Over time, it isn’t uncommon for businesses to find themselves in a situation where they’re using several different software solutions to manage everyday operations. Many will implement new software as and when their needs change, particularly during times of growth, resulting in an overly complicated and inefficient way of working.
If you have separate software solutions in place to manage things like your accounting, supply chain and customer relationships, you would likely benefit from upgrading to one all-encompassing system. However, the up-front cost of a new system can be off-putting so many will try to convince themselves that they’re coping just fine with their current software and that their inefficiencies aren’t holding them back.
The truth is, your software will have a direct impact on your ability to grow into a thriving business. Using Sage 200 to overcome common inefficiencies can transform your operations and enable you to run a faster, more connected business. Below we have listed some of the most common inefficiencies faced by small and medium-sized businesses, and looked into how Sage 200 can help you to overcome them.
The Problem - You’re Struggling to Find Key Data
As your business grows and you open new locations or start expanding into new markets, the quantity of data you have can become overwhelming. Finding key data hidden amongst an abundance of information can feel like an impossible task when you’re using outdated systems that aren’t really designed for growing businesses.
The time it takes to track down the data you need, whether this is details of a specific order or figures from a supplier, can cause a whole host of problems. In fast-paced environments, so much can happen while you’re still trying to collate data too, resulting in you having to search for new data to try and handle any issues caused by your inability to pinpoint key information.
The Solution - Anytime Data Access with Sage 200
Sage 200 is designed to provide businesses with the data they need, whenever and wherever they need it. Regardless of what you’re searching for, a few clicks on your new business management system is all it takes to find the data you need. You can access, gather and review your data on the road, as well as in the office, so you are fully prepared for whatever your working day may entail. You will never feel like you’re left in the dark again.
The Problem - You’re Missing out on Good Opportunities
And the challenges are not solely restricted to internal housekeeping. When you’re using several different systems to operate your business, this will have an impact on your agility. It will be harder for you to access the information you need to make business decisions and adapt to changing circumstances. While you’re searching for the insights you need, you can miss out on opportunities to boost sales or remain competitive.
As your business scales up, it becomes even more difficult to keep track of the insights you need to make informed decisions about your products and services. Regardless of what industry you operate in, remaining agile is crucial if you want to be able to meet customer demand and increase your profitability.
The Solution - Real-Time Reporting with Sage 200
Upgrading to a comprehensive system, like Sage 200, enables you to easily access a range of insights that can be used to make cost-effective decisions. You will be able to create and gather accurate reporting, giving you the insights you need into various aspects of your business. The detailed analysis Sage 200 software provides prevents the need for additional tools as well, so you can quickly make decisions about business opportunities.
The Problem - You’re Wasting Time and Resources Every Day
If you’re still using the same software that you implemented when you first started your business, there’s a high chance that simple tasks are taking much longer than they should be. Having to manually complete tasks that could be automated will be slowing your team down and preventing them from using their time wisely.
Not only can manual tasks be time-consuming, but they’re also error-prone, especially when they’re carried out repeatedly and all employees do things slightly differently. Staying compliant and up to date with new legislation can be challenging when you’re doing things manually too, putting you at risk of fines and reputational damage.
The Solution - Automation with Sage 200 Software
Sage 200 has a wide range of useful features that can help to improve efficiency. This business management solution is designed to meet the needs of various industries, enabling you to make better use of your resources. You can also automate several complex processes, enhancing productivity and ensuring everyone does things the same way. Using only one piece of software enables better communication across all areas of your business too, streamlining processes and reducing the risk of compliance problems.
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Overcoming common inefficiencies becomes even more important as your business grows and if you’re using lots of software solutions to manage everyday operations, it’s worth considering upgrading to Sage 200. It’s fair to say that this all-encompassing software solution can transform the way your business operates and it’s a worthwhile investment.
As an award winning Sage business partner in Dublin, you can rely on us to help you find creative and flexible solutions to your unique requirements. We pride ourselves on working in partnership with businesses to revolutionise what they do and how they do it, and we can introduce you to some game-changing Sage solutions.
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Author: Steve Boyes, Customer Care Director
Steve has been a valued member of the Envisage Team for over four years. In his role as Customer Care Director, Steve oversees project deliveries and customer care. Steve's meticulous planning and scheduling skills ensure that customer projects run like clockwork . Working closely with our project delivery, customer support and account management teams, Steve aligns customer challenges with the best solution for their business, helping customers get real value from their Sage 200 investment.