What is ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) and Why is It Important?

Enterprise resource planning is defined as the ability to deliver an integrated suite of business applications. ERP tools share a common process and data model, covering broad and deep operational end-to-end processes, such as those found in finance, HR, distribution, manufacturing, service and the supply chain. ERP uses the latest technologies such as machine learning and artificial intelligence to provide intelligence, visibility, and efficiency across every aspect of a business. ERP comprises of 

  • Purchasing
  • Human resources
  • Development
  • CRM
  • Finance Accounting
  • Project Management

Different Types of  Enterprise Resource Planning

 It’s very difficult to classify the category of ERP. ERP can be grouped by functional levels, business size, and deployment. To simplify the types, ERP can be grouped as follows:

  1. Generalist ERP
  2. Open-Source ERP
  3. Vertical ERP
  4. Small Business ERP

Benefits of Enterprise Resource Planning

Higher productivity:- It will help you to streamline and automate your core business processes to help everyone in your organization do more with fewer resources.

Better insights:- ESP will eliminate information silos, gain a single source of truth, and get fast answers to mission-critical business questions.

Accelerate the reporting:- It will provide you Fast-track business, financial reporting and easily share results. Also, it will act on insights and improves performance in real-time.

Lower risk:– It will maximize business visibility and control. While it will also ensure compliance with regulatory requirements, predict and prevent risk.

Simpler IT:- By using integrated ERP applications ESP share a database so that you can simplify IT and give everyone an easier way to work.

Improved agility:- It will provide efficient operations and ready to access real-time data. You can quickly identify and react to new opportunities.

Features of Enterprise resource planning

Feature of ERP (Point Of sale)

  • Billing and order processing
  • Sales monitoring and reporting
  • Inventory and stock management
  • Cross channel returns management
  • Customer relationship and experience
  • Employee management
  • Loyalty programs and gift cards

Feature of ERP (Subscriptions)

  • Well  designed Subscriptions Management Module
  • Online payment Support

Feature of ERP (Multiple Stores)

  • Creating multiple stores under one brand
  • Assigning stores to an employee

Features of ERP (INVOICING)

It generates automated sales invoices including calculating sales tax, finance charges, and discounts based on payment terms-either on a one-time or on a recurring basis.

  • Custom tax rate per products
  • Select Tax Type for invoices
  • Delivery Note
  • Proforma Invoice
  • Custom discount product per products
  • Integrated stock manager
  • Get online payment with unique invoice link
  • Decent invoice printing template.

Features of ERP (Quotations)

Quotations mean a standard process to invite suppliers into bidding on products or services and are often referred to as a request for quotation. It involves more than an item’s price and information such as quality, payment terms, and contract length are also included. 

  • Send Quotes with the proposal as Email
  • Convert quotes to invoices

Features ERP (Purchase Orders)

A purchase order system helps you reduce costs and improve vendor relationships by automating and centrally managing your global purchasing processes. Such as:-

  • Automatic Creation of Purchase Orders
  • Multilevel Approval
  • Partial and Consolidated Receipts and Vouchers
  • Integrated to Inventory Manager

Features ERP (Inventory Management)

It tracks the payments and flow of finances into your Accounts. Inventory management helps you avoid mistakes and take quick decisions. It enables the most efficient stocking methods for your inventory and helps improve all the internal operations, including:-

  • Track Stock worth category wise
  • Manage Product WareHouses
  • Manage products with live stock status
  • Auto Email/SMS Alert for low stock
  • Product variations – like color size

Features ERP (Customer Management)

  • Contact Management
  • Sales Team and Customer Opportunity Management
  • Lead Management for Determining High-Quality Leads
  • Reports and Dashboards
  • Sales Analytics.
  • Mobile CRM
  • Sales Force Automation
  • Sales Forecasting.

Features ERP (Supplier management)

Supplier management is a process that ensures that value is received for the money that an organization spends with its suppliers. It will makes sure that several activities occur like

  • Get Record Purchase orders
  • Payment record to supplier

Features ERP (Accounts)

Sharpen the company’s competitive edge through flexible, comprehensive and auditable accounting controls and real-time reporting.

