How cloud ERP can help you in ways that traditional products can’t
- You could have regular vendors exchanging data and performing automated account reconciliation with your own Accounts Payable records. To go one step further, you could have vendors logging in your system and actually browse through the A/P records that you keep, so that they can acknowledge their correctness. Furthermore, if problems exist they (or you) could initiate a “disputable items” workflow to resolve the difference.
- In case of contract-based billing, you could first seek your customer’s approval on an Accounts Receivable invoice before you proceed to the actual invoicing. That way, you would save time from erroneous invoices and the necessary corrections through credit notes etc. The time from invoicing to invoice payment could be decreased drastically.
- In the above example, additional tools could accelerate response times even more. Email notifications for each invoice issued or for each approval required could be sent to the interested parties, to make sure that anyone who should take some action is immediately “tagged” in their mailbox. That very mailbox would even become their daily “to-do list” as far as your cloud ERP is concerned!
- Customers could tap in your cloud ERP, browse inventories and make on-line orders. Of course, this idea is not applicable to B2C sales (you have your on-line e-shop for this purpose). But if you sell to wholesalers who need on-line information, don’t care about the e-shop bells’n’wistles and are particularly interested about the whole chain of the customer order fulfillment (not just the ordering part), then having them inside your ERP as business users could have some very significant benefits for the sales process as a whole.
- A service provider may want to implement a “customer support” web system to accept requests from customers, classify them as tickets and process them accordingly. In these cases there may be a significant number of monthly invoices to attach behind each chargeable ticket. And this could be a manager’s and the accountant’s headache to process and invoice, every month. So a “ticketing” function inside your cloud ERP software (where your customers are also welcome to participate in the workflow) could be a serious issue to consider. There is no doubt that you could implement other kinds of ticketing systems; but an integrated one with your back-office invoicing?...