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Five questions with Ian Mowbray, Sage Product Specialist at Datel: “Automation frees up your employees’ time”

On the back of Sage Synergy - an event dedicated to helping businesses align their people and processes hosted by Sage and Datel - Sage Product Specialist Ian Mowbray answers five questions about the unique benefits of Sage X3 Enterprise Management and explains why it’s a platform with something for every business.

1) How can businesses benefit from Sage X3 Enterprise Management?

There’s really any number of ways businesses can benefit from Sage X3 Enterprise Management. But for most, efficiency, scalability, insight and cost-effectiveness tend to drive platform adoption.

Efficiency means more productivity with less resources. The real-world application of Sage X3 Enterprise Management's automation frees up your employees’ time, which releases resources to be invested elsewhere. Where processes do require human input, they simply don’t require as much time because they’re built around best-practice.

Scalability might be of particular interest to businesses looking to grow in the future. They might not feel as though they require the platform just yet, but by investing in now they’re preparing for that growth. Sage X3 Enterprise Management is designed to grow with them in whatever they do and wherever they go.

Insight and cost-effectiveness drive platform adoption, too. Insight gives businesses that visibility whenever they need it - and cost-effectiveness could be described as a culmination of all those elements. You reduce your costs with more intelligent decision making, process optimisation and automation.

It becomes a cost-effective solution that ultimately pays for itself, and more.

2) What do you think Sage X3 Enterprise Management offers that other ERP platforms don’t?

A Total Economic Impact (TEI) study by Forrester in 2016 highlighted that Sage X3 Enterprise Management users can expect an ROI of 177%, with total benefits of £1.2 million from cost savings over 3 years.

That includes other benefits demonstrated in studies by IDG Global and Aberdeen Group, including a 16% reduction in admin costs and 73% increased productivity. The average time to see return on your initial investment in Sage X3 Enterprise Management is 5 months, which is incredibly quick.

Sage X3 Enterprise Management also gives its users the power to amend the platform themselves. Not every system change requires an expert consultant. It’s extendable and configurable and extensive support for integration with other applications. It all comes back to simplicity and flexibility.

3) What makes Sage X3 Enterprise Management so well-suited to multi-national organisations?

One word: simplicity. Sage X3 Enterprise Management is a single-folder system. It’s one solution and one database for every entity in your organisation - whether that’s multiple branches in one country or multiple companies spanning several continents.

And if you’re the latter, Sage provides legislation packs and frameworks which include compliance for that territory - all written and maintained by Sage in that region. It’s really where Sage's strengths as an international solutions provider come into play, and it really shows in Sage X3 Enterprise Management.

4) Can smaller businesses benefit from Sage X3 Enterprise Management?

Absolutely, and it all goes back to efficiency to make gains in those four key areas. Those areas might vary subtly from business to business, but they’re fundamentally wanting to do more with less.

Every business wants to expand its revenue streams and generate more revenue while doing it as efficiently as possible - more revenue, while minimising the number of people it takes to generate that revenue. They might want a 20% increase in revenue in the next 3 years - but every business wouldn’t necessarily want the typically associated increase in staff, either. Sage X3 Enterprise Management can help businesses do that.

Scalability is another key factor for smaller businesses. You might run a smaller business now - but if you have plans to pursue growth and expand, having that bedrock in place before that can help streamline and accelerate that growth.

And while Sage X3 Enterprise Management is designed for multiple companies across globe, your business may have multiple offices throughout the UK. Sage X3’s core functionality plays into that multi-entity management on a national and multinational scale.

5) For organisations already using a business management solution, what would drive them to adopt Sage X3 Enterprise Management?

Growth is often one of the key drivers for moving to Sage X3 Enterprise Management. You’re employing more staff or opening more branches or trading entities, for example. Companies in this situation that grow may have grown their IT systems over time, too - often bolting on additional systems to help manage their expansion.

A growing company can mean new departments, new people, new products and new processes - and all the corresponding information has to be managed and processed. But using multiple systems can cause its own set of problems if they’re not integrated - or weren’t built with connectivity in mind.

When information is changed within one system, it’s not automatically updated in another. That means you have to change that same information in other systems. People might forget or not have immediate access to those systems, so it just doesn’t happen. Things get out of sync.

Improved insight is another reason people might move to a platform like Sage X3 Enterprise Management . With multiple systems, you have to pull all that information from different methods - which is followed by the question: what do you do when that information doesn’t match up?

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