You are not alone if you wonder whether or not you can afford to purchase innovative business management software. State-of-the-art enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions just sounds expensive, and outfitting all of your employees with cutting-edge software sounds completely out of your budget. However, if you pair up with a savvy Microsoft Partner and the right ERP software solution, you’ll begin to wonder why you waited so long to get the software that will take your business to the next level.
One of our clients employees 500 full-time employees that grow, mill, and process coffee, as well as ship, import, roast, and package coffee. The company also sells products to food services companies and grocers, as well as distributes coffee to other retailers. After merging three companies and experiencing impressive year-after-year growth, it was clear that equally impressive business management software was needed. Our client needed a way to standardize their operations with the right business management technology, at a price they could afford, and sought the assistance of our team here at The Resource Group.
After discussing budget concerns, growing pains and plans for growth, it didn’t take long for our client to set their sights on Microsoft Dynamics® GP (http://www.resgroup.com/financial-management-using-microsoft-dynamics-gp). This comprehensive ERP software solution had the functionality that was needed and was available at the right cost. We then suggested a Light User licensing model for our client because not every employee needed access to Microsoft Dynamics GP. Of the 500 employees, only 45 required extensive software use and another 238 users only needed access to specific key data. The Microsoft Dynamics GP Light User model integrates Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, and Microsoft SharePoint Server enabling the team to access business data from Microsoft Dynamics GP, but in a form that was insightful and convenient for individual users. For example, executives can move Microsoft Dynamics GP data into Microsoft Excel for analysis. Decision-making and customer service teams can use letter templates in Microsoft Word, populate them with Microsoft Dynamics GP data, and send consistent information or promotions to customers. By listening to our client’s needs, we were able to provide them with a licensing model that offers all of the control and insight of Microsoft Dynamics GP, but at a fraction of the full-licensing cost.
Don’t give up on the idea of being able to afford today’s most innovative business management software. It is possible to find a powerful, yet affordable, business management solution that can support your business operations and promote growth. Read the full case study about Distant Lands Coffee here and contact us if you’re ready to get started with ERP you can afford.
By The Resource Group, Washington Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner