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Saturday, 22 October 2011

ERP Solutions – Best Practices Implementation

ERP software solutions in Indonesia need to provide a high level of reliability, as well as good customization and configuration options due to the geographic and cultural environment. ERP solutions that are publicised as easy-to-implement and ready-to-go software, however, should be taken with a pinch of salt because no reputable ERP software company should claim its solution is a universally easy-to-implement system. Implementation of ERP systems is a complex process, involving in-depth study of an enterprise’s needs and requirements, data migration, configuration and possible customization of software, etc. ERP solutions consist of different modules that have to be configured to suit the correct needs of a customer; therefore, best ERP implementations practices involve long procedures and thorough analysis and assessment of different aspects of successful software deployment.

ERP solutions provide increased business processes efficiency, automating essential business management procedures and tasks, while allowing corporate executives to analyze data in a more comprehensive fashion across different departments. Thus, implementation of ERP systems secures operations of the everyday management procedures and decision making, helping managers to focus on strategic decisions instead of procedures and methods for data collection across departments and subsidiaries.

Best practices in implementation of ERP platforms show that few large corporations can rely on ready-to-install solutions but need to go through a process of customization and tailor-made configuration of the ERP systems they use or implement. The ERP systems are developed in modules; therefore, a trade corporation can take advantage of particular software modules like financial operations and accounting while setting aside modules that are designed to fulfil the needs of a manufacturer.

Although all ERP systems are developed to enhance the existing corporate business model and practices, an enterprise can barely expect to see immediate positive impact on its Return on Investment (ROI). Best practices in ERP implementation show that a corporation should witness improvement of financial results over a period of time, depending on process complexity and overall company size it could be 3 to 5 years.

A crucial element of ERP implementation is data migration, a process which has to be carefully prepared in advance, while data templates should be developed for seamless migration of data. Data migration takes place at a relatively late stage of the overall ERP system implementation; therefore, some managers and IT specialists tend to underrate the importance of the process. According to the best ERP implementation practices, data migration can secure, or ruin, flawless transition to a new business management system and is an essential element of each smoothly-operating ERP system.

A reputable ERP software company will usually require over a year or two to complete ERP system implementation within a large enterprise. Best practices include hiring of third-party consultants to assess all needs of the company, evaluate the ERP software, and develop processes, together with the ERP software vendor, for achieving best implementation quality within budget and time.

Support is another underestimated aspect of ERP implementation, and underrating this element can result in disastrous results for a corporation. Pre-implementation and post-implementation support plays an equally important role in the best ERP implementation practices. While many companies offer consulting, configuration and customization prior and during implementation of ERP software, a first-class service should include reliable and affordable post-implementation support.

A company may consider implementing a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) ERP solution, which eliminates a number of difficulties related to on-premise installation and configuration of ERP software. Such a solution runs on remote servers and all data is stored on these servers that are managed and supported by a third-party vendor. However this may not be a good idea in Indonesia till the telecom infrastructure develops across the nation and can guarantee nearly 100% uptime and low latency.

The best practices in ERP implementation are heavily dependent on a software vendor an enterprise selects to perform the implementation. While choosing an ERP software solutions company in Indonesia, it is crucial to go with an organization, which has many years of implementation experience, good references and offers high-quality and configurable ERP systems at competitive prices.

Friday, 14 October 2011

Point of Sale Software in Philippines

During the past decade, a growing number of vendors have started offering advanced point of sale software (POS) in the Philippines many of these vendors enjoy growing world popularity for their reliability and advanced features embed in their software platforms. Just twenty years ago, a POS terminal was a rarity outside international store and restaurant chains, even in Manila, while in present-day it is a common device and can be seen starting from a local grocery, to a large store, to entertainment venues worldwide.

Non-tech savvy customers and corporate executives are familiar with most basic functions of POS system; namely, its ability to allow salespersons to manage the selling process, while creating and printing receipts. This is the most visible part of POS software but far more advanced functionality can be embed into a POS system, managing, customer relationships, customer service, inventory, allowing remote support procedures and standard hardware interface, for instance. Advanced features of good POS systems should also enable support for various command protocols, thus securing interoperability between different displays and printers, on the one hand, and various POS terminals and computer devices, on the other hand.

