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ERP Management Implementation Tips Every Manufacturer Should Know (Part 1)

ERP ImplementationCongratulations!  You have made the wise decision, or are in the research process of, selecting an ERP (enterprise resource planning) software to help with your management system and your every day shop floor projects.  Now, whether your manufacturing company falls into ‘tier 1’ or tiers 2-3, or whether you’re a large enterprise or an SMB (Small to mid-sized business), you will need to comprise a well thought out strategy to make the transition as smooth as possible.  While your WNP’s (wants, needs & pains), challenges, and goals will be completely unique to you and your shop floor, there are a certain set of guidelines that everyone should adhere to. Continue reading

Customization Series, 3 of 4: Finding the Right Fit

Now that we have better defined and explained some of the hidden costs of customization, it’s time to determine if customization is the right fit for your company.  One important point to keep in mind is this:  Your ERP system should fit your company’s main needs without adding customization.  There is probably no system out there that will be a 100% fit, but the fewer customizations you have to make the better.  Remember with every customization you request, moving forward with your vendor (original start date, implementation, updates, etc) may be dramatically affected. Continue reading

Blog Plan: Intrigue, Educate, Involve, Inspire

In our quest to become closer with customers, manufacturers, IT and software professionals, and the marketplace in general, the term “Blog” keeps reappearing.  Though the idea of starting a blog seemed like a daunting and unfamiliar task at first, we now believe in the potential value it can add to not only our company but hopefully to many others out there like you. 

In the complicated world of ERP software our goal is to make manufacturers’ lives easier and more productive, and we hope to use this blog to accomplish part of that mission.  As we discussed the specific goals for our blog, a few words stood out to us:  Intrigue, Educate, Involve, and Inspire.  To truly provide value we must accomplish at least one of these ideas or we will have failed. 

We will be ourselves—straight forward, personal, open, and passionate, and we hope to create a long-lasting relationship with our blog readers.  We want to communicate with you, not at you.  So feel free to comment, question, debate, and share whatever is on your mind.  We look forward with great anticipation to what we can learn from each other and the relationships we will forge. 

Sincerely,

Joe DiZazzo, President and CEO