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Staying agile in a dynamic world with an SMB solution that transforms the way you work

How has your business evolved during the past five or more years? Have you added employees? Do more of those employees need PCs to do their job? Does anybody work away from the office? Have you opened new locations, entered new markets, changed suppliers? Or expanded your product or service offering? Do you now need to comply with new regulations that didn’t exist back then? And does a significant portion of your revenue come through channels that didn’t even exist five years ago?

For almost any small and midsize business (SMB), the answer to many of these questions would be “Yes”. And this should prompt an additional question or two: Have your existing business solutions been adaptable enough to keep up with all this change? And are they flexible enough to keep on cost-effectively providing the information and tools your people need to get more control of the business, improve margins, and stimulate growth?

If not—if you’re spending more and more time and money to keep your business solutions functioning at even a basic level—maybe it’s time to consider an agile new business solution that is capable of satisfying your business requirements today and into the future. If you agree, here’s something to think about.

Microsoft Dynamics ERP for SMBs

Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions for SMBs are specifically developed to handle your daily business requirements. But they also deliver agility, the second of four key dimensions that characterize a business solution from Microsoft. (We introduced the four dimensions two weeks ago in the first installment of this five-part blog series. Check out part one and part two.)

Here are three fundamental ways that built-in agility helps you adapt Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions to address your company’s unique situation and evolving needs.

  • Industry and vertical requirements. While SMBs in all industries share general requirements and execute similar business processes, attempting to satisfy all requirements for all SMBs with a single business solution is unworkable. Each industry and vertical generates its own set of requirements, creating the critical need for different capabilities and functionality to accommodate them. A business solution designed for SMBs must be agile enough to not only support industry and vertical requirements, but also to give you an edge over competitors who don’t have this option.
  • Company-specific processes. In addition, your company operates in its own unique culture, employing methods and following rhythms that have grown organically over time. A business solution must be agile enough to accommodate these nuances instead of forcing them into a generic template.
  • Support for the way you work. You may prefer to provide access to some or all of the capabilities of your business solution via the web, on a Microsoft SharePoint portal, or through a traditional desktop application. Your business solution must be agile enough to allow you, your employees, and your business partners to work in the way that makes the best business sense.

The flexibility to extend a core set of capabilities to meet the special requirements of your market, the unique requirements of your company, and the particular way you and your people work—this is the agility built into a business solution from Microsoft.
But there’s another critical component to the agility dimension: our global network of local partners who contribute deep industry knowledge and technical expertise when and where it’s needed to tailor a business solution to meet the unique needs of your company.

Be agile: Get ahead of the curve

We know your business solution needs will change as market conditions evolve and your company matures. That’s why we’ve built agility into Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 and Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013. Like other Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions for SMBs, when they are released later this year these solutions will deliver the agility that can transform the way you and your people work.

Now is a great time to start learning more about these upcoming releases, the four key dimensions that characterize them and other business solutions from Microsoft, and some of the ways they could help you gain greater control over your business, improve your margins, and drive growth for your company. You can start by visiting the Microsoft Dynamics small business website, and by following the rest of this blog series.

In the next post, we’ll talk about the cloud and how this third of four key dimensions of a business solution from Microsoft can help you get ahead of the curve—and stay there—by using the cloud in ways that work best for your company.

We hope you’ll join us.

Ross Thorpe

Microsoft Dynamics ERP

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