Recently, with the rapid emergence and development of Web 2.0, a growing number of vendors provide web-based and cloud-based POS solutions. An advanced POS platform may feature web functionality, allowing POS terminals to connect to a remote corporate server within a corporate local area network (LAN) or other type of enterprise computer network. In addition, such POS solutions can be hosted on third party servers, allowing businesses to take advantage of lower costs for licensing of software, hardware and software maintenance expenditures, and payroll costs related to maintain a larger team of IT specialists. However these POS platforms require very high reliability of networks, low latency and secure connection to the serves, preventing intruders from entering the corporate network and isolating POS terminals from other sensitive segments. Such network systems are not yet in place in most ASEAN countries and till they are clod based POS systems are not a viable option.
Ability to support touch screen technology is gaining popularity among both software vendors and end-customers. A POS terminal, featuring a touch screen, usually contains all hardware and software required to run a reliable POS system, therefore, no need for connecting additional peripherals exists. These are often referred to as all-in-one POS systems and can save counter space needed for other purposes, in addition to lower costs caused by a fewer peripherals a business is forced to purchase.

Furthermore, an advanced POS system offers functionality to process and manage promotional sales, maintain records of existing customers, validate coupons and handle various types of payments, including purchases in foreign currency. This is of special interest to retailers which deal with a fair number of foreign customers on a daily basis.

Inventory management functionality is a standard in modern POS software platforms, enabling managers and back-office staff to perform operations related to indenting, issues, receipts, transfers, stock take etc. Actually, the price of a POS system that features inventory functionality is already in the same price range as systems with more limited functionality, therefore, a growing number of enterprises prefer to purchase a POS platform that offers such functions. A relatively new technology in the sphere of POS devices is a built-in functionality to support tablet and other mobile platforms using a wireless network, allowing mobile POS terminals to be used within the store of a retailer.

In fact, programmability is not considered an advanced feature of a POS system anymore, with many vendors allowing enterprises to configure their newly purchased POS terminals to suit their business needs. Internet-ready and programmable devices are already widespread, so software and hardware vendors today focus more on improving features related to security, reliability, and interoperability rather than developing new methods of communication between devices. POS platforms vary greatly from vendor to vendor, therefore, corporate executives should carefully select software and hardware that can be best customized to meet their particular business needs and requirements.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Competitive Advantages of ERP Software Vendors in India

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems began to gain popularity in early 1990s with ERP software development in India gradually gathering momentum and a growing number of vendors starting to offer an integrated set of enterprise management modules in a single software product with localisation that is able to address all aspects of a business: from manufacturing, to logistics and sales, to finance and accounting, to human resources, etc. Many local companies have placed orders for ERP Systems from reputable global software vendors, while others buy locally developed ERP systems from vendors in India.

ERP solution providers worldwide face fierce competition in a relatively limited market for their products. This type of software systems are expensive, their deployment requires specific know-how and extensive due diligence. Normally integration with existing software and customer relationship management (CRM) systems can be challenging, especially when trying to integrate with outdated software platforms, this can be handled by using well established integration tools and experienced vendors.

Local ERP solution providers can boast marked competitive advantages in regard to the overall cost of software and ability to provide professional support and know-how at very competitive prices. Deployment of an ERP system would require detailed due diligence to be performed, and ERP vendors in India employ well-educated professionals that are able to assess thoroughly all aspects of ERP's implementation within a particular company, typically locally-developed software solutions are highly customizable and configurable. Additionally, many local companies are engaged in development and deployment of ERP systems that run on remote cloud servers; web-based platforms that offer functionality offered by globally-deployed ERP systems.

India's software vendors are usually more flexible than their Western peers, which allows them to react faster and offer tailored solutions when different ERP software modules should feature specific functionality or particular modules should be added or excluded from the software.

A large manufacturer would probably require all modules of an ERP system to be deployed, including a CRM module, manufacturing module and a supply chain management module. A service provider, however, would rarely need a manufacturing module while practically every enterprise should require finance and accounting modules to be featured in its corporate ERP system. Behemoth ERP providers are able to provide solutions to suit the needs of every enterprise but these solutions can prove very expensive for small and medium sized businesses that tend to look for more affordable software.

Working as subcontractors for leading world software giants and tailoring orders on the local and regional markets during the past couple of decades has helped local software vendors to gain in-depth knowledge in the sphere of ERP needs of enterprises doing business in both developed and less economically developed countries. This is a major competitive advantage because most large world software vendors lack knowledge on the specific needs of companies operating in less economically developed parts of the world.

