Integrating ERP into your business overseas

Written by on January 13, 2014 in Working in France

erpUnderstanding ERP:  We look at how ERP might help a business in France or an overseas business with staff in France, updating data in real time and connecting people around the world…

Managing a business in one location can be a challenging enough enterprise, especially given the need to remain ultra-competitive and tuned in to all the essential technological support available for operational effectiveness. Imagine how challenging it can be if there are overseas locations, in different countries and operating under different time zones. How to keep track of everything in a real-time situation rather than waiting days if not weeks for reports to be generated?

This is where ERP – Enterprise Resource Planning – is a real benefit to the business with overseas interests and expansion plans. The concept of ERP has been around in business circles for over 30 years and has developed to a point where it is a major tool for industries around the world.

Essentially, ERP is a software solution that links all departments and operations of a business, and transfers inputted data to a central collection point. When data is inputted by one department the software automatically updates data for every other department, removing the need for multiple inputs and corrections.

Management executives, to get a snapshot of the organization’s position at any time, can access that data. This allows them to work on strategic planning for growth as well as flagging up any anomalies in departments that need to be addressed. By keeping tabs on all operations in real time, a business can detect new trends and look to new markets for expansion.

ERP throughout the world

A key strength of ERP is that it is universal and implemented in both major and medium-sized businesses the world over. This makes it the ideal solution for integration into business overseas. As the technology of ERP has developed, the ways it is accessed have also developed. Whereas it used to be the case that hardware would be installed on site and software updates made regularly, there is a new way of accessing the system and integrating it into operational management.

Cloud ERP – where a SaaS (Software as a Service) provider hosts the system and manages it on the client’s behalf – is an ideal solution for businesses seeking to grow overseas or who have already started developing satellite sites abroad. With integration of procedures and remote access available from computers, cell phones and tablets, it makes the complexities of managing multiple sites in different countries much more manageable.

An effective Cloud-based ERP has significant advantages over an installation on-site. There are no multiple capital costs of installing hardware and updating software regularly. Regular updates and enhancements are built into the contract. There are high levels of security, especially important with multiple overseas sites, and efficient disaster recovery is built in so that data can be retrieved if required.

Using the Cloud means a single point of contact and because the software is in module form it is straightforward to add new sites into the solution as a business grows. When considering the benefits of ERP for overseas business, using Cloud ERP is the cutting edge resolution for systems integration.

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