One of the biggest problems that small businesses face in relation to Information Technology is that the software they originally rely on to run their business does not scale with the business. In the beginning, Microsoft Office and QuickBooks along with a small number of specialty applications are chosen for their affordability and ease of use.
However, while this is fine with a single owner and perhaps 1 or 2 employees, as the business grows into its own, these independent software systems often go from being useful tools to a burden. This is because as a company grows, it must rely more and more on technology. It must track sales and inventory, accounting, payroll, supply chain management, web and mobile applications and more.
Small out of the box software packages such as those mentioned above are not designed for an enterprise. Therefore, the tasks associated with running a business become more tedious as the company piles more and more work upon its employees and overworked software.
It’s crucial, then, for growing small businesses to be able to integrate all of their independent software systems into one enterprise-wide application. This can be done in a variety of ways, and the end result is a far more streamlined business process and far more efficient workflow across the entire organization.
Integration can be achieved through a variety of means, including creating a general base application into which all data flows, purchasing a turnkey ERP and then designing custom modules for each department that tie into the main framework and even building a ground-up system to meet the company’s current and future needs.
The ability for a small business to streamline its software is critical for growth and prosperity in an age that’s becoming ever more digital. With a fully integrated enterprise-wide system that encapsulates server-side, web and mobile technology, a small business vastly improves its performance, efficiency and its chances of becoming a big business.