In fact, local  ERP software vendors in India are able to provide high-quality product or service at a very competitive price. The level of ERP software development in India is comparable to that in leading software producing countries worldwide.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Challenges to Implementation of Retail ERP Software Solutions

Retail ERP software solutions can drastically enhance the set of business processes an enterprise applies in its day to day activities; although implementation of ERP systems usually force corporations to reassess current business practices and introduce various changes. A reputable ERP software company would always suggest taking into account all challenges to established corporate practices that the deployment of an ERP solution might bring and offering a solution that is either customised or configured to meet the particular needs of an organisation.

ERP software offer unrivalled advantages to businesses, but small and medium enterprises (SME) face certain challenges in deploying software solutions that are extremely complex in nature. Thus, it should be implemented only after proper due diligence and detailed review of all pros and cons enterprise resource planning software would introduce within an organisation.

Retail ERP providers (Indonesia) have proven record of accomplishment in the sphere of implementing ERP systems for regional specifics, forced to be very flexible and well prepared to meet demands and requirements of corporate customers, that would like to take advantage of a fully functional ERP solution while often working within a tight budget.

The main challenge to SMEs that intend to implement ERP solutions lies with changing existing business processes and procedures, although most ERP systems feature built-in best industry practices functionality. A company should be aware that introducing best practices is not always advantageous because it might prove inappropriate in particular scenarios, where a different approach to optimisation of business processes is required. Modernising overall business process is usually beneficial in the long run, but a thorough analysis on current and projected effectiveness of each and every process must be conducted to achieve best results.

Typically, SMBs utilise a kind of automated solution to run their business, therefore benefits of implementing new ERP solutions should be gauged against current software options, taking into account possible non-interoperability between two conflicting software solutions. Implementation of ERP systems should be conducted according to a carefully designed strategy that fits both business and IT needs of an enterprise.

At present, even relatively small companies tend to decentralise their everyday management activities and decision making process due to shifts in overall corporate culture forced by globalisation and growing pressure to introduce more flexible management styles. Thus, data migration within a more decentralised enterprise poses challenges when ERP implementation is on the horizon and may require further customisation of the software. As mentioned beforehand, retail ERP providers (Indonesia) are able to overcome these difficulties by offering both tailored and ready to use solutions that can be configured easily, while not sacrificing functionality of the software.

Properly configuring an ERP solution, which is an essential part of the overall implementation process, is a challenge per se because a vast number of changeable parameters have to be set for the ERP system to work by the book. SMEs can boast simpler organisational structures compared with large multinational corporations, allowing an ERP solution vendor to configure all required options and parameters of the system faster, which greatly reduces time-frame for implementation. Actually, implementation period can take months within an average SME thus flawless transition to ERP systems is crucial and depends to a great extent on proper configuration of the software.

Recently, some ERP software vendors offer considerably shorter implementation time by providing software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions that are web-based systems hosted on third-party servers and accessible via Internet connection. Such retail ERP software solutions can be a safe bet for small businesses for which the main challenge in implementing ERP systems is to secure the funds required to purchase the necessary hardware and software licence.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Fundamental Advantages of ERP Solutions in Indonesia

In the past two decades, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems emerged as a powerful tool to manage a successful business with a growing number of enterprises looking for cheaper yet reliable and fully functional products offered by vendors developing ERP software solutions in Indonesia and other countries in the region. Indonesia’s proximity to large Asian markets like India, China, and Singapore makes the country an ideal place for foreign companies to enter in the early stages of a planned expansion in Asia. Additionally, the country produces well-educated software specialists who are familiar with local market specifics and can provide a tailored or customised ERP solution that a large multinational ERP software company can hardly offer at the same price level.

ERP system implementation brings various benefits with some fundamental advantages coming to life immediately after implementation, while others start to payback in long-term. An enterprise that plans to deploy an ERP solution apparently operates through a variety of business processes that a good ERP system is able to integrate, saving time, labour resources, and reducing overalls costs of running the business. Business processes integration allows corporate executives to take strategic decisions faster and assess data more precisely across the organisation, while executives at lower managerial levels are enabled to follow day-to-day business operations easier and communicate daily tasks in a more appropriate fashion.

