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Feb. 16, 2023

How ERP Helps Improve the Accuracy of Financial Data and Reporting

Yossi Nissan

CMO
How ERP Helps Improve the Accuracy of Financial Data and Reporting

Business leaders need accurate financial data to make the right organizational decisions. Accuracy is critical in finance services, as inaccurate financial data can significantly impact your business, clients, regulators, and shareholders. In recent years, we've seen extraordinary financial technology advancements, with ERP systems being the most vital of late.

Despite the increasing emphasis on the importance of business management technology, many companies use outdated, cumbersome, on-site financial systems that hinder productivity and often increase error rates because employees try to make up for the lost time. As a result, some forward-thinking companies are exploring secure and innovative cloud-based ERP solutions. Many companies still need help generating updated, accurate reports. The lack often leads to missed opportunities and poor decision-making. 

Manual reporting often results in errors or inaccurate data. At best, the reports will be out of date and partially accurate. Fortunately, a modern ERP system can help you streamline your business reporting, automate regulation compliance, integrate the various business units within your organization, simplify workflows, improve communication, and provide usable data and valuable insights. 

Poor data quality often leads to increased operational costs, with time and resources spent detecting and correcting errors, inefficient decision-making, lowered customer satisfaction, and inability to meet data compliance requirements.

How Does an ERP System Improve Financial Data Accuracy?

An ERP system collects all of the company's financial data in one place, reducing the need to transfer, share, and compile data across systems that don't communicate with one another, thereby decreasing opportunities for error. An ERP can transform raw financial data into standard financial statements, balance sheets, and ledgers, allowing you to track profits and analyze future expenses and revenues in real-time. 

A scalable ERP finance module usually includes components such as Cash Management, Payment Processing Systems, Accounts Payable & Receivable, General Ledger, and Financial Analytics, in addition to other easily customizable features and capabilities. 

An ERP unifies all financial data, regardless of location, and automatically connects it to corresponding areas according to established data dependencies. When all financial processes are correlated in real time, the organization leans on a single, unified, and accurate source of truth accessible to all teams and stakeholders. 

Forming A Sustainable Reporting Process

Overwhelming amounts of enterprise data characterize today's business environment. Organizations must create a sustainable reporting process based on accurate, consistent, and well-defined data for driving growth and profitability. ERP software offers an effective and efficient financial management solution that helps businesses make smarter decisions. 

ERP financial reporting solutions streamline the entire financial reporting cycle, provide instant visibility into accounting, budgeting, sales, billing, and order management, and deliver thorough, timely, and highly customizable reports, transforming data and analysis into actionable insights. 

While standalone accounting software provides basic financial reporting features like income, cash flow, and balance sheets, an ERP system offers a holistic report suite that enhances financial data visibility, providing ledgers, trial balances, and quarterly financial statements. An ERP system provides organizations with a complete overview of business functions. It allows them to easily generate cashflow projections based on order statuses, inventory and accounts receivable connected to the orders pipeline.  

ERP System Features That Can Help Improve Financial Reporting:

Save Resources

Fully integrated ERP systems save time and money by eliminating the need for additional systems' maintenance and upgrades, minimizing manual processes and errors, and streamlining cross-referencing and re-entering data into multiple systems.

Real-Time Insights

An ERP system provides access to real-time critical data, such as accounting, billing, budgeting, sales, financial reporting, and order management. You can export data to various formats and share externally, or if your ERP solution supports scalability and facilitates an open API, you can easily connect the data to external analysis tools.

Role-Based Reports

Role-based reporting ensures that each role in your organization is authorized to extract detailed, pinpointed information relevant to their business function, facilitating better resource allocation and time management.

Variance Management

An ERP system can help companies determine the exact cause of cost variances, allowing them to resolve issues quickly before they cut into profits. Companies can set new standards and effortlessly maintain favorable conditions if costs are lower than anticipated.

Streamline Asset Management

Adept Asset management can save your company millions of dollars a year. ERP software gives you better control and visibility over your assets, so you can make better decisions about what your company needs. It also offers customized tracking and reporting on depreciating and yielding assets to help you determine an asset's value. 

At Priority, we understand that each business has different needs and goals. We help our clients reach those goals by providing customized solutions and services based on their unique requirements. Our ERP solutions help companies maximize efficiency and improve profitability by allowing for greater visibility into financial data.

The Author

Yossi Nissan

CMO

Yossi has been spearheading Priority's worldwide marketing efforts since 2021, leveraging his extensive 18-year background in marketing within the B2B technology sector. His professional journey started at Motorola Solutions, where he assumed multiple roles, eventually rising to the position of Vice President of Global Marketing at RADWIN. He is academically grounded with a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Tel Aviv University and an Executive MBA from Bar-Ilan University.