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Do I Need Software To Run My