SAP’s ERP and other solutions have a fringe benefit that many managers do not see: they make it easier for employees and consultants to work from home. Instead of going into the office, an employee can perform a wide variety of functions from his or her home using these powerful tools.
The number of tasks that can be done from home or anywhere else using these solutions is large. For example: salespeople can file sales reports using the Sales and Distribution Module, accounts payable professionals can verify invoices, track purchase orders and select vendors using SAP MM, and the human resources manager can provide human forecasts using SAP Human Capital Management.
Managers and others no longer need to go the office to create reports and presentations. Instead all of the information they need is at their fingertips with a SAP Business Information Warehouse. A BW lets any employee access all of a company’s data at any time.
Indeed, almost all office jobs can now be done at home using laptop or desktop computers, fast internet service and enterprise solutions like those from SAP. This makes it easier than ever for companies to offer this alternative to employees. SAP’s Infrastructure Virtualization enables the installation of new functions on all of a company’s computers including those employees are using at home.
Benefits to Working from Home
There are many benefits to working from home including increased productivity and more flexible hours. Many employees now expect to be able to do at a least part of their work from home. Enterprise solutions like those from SAP can enable them to do this.
More importantly, allowing employees to work from home can reduce an employee’s expenses. Instead of opening new branches in an area the firm can simply have managers or sales people work from home. This eliminates the costs of leasing office space, utilities and furnishing the facility. It also eliminates the need to provide additional office space for employees and consultants.
A company that does not need to rent a lot of additional office space can expand into new markets and regions faster. It can also have more capital available to finance that expansion by eliminating the need for office space.
A firm can take advantage of SAP’s e-implement feature to virtually install new programs or upgrades in work at home employees’ computers without having them come to the office. This can increase productivity and employee satisfaction.
The best way for a company to see how enterprise solutions can aid the transition to working from home is to talk to a Certified SAP Consultant. Premiere SAP Consultants offers a free consultation with such a professional.