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EBusiness Suites – Do You Need One?

April 26, 2010 By: lilybird Category: Software

Does your business need an ebusiness suite to improve the producitivity of your employees? More and more companies nowadays feel that they do, and that is a good decision. The logic is clear – by being able to do many tasks within a single application then a lot of time is saved. It is no exaggeration to say that productivity can improve by 50%.

Let’s first be clear on what an ebusiness suite is and what it is not. It is not a standard word processor / spreadsheet type software package. It consists of a collection of enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management, and supply-chain management computer applications. Literally, one ebusiness suite can look after all of your business processes.

There is no better way to centralize your operations, whether they be operational, strategic or financial. File incompatibility issues, endless copying and pasting, and desktops filled with program icons are instantly made a thing of the past.

Uploading files and documents from your existing programs / systems into an ebusiness suite is no problem, as they are programmed to work with a whole range of different types of files. Especially with the high-end products, special care is taken to ensure that new users can get themselves up and running as quickly and as smoothly as possible.

An ebusiness suite will, of course, come with a full instruction manual and online support. After the initial few days spent learning the basics, it is easy enough to pick the rest up as you go along, as they are specifically designed to be user friendly. Remember that the interface for each of the applications within the ebusiness suite will be similar, so once you know how to use one of them, learning about the others is not at all difficult.

As far as cost is concerned, as with everything in life, you get what you pay for. An ebusiness suite will probably cost you more than what you have paid for software packages before, but it is money well spent. You should focus on the quantity and quality of the features included, and how they compare to the needs of your business, above all else. Also, if you add up the cost of the individual business applications that you have bought in the past, you will no doubt find that the total is a lot more than an ebusiness suite.

They range in price from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. The most expensive ones are not always the best, but they do tend to be. First decide what your budget is and then do some general research to find some names of ebusiness suites. Once you have a list of names, look for specific reviews and testimonials on each of them.

You can also visit the website of the maker of an ebusiness suite and see if they have a trial version that you can download. You should definitely do this if you have the option to as you can then see first-hand if it is suitable for your business. With the 7 to 30 days that demo versions last for, you will have plenty of time to assess whether a particular ebusiness suite meets the demands of your business.

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