When investing in business software, making the right choice is very important. For better or worse, it can have a huge impact on business success. To help you make these watershed business decisions, Advantage has identified four key qualities of successful fast growing modern businesses.
- Grow Efficiently
To be a leading SME, in today’s world, you have to use technology to create greater efficiency. Your software should allow you to do more with less, creating workflows, streamlining processes and reducing overheads. When you’re buying a system, don’t just think about what you need now but rather what you need in 6 or 12 months’ time. According to research by Microsoft, 57% of businesses thought technology was a source of competitive advantage for early adopters and 93% thought it increased productivity outside the office!
- Safeguard the Business
As your business grows, it’s important to secure what you have. Keep your data protected and ensure your users navigate the system in a controlled and secure environment. Review your file backups regularly (make sure they are still happening) and invest in disaster recovery and cloud backup systems – these may be cheaper than you think. Finally, secure data on mobile devices. If you don’t know how to do this, get a technology partner who can.
- Business Anywhere
Gain competitive advantage by improving communication and collaboration with your customers, suppliers and workforce. Easier and improved communication will enhance business relationships and provide you with up-to the-minute performance information wherever you are, enabling mobile and remote workforces to work together more productively from different locations and on the move.
- Connect with Customers
We can improve productivity and drive efficiency but without customers your business is dead. If you understand your customers and their business, you can then build more meaningful long-term relationships. Combine this with more control of costs and better visibility over the day-to-day business, and you gain a competitive edge over your business rivals.
For advice on how to grow your business and more information on Microsoft Dynamics GP, call 020 3004 4600 or visit Advantage’s website.
About Matthew Fleming
Matt has over 20 years’ experience in the IT industry working with small medium sized and enterprise clients, with a consultative approach, to better understand requirements and deliver appropriate, scalable and cost reducing business solutions. He’s been working with Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM since 1999, providing these to a range of industries including manufacturing, distribution, retail, professional services and finance.
About Advantage Business Systems Ltd
Advantage Business Systems are a leading Microsoft Gold ERP partner with over 15 years’ experience providing ERP, CRM and BI solutions and IT support services to businesses throughout the UK. We specialise in the consultancy, implementation and support of Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Microsoft Dynamics CRM and third party Business Intelligence systems.
Lauren Austin, Advantage Business Systems
Tel: +44 (0)20 3004 4600