When we started our blog series on 'ERP Management Implementation Tips Every Manufacturer Should Know', we originally had four installations in mind. Nearing the end of the series, we realized we didn't want to leave you hanging post-implementation and make sure we had covered enough for you to be comfortable even after the conclusion of this blog series, just as you should feel in post-implementation.
Preparing Your Data Should Not Be Like Ripping Out Your Own Hair
With the Presidential election just a few mere weeks away, there are a lot of rumors about what is to come in the manufacturing industry. Will there be significant change, funds added, or funds cut, especially in the aerospace and defense industries?
Many manufacturers have spoken out, including customers and prospects of ours, who are genuinely worried and have cut back on certain expenditures in order to minimize risk for 2013. With that said, the one trend which remains true is, regardless of what happens in the marketplace, more and more manufacturers are realizing that in order to continue growing and competing at a high level, they need a manufacturing system in place to help with their visibility on their shop floor through the front office and to increase quality, on-time delivery, and cash flow, amongst many other areas. Continue reading →
Are you confident that MRP purchase recommendations reflect actual inventory requirements? Do you know whether sales order promise dates account for actual materials, capacity, and scheduling constraints? If you answer "no" to these and similar questions, your manufacturing business might want to think about how it can leverage ERP (enterprise resource planning) software to improve customer service and operating efficiency. Continue reading →
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
In our previous blog, ERP Consultants, we started to address the overwhelming issue of an ERP system search. Whether you have the extra cash flow to hire a consultant or, you are bold enough to start the in-depth search on your own, you will be faced with many inquiries that you will need to address from the very start of the process. Continue reading →
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 →