  • Payment for invoice will reflected
  • Sales & Purchase is integrated to accounts

Features ERP (Transactions)

You can manage cheques easily, generate cash/cheque deposit slips and track them. Like you will get

  • All Payment activities record
  • Make Custom transactions

Features ERP (Data & Reports)

ERP offers analytical and shrewd reports relating to manufacturing accounting across the enterprise. Analytics and reports also help manufacturing businesses to implement some effective strategies for improving business efficiency such as

  • Company Complete Data & Reports
  • Accounts Statements
  • Income
  • Expenses
  • Sales & Purchase TAX Statement

Features ERP (HRM)

HRM maintains a complete employee database including contact information, salary details, attendance, performance evaluation and promotion of all employees. It refers to the systems and processes at the intersection between human resource management and information technology. Information are like

  • Employee Payroll
  • Employee Attendance, Holidays
  • Employee Salary
  • Employee Salary History & Increment

Features ERP (Project Manager)

Project management consists of a suite of applications around project portfolio management. It includes functionality for project costing and project resource management. This is useful and easy to use project management module is included with options like view and comment by Customer.

Features ERP (Task Manager)  

The task management system should be integrated with other computer programs such as accounting software, customer relationship management, and human resources (HR) management system and other software solutions that are used for running your business.  By this Business owner/manager can assign tasks to employees

  • Planning and scheduling
  • Assignment
  • Notification
  • Prioritization
  • Centrally controlled user permissions

Other Services of ERP

ERP is also providing SMS Integration, reCaptcha, Short invoice URL in SMS, Notes, and Documents. You can provide an invoice directly to your customer via mail. It is providing different types of services like:-

  • Multiple Payment Gateways
  • Mobile Friendly
  • Editable Email Templates
  • Backup systems

Requirements of ERP

  1. Files included : HTML, CSS, PHP, SQL
  2. Software framework: CodeIgniter
  3. Software version : PHP 7.x, MySQL 5.x
  4. Software updates version: Free
  5. Server: Cloud Server

Benefits of Using CRM

 There are so many reasons to use CRM software.CRM can be set up for insights, automation, integration, visibility, accessibility, and collaboration. It will result is increased productivity and more efficiency in your business.

Advantages of CRM software:

Well organized customer profiling

Customer profiling is a way to organize customers into specific groups that possess similar goals or characteristics. A customer profile can be based on a number of identifiers such as geography, age, gender, buying pattern or any custom rules. It will allow organizations to target products, services and communications in a consistent manner that resonates to a group of customers.

Boost sales opportunities 

If you have access to crucial information then it will empower you to enhance your strategies. It qualified leads and converts promising prospects to make sure you are spending time on valuable leads. You have to make the right approach at the right time when upselling or cross-selling. You can re-engage the customers by reaching out proactively.

Sales Forecasting

Sales forecasting is a process of estimating future sales. You can improve your forecasting through an efficient and transparent sales pipeline which will show you the tasks and deals that are incoming and going out. It will also help you to make changes to ensure your business goals are achieved.

Sales and marketing

Sales and marketing will improve your overall customer experience by sharing information about contacts, customer insights, and deals. Where marketing teams can help your sales team to increase their sales, the sales teams can empower marketing teams in their marketing strategies.

Monitoring social posts. 

You can manage the social media channels in a single platform which makes it easy to respond when a customer reaches out to you. You should know the sentiments of the customers and improve yourself for betterment. Further, you have to resolve and address the rants and issues thrown by your customers to enhance their experience.

Increase the rate of data collection. 

Mobile tools are part of your mobile CRM strategy that enables you to quickly gather and save data. You have to stay updated with real-time syncing. While the sales and marketing teams can respond immediately and campaigns at any time, anywhere.

What is CRM Software

Customer relationship management (CRM) is a technology that is used for managing the company’s relationships and interactions with customers and potential customers.  The aim of CRM is to improve business relationships.

CRM software is commonly used to manage a business-customer relationship. While it is also used in the same way to manage business contacts, employees, clients, contract wins and sales leads.

