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Are You Stuck With Your Current ERP Software Vendor?

Changing ERP Vendor

Are you stuck in the mud with your ERP?

Do you have constant headaches from the lack of communication between departments?  Are you experiencing stomach pains from constantly having to customize your current solution?  How about light-headedness from running around trying to figure out where bottlenecks are?  If so, then you might be in need of a new ERP remedy. Our favorite line is “once our issues become major, then we will look into new solutions”.  Waiting can be, and usually is, more costly than completely moving to a new system.   Maybe you haven’t even considered looking into a new ERP system because it’s too much work, costs less to stick with what you have, and the fear that the implementation would be too disruptive to your business.  These are just a few of the misguided reasons we have heard over our 30+ year tenure.  Some of the issues may, in fact, be justified, but if you take a good, hard, and honest look, you just might end up saving a heck of a lot of time, money and frustration in the long run. Time: No ERP change is done “overnight” and if anyone tells you they are playing on your fear of business disruption.  Working with the right ERP vendor you can have a good, solid implementation in around 90 days and, as long as you are committed to this process, it should not and will not shut your business down. Cost: At First glance, a change over might seem like an insurmountable task, financially.  Re-investing in a new ERP solution might see too daunting for your budget.  In this case, I highly recommend thinking for the long-term.  Cost may be a factor for you, but the benefits of switching to a system that provides improved efficiencies will be well worth it in the end.  Imagine reducing production costs, increasing throughput and meeting on-time deliveries that your current system has been unable to provide. However you look at the possibility of change, you need to weigh in multiple factors and think long-term, rather than in the now, because, if you wait too long some of the issues could become so big that it could even go as far as collapsing your business.  So, again, ask yourself are you really stuck with your current ERP vendor, or does it just seem that way?
Posted by Jason Rourke, Marketing Manager, ProfitKey International

“Made In the USA”: What Is It Worth To You?

Made In The U.S.A.     In a recent blog, we discussed the advancement of manufacturing equipment and the quality of U.S. made products as possible factors that will help bring back manufacturing jobs to the U.S.  This point leads us to wonder how much of an impact does “Made in the USA,” have on buying decisions regarding components and finished goods. Continue reading

USA 2011: The Rise of The Manufacturing Machines

To answer your question: Yes, the title is a play on the Terminator series.  In the past decades machines have been getting faster, smarter, and more efficient. Many fear they are taking over many aspects of our lives, most importantly our jobs; however, many of those manufacturing jobs have instead been shipped overseas. Now the overwhelming sense is that we are losing jobs not to machines, but to cheap labor, benefiting other countries.  The question is, are the same machines we feared going to be what saves our manufacturing industries and the economy? Continue reading

ERP consultants – Worth the money? When are they helpful?

In the immense world of manufacturing, shop floor managers to CEO’s battle daily with the wants, needs, and ever-changing demands of their clients.  They constantly struggle over the best way to meet and, hopefully, exceed those demands while minimizing bottlenecks.   Many have struggled to the point where an (ERP) system might be the only way to keep their sinking ship afloat, while others have done so well that an ERP system is necessary to keep up with their escalating performance and pace.  Either direction, most companies have now asked themselves “How and where do I start looking?”  Continue reading

Customization Series, 2 of 4: Costs of Customization

As mentioned in our previous customization blog, customization may not be as great as vendors may have you believe.  Although it may seem wonderful at first to customize ERP solutions, doing so can be cumbersome and expensive.  So before being sold on the glamour of customization, first consider the below myths and points on the potentially hidden costs of customization.  Continue reading