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Workflow of the future: Time for distributors to move to Cloud ERP

Zakir Ahmed, Vice President and General Manager for Asia, NetSuite | April 8, 2016
Zakir Ahmed of NetSuite shares his thoughts on the workflow of the future for distribution companies.

Flexibility and agility to transform the workflow
It is becoming increasingly clear that the flexibility, agility and ease of use of a software solution and services are what organisations need to succeed and grow. Companies with systems that can't keep up to the modern pace of business, new business models and ever changing business needs will quickly fall behind. ERP applications need to be highly customisable and configurable. It has to be web-based so that businesses can offer global access and connectivity for employees, suppliers, partners, customers and channels allowing people to work, make decisions and is based on information that comes from a single source - all in real time.

This is the crux of how true Cloud ERP works - an end-to-end integrated process that drastically reduce manual effort and resulting risk of errors. It should also provide distributors with instant access to customer sales, finance, CRM and service information, enabling productivity and satisfaction growth. It is also about addressing a company's existing challenges and needs on top of those they will face five to ten years from now.

It is never too early for distributors to move to the cloud. The more time is wasted, the closer they will get to their inevitable downfall as cloud technology is revolutionising how the industry engages with partners, monitors performance and identifies opportunities for improvement. Manufacturing and distribution in particular have uniquely complex workflows that require a functionality a basic ERP simply cannot provide.

Legacy ERP platform is often difficult to handle and takes a long time to process, and in today's fast-paced consumer world, enterprises no longer have the luxury of time in fear of losing to new and existing competitions. By migrating to the cloud, on the other hand, they will be able to focus more on streamlining their operations and solidifying their business sustainability in the long run.


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