work remotely and allow business operations to continue.
The Aptean Consumer Goods ERP is mobile. You can easily access your data anywhere, anytime, as long as you have an internet connection. The solution offers users a web user interface that is available with full cloud functionality. This means the transition to SaaS is easier than ever before.
SaaS is so appealing for many importers and distributors because it includes high availability, anywhere access, increased security, disaster protection, reduced overhead and scalable processing power. Let's take a deeper dive:
- Anywhere Access – Business no longer operates from just 9 to 5; to remain competitive, you have to be available and ready to meet your customers' demands whenever they need you. So, anywhere access and availability is critical to success. With a SaaS solution, you can quickly find customer contact information, check on production, evaluate the bottom line and easily communicate with your staff at any time from any place.
- Increased Security and Disaster Protection – Most reputable cloud ERP vendors offer safeguards like SSL encryption and multiple layers of authentication by default to help protect your system. Data backups happen continuously in the cloud, ensuring you're protected from disaster. On-premise solutions, on the other hand, require you to physically take backups offsite in case of an emergency like a fire or flood. Similarly, if your solution is on-premise, your business is liable if a malware or hacker issue arises. With most SaaS solutions, the provider is responsible and must ensure complete security.
- Reduced Overhead – As with any piece of software, staying up-to-date on the most current version is extremely important in terms of performance and reliability. A SaaS solution enables vendors to perform upgrades, software patches, hotfixes and updates in a seamless fashion. Upgrades to on-premise solutions require planned outages or downtime and often require expensive simultaneous hardware upgrades as well.
- Scalable Processing Power – Traditional on-premise ERP can be costly and time-consuming to implement, upgrade and scale-up for increased demand due to the need for additional hardware. A cloud-hosted ERP solution, on the other hand, helps businesses with these challenges, making it more straightforward and more cost-effective to scale up or down to meet changing resource requirements. This is why many companies who see a seasonal spike in demand or expect rapid business growth can benefit from a cloud ERP deployment. There's no limit to the number of users you're able to add. As your user base grows and your number of orders increases, you can efficiently allocate additional resources to keep your system quick and responsive.
With a SaaS ERP solution, you're empowering your employees to be productive and collaborate no matter where they are. Whether in the office or at home, they can have all the data they need to make confident, informed decisions to support business operations.
If you'd like to learn more about empowering your employees with Aptean Consumer Goods ERP, reach out. We'd love to talk.