Features of CRM

  1. Contact management
  2. Account management
  3. Appointment management
  4. Lead Management
  5. Sales Process Automation
  6. Campaign Management
  7. Customer Segmentation
  8. Service Automation

Contact Management:-  It helps businesses to collect and organize customer data efficiently. It is used to track leads as it progresses through the sales pipeline and make the first purchase. Also, It manages customer profiles, relationships and communication history. CRM is used to give a complete picture of all customers.

Account Management:- It is used to capture and organize company or household information and manages the relationship.

Lead Management:– When the business does not nurture contacts or accounts properly, it will lose selling opportunity. Lead Management enables businesses to manage and monitor sales funnel and provides necessary info to complete the sales process.

Appointment management:- If any of the customers are trying to fix an appointment with you then CRM will automatically fix an appointment and a lot a representative towards the customers. 

Sales Process Automation:- This automation is one of the most important CRM features which automates and streamlines various sales functionalities to standardize business processes. Basically It is used to reduce human error and makes sales cycle shorter and improves lead to customer conversion ratio.

Campaign Management:- It plays an important role in any business. A marketing campaign is a very first step to reach potential customers with products and services. It will reduce campaign cost, analyzes campaign data and forecasts future marketing strategy.

Customer Segmentation:- Without proper customer segmentation, campaigning will never give you expected results So you need proper customer segmentation before executing any campaign. CRM is used to capture and analyze customer data coming from various sources. Further which divides customers into groups that share similar characteristics.

Service Automation:-Poor customer service is the main reason behind customer attrition. As per our research, 65% of consumers switch brands because of poor service.

How To Use CRM?

Login CRM  by using your Username & Password.

Dashboard:- After that Go on Dashboard, From where you can check your customers summary, SMS Credit, Campaign and Subscription. 

Features of Different types of tabs on CRM are described below:-

Add Customer:- Every Time when a customer will visit you have to Add Customer by using:-

  • Add Customer tab
  • Fill the Mobile Number
  • Enter the data of customer
  • Next Time just enter the number and all data will be fetched.
  • Don’t forget to enter if a customer purchase or just inquiry

Customer Tab:- In Customer Tab, you can view all customers, edit customers, send a message individually, check transactions of the customer and delete the customer.

  • Import Customer:- Download sample CSV file and import your customer data 
  • Export Customer:- You can download your customer data in CSV, excel, pdf and print data
  • Customer Group:- You can create multiple customer groups like prime customers etc. 

Campaign Tab:-  

  • Ad Campaign – You can create multiple campaigns for sending SMS in bulk
  • All Campaign – It will show All Campaign so that you can edit the campaign, delete campaign or run campaign immediately.

Loyalty Points Tab:-

It contains loyalty, view loyalty points, and loyalty settings.

  • Loyalty Settings:- You can set up your loyalty program and you can set 1 loyalty point = __ Rupees.
  • Loyalty:-You can send SMS individually.
  • Loyalty points:- You can check your customer Points by using this tab.

Birthday & Anniversary:-

By using Birthday you can view all customer birthday If Customer data have a birthday than auto-send birthday wishes or you can send birthday wishes.

Manually This same thing happens with the Anniversary section.

Whatsapp:- 
By using Whatsapp message you can send WhatsApp message to any customer or you can send WhatsApp message in bulk

Note – Whatsapp can take time to set up after installation.

Regain Lost Business:- 

It will show data that the customer  has not visited your store for a long time. By using this section you can check customer visit date or you can send SMS individually or in bulk using the campaign section.

Feedback Section:–

It shows your customer feedback and it depends on what you set in feedback settings. If you set feedback on the first visit then feedback SMS will be sent to the customer only in the first visit but If you set feedback on every time than the Customer will get feedback link every time.

SMS Credit:-

You can check your SMS credit or send the request to increase the limit.

Service:-
You can add your store or business services that you want to provide to your customers. You can check all services from CRM.

Packages:-
You can create your package by using add package and You can set multiple services inside one package and with multiple quantities.

Sell Package:– You can sell your package from here.

