Digital technology has become an essential ingredient for delivering optimal operations management in all sectors. Integrated effectively, it helps track and streamline processes, maintain data flow and manage contacts and employee records. The latest uses of technology strengthen old processes (usually through digitisation or automation) and creates new pathways to connect with customers, vendors and employees in ways only imagined not long ago. In fact, this increased efficiency in operation helps to reduce costs as well as enable the business to grow rapidly.
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Business process management, or BPM, is the practice of analysing and improving business processes. Why is this necessary? Over time, your business processes—which were likely built when you had fewer team members or before you used certain tools—may have become outdated, inefficient, or ineffective. BPM helps you analyse those processes and optimise them through tried-and-true process improvement practices.
Business software can help your small business in lots of different ways, including simplifying tasks, generating growth, saving you money and moving your staff on to more value adding activities. In such a crowded market, knowing what tools are necessary, and which ones are simply nice to have, can be tricky. Find out here what software you actually need to run your business?
Supply chain management software (SCMS) is a collection of integrated tools that maximise the efficiency of all supply chain-related processes, including planning and supply chain management. By using SCMS, businesses are able to improve their sourcing, production and logistical operations, as the tools not only help with increased product movement but also in the obtaining of data that helps to identify areas requiring attention.
ERP systems handle processes relating to supply chain, inventory, manufacturing, procurement, risk or compliance. It is designed to reduce costs, waste and manual admin and increase quality, safety and productivity.
Enjoy the highlights of the Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Industry Showcase. The event was designed to showcase some of the latest technological innovations in RAI and help connect technology providers with end users by presenting the benefits and limitations of adoption, exploring the challenges of implementation and the opportunities and capabilities within the UK.
Find out how family business Dunsters Farm planned and implemented their new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system
Find out the key steps taken to selecting, implementing and optimising an ERP system: 1. Setting objectives 2. Developing and justifying the budget 3. Creating your shopping list! 4. Buying with confidence 5. Making it work for the team 6. Maximising value for money