| | OCTOBER 20228IN FOCUSIN FOCUSKATANA, AN ERP FOR SMB MANUFACTURERS, RAISES $34MKatana, an enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform for small- and medium-sized manufacturers, has raised 35 million ($34 million) in a Series B round of funding. ERP is a form of business management software that can serve any number of functions inside a company, from marketing and risk management, to supply chain management and beyond.Integrations are pivotal to any ERP software, as it typically involves taking data from different systems such as HR, CRM, accounting, and order management to generate insights and analysis at its core, ERP is all about identifying potential problems and improving efficiency. Founded out of Tallinn, Estonia, in 2017, Katana is an ERP for the manufacturing sector, with prebuilt integrations for many of the most common tools that a manufacturer might use, including e-Commerce platforms (e.g., Shopify and WooCommerce), accounting (e.g., QuickBooks and Xero), shipping, forecasting, CRM, and more.Collectively, these various integrations can help a manufacturer predict what their future inventory needs will be based on historical or real-time sales data, for example, to ensure that they don't run out of stock or parts. ERP IS ALL ABOUT IDENTIFYING POTENTIAL PROBLEMS AND IMPROVING EFFICIENCY
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