All Package:– From here You can view all your packages

Redeem Package:– Once you sell the package to any customer than you can ask for the mobile number once you enter customer’s mobile number than customer get OTP after entering OTP – Redeem packages

Packages Report:– Check Package all reports

Settings

  • Manage Profile
  • Create/Manage Sub User
  • Create/ Manage Roles (Sub User’s)
  • Check Transaction Invoices
  • setup feedback settings
  •  Manage SMS Content

Trends That Ruled Web Development Domain This Year

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The Growing web world has almost 2 Billion websites and less than 200 million active websites to date. In this list, hundreds of thousands of new websites are added to make more tough competition every day. For making your website attractive you need to implement innovative ideas and follow development trends.

 Web developers keep future trends in mind while developing an enterprise-grade website. These are the most precise web development trends this year.

Voice Search Optimization

Nowadays Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant have started replacing text-based search functionality. Voice search has become a major trend BY influencing major search engines worldwide. As in the future, we will see development in voice search optimization.

When it comes to the web development domain then the voice search feature can enhance the mobile responsiveness of your business website. According to Google’s research, around 20 percent of mobile searches are based on voice.

Static Website Generators

If there is a requirement of developing a static website with simple texts then web developers use static website generators. They enable them to create static websites with user-friendly functionality such as faster loading, better security, and effective traffic management. It’s not easy to make static websites by using these generators.

These types of websites are less interactive but as the technology evolves, the static website generators will also improve to provide a rich and better user experience in static websites. 

Illustration

For building a website, both web design and development are playing an equal role.  Illustrations are actually designed concepts for making websites more user-friendly and interactive. Web developers stay updated with the design trend.

Illustrations can convey the message more effectively and minimize the use of text and also makes your website more appealing and interesting. It is the most important web development and design trends these days.

 Accelerated Mobile Pages

The responsive web design has started when Google has started giving more importance to mobile-friendly websites. The google-sponsored open-source project has gained ground with the support of Bing, Pinterest, and Twitter. 

 Accelerated Mobile Pages is designed to enhance the overall performance of web content and ads. While it also improves website speed and user experience and works seamlessly.   

Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is one of the most important web development trends because of the growing incidences of data breaches and other cybercrimes. This is very important to protect the data especially for IT professionals and entrepreneurs alike. Most of the organizations give the top priority to cybersecurity.

Securing corporate data is a difficult task but we can expect significant development on this front in a short time. 

Javascript

JavaScript frameworks is a preferred choice for web developers. It facilitates developers to build clean, robust, and more responsive websites because of the closures and callbacks features of this reliable framework. JavaScript-based frameworks or platforms are going to drive web development.

Browser Extensions 

Google Chrome extensions is in demand these days. The extensions are used to make your life easier. As people have started considering browser extensions as a threat to their privacy and these extensions can read a lot of online activities of the user with the help of various permissions. 

Single Page Applications

Facebook, Gmail, and Github are the best examples of Single-Page Applications. It is used to eliminate the requirement of reloading the web page when in use by loading all the content through JavaScript. They used to work inside the browser and show natural behavior. Users like it because SPAs do not need additional waiting time, and directly render the web pages in the user’s browser.

Facts About Digital Marketing: You Should Aware of

Digital marketing is transforming the way  of marketing to reach and engage the customers. All the digital marketing tactics are helping businesses to reach their target market and influence conversions. If we talk about old marketing channels then it has enormous barriers to entry. While every single business can use digital marketing to grow their business.​​​​​​​

Digital marketing is an indispensable business strategy in the contemporary world. It has become so ubiquitous to the point that it has been embedded in the fabric of our daily lives. Digital platforms are associated with almost marketing schemes these days. All the ads that we see on social media and search engines, videos, and blogs are all components of digital marketing. All these things have significantly changed the way businesses compete and find success nowadays.

Why You Should Choose Digital Marketing

Digital marketing is a way to target the audience you want. It is a way to reach the targeted audience in a cost-effective and measurable way. There are so many advantages to increase brand loyalty and drive online sales.

The Global reach of customers 

This is a way to reach your customers globally and if you are having a responsive website then it will definitely allow you to find new markets and trade globally for only a small investment.

Available in Pocket-Friendly Budget 

A digital marketing process is properly planned and also a well-targeted digital marketing campaign can reach the right customers at a much lower cost. This is quite cheap than traditional marketing methods.

Measurable results of your campaign

Digital marketing is the best way to measure online marketing with web analytics and other online metric tools. It makes easier to establish an effective campaign. You can obtain detailed information about your customers. How they use your website or respond to your advertising.

It will improve conversion rates 

Having a website will keep your customers are only ever a few clicks away from making a purchase. Unlike other media which require people to get up and make a phone call, or go to a shop, digital marketing can be seamless and immediate.

The marketplace has gotten progressively increasingly computerized as innovation keeps on developing. The advantages of digital marketing are turning out to be progressively common consistently. An ever-increasing number of shoppers are inquiring about and purchasing items on the web. As per Forbes, 82% of customers lead explore on the web. Furthermore, Tech Crunch reports that 79% of individuals shop on the web. 

Increasingly more private ventures are executing advanced promoting strategies to viably reach and draw in their objective buyers on the web. Truth be told, U.S. advanced showcasing spend will ascend to about $332 billion by 2021. Computerized advertising strategies has demonstrated to be the most practical approach to arrive at potential clients.

Digital Marketing can possibly change the manner in which you reach and connect with your clients. Be that as it may, you don’t need to trust us. Here are some genuine instances of how Digital Marketing strategies are helping organizations simply like yours arrive at their objective market and impact changes.

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Magento2 File and Folder Permission

Lot of people suffer problem during move magento2 project on server, one of the issue is due to file and folder permission.
Here are very important command that fix the issue :

sudo find . -type d -exec chmod 770 {} \; 
sudo find . -type f -exec chmod 660 {} \;
sudo chmod u+x bin/magento

For local development set pub and var to 775 or 777

Magento 2 Important Commands List

Here are very importand commands that used in magento2.
1. Setup Upgrade Command

php bin/magento setup:upgrade

2. Cache Clean

php bin/magento cache:flush 
php bin/magento cache:clean

3. Cache Clean Status

php bin/magento cache:status

4. Enable Cache

php bin/magento cache:enable

5. Disable Cache

php bin/magento cache:disable

6. Check Current Mode Status

php bin/magento deploy:mode:show

7. Set Developer Mode

php bin/magento deploy:mode:set developer

8. Set Production Mode

php bin/magento deploy:mode:set production

9. tatic Content Deploy Using Command Line (Use -f for force deploy on 2.2.x or later)

php bin/magento setup:static-content:deploy

10. Static Content Deploy For Particular Language Using Command Line

php bin/magento setup:static-content:deploy en_US

11. Reindexing

php bin/magento indexer:reindex

12. View the list of indexers

php bin/magento indexer:info

13. Check index status

php bin/magento indexer:status

14. Show the mode of all indexers

php bin/magento indexer:show-mode

15. Check All module Status

php bin/magento module:status

16. Enable Module

php bin/magento module:enable Module_name

17. Disable Module

php bin/magento module:enable Module_name

18. Compile

php bin/magento setup:di:compile

19. Enable Maintenance Mode

php bin/magento maintenance:enable

20. Disable Maintenance Mode

php bin/magento maintenance:disable

21. Status Maintenance Mode

php bin/magento maintenance:status

how to improve magento2 website speed

There are following steps by which you can increase the performance(speed) of magento2 website :

Step 1: Disable Unwanted module or extension
Step 2: Purchase best hosting server
Step 3: Enable Flat Categories and Products
Step 4: Merge CSS and JS Files
Step 5: Content Delivery Network
Step 6: Caching FPC
Step 7: Image Optimization
Step 8: Enable Compression
Step 9: Reduce Server Response Time
Step 10: Keep the number of third-party extension
Step 11: Magento Updates
Step 12: Optimize Query
Step 13: Enable Production Mode
Step 14: Gzip Compression
Step 15: Expire Headers

   <ifModule mod_expires.c>
   ExpiresActive On
   ############################################
   ## Add default Expires header
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   <FilesMatch "\.(ico|pdf|flv|jpg|jpeg|png|gif|js|css|swf)$">
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   </FilesMatch>
</ifModule>
   

Step 16: Update Indexes
Step 17: Try to create module cacheable

A part of above steps you can check which module or  section will take much time optimize that mention Varien_Profiler::enable(); in your index.php file magento root than you able track every layout.