How Metals Processors Keep Remote Workers Productive with Cloud ERP

Many metals processors, especially right now, have remote workers either occasionally or full-time. This can include field-based sales, managers of multiple facilities, and external processing partners. How do you ensure these workers have the information they need to be productive and successful no matter when or where they need to work?

A cloud-based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution enables easy, secure access to the data-driven insights employees need to make decisions and take action any time, any place—and on any device.

With even more people working remotely than usual, cloud ERP platforms make it possible to keep the entire workforce connected, engaged and productive, regardless of location. Older on-premises systems aren’t designed for anytime and anywhere access. Only the cloud provides full access to authorized users providing them with important information and capabilities such as finance, CRM, inventory management, and more.

Deliver Decision-Driving Data

Your employees have to make decisions that are critical to profitability and customer satisfaction on a daily basis. From purchasing the right amount of inventory to scheduling machine operators, people make better decisions when they have complete and current data from all corners of the operation.

It’s critical to deliver the right data to the right workers at the right time so decisions can be made based on accurate, real-time information. This is important for all key functional areas of your business but particularly remote staff who may find it more difficult to be productive. Accessing data remotely with a solution that support mobility means that decisions and actions are not delayed.

Centralize Data for End-to-End Visibility

Many businesses use cloud-based ERP as a bridge to centralize data across systems and to augment existing software systems. By integrating data from legacy systems while you implement new cloud-based functionality, you get the best of both worlds. And the cloud is not all or nothing. You can flexibly add functions over time, starting with key functional areas and expanding as needed. For example, you can add remote workers today and other on-site staffers later.

More Benefits of Cloud ERP for Metals Processors

Reporting is a major requirement of every metals processor and it becomes much more meaningful with unified, centralized data in the cloud. You can deliver the relevant KPIs and real-time insights decision makers need both in and out of the office, including:

  • Personalized, role-specific information on inventory, orders, scheduling, shipping delivered through user-friendly dashboards
  • Visibility into real-time events on the shop floor, including downtime, operator errors, and materials
  • A full suite of analytical tools providing insight into details and trends

Yet another unique benefit of the cloud is the flexibility it provides in terms of implementation over time, providing modernization where and when you need it most. Today’s subscription-based licensing means you only pay for what you use, eliminating upfront costs for software, maintenance, servers, and more.

Cloud ERP gives you the freedom to scale your solution at any time for the number of users and the functionality you actually need. This helps keep costs more predictable and manageable over time and allows you to implement at your own pace.