A survey conducted by IBM in collaboration with Oxford Economics showed that 90% of Indian startups fail within the first 5 years of their inception. The major reason for their failure is the absence of a long-term plan. Most founders of SMEs make the same mistake: Thinking of generating more revenue in a shorter time rather than looking at the bigger picture.
Founders juggle a lot of responsibilities which only increase in due course of time. They also need to keep an eye on the slowing economy which can topple any organization in just a few days.
Is ERP A Luxury?
Every founder wants to expand their company’s growth as each day passes. They work 24/7 to take their company to new heights. Founders can’t make intelligent decisions when they are provided inaccurate data. One slight error in judgement could bring down any company like a house of cards. ERP ensures complete data access at any point in time by centralizing the data and integrating the different business departments of an organization. ERP is highly beneficial for every organization that plans on rapid expansion. It is difficult to stay ahead of the competition when you are still struggling with spreadsheets and they are using ERP.
Despite these significant factors advocating for the adoption of ERP, there is a slight hesitation among founders to implement ERP due to these 4 reasons:
1. ERP requires a lot of investment
Let us debunk this myth right away, ERP during its initial years was expensive and was considered as an option rather than a necessity. Due to its high cost, it was only implemented in bigger companies which had financial prowess. Fortunately, now there are umpteen ERP solutions which don’t cost much and are easily scalable.
2. ERP implementation is a time-consuming process
This is the second most popular myth among SMEs. ERP implementation time is completely dependent on the type of ERP solution chosen by you. There are various customized cloud ERP solutions that can be implemented within just a few days in your organization.
3. It’s difficult to Customize
Software is pretty much useless when it costs an arm and leg to just customize it according to an organization’s requirement. Fortunately, TYASuite is a customized cloud-based ERP solution that is preloaded with innate features which meet most of the business requirements. They can also be customized according to your preferences. Many ERPs offer APIs that allows users to easily build custom apps and implementations.
4. It Will Impact My Current Systems
The primary concern of founders while incorporating new technology is that it will impact their day to day operations, disrupt customer orders, service delivery and ongoing business activities. ERP vendors understand the dilemma; therefore, they create an optimal plan which minimizes risks and allows a smooth transition to a new ERP solution.
Cloud ERP: The Hakuna Matata solution!
Hakuna Matata is a popular phrase from the Swahili language which means no worries for the rest of your days. Cloud ERP is the embodiment of Hakuna Matata. It can be installed within a few weeks in any company and is a lot cheaper than its counterparts. Cloud ERP can be accessed from anywhere around the world and at any point in time. It doesn't require maintenance and continuous updates are provided by vendors and saves up a lot of time.
It is very difficult for a bird to spread its wings when it is in a cage. Similarly, it is difficult for a developing organization to spread its wings when the ERP doesn't offer scalability. Cloud ERP scales easily by adjusting the entire infrastructure to the necessary size for each stage in your development as a company.
As cloud ERP is a subscription-based model you get customer support access 24/7 which is available to you even after implementation, unlike its counterparts where the support ends at implementation.