Most of us can’t imagine doing our jobs or running our businesses without our ERPs. They enhance an organization’s overall performance, simplifying business processes to give companies a viable competitive edge.
But did you know that sixty percent of surveyed companies have not seen the benefits they wanted from their ERP implementation?
Sure, ERPs are great, but they can also sometimes have a hand in creating complexity, duplicating efforts, and even creating a lack of visibility. Plus, if it’s not kept up-to-date, the platform may lose pace with current business, leaving you with holes in your data that you just can’t plug. We’re so entangled with ERPs that our businesses run the risk of not being able to function without them! So if your system is not giving you everything you need, or if it’s running your business (instead of your business running it!), that’s a distress signal you shouldn’t ignore.
3 Warning Signs of ERP Distress
Your data is your company’s bread and butter. If at any point you can’t get access to your data, your business could definitely suffer! Data disruption can occur in conjunction with data migration into an ERP or between one platform and another. It could also occur if you’ve been running an older version and are now updating.
Data may also exist independently of each other in a silo environment that can increase complexity in accessing. You may have to pull several reports from several different modules in your ERP and assemble them manually into one report. This complex process not only takes valuable time, but opens up more opportunity for information to fall through the cracks. Reports could end up with discrepancies and no way to track how or when in the process the problem occurred.
IT in Charge
Don’t get us wrong, we love our IT department. They get us out of a lot of jams. But if they’re the ones driving your ERP project, you could run the risk of missing things simply because they’re not traditionally in an IT department’s scope. You know finances and operations; they know tech. And while IT is instrumental in implementation and upkeep, you still need to be involved and in charge of the business side of things to ensure your ERP is still working for your business and not just your IT department.
Excel to the Rescue
So what if we told you that you could mitigate those worries right in Excel?
It’s true: You can securely validate data back and forth during migration, pull out those silos and combine information effortlessly into one worksheet, and create reports independent of IT—all without ever leaving Excel.
Excel-based platforms such as Spreadsheet Server or Atlas for Microsoft Dynamics give you powerful access to dynamic, real-time data from your ERP all within the friendly confines of Excel. Filter and clean data before it goes into your new ERP, and even cross-reference to fit upload requirements. Use Spreadsheet Server and Atlas to pull data from its individual silos and create dashboard reports that show you a broad view across the entire company, all with a single mouse click.
Both Spreadsheet Server and Atlas also empower you to leverage the Excel knowledge you already have to build the secure, accurate reports you need without requiring excessive IT intervention. Knowing precisely where your data is and where it came from is a huge weight off a financial leader’s shoulders.
Ready to meet your reporting superheroes and save your ERP from doom? Data reporters, assemble!