When it comes to conducting business digitally, that which was once optional is now mandatory, even in manufacturing and distribution. In 2020, over 30 million small business owners faced the challenge of digitizing nearly overnight, and those that failed are likely no longer in business. Embracing technology as a permanent part of your business strategy as we continue to exist in the global pandemic, which ushered in an era of coexistence between convenience and quality for businesses, means that technology tools and digital infrastructure are more available and user-friendly than ever.
Businesses in every industry can – and should – continue to incorporate digital into their day-to-day operations. More and more manufacturing businesses are turning to digital technology, with the goal of operational resilience and efficiency. Unsurprisingly, 67% of global manufacturers have accelerated their adoption of digital technologies as a result of the pandemic.
The report states that manufacturers are focusing digital investments on:
- IT and data systems (including cybersecurity and data analytics)
- Product/customer growth
- Efficiency improvements
Each of these investments are aimed at automating or minimizing manual processes and increasing visibility, which allow employees to focus more on value-added work than manual tasks. Here are the 2 important actions your company should take to make this shift:
Transition to Cloud Hosting
Cloud hosting means your software and data are stored in a secure data center that can be quickly and easily accessed by your business from any location in the world with an internet connection. It can be used for operations like running or developing software systems, storing data, managing eCommerce, or enabling remote-accessible desktop work environments. Cloud hosting provides optimal performance for businesses with complete end-to-end visibility, and there is no delay or notable difference in accessibility rates between cloud access and your on-premises system.
Employ A Comprehensive ERP
ERP, or Enterprise Resource Planning software, refers to software solutions that help businesses manage day-to-day operations like accounting, project management, compliance, supply chain, and more. ERP systems include a myriad of business processes to eliminate islands of automation and time wasted on manual spreadsheets that are both time consuming and prone to human error. Beyond ERP alone, a comprehensive ERP software solution can be configured to your business’s needs to include a CRM, integrated payment processing, eCommerce capabilities, and more.
Is your manufacturing or distribution business looking for the best business management software tools?
At Attivo, we understand the challenges small businesses face in the supply chain, sales management, accounting, and quality assurance because our team has lived them. Seeing the many shortcomings of typical process improvement business software, Attivo specifically designed our comprehensive new solution, Attivo All-in-One powered by SAP Business One, to streamline operations for businesses like yours. Attivo All-in-One can be customized to your unique needs and includes cloud hosting, a comprehensive built-in CRM, eCommerce integration, integrated manufacturing planning systems, unlimited technical support, and much more!
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