Why Distributors Must Focus on ERP Usability and Flexibility in 2020 and Beyond

During the past decade, the wholesale distribution industry has faced numerous challenges. Despite this, the industry not only made it through, but thrived. However, now is not the time to become complacent.

With the likes of Amazon continuing to enjoy greater dominance, along with the rise of automation, the small to mid-market wholesale distribution industry promises to become much more competitive over the next decade. Successful distributors will be the ones that start focusing on cloud ERP usability and flexibility right now.

How to select an ERP for usability and flexibility

Choosing a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution can be a complicated process. 

When choosing the right ERP for your business, you will need to consider what operational and financial needs you need to make the right choice. 

We recommend that you spend some time considering all options before deciding what solution to implement to ensure that once up and running, your operation will run smoothly with minimal cost. Yes there is a little time investment necessary, however it is vital that you choose the right solution from the start to ensure that you enjoy the maximum benefits. 

At Computime, we can guide and advise you to choose the right ERP solution, as quickly and efficiently as possible. 

Selecting for usability

In the past, ERP solutions required you to adapt your business model to the workings of the ERP. However, with technology continuing to advance, this is luckily no longer the case. 

Modern ERP solutions like Acumatica with their Acumatica Distribution Edition can be easily customized to match the way your distribution company does business, backed by an intuitive and easy-to-use UI that just makes sense, whether you are a new user or a long-term expert.

Selecting for flexibility

Though usability is critical for software adoption across the company, it is only one part of the modern ERP puzzle. Savvy business leaders know that flexibility forms the other half, possibly the more important half of overall ERP success. That is why market-leading modern ERPs, like Acumatica, will focus their resources and attention on making their solution as flexible as possible.

To enhance user flexibility, Acumatica includes:

  • The Acumatica Cloud xRP platform

The Acumatica Cloud xRP platform delivers a stable, secure foundation for your Acumatica ERP, as well as a lightning-fast platform that can be customized to suit all your needs. Some global ERPs and solutions’ providers have created their own services entirely on the Acumatica Cloud xRP platform because it is developer-friendly and easy-to-use.

  • Industry-standard, .NET programming framework

Most of today’s developers are experienced in .NET, the industry-standard programming language that Acumatica is written in. Because the programming language is so familiar, wholesale distributors typically have an easy time customizing their Acumatica ERP to fit their needs exactly.

  • A wide range of off-the-shelf solutions

Distributors looking for an off-the-shelf solution that can address their evolving businesses needs can save time and effort by turning to Acumatica Certified Apps on the Acumatica Marketplace. These affordable, mix-and-match, pre-built cloud add-ons are integrated through APIs. Some can be deployed onto existing Acumatica systems in record time.

Selecting for success

Even the most user-friendly, flexible ERP system will require well-trained staff to run it properly and extract its full value and benefits. For legacy ERPs, ongoing training required a coordinated, expensive initiative on the part of businesses, with costs that often included travel to a reseller’s offices, as well as session and workshop costs. Worst of all, training could take workers out of the office for as long as a week.

These days, it is rare for businesses to have that kind of time to spare or even the funds to spend on lengthy training for today’s job-hopping workforce. Modern ERPs are often selected to address these concerns head-on, which is why Acumatica provides free training to anyone, anywhere and anytime, saving time and money

Users can logon and benefit from Acumaticas Help Portal at any time, which is always up-to-date. Users of the Cloud ERP can also improve their skillsets with the global Acumatica User Group Community. In short, there is no lack of free training for Acumatica.

Selecting an Implementation Partner

At Computime we can help you with all your ERP needs, especially if you are a time-strapped distributor in need of professional guidance. We can advise you from day one to make sure that you make the right decision for your business. We will then ensure that one of our effective ERP solutions is implemented quickly and efficiently with all the support you need. 

Contact us to book your no obligation demonstration or to enquire further.