7 Reasons Why Your Business Needs Multi-Language ERP

Your Business Operates Globally

If your business operates in different countries with different languages, you need some kind of multi-language ERP. English is today’s lingua franca and many people around the world learn English in schools. But many cannot do their day to day work in English and their native language is necessary for a global business. Even English is not global, people in Australia and United States both speak English but the dialects are quite different.

Your Business Operates Locally and Your Workers Speak Different Languages

People have always moved from country to country and they continue moving today. In San Jose, California, there are people speaking English, Spanish, Mandarin, Tagalog, Hindi, Vietnamese, and other languages. This is common today. It makes sense to ensure no mistakes happen because of an easily avoidable translation error.

Your Customers Work in Different Languages

Even though you have only one business site, your customers can be global and that requires multi-language ERP. You want to know there is simple understanding of invoices for payment as well as other communications for quotes or logistics or specifications.

Your Suppliers Are from around the Globe

You want to buy a widget123. You hope when it arrives, you get the version you need and not the Indian version. Communicating specifications and accurately understood purchase orders is important.

You Have Statutory Compliance Needs

National governments and all levels of local governments want to know you are meeting the obligations they place on your business - language is another barrier to compliance. Good corporate citizenship includes meeting the reporting requirements anywhere you do business, so why not let multi-language ERP do the hard work.

You Need to Report to People in Their Own Language

This is kind of an “all other” category. Multi-language ERP is there to communicate information to all nationalities afterall.

Your Financier Uses Another Language

This could be reason number one. Money talks. Whether you finance through an angel or a lender or a factor, the people with the money can require reporting in their own language as a condition of the financing. Even if they don’t place that requirement, you might consider multi language ERP just so you are easier to do business with.

Many of today’s ERP systems have multi language capabilities. There are also third-party translation systems that can change input screens and reports to a desired language on the fly.

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Tom Miller

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Tom completed implementations of Epicor, SAP, QAD, and Micro MRP. He works as a logistics and supply chain manager and he always looks for processes to improve. He lives near San Francisco Bay in California and can be found on the water in his kayak or on the road riding his motorcycle. Contact Tom at customerteam@erpfocus.com.

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