Configuring ERP systems to work according to customer requirements is not an issue for a reputable ERP software company; however, customising ERP systems can be a procedure that is far more complicated and potentially troubling and can annihilate all advantages offered by ERP software. In fact, ERP systems are entirely based on wide accepted industry best practices but configuration options cannot cover the full range of requirements a particular business may have. Therefore, ERP implementation often includes either re-modelling of existing business processes to comply with built-in functionality of the ERP system or customisation of the software by re-development of particular software modules that were originally intended to be implemented “as is”. Such rewiring of the software and addition of new functionality can cost dear, so precise due diligence and thorough assessment of corporate needs, business processes should be conducted along with detailed market research on available ERP solutions.

Business data centralisation provided by ERP systems is another fundamental advantage widely acknowledged by corporate managers worldwide. A small sized business can afford to run successfully its everyday activities using a good selection of business applications that cover different business processes. Medium and large businesses definitely require centralisation of business data across multiple platforms and applications to save time, costs and boost efficiency. ERP systems are able to provide consolidation of data on core business processes like accounting and finance, sales and marketing, manufacturing, human resources, etc. Thus, ERP systems consolidate a variety of software applications that usually run as separate systems in different departments.

The ERP software operates in real time, providing additional advantages to top executive and managers alike. Ability to operate in real time is taken for granted by majority of modern-day customers who are not aware that not all advanced business applications are able to perform in real time and provide extended functionality like real-time order tracking, for instance. Bearing in mind that a typical ERP solution supports all applications within a corporate system, with all of them using a common database, operating in real time and providing forecasting functionality is not an easy task to put into operation even by today’s IT standards.

Initially, ERP systems started as software applications (or modules) addressing the needs of accounting and financial enterprise departments, gradually expanding to human resource and maintenance and support. Later on, vendors relatively quickly managed to address all core business processes and functions of corporations with rapid development of Internet communications accelerating the speed of integration of modules like customer relationship management (CRM) and supplier relationship management (SRM) due to introduction of standard protocols for data communication over the Internet and ability to transfer fast large volumes of data. As a result, contemporary ERP systems offer also fundamental advantages they inherited from business applications that vendors developed and shipped in the pre-online world.
In the early 1990s, few vendors were able to deliver a reliable yet affordable ERP solution to end-customers. A decade later, the market for ERP systems is more diversified in terms of vendors, their geographic location and the overall cost of solutions available. ERP systems are neither cheap nor easy-to-implement enterprise software solutions due to the complexity of business processes they address. A typical ERP solution may require over a year to be fully implemented, including proper training of all employees involved in the process.

Thus, selecting a vendor emerges as a crucial element of the overall ERP implementation procedure. Fortunately, a globalising world offers more options to enterprises that wish to take advantage of all benefits offered by ERP systems at affordable price. ERP vendors in Asia have many competitive advantages over rivals in other parts of the world with vendors providing ERP software solutions in Indonesia being in a particularly advantageous position to offer reliable solutions both locally and to international customers.

Friday, 19 August 2011

Point of sale software in India

The Indian retail industry is witnessing a boom like never before. The high spending of the Indian consumer is only multiplying; more and more Indians are becoming fashion conscious thanks to multiple brands opening stores in the country. With shopping malls coming up all over in even the two tier cities, every item on the shelf has acquired competitive value. Moreover, as the players in the retail industry are growing, brand competition is becoming tougher. The pressure to survive this competition is increasing, profit margins are thinning and occupancy costs are high. In such a scenario, the retail industry’s biggest challenge is to attain operational efficiency and profitability. The severity of this challenge has somewhat been alleviated by the various point of sale software available in India. Many IT solutions companies, understanding the industry specific requirements have developed software solutions, which help many retailers, optimise their businesses.

A point of sale software offers its retail client solutions for retail automation, sales, inventory management, merchandise management and planning. Combining people, process and technology, the software helps retailers improve their business performance. The prime benefits of a point of sale software are improved customer service and satisfaction, which is a key factor in the retail industry. In fact the POS system is no longer a “Point of Sales” system but a “Point of Service” system. With just a click of a button, various promotions and offers can be managed resulting in better customer service that in turn ensures satisfied customers and repeat buyers. As a retailer, you can achieve higher operational efficiency as the software can help you not only enforce operational processes, but also monitor and measure their effectiveness. A constant analysis of the various business operations involved on a day to day basis can result in continuous improving of different processes for better results.

A POS will help you analyze your customers if it has built in CRM capabilities and even strategize to keep you a pace ahead of competition. With improved merchandise sell through using RM and loyalty programs these systems can help you increase your revenue per square feet and lower operational costs. The CRM software can also help you profile customers, design various promotional schemes, and build customer loyalty and repeat purchases with targeted promotions. Many point of sale software in India offer packages that are easy to operate and flexible enough to be customized as per your requirements and product line.

Accurate end of the day closing of business after the last sale literally gives you the much needed peace of mind you need to ensure the future and protection of all business operations. To find a reliable software company, check for references and clientele lists, along with consulting a trusted and reputable source.

Friday, 12 August 2011

Retail Planning in India

Retail planning is the need of the hour in India. The rapid growth of the retail segment in the country has been phenomenal, creating a need for good retail management systems. An important tool for organized retailing operations, retail software is fast becoming a priority for businesses set to scale high on the retail boom taking place throughout the world right now. Providing many advantages, retail ERP solutions can be easily researched online. Some of these software solution companies even have consulting services that address your main concerns regarding such ERP solutions. You can get in touch with such companies over the Internet and benefit from such services in making the right choice of software and company to enhance your business process, identify your key performance indicators (KPI), design a suitable CRM plan, etc.

The ideal software solution can help you decipher large amounts of data generated in various departments of your retail organization since you have huge amounts of SKUs, Transactions and Customers. This can give you the power of having all the needed information from any section of your enterprise any time, while also enabling you to pinpoint problems and come up with effective strategies and solutions faster.

While there are a number of companies that offer retail ERP solutions, finding the ideal company, which will compliment your business, is crucial. The trick is to go with a company that values commitment, is passionate about its products, believes in being proactive, maintains high ethical standards, and works in sync with your retail brand company motto and ethics. It is imperative to look for a software solution, which is flexible and can be implemented modularly or comprehensively. This will give you the power to be more hands-on in retail planning, implementing, analyzing and strategizing. It is wise to look for a company with a decent number of years in the business, a great reputation, clients from all over the world, and impressive line of software that suits your company’s requisites.

Implementing retail software in India is a trend seen in growing businesses across the retail spectrum. More and more entrepreneurs and retail companies are looking for retail management systems that are robust, stable, scalable, and cost efficient to make sure that various business operation run smoothly without errors. This will enable entrepreneurs to spend valuable time on developing strategies to grow their business even further without worrying about inventory and sales. So, what are you waiting for? Look for the ideal retail ERP solutions company for your business today.

Monday, 1 August 2011

Retail Management in Indonesia

The retail industry in the country is expanding rapidly, thanks to the ever-increasing demand, drastically improved sourcing options, and availability of real estate and opportunities of growth in the retail sector of the market. Good retail management in Indonesia is hence becoming a crucial asset, bringing software to support the processes into picture.

Nobody can deny the usefulness and dependability of software solutions in today’s day and age. When it comes to retail management software used for the smooth sailing of the many varied processes involved in the business, there are a few well reputed companies in the country that can give your business just what it needs, to boost efficiency and handle pressure with ease and proficiency. All you need to do is go online and find a company that is reliable and functionally fit to meet your requisites. As there are many retail solutions available in the market, it is always wise to do a little research on the subject beforehand, so as to avoid any unpleasant surprises at a later date. Software companies have come up with plenty of solutions to tackle the different areas of a retail business, and you are at liberty to choose a few or all for better retail management of your business.

The retail management solutions available in the market today can assist you in all fields of business starting from POS to merchandising, procurement and distribution, business intelligence and collaborating with other systems within and outside the organization, and implementing solutions, to providing customer service and support, and even selling products online. Retail management software can also help your business in areas like merchandise planning, replenishment planning and distribution Planning and give you transparency for inventory across multiple stores or warehouses, to give you an edge over other retailers in your segment. They can also aid your company with some CRM solutions by tracking customer buying patterns. There are software solutions which can help in making ideal promotion planning, by driving you to set goals and strategize, and execute the planned action. They can help in creating and producing simple and complex dynamic reports to help manage the operations and be up to date with daily activity.

Retail management in Indonesia is no longer limited to the employees at one store; it is big business where companies operate chains of stores across different cities an islands. Opting for a software solution to solve all the problems is a worthwhile exercise and a research of what other retailers are using and what is available in the region would help you find the right solution.