What’s involved in an ERP implementation?

So you have decided that you want to take your business to the next level and you are planning an ERP implementation? Not sure what is going to be involved? Here's our overview of the fun that you are about to get yourself into! Are you not even sure what an ERP is? Checkout our primer here. This article is the first part of a series that provides an overview of ERP implementations. ERP Implementation Size No two businesses are identical therefore no two ERP implementations are going to be the same. There will be…


6 open source ERP systems to consider for your small business

As we have established in our recent article Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems are not just for big business. Read here if you want to learn about the benefits for small business. Next we look into the open source ERP software options we think you may want to consider. Why open source ERP systems are a good option for small business As a small business it's essential to reduce costs as much as possible. One of the ways to achieve this is through the use of open source software. Don't know what open source software is? Learn…


6 Benefits of using an ERP for small business

In our previous article we covered what an ERP system is as well as learning more about the history of the Enterprise Resource Planning software category. Traditionally most people have the assumption that ERP systems are only useful for large businesses. This couldn't be further from the truth. Many small enterprises can take advantage of the benefits from using an ERP to run their business. The benefits you can gain from using ERP in your small business So to help you understand the benefits for small businesses here is our list of 6 benefits of…


Why Your Small Business needs a Technology Audit

A technology audit. IT system review. Business IT heath check. If you start looking around you will see many names for essentially the same thing. That "thing" is getting a professional to review the Information Technology (IT) that you use to run your business. What is an IT audit or IT review? At it's core an IT audit involves hiring a third party to review the technology that is critical for running your business. Depending on who you hire and how involved the audit is it will typically ask about the following at a minimum:…


Make Marketing Your Startup Easier With Our One Page Marketing Plan

Writing a Marketing Plan can be quite daunting. I am not about to go into the reasons that you should have one but maybe you're not sure where to start? Or you think it will take too long and you don't have time? Well, much like writing a business plan, the process of creating your Marketing Plan is sometimes more valuable than the final document because it causes you to stop and think about everything in detail. In this article I am going to cover the key elements you should have in your simple Marketing…


Does Business Planning Bore You? Check out This Simple Business Plan Template so You Can Get on with the Fun Stuff

Business Planning is a critical activity for any business. A business plan provides direction and keeps you on track. It will help you focus on your top priorities and clarify who your customers and how you can serve them effectively. Read on to find out my recommendation on how we as small business owners can take the pain out of writing our business plans.  I also have a handy template for you to download at the end of the article. The value of writing a business plan is in the thought processes that are required…

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