What is Business Management Software?

Danielle Lobo

Business management software is an all-in-one system used to manage all areas of a business. It is a widely used term and has been applied to various different types of software systems, however, a true business management system will be one that streamlines and manages most, if not all, aspects of business operations as an end-to-end solution. For this reason, it is often used interchangeably with the term "ERP software".

ERP stands for enterprise resource planning and again encompasses an all-in-one system to manage all business departments. Both ERP and business management software are designed to accomplish a variety of tasks across an organization such as:

  • Accounting
  • Inventory management
  • Customer relationship management
  • Warehouse management
  • Purchasing
  • eCommerce integration
  • Sales
  • Invoicing
  • Service
  • More c

What is Business Management Software used for?

One of the main benefits of business management software is that you only need one system to handle all your business needs. This eliminates the need for double entry of data and simplifies the management of the system. Any information updated in the software will be reflected across all modules and through to any 3rd party applications, and all information is available in real-time.  This results in better information management and reporting, fewer entry errors and more accurate data.

Do you need a Business Management System?

Business Management Software is best suited for growing businesses, some are specifically designed for certain industries or business processes. For example if your business deals with lot tracked items, you’ll need a system that has lot tracking functionality and not all systems are built the same.

Also, if you’re using an introductory system like QuickBooks, and other manual actions for managing your business, you’ll probably realizing that it won’t last long. You will be surprised by the return on investment with business management software. You save time and money and be able to provide your customers with a better experience.

How to find the right Business Management System

Becuase of the extensive nature of such systems the process of choosing and implementing one that best fits your needs is a large commitment.  It involves investing the appropriate amount of resources (including time and money) into evaluating vendors and making a decision.  Business management software can be deployed both as a hosted (cloud) and on-premises solution with some vendors providing both options.

Since the term business management software is used so arbitrarily, it is important to do your research into what a proper business management system will include, how much a system will cost and how to choose the best one for your business. Keep in mind that there are tiers, or ranges, of software offerings best suited for certain businesses based on their transaction volume, functional requirements and growth predictions.