It’s likely your organization depends on an ERP system to manage a variety of core processes.
The acronym ‘ERP’ can stand for its literal function but also is incorporated for a variety of other roles, such as managing customer relationships, supply chain operations and HR functions.
Some of the most common ERP hurdles we see are limited access to data and difficulty reporting, which are exacerbated because of a lack of accessibility to real time data. It becomes even more frustrating because ERPs can’t handle the unique processes of each organization, leading to time-consuming, error-prone manual data entry and exportation into spreadsheets.
And to make matters worse, once the data is finally available, it is often too old to act upon.
Now more than ever, during this global pandemic as supply chain processes are heavily disrupted, relying solely on your ERP system is not enough. For instance, SAP is important as a centralized ERP system, but isn’t flexible or agile enough to adapt to the changing pace of your business.
So where do low–code and agility tie in?
Low–code platforms can act as an agility layer on top of your ERP system.
We’ve seen our customers use Quickbase in conjunction with their ERP and legacy systems to add a layer of flexibility and get to the data they need when they need it. This combination provides greater visibility throughout their organizations, providing real-time, contextual insights and increased transparency into their operations.
Empowering those on the frontlines of your business with applications that are custom to their unique processes allows your business to overcome disruption, instead flexing and adapting through change. Low-code platforms allow you to adapt to the ever-changing needs of the market.
Our customers have integrated Quickbase with their current ERP to increase efficiency and gain visibility across all their workflows and processes.
For instance, a pump manufacturer was struggling to keep their new processes aligned with their existing ERP systems while maintaining a healthy customer experience.
The business’s corporate policy change led to a new and more complex parts sourcing process. In addition, delays and unavailable sourced parts impacted overall production, causing conflicts in being able to deliver the best customer experience.
The manufacturer needed a solution to stay organized and compliant.
The manufacturer used Quickbase to build a suite of integrated applications to manage the unique aspects of their dual-sourcing program in a way that was compliant with government security standards. The company integrated their new processes with Quickbase and their global ERP systems in order to receive end-to-end, real-time production data.
By leveraging Quickbase, they were able to standardize sourcing for consistent results. Hundreds of more parts were approved without increasing the number of workers, while gaining greater visibility into approval workflows which also lead to timely authorizations. Lastly, they benefited immensely through improved relationships and greater collaboration with their suppliers.