Gears are used to power tons of mechanical devices and gadgets. They provide power, and torque, and speed. But they only work if the teeth connect. If they don’t connect, what you have is a bunch of gears spinning away…separately.
Take a moment to picture that.
Then think. Are the gears that drive my company spinning futilely apart and accomplishing nothing at all? Or are the teeth connected and doing their job the way they were designed to work? For power, torque, and speed.
In a fully integrated ERP software system, all the teeth connect.
If we think of your business as a machine, here are some of the machine parts:
ERP – Enterprise Resource Planning
CRM – Customer Relationship Management
SCM – Supply Chain Management
EDI – Electronic Data Interchange
EFT – Electronic Funds Transfer
ACH – Automatic Clearing House
BOM – Bill of Materials
HR – Human Resources
GL – General Ledger
AP – Accounts Payable
AR – Accounts Receivable
WMS – Warehouse Management System
NOC – Network Operations Center
There are CEOs, CIOs, COOs, CMOs, CTOs, CSOs, and many others in charge of those machine parts. Plus, all of their underlings. And they all have to work together to make those cogwheels turn like the well-oiled machine that it’s supposed to be.
Now think again about your business.
How many of those parts are integrated? How many are outliers? What would happen if you integrated those outliers, and you had a whole that was truly greater than the sum of its parts?
I’ll tell you the answer. You would have a highly successful, profitable, efficient, streamlined, and productive company.