Steel and metals service centers, fabricators and others in the industry struggle with challenging operations—from estimating projects to forecasting inventory needs to completing customer projects on time and in budget. Managing all the moving parts of a complex business with disparate specialty software only adds to the struggle. Too many systems lead to too many problems.
Your workers are often in charge of different areas of operations, each monitoring different types of data. Some managers keep an eye on manufacturing operations, for example, while others follow inventory movements, handle customer needs, or oversee financial operations. At first, it seems to make sense that each of these important areas would need specialty software. However, what ends up happening is you create silos of data, leading to three huge problems:
- Delays: Preparing estimates or forecasting future revenues requires quick access to reliable data. The same data locked up in a software program or email on the manager’s desk. Delays in getting data could lead to poor decision making and frustrate customers.
- Inaccuracies: Redundant data entry between business systems opens the door to mistakes. Lost or erroneous data will lead to poor planning and decision making. Inaccurate data can lead to bigger problems down the road.
- Missed opportunities: If you can’t get to accurate data quickly, you risk losing out on opportunities with both new customers and existing ones. In this fast-paced marketplace, estimate deadlines can be short and there is no lack of competitors ready to take your place.
Gain Control and Insight Over Operations With RealSTEEL
Replace disparate systems with an all-in-one ERP solution for the steel and metals industry – RealSTEEL. This integrated system offers the functionality steel and metal service centers, fabricators and other businesses need to remain productive and profitable right now.
RealSTEEL centralizes core business data, making it easier for managers to monitor estimating, forecast inventory or revenues, and satisfy customer demands. Data is entered into RealSTEEL once and is easily shared within this comprehensive solution, avoiding the need for redundant data entry. You can find data quickly and be confident in data integrity across operations.
Don’t let business systems complicate things even further. Deploy a strong, integrated solution like RealSTEEL to simplify it all. Contact us anytime for more information about gaining control and insight over core business data with RealSTEEL.
By The Wolcott Group, providers of RealSTEEL, a ‘real world’ solution for the steel and metals industry.