Is cloud ERP worth the money?

Fortee Manufacturing Cloud

When every penny counts, the way you allocate budget in your small business means justifying every financial decision. As a result, business owners can often find it challenging to take a chance on new and unexplored territory.

For many small businesses in the UK, that territory is automation. Whether you understand the benefits of automation technology or not, opting to spend money on upgrading equipment or in more employee training, for example, can often feel the safer option.

However, whilst these safer options may feel comfortable and convenient, they’re nearly never the options likely to take your business to the next level. And here's why:

Ten things your business COULD spend its money on, and why technology is still more important for a manufacturing business looking to grow:

  1. Hiring additional skilled labour
    Cloud technology can improve production efficiency and quality by automating many manual processes typically involved in manufacturing. This can reduce the need for additional labour and minimise the risk of human error, resulting in faster production times and improved product quality.
  2. Investing in specialised employee training
    While specialised training can certainly improve employee skills and knowledge, technology can complement this by automating repetitive tasks, freeing up employees to focus on more strategic work. This can lead to greater job satisfaction and a more efficient workforce.
  3. Upgrading the production facility
    Upgrading the production facility is important, but technology can be an integral part of this process by streamlining workflow and improving safety. Cloud-based ERP automation can help optimise production processes and identify areas for improvement.
  4. Purchasing new raw materials
    Purchasing new raw materials can improve product quality, but technology can help optimise material usage by providing real-time data on inventory levels and material requirements. This can help reduce waste and save costs.
  5. Partnering with a supplier
    Partnering with a supplier can certainly reduce costs or improve the quality of raw materials, but technology can provide valuable data and insights into supplier performance, allowing for more informed decisions and better supplier relationships
  6. Increasing marketing efforts
    Increasing marketing efforts can help reach a larger customer base, but technology can provide valuable data on customer behavior and preferences, allowing for more targeted and effective marketing campaigns.
  7. Developing a new product line
    Developing new products or product lines is important for diversifying the business, but technology can aid in this process by providing data and insights into market trends and customer needs, helping to ensure new products are successful.
  8. Investing in research and development
    Investing in research and development is crucial for improving product design and functionality, but technology can help facilitate this process by providing tools for product prototyping, testing, and analysis.
  9. Improving customer service
    Improving customer service is important, and technology can help with this by providing tools for faster response times, personalised communication, and improved customer experiences.
  10. Investing in employee benefits
    Investing in employee benefits and compensation packages is important for retaining skilled workers, but technology can also play a role in this by providing a more efficient and streamlined work environment, reducing stress and improving job satisfaction.

While there are many ways to spend your budget, investing in technology such as cloud-based ERP automation is the way forward for manufacturing businesses looking to stay competitive and grow. By automating processes, streamlining workflows, and providing valuable insights, technology can help businesses increase efficiency, reduce costs, and improve product quality, ultimately leading to greater success.

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