Time = Money: The Hidden Costs of Having an ERP System

May 26, 2017 Steve Connel

When companies look at the costs associated with their SAP system, it’s normal to focus on how much was spent buying licenses, hardware, or external resources.

The reality is that yes, those are all incredibly important aspects, but there is another area which people are just beginning to quantify and that is the on-going cost whenever an employee interacts with the system.

 

How long do users spend making changes to your data in an average month?

Depending on how much data has to be altered and how complex the changes are, a single action could take hours or even days to complete. When that time is multiplied by both the number of necessary changes and the number of users you have, it soon mushrooms into a very significant figure.

 

The Real Cost

Over the past 20 years we have seen repeatedly that once the size, complexity, and importance of data reaches a certain level, the task of ensuring it is managed efficiently is often transferred from the users to highly skilled and expensive resources.

 

The Problems

Thus, certain problems arise that need to be addressed including:

  • The associated high cost to the business in both time and money
  • Reliance on skilled resources
  • Overly complex processes

 

The Solution

To tackle these problems, the deployed solution must be very efficient in terms of the cost to implement and run while significantly reducing the time to complete each change.

It should remove the dependence on more expensive skilled resources and be extremely simple to use. In 90% of cases the difficulty in making changes to data lies around complexity of the interface, the system and its governance.

 

Quadrate ERP2

Almost 20 years ago, a simple tool called Quadrate ERP2 was designed to do just one thing. Let any user make large complex changes to their Master, Operational, or Transactional data without the risk of error.

As you can imagine, the tool has evolved over the past couple of decades (it can now support all SAP modules and the latest technologies such as S/4HANA), but the focus has always been on making mass data uploads and changes as simple as possible.

Quadrate is also the only tool of its kind that allows the installation of concurrent licences on a server, which can then be shared between users anywhere in the world in a matter of minutes. This approach to licences offers significant financial savings over alternative products, as clients do not need to buy an individual licence for each and every user.

To find out more about Quadrate or to request a free trial license, please click on the below links.

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About the Author

Steve Connel

Business Development Executive at BackOffice Associates

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