Seven out of 10 of you reading this are probably NOT going to invest in business software this year. Or so says our research released today. I’m hoping that I can change your mind, however. Here goes.
Our survey asked about ERP, or enterprise resource planning software. And, let’s face it, ERP is still, for the most part, overkill for what most small manufacturers and wholesalers need. But there are many software companies out there, including ours, offering solutions that are far easier and less costly to implement than even the most simplistic ERP system.
But I promised to change your mind about software, so let’s consider three key data points from our research:
- 6 out of 10 of you want to improve manufacturing processes
- Half of you want to improve sales efficiency
- Nearly half of you want to improve employee productivity
News Flash: You can accomplish all of these things with software. And since some of the best software released today is cloud-based (which means nothing more than it’s easy to get started and less costly by far), businesses really have nothing to lose.
What if I told you that you could improve manufacturing processes, drive a more efficient sales process and make your employees (and machinery) more productive for less per month than many people spend on a car payment. HOW you can do this is covered in other blog posts, which I encourage you to read. The fact is, however, that you can indeed do this, and that’s reason enough to at least consider investing in software this year.
Don’t get me wrong – I don’t want to be promotional – this blog isn’t about selling, it’s about engaging around issues that affect small manufacturers and wholesale distributors. When I first saw the survey results – a window into what you’re all thinking out there – I wanted to scream: there’s an answer. Consider this blog post my scream, and please do me a favor: even if you look at other business solution solutions in 2014 please look. And, if you want to check out a free trial of our software, click here.
Steve Leavitt, GM of U.S. Cloud Solutions for Exact