Now, more than ever, owners and managers are able to get work done when they’re away from the office. A lot of this can be attributed to web ERP software, which provides easy access to important company data. All you need is an Internet connection, and you’re good to go.
So how exactly does being able to work remotely benefit companies? Well, it helps in many ways. Here are a few examples…
Manage Your Business from Home
Let’s say you’re laid up with a bit of a head cold. It’s not enough to keep you away from your computer, but you also don’t want to be in an office environment where you’ll spread your germs to your colleagues.
With web ERP (also known as resource management software) you don’t have to be at the office to stay on top of things. Even if you’re not actually well enough to work, you can easily check on the status of:
- Payables and receivables
- Pending orders
- Inventory levels
Conversely, let’s say you’re feeling fine, but you have to run some personal errands before coming into the office. By accessing real-time company data beforehand, you’ll be better equipped to make decisions, plan your workflow and delegate tasks to team members.
Take Your Work on the Road
Sometimes, business demands that you take your work on the road. Before the advent of web ERP software, it wasn’t uncommon for executives to feel disconnected when they were:
- Touring their facilities and warehouses
- Attending tradeshows and events
- Visiting other branches
That’s a thing of the past. Armed with just a laptop, or even a smartphone, and you’ve got the makings of a mobile office command centre.
Keep People Honest
Normally, when a manager visits a plant or warehouse, they’re reliant on the onsite staff to provide business-critical information. From time to time, it doesn’t hurt to verify that the information they’re feeding you is accurate by using your resource management software.
It’s a way of ensuring the stated production is in line with actual production. And, if there are discrepancies, you’ll be well equipped to determine the source.
Enhance Customer Service
Retail distribution companies tend to have a lot of sales representatives in the field. Being on the road so frequently means they don’t always have access to the most recent data.
Let’s say a salesman for a plumbing supply distributor is about to book an order for some fittings for a client. With real-time plumbing supply software, not only can the rep book the order, he can:
- Check for availability
- Get an accurate delivery estimate
- Go over account balances with client
- Review client price history
For more on this topic, read: Anytime, Anywhere: Why Cloud ERP Is a Great Business Management Tool.
If you need web ERP software that you can take with you on the road, talk to a Windward Software advisor about Windward System Five.