In a recent global survey of SMEs, 51% said that cost reduction and efficiency are the most important factors in their growth strategies. 64% also say they focus on transforming operations to stay ahead of their competition.

Organisations looking for a productivity boost first need to review their current allocation of resources. Key to this process is providing your ‘C’ level and line managers with analytics to evaluate their current allocation of resources as well as providing the tools to model alternatives. Business processes also need to be reviewed to ensure key staff are focusing their efforts on areas that bring the greatest returns to the business, rather than on bureaucratic functions and paperwork.

SAP Business One

SAP Business One is possibly the world’s most recognizable and successful SME Enterprise Resource Planning software solution. SAP Business One was designed as an all in one software suite for SMEs with technology that allows system expansion through the availability of over 500 extension, enhancement and industry specific applications, many developed exclusively for SAP Business One.

SAP Business One’s functionality offers companies the ability to adopt best practice, to streamline business processes, as well as to produce actionable reports and analytics, which provide greater insights into business critical information. This information empowers management to make more informed decisions based on a comprehensive understanding of business processes, to better manage business costs including resources and assets and to drive productivity across the entire organization.

One example of how SAP Business One can drive productivity is by using the SAP Business One App that empowers in field teams in sales and service, to access client and account information, as well as process sales and service transactions and access reports. Another way SAP Business One helps SME’s become more profitable, more efficient and more productive is as a result of the products intuitive user interface and ease of use, and SAP’s close attention to providing solutions to the daily activities SME’s deal with that traditionally have consumed the greatest amount of staff time capabilities such as a slick sales process, Google like searching, Microsoft Outlook integration, configurable screens and terminology, document maps and on the fly sales analysis, favorites and intuitive live dashboards.

Sage 300

Previously named Sage ACCPAC, Sage 300 is a widely used SME ERP software solution from one of the world’s most respected business software developers. Sage 300 ERP is a modular system designed for SME’s. Regarded as a best of breed system it offers companies the choice of including advanced functionality across a wide number of business processes such as service management, point of sale, ecommerce, discrete manufacturing and trust accounting.

The Sage 300 community consists of hundreds of extension, enhancement and industry specific products, many written exclusively for Sage 300, to extend the business capabilities of the core Sage 300 system. Companies investing in Sage 300 have the luxury of knowing that their system can expand out to accommodate almost any business information system need.

The inclusion of Sage CRM as part of your overall Sage 300 deployment rounds out the Sage SME system solution providing excellent mobility, sales force automation and marketing as well as unifying all divisions and departments into a singular ERP-CRM eco-system in turn supporting intelligent reporting and business intelligence capabilities.