5 Things You Should Get from an ERP Demo

Before committing to an ERP vendor, it is essential that you insist on receiving an ERP demo in advance. Since the goal of any ERP is for it to become an essential part of your daily operations and long-term growth strategy, you want to have every confidence you’re committing to the right vendor. An ERP demo is a way to look past the stock sales pitch and get a more honest understanding of what an ERP solution and the vendor who offers it can and cannot do for your company.

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

Here are the five things you should be sure to get:

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10 Productivity Apps Every Small Business Owner should Use

As a business owner every minute of your day counts so being more productive with your time is not just crucial for you personally but for your business too, and with the latest technology advancements the past decade, there is no reason not to use technology to help you with you goal of being more productive with your time.

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Here is a list of best tools we’ve found recommended by other business owners like yourself:…

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The Business Bloom – Dissecting the Impact of Digital Software on Modern Agriculture

The paddocks, plains and orchards that make up the landscapes of our agricultural industries are not the sorts of places you’d expect to find agile, modern technology. They’re places shrouded in age-old tradition and folklore, linking us back to times passed. This is, at the very least, the lay-person’s’ perspective.

In reality, it is increasingly common to find cutting edge technology introduced into these agricultural landscapes. Traditional processes are being simplified, streamlined, and transformed into repeatable, capturable data to be managed by software programs. Corners of the sector hope that this technology could revitalise the industry, and bring with it the incentive for innovation.…

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Choosing a CRM That is Best Tailored to Your Needs

Small to medium businesses often do not have the need to use the most robust and expensive CRM tools. Nevertheless, even if you have just decided to become an entrepreneur, having one can help you keep track of your client relationships, attract new leads, boost sales and help with business process automation.

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Of importance is for you to identify your business needs before going out in search of a CRM tool and choose one that can meet such. Here are some important features to consider when choosing a CRM that is best tailored to your needs.

1. Ease of use

It is important that everyone in your team learns how to use the system efficiently.…

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Choosing a Domain Name that Works for You and Google

If your business is just starting out or going through a radical rebrand, you’ll be only to aware of the importance of choosing a domain name that works for both internet users, and search engines. This balance isn’t always easy to achieve. Humans respond better to domains that are short, memorable and unique, while search engines respond to domains that are semantically relevant to your service and industry.

Domain name

Whether through social media or search, the Web is where a huge number of prospective customers will first discover your business. In order to make the most of the opportunities afforded to you by these platforms, businesses must appeal to user psyche, while also supplying search engines with the topic relevancy needed rank highly in search engine results.…

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Ways To Improve The Cyber Security For Your Small Business

Owning a small business provides many perks, but unfortunately there is one major pitfall when it comes to being a small business owner and that is being vulnerable to a cyber attack. Small businesses can be easy targets for cyber attacks as many small businesses simply don’t have the resources and money to put into a huge IT team to ensure that all of their important business and client information and documents is secure.

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With a little training and education though, you can make yourself and your business less vulnerable to a cyber attack. Here are a few ways to improve the cyber security for your small business.…

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Top Tips for Gathering Actionable Data for Your Business

Understanding your customer base is one of the key elements of running a successful business; but that can be a much more difficult prospect than it sounds at first brush. How do you gather quantitative data about potential customers? How can you analyze it for actionable information? How do you deploy those suggestions in your business framework?

Actionable data analytics

All of these questions are big ones for businesses which are trying to be more data forward. But fortunately, there are plenty of systematic ways to answer these questions. For our purposes, we’ll be elaborating on some of the best ways to collect actionable data for your business.…

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5 Tools to Protect Your Small Business

Small-business owners are always fighting the clock. But time management isn’t just essential to getting more done. Saving extra minutes here and there can be the difference between stagnation and business growth. That’s why I’ve been pushing my team to build resources that make business owners’ lives easier.

Using tools for small business

Last fall, they built a tool I’m proud of. It’s called Policy Buddy and it tells you in two minutes what type of insurance your business needs. The best part is that, in researching Policy Buddy, my team came across a handful of other great tools every small-business owner should know about.

Here are a few of my favorites.…

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Why Fleet Management is Important for Business Owners

Any business that uses vehicles within their service can make use of fleet management. Notably, fleet management software is readily available and an important tool for business owners, helping to use real data to make informed decisions about their drivers and vehicles that will directly impact the success of their business.

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What is fleet management?

Fleet management is used to describe a number of ways to assessing usage of your fleet of vehicles. Typically, this is examined to improve the effectiveness of a businesses spend for cost savings. It can encompass a lot of areas, including fuel efficiency and driver behaviour among others, of which different fleet management software will let you track in various combinations.…

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Could Mobile Phones Lead The Rise of The Cashless Economy in Africa?

The world is moving towards a global economy that deals less with paper and more digitalized data. Electronic payments have made substantial inroads among consumers in some developed countries, and many of these markets have been building the infrastructure for cashless transactions for a long time. However, even in the most cashless developed countries, such as the Netherlands, cash is still used in 40% of all consumer transactions.

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Trends in Africa

Africa is already leading the world in the use of mobile money, and its growth is accelerating with Internet penetration rising rapidly through mobile technology. In countries such as Kenya and Uganda, mobile-money accounts have become much more widespread than bank accounts.

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