SAP is one of the world’s leading providers of ERP. As of now, it is the provider of two separate ERPs known as SAP B1 and SAP S/4HANA. Both ERPs are dedicated to serving each aspect that your business needs to grow and scale up in the long run. Utilizing these ERPs will eliminate the bulk of human efforts and maximize efficiency within the confines of your business processes.
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What is SAP software used for?
SAP is used for facilitating information flow and data processing across your business. There are SAP modules designed for different aspects of an enterprise, ranging from finance to supply chain management. Listed below are some of the most common uses for SAP:
- Accounting and Finance: SAP’s Financial Accounting module helps you manage financial transactions in real time. It also connects with other SAP modules such as sales and distribution, payroll, and human resources, leaving you in total control of your financial management.
- Supply Chain Management: SAP’s Supply Chain Management (SCM) module enables you to design, build, and manage a sustainable supply chain. It seamlessly connects with your suppliers, customers, manufacturers, etc. This connectivity makes it possible to plan production, assess demand fluctuation, and create market forecasts with ease.
- HR Management: Your HR department will function efficiently with SAP’s Human Capital Management (HCM) module. This module can facilitate various HR-related processes such as payroll, promotions, employee performance tracking, handling compensations, etc.
- Materials Management: Control vital aspects of the management and production of the material within your enterprise with SAP’s Materials Management (MM) module. Some of the common uses of this SAP module include consumption-based planning, purchasing, inventory management, and invoice verification, among others.
- Sales and Distribution: SAP’s Sales and Distribution (SD) module is designed to manage all aspects of sales and distribution. This module can manage inquiries, proposals, quotations, transportation, billing, credit management, pricing, and many more.
What are the main features of SAP?
- Financial Management: Financial management is a key aspect of SAP. Utilizing SAP for all Financial needs can ensure improved margins, reduced errors, and more profitable decision-making with a complete set of tools for streamlined financial operations.
- Sales and Customer Management: Oversee the entire sales process and customer lifecycle more efficiently from initial contact to final sale, after-sales service, and support. SAP can manage all aspects of sales from lead generation to marketing, customer management, etc.
- Purchasing and Inventory Control: SAP can help with managing costs and implementing controls on all purchase-related activities with ease. From procurement, data management, warehousing, accounts payable, etc; SAP can handle it all.
- Business Intelligence: SAP has a wide array of intuitive tools that can generate a wide array of customized reports and analytics to aid in your business decision-making.
- Mobility: SAP can be enabled on all your mobile devices for better access and control on the go. Designed for busy sales teams on the move. Manage leads, and customer accounts, view the stock, and place an order with the SAP Business One Sales mobile app for iOS and Android
What are the limitations of SAP?
- Not Cost Effective: SAP is not a required investment when it comes to the smaller MSME sector. Its cost of ownership can be high, even for larger businesses. Implementing SAP is only sustainable if your business has a large profit margin that can justify high expenditure in business process automation. For larger sector businesses looking for a more cost-effective solution, Accu360 is a more suitable option.
- Resource coordination: SAP requires a large amount of technical knowledge to operate effectively. The supply of skilled manpower does not meet the current demand, so finding suitable manpower can become difficult and expensive.
- Rigid process: The time required to get the software up and running is quite long and tedious.
What is SAP ERP implementation?
At Cascade Headway we have developed a Standard Operating Procedure for implementing ERP solutions within an existing infrastructure. The steps are as follows:
- Step 1: Identify the pain points of the organization: We study the business and its workflow so that we can determine the points where the workflow has the highest chance for breakdowns and inefficiencies.
- Step 2: Implement workflow: We take time to redesign the business workflow to eliminate these weak points. In doing so, we reduce weak points, breakdowns, and inefficiencies to a minimum.
- Step 3: Proof of Concept (POC): We set up a walkthrough of the entire system to demonstrate how the newly implemented workflow has positively impacted your business process. This will illustrate the implementation of the entire redesign including the integration of third-party plugins and applications as requested upon initial engagement.
- Step 4: Get it up and running: The redesigned workflow is implemented, in its entirety, into the business. We then provide training to your existing staff so they can learn to operate the newly implemented ERP in their day-to-day activities within the enterprise. During this transition period, we can provide temporary manpower to run the new ERP system while your staff is being trained.
- Step 5: Routine follow-up and advisory: Our team will be on standby to ensure that the implemented system is running smoothly. We shall provide constant monitoring for breakdowns and inefficiencies. Our advisory team will also be available to aid with business decisions regarding scaling up your business and modifying your implemented ERP design and workflow. All of this is included as a package in the initial implementation charge.