How to transform ERP reports into Operational improvements?

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How to transform ERP reports into Operational improvements?

Jul 20, 2021, 9:01:35 AM Tech and Science

It doesn’t matter what the type of a business is, or what its size is. The fact remains that an enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is the lifeline of any business. Large-scale businesses or SMEs, operating in any industry, depend on ERP software for smooth functioning of their operations.

The choice may differ. Some might opt for a ‘big’ vanilla ERP. Some others may select a smaller ERP that is tailored to their specific vertical industry. But they just can’t do without one, for an ERP system touches every part of the business right from inventory, sales, and purchasing to manufacturing and finance, and provides workflow and control.

Over the years, ERP software have evolved by leaps and bounds. In today’s business environment, where everything is data-driven, the ERP systems allow users to store critical company and customer data in a greater magnitude than ever.

But is merely gathering the data everything?

The tremendous amount of valuable data stored in an ERP system is of no value if it can’t be easily accessed and reported on, in an automated fashion and in real time. This fact gets highlighted by the results of a survey conducted by a leading industry consulting service provider in this regard.

These statistics suggest that to make operational improvement using ERP, the businesses won’t just require their ERP software to collect and store data, but also to process and interpret it in order to get insights out of it, and drive pivotal business decisions. That’s where ERP reporting comes into the picture.

Reporting goes beyond just the collection of data

Effective reporting involves a broad spectrum of tools that provide management with valuable information which in turn assists in making insightful business decisions. Through its reporting module, an ERP software helps compile information about business operations into succinct, accurate and actionable reports.

These reports concerning different business functions such as inventory, production, and sales, should be reviewed on a consistent basis to uncover trends and opportunities, so that the stakeholders can make more informed decisions, identify problem areas, and focus on business process improvement, before the business suffers.

No wonder reporting has become increasingly important to small and large businesses alike. If set up appropriately, ERP reports can provide the businesses with a number of benefits in terms of operational improvements. Take a look below:

·       Better business decisions:

Real-time reporting empowers the management with the ability to make informed and accurate decisions, as it offers rapid insight into how each part of the business is performing. Using the custom ERP reports, management can get data from each department, resource, as well as asset, and make quick decisions to improve inefficiencies, and avoid stagnation.

·       Enhanced communication:

An ERP software, acting as an effective reporting system, enables the information to flow upward, downward, or laterally, thus reaching the intended recipient in a timely manner. Not just this, but the ERP also allows for reports to be generated and made available to the specific stakeholders on a regular basis (perhaps daily, weekly, or monthly).

·       Increased competitive edge:

In today’s super competitive business environment, organizations need to be flexible to respond to the industry changes and opportunities in a swift manner. Having this flexibility allows them to meet the unique needs of their consumers. ERP reports provide relevant information to management regarding their inventory, finances, and other aspects, in a timely manner, and stay ahead of the competition.

·       Improved accuracy:

Having an ERP system with a reporting module ensures that the management has access to relevant as well as accurate information on demand, at their fingertips, and the way they want to have it. This accurate, complete information further improves the accuracy of planning, budgeting, and forecasting.

·       Increased timeliness:

Just as significant data accuracy is, getting the right data available at the right time is equally important. An ERP reporting system ensures that the data is collected, processed, and presented to the decision makers in an insightful, and effective manner in the form of out-of-the-box and specifically-tailored reports, which can be generated immediately so that they can analyze the data, and make best use of it.

·       Smoother operations:

ERP reports play a huge role in the smooth conduct of the operations at the manufacturing shop floor. By generating instant, real-time reports, the production managers can have access to vital details that can allow them to manage purchase orders, translate them into production jobs, and even assign production schedules based on the availability of equipment, materials, and staff.

·       Improved customer experiences:

Not only can the manufacturing organizations integrate business processes, and experience business process improvement, as well as operational improvement using ERP, but can also improve customer experience. By generating reports on customer’s purchasing history, manufacturers can get access to vital data which can be used to improve customer experience, and create better targeted interactions, which eventually help with improved retention, and sales.

Wrap up

To stay relevant in the ever-evolving and increasingly competitive market, manufacturing organizations must make best use of the available data to optimize their business performance. A surefire way of achieving it happens to be the selection of an ERP solution that’s well-suited to their requirements.

Acting as an effective reporting and analytics system, an ERP software can offer the manufacturing organizations ability to analyze virtually every relevant aspect of their business. This helps them improve communication, and increase productivity, accuracy as well as timeliness, which in turn facilitate thoughtful, informed, and timely business decisions.

If yours is a process manufacturing business operating in pharma, food, paints & coatings, specialty chemicals, or cosmetics manufacturing industry, BatchMaster ERP can help it transform ERP reports into operational improvements. Get in touch today to learn more about its transformative potential, as well as other benefits to your business.

Published by Abhishek Kher

Written by Abhishek Kher

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