Why you should start smart, not small

Five reasons to embrace ERP in your mining operation—from the start


“Start small and think big” is advice often given to startup companies. And it makes sense—up to a point. For example, you don’t deploy your entire gamut of mining resources during the early exploration phase of a project. Instead, you start small and analyze the data before making larger investments in the property. However, when you select business management software to support your project, starting small can end up obstructing your ability to grow your mining operation with maximum efficiency (and profitability). Here we offer five reasons to start smart, not small, with a mining ERP solution rather than an entry-level accounting package.


1. You won’t always be small

Sure, you may fall into the small business category now. You may be pre-revenue, have only one site, and your accounting doesn’t seem all that complex. But that’s the way all mining companies start. As you advance through the assessment and development phases and into the operations phase, your needs will no longer be small. Suddenly, recruiting, human resources, inventory control, project management and equipment maintenance will become necessities. You may open multiple locations or expand internationally further complicating your accounting. Entry-level software won’t be able to keep up.


2. ERP implementations can be disruptive

You might be surprised to hear us say it, but ERP implementations aren’t always simple, and they aren’t always fast. In fact, ERP implementations can be disruptive to a mining business’s operations, even when they are well planned and expertly executed. If all goes as it should with your mining company, you will need the power and functionality that a true mining industry ERP solution provides—sooner or later. You will save the future disruption—which will likely occur during a period of accelerated growth—by adopting a mining industry ERP solution from the start.


3. You may not realize what you’re missing

Mining operations that rely on an entry-level accounting package are likely performing a lot of functions outside of the software. Entry-level packages rarely provide the sophisticated financial reporting mining companies need, meaning you’ve got a portfolio of spreadsheets to maintain. Similarly, if you’re managing equipment and other assets, you’re doing this outside of the accounting software. Mining ERP solutions provide broad, integrated functionality in one cohesive, connected database, including:


4. Investors care

Investors want companies that have the financial and operations reports that allow them to deeply understand your business in familiar, industry-standard formats, and from an accounting system that is secure and auditable. Entry-level accounting applications do not provide the strict accounting controls and audit trails that businesses seeking outside investment need. ERP applications, specifically mining industry ERP software, offer these controls, providing you and your investors with the confidence to proceed with a deal.


5. Accelerate your growth

Starting small with an entry-level accounting package that offers limited capabilities may hamper your mining operation’s ability to pivot and adapt to changing market conditions—effectively stymying growth. With a mining ERP solution, you can optimize internal efficiency, increase the speed and standard of execution, and accelerate lean, informed growth. It helps connect everyone in real time, so your operations can run faster and less expensively while maintaining visibility throughout the operation.


Start smart, not small

Mining operations that leverage the power of an ERP application to help manage their business are at a distinct advantage over those who rely on spreadsheets and entry-level packages. Mining industry ERP software enables you to establish, enforce and demonstrate clearly defined business processes, workflows, key performance indicators and internal controls that both internal and external stakeholders will appreciate and value.

Caron Mining Solutions is a comprehensive, powerful and easy-to-use mining industry ERP solution, built on Sage ERP software, that addresses the challenges modern mining operations face. Learn more about Caron Mining Solutions here, or by contacting us here.

Paul has been involved with Sage 300 software for almost 30 years. He brings a well-rounded perspective to business management software implementation projects. His depth of knowledge and expertise in business process analysis has benefited several clients.