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6 Frequently Asked Questions About Brewery Management Software

by Kristen Hoppe on Tue, Nov 03, 2015 @ 04:11 PM

Brewery management software

Here at Vision33, we've worked with breweries across Canada, and the misconceptions run far and wide when they first consider a business management solution. Some think they need to have everything together before even considering OrchestratedBEER (OBeer) brewery software while others think their brewery is “too small”, or a software built for breweries is “too complex for me…” the list goes on and on. 

We're here to put those misconceptions to rest. Here’s a list of the top 6 questions we hear about business management software for breweries and the facts to set the record straight:

IS MY BREWERY TOO SMALL FOR BREWERY MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE? 

Of all the breweries across North America that utilize OBeer on a daily basis, (42%) produced fewer than 2,500 barrels of beer annually in 2014 and 29% have implemented OrchestratedBEER from Day 1.

You’re never too small to run OrchestratedBEER brewery software. OBeer was built for breweries of all sizes, from the smallest to the largest breweries. In fact, many breweries start out with OBeer before they even begin production.

Is OBeer too complex for my brewery? 

An all-in-one solution can appear overwhelming or complex, but the reality is that are likely already managing all those functions, just in disparate systems. Bookkeeping software, spreadsheets and web apps provide the illusion of simplicity when in reality they are isolated, inefficient one trick ponies that are duct taped together. How much more efficient could you be if you had the ability to perform all the functions of your current, disparate systems in a single, unified solution? 

OrchestratedBEER actually makes things simpler by centralizing everything into one place. A centralized system allows you to automate the accounting processes, streamline production and simplify inventory management so you can make better decisions and focus on making top quality beer. 

Isn't OBeer for larger breweries? 

The problems all breweries face on the business side are the same no matter how big or small you are. A tiny 10 BBL microbrewery will have the same frustrations as the largest 100,000 BBL regional brewery.

It takes work to achieve efficiency in any business, but OBeer simplifies this by allowing you to make better, more informed business decisions, regardless of size.

With 100+ brewery-specific reports available out-of-the-box, you can make better decisions in every aspect of the brewery. 

Why not just use QuickBooks? 

A home-built solution of brewery web apps and tools can easily become a tangled mess of disparate tools. They become increasingly difficult to connect and a QuickBooks-based solution cannot scale as your brewery continues to grow.

OBeer solves the problems caused by the inability to “Connect the Dots” between multiple brewery systems of accounting software, web apps and complicated spreadsheets.

Why do I need software that advanced, right now? 

Consider what you want to accomplish in your future growth plans. How do you want to grow and how sustainable you want your growth to be? For Canadian breweries, it is all about having a plan in place from the beginning so that you do not have to switch to yet another system again later when you grow. 

There’s other ‘cheaper’ brewery management software out there, so why should I use OBeer?

You get what you pay for. There are cheaper alternatives out there because they are simply not an all-in-one solution. Most brewery software tools on the market today are simple web applications with a brewery inventory database masquerading as brewery management software. These alternatives don’t solve the challenges that breweries face because they still require you to tie in disparate systems for everything else.

 

To see how we can help your brewery streamline processes & grow fast, email us: contact@vision33.com for a free consultation. Download our information kit below. 

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