Competition in the manufacturing and distribution industries continues to grow tougher every day, as new challengers arrive. The only way to succeed is by defeating the competition. While gaining an edge is not easy, ERP solutions can be a savior.

Successful businesses often heavily rely on modern ERP solutions to gain their competitive advantage. The ability to capture and evaluate data is essential to managing resources, responding to customer needs, driving profits, and therefore offering better products, services, and prices than the competition.


Here are some tactics to gain a competitive advantage.

  1. Take calculated risks. Taking risks is essential for the growth of any business. If every business is following the same path, no one will get ahead. Your risks need to be calculated and well-measured. There are certain ERP functionalities that can give you an edge over others. Use these features in areas that are not giving you any vital advantages. If the feature doesn’t work, you won’t lose much. However, if the feature does work, you stand the chance to gain some serious edge over your competition.
  2. Be prepared for the worst-case scenario. ERP solutions aren’t fault-proof. It’s important to prepare for the rare event that your ERP solution is flawed. During the planning and implementation phases of your solution, keep worst-case scenarios in mind and properly prepare of these unforeseen circumstances.
  3. Select the right ERP for your business. There are tons of ERP solutions on the market that will suit your needs. However, it’s important to choose the right solution. Produce a detailed assessment of your requirements to ensure you get features you absolutely need and skip the unnecessary functions.
  4. Give end-users the full power of ERP. If you want to gain an edge over your competition, ensure that end-users are trained and have the proper resources to use your ERP solution to its maximum power.
  5. Utilize analytics. Forecasting analytics is a must have functionality if you want to stay ahead. Forecasting analytics provides predictions based on data analysis to predict problems before they arise. Since your ERP solution works in real-time, you can stop the problem before it occurs.

The advantages that an ERP system can bring in terms of the everyday business processes are well-known, but many companies want to know whether ERP will help them gain the upper hand over their competitors. The short answer is: yes. There are many ways in which an ERP solution can help your business run more efficiently, allow you to be more flexible and adaptive, save money and thus offer better products, service and prices than your competitors.

If you really want to step up your game, you need to optimize the use of your ERP solution. Contact ACC Solutions to find out your next steps to stay ahead of your competition.


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