Going Beyond Traditional ERP
For the next 10 articles, we’ll drill into each part of an evaluation checklist, so when we finish you’ll have a comprehensive list of key factors you should consider before deciding on a new MIS/ERP option for your business.
On your journey you’re sure to find software vendors that offer improved financial reporting, inventory management, budgeting capabilities, and so forth. But do they offer a unified solution that goes beyond business process automation and basic ERP (enterprise resource planning) functionality to deliver a complete and unified vision for your print business?
“Software has to keep moving, when you buy software you are essentially buying a ticket on a train that is funded and operated by your software partner. In the case of PrintVis the core train engine is funded by Microsoft, the print-specific car is funded and operated by PrintVis. Your investment gets you the benefits of both, an overall software solution that will continue to move based on thousands of companies and a print-specific car that is funded by hundreds of other printers around the world.” – Jennifer Matt, WhatTheyThink.com
A comprehensive and modern solution delivers capabilities that are out of scope for many product offerings, such as:
- Integrated business intelligence, collaboration, and communication tools that span your core business processes.
- A user experience that blends personal and work computing and inspires your people and your customers.
- Anytime, anywhere access to make your people more productive.
- Flexible cloud or on-premises deployment options that won’t hold your data hostage.
- Affordable pricing models to reduce or eliminate up-front capital expenditures.
The PrintVis business solution for the print industry, fully integrated with Microsoft Dynamics NAV delivers the control, forward-looking insight, and bottom line impact you need to grow your print business.
If you’re like a lot of small and midsize businesses (SMBs) today, your current systems are nudging you further and further out of your comfort zone. They get the basic job done, as long as nothing out of the ordinary happens. But what will happen when you want to add new equipment, expand your product offerings, or open a new shop or warehouse?
Do you find it harder to connect with suppliers and customers, comply with new tax laws or environmental regulations, or keep customers loyal with the new competition you face in a global economy? These scenarios aren’t business as usual, but they’re part of the new normal.
And if it’s getting harder for your existing systems to keep your business moving forward, now’s the time to take action.
As you consider and weigh the alternatives, you’ll find products and vendors that sound a lot alike, and you may find it hard to differentiate between them. So we’ve created a 10-point checklist to help you test their claims and reduce the risk of making a decision you might regret down the road.
Customer Success Story
SMBs around the world, in a wide variety of industries, rely on Microsoft Dynamics to help them achieve profitable growth through greater operational control, improved employee productivity, and deeper business insight. The core system upon which PrintVis’ print-specific functionality is built – Microsoft Dynamics NAV – is now used by over 110,000 businesses across the globe.
Here’s a snapshot of how one high-tech manufacturing customer implemented Microsoft Dynamics ERP in just six weeks.
“We can grow our sales and operations based on real insights into the actual needs of customers. If we had to do it all over again, we’d make the same choice.” Joe Whitty, Controller