In response to the rapidly changing environment of today’s construction landscape, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems have emerged as the answer to the demand for lightning-fast service, abundant choice, and low prices. The ever-changing expectations of customers have also contributed to the need for businesses to employ an ERP system in order to stay ahead of trends and foster growth.
With inventory management tailored to your niche industry, human resource tools that gather pertinent information, and an increase in efficiency for project managers, ERP systems allow your organization to easily manage and automate many day-to-day back office functions.
For example, contractERP facilitates the following for distributors and manufacturers in the building products & equipment supply industries:
- Radically customized options that suit your specific needs and goals
- Centralized and automated project management
- Increased visibility into project, contract, and inventory details
- Automatic order input
- Accurate production times estimating
- Inventory tracking
- Delivery Management
- AIA invoice processing
- Compliance safeguards and auditing
- Enables organizations to integrate, execute, and coordinate business processes across every level of management
With an ERP system, you can substantially increase each employee’s workload while improving both the quality of their output and the satisfaction they find in their jobs.
Business Owners and Growth
Business owners want to grow profits without growing headcount or increasing operating costs. When an ERP system is implemented, repetitive tasks are automated and redundancies are reduced. This lowers overhead costs from hiring, training, and waiting out the learning curve that comes when key employees need to be replaced.
By improving and streamlining tasks and processes, your employees can get more done in less time, improving your company’s reputation for high-quality products, speedy delivery times, and excellent customer service.
General Managers and Return on Investment
General managers receive a lot of pressure from contractors and competitors in the industry. Contractors demand shorter lead times, higher quality products, and faster service. Competitors are constantly evolving in order to keep up with each other without letting their profit margins erode.
Although your current manual processes are tried, true, and proven to successfully manage inventory, job costing, manufacturing, and delivery, it’s time to implement new technology in order to keep up with demand and competition. With an ERP system, the return on your investment is sound.
Project Managers and Time
Project managers have to juggle a seemingly infinite amount of tasks on a daily basis for every project he or she oversees. Complex jobs with a variety of moving parts can converge and overtake a project manager’s limits or capacity.
In order to keep up on current workloads and create room for growth, an ERP system is necessary. With the ability to view real-time status updates, anticipate possible problems, and get rid of the endless spreadsheets riddled with errors, projects will move along at a faster, smoother pace and with a significant reduction in problems and errors.
Human Resource Managers and Information
Human resource managers have the responsibility to ensure the company as a whole is well organized, staff roles are well defined, and each employee has satisfaction in their job. When any of these three pieces aren’t fitting together well, the culture of the company is not one of team building and performance. This in turn negatively affects the products and services offered to customers.
The information collected by ERP systems is harnessed and analyzed routinely and automatically, giving HR professionals the ability to see trends in staff performance and satisfaction. It also frees up time for their more important role of relationship building.
There are many challenges that face the businesses of today. They include the lightning-fast speed of technological advances, the ever-increasing expectations of consumers, the mind-blowing number of options available, and the barrage of online reviewers.
However, when organizations have their priorities straight while remaining flexible, challenges can be faced head on and with minimal disruption to the business. Employees will feel capable and needed as a valued contributor to the organization’s team. When that happens, their satisfaction rises to new levels and so do your profits.
For more information on what contractERP can do for you and your business, contact us today.