5 Reasons for an ERP-CRM Integration
In our 20 years of enterprise software consulting, we have come across countless manufacturers and distributors who have already successfully implemented ERP and CRM instances. With these systems, the businesses experience improvements in front- and back-office performance as both instances manage critical data and processes. But here’s the kicker—the two systems are often operating separately. The disparate instances create information silos and require users to perform manual tasks. The implementation of separate ERP and CRM instances solves many major problems, but businesses still experience inefficiencies and fail to generate as much of a return on their investment as they wish to see.
Fortunately, the solution is easy: software integration. An ERP and CRM integration creates a central hub of enterprise data, enabling businesses to gain maximum ROI and performance improvement. Here, we list five of the many reasons to transform your business with a CRM-ERP integration.
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1. Eradicate Duplicate Data Entry
Manufacturers and distributors who implement separate ERP and CRM systems drastically cut down on manual data entries as data automatically updates in each instance. This also improves accuracy, as manual data entries expose your business to the risk of using incorrect information. However, these companies still need to dedicate at least one employee with the task of manually duplicating data from one system into the other.
CRM and ERP integrations eliminate this rote work by automatically syncing data and changes into both systems. That means when you add a custom field, make changes to a database or enter new information, the other system automatically updates in real time to reflect these alterations. These synchronizations power other improvements in efficiency and transparency by ensuring users throughout the enterprise have access to critical information, which leads us to our next point. . . .
2. Easy Access to Data
Imagine the following use case: A salesperson visits with a potential client. To capitalize on potential opportunities with this lead, the sales rep pulls out a phone to check inventory stock, product counts, orders and other back-end data. Using this information, the salesperson turns the lead into a new customer without scheduling additional meetings and going back and forth to the office.
Real-time mobile access to data is achievable when you integrate ERP and CRM. When you have integrated, cloud-hosted software, you gain a comprehensive view of your entire enterprise which updates in real time on any device. This means employees can easily view data whenever, wherever they need it rather than log in to separate interfaces or ask other users for information once they arrive at the office.
3. 360-Degree View of Customers
In addition to the use case we described above, there are other sales advantages of integrating ERP and CRM. At a time when customers have higher standards than ever, the 360-degree insight into customers makes ERP-CRM integrations a critical asset in driving sales. Enterprises can leverage the combined advanced analytics technology of CRM vendors such as Salesforce and Microsoft Dynamics 365 and ERP vendors such as Epicor to build effective strategies.
Every department works to drive sales with this level of insight. Marketing and sales teams can dig deeper into customer habits by accessing order history and account standing to personalize customer journeys. Manufacturers, executives and accountants can use buying habits and preferences to improve pricing and payment plans and modify products to satisfy more customer needs. Service reps can provide faster assistance by having quick access to relevant information. Faster service, personalized experiences, better products—all of this can be gained if a business effectively utilizes integrated software to focus strategies on consumer demands.
4. Improved Management
Besides automatically updating enterprise data, an integration can also automate other processes. The integration project team can define workflows which automate critical, time-consuming operations. For example, a workflow can be set up to instantly enact a trigger for follow up after an order is closed. Users can more effectively manage everything from the quote-to-order process to inventory by using automated workflows that reduce wasteful manual labor and guarantee accuracy.
5. More Savings, More ROI
Each of the above benefits helps businesses add to their ROI. Faster, more accurate enterprise performance and better customer experience make CRM and ERP integrations one of the most cost-effective decisions a company can make. But there are other ways that an integrated system provides more bang for your buck than disjointed software. Integrated systems create better user experiences. Each employee gains new insight and functionality while retaining their familiar tools. This makes training quicker and less expensive. Plus, IT costs go down substantially when companies dedicate time and money to only one system. A manufacturer or distributor that successfully executes their integration will experience cost and time savings in no time.
Now that you know why you should integrate ERP and CRM, the next question is how. Datix has the answer. We’re a one-stop shop for all your enterprise software needs. Epicor Platinum Partner, certified Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Salesforce partner, Magento eCommerce expert, integration innovators—Datix does it all. With Unity, our pre-built integration application, we can seamlessly connect an array of Epicor products with your choice of software. Once we’ve installed our scalable integration solution, our consultants will continue to manage your solution, taking care of any errors or upgrades throughout your software’s lifetime.
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