In Canada’s fluctuating economic conditions, you know you need to be smart and agile in your business operations. However, with disparate systems of operations in need of streamlining, you know being nimble will cost your business a lot of money. This is especially true in a Canadian economy where, without the ability to rely upon the high cost of commodities as a driver of growth and wealth, finding new avenues of operational efficiency, cost-cutting and innovation are vital not only for success, but for survival. You know that’s what you need to do to grow and make profit, but you have to find a way to free up the resources you need to make investing in innovation and finding new ways of doing business a more realistic prospect. What you need to do first is invest in intelligent operations. The good news is that the technological advancements brought by the digital age, though disruptive, offer you ample opportunity to change the way your business operates, increase its efficiency, and save some money along the way. Take the cloud, for example. You can use it to digitize your operations, give yourself the ability to scale your business up or down, and eliminate unnecessary concerns about operational bandwidth and provisions. Think about how much easier managing your supply chain would become if you didn’t have to worry about your ability to scale based on business demands, the quality and capacity of your servers, or whether or not you have enough infrastructural support during “boom time.” With easy and widespread access to operational data in the cloud, you can connect your front and back offices, put everyone in your organization on the same page, and improve supply-demand forecasting to ensure you’re keeping inventory at optimal levels. All of a sudden, you’re that much more agile and able to plan because you’re operating more intelligently. And with the right enterprise resource management tools at your disposal, you could be that much smarter. Microsoft’s Intelligent Operations Solutions powered by Dynamics AX and NAV products can be deployed and role-tailored to help your business better leverage the power of the cloud by bringing the applications that run your company’s finances, sales, and operations together with familiar Microsoft Office applications. With Dynamics’ ERP tools, you could leverage integrated systems for financial management, supply chain and operations management, project management, human resources management and business intelligence, with all your employees empowered to work anywhere, at anytime, across their devices, with access to the same easy-to-use experience. You’d be able to move easily into new markets as Dynamics’ ERP tools can help you maintain visibility into your overall operations, and standardize your business processes. With everyone across your organization operating on the same page, achieving growth would become much easier, especially when your business could adapt quickly and easily to changing needs. And in Canada’s uniquely challenging economic environment, when there are things to worry about like the high cost of imports, the low cost of exports, making good margins and keeping efficient inventory management top-of-mind, your business needs to be as nimble as it can get.