With every minute that ticks by, a business can make or lose money. Add up these minutes into hours, days and weeks and the importance of streamlining operations and maximising productivity becomes increasingly evident.

An integrated ERP system can effectively free up time and effort by automating key business functions in financials, operations, and human resources – allowing employees to focus on tasks that require human capital.

However, ERP may appear to be exclusively reserved corporations and there tends to be a false belief among SMBs that the software is reserved for large organisations with vast resources. The result being that many SMBs still rely on manual processes, unaware of the opportunity cost they are incurring through the time-consuming and error-prone nature of manual processes.

The opportunity cost of not implementing ERP becomes ever more evident when considering Excel spreadsheets, disparate systems, and fragmented data, all of which are commonly faced by SMBs. These inefficiencies not only drain valuable time and resources but limit the ability to make well-informed business decisions quickly and effectively.

It’s time for SMBs to consider the untapped potential that lies within the realm of ERP.

The good news is that the market has evolved to include cost-effective ERP solutions tailored to SMBs.

“Software solutions like SAP Business One are levelling the playing field and harnessing the power of automation to drive small and medium business success through an integrated solution that consolidates key business functions,” says Pedro Lopes, Group Managing Director, SEIDOR in Africa. “By automating processes, entrepreneurs can focus their energy on strategic activities that directly impact growth and profitability.”

What’s more, time previously spent on repetitive tasks, can now be redirected towards analysing market trends, nurturing customer relationships, and exploring new opportunities.

Moreover, ERP systems empower SMBs with real-time data and analytics, providing actionable insights for informed decision-making. SAP Business One, for example, allows managers to access comprehensive reports, gain visibility into supply chains, and identify bottlenecks or inefficiencies that may have gone unnoticed. This level of transparency and control allows businesses to make fast, data-driven decisions, thereby responding to market demands and staying ahead of competitors.

While cost is often a concern for SMBs, it is crucial to view ERP implementation as an investment. For starters the upfront expense can be offset by the long-term benefits of reducing operational costs, minimising errors, and optimising resource allocation. Added to this, the automation of repetitive tasks significantly reduces error and unlocks the untapped potential of employees, enhancing productivity and driving sustainable growth.

In conclusion, it’s evident that the opportunity cost of not implementing ERP for SMBs is too significant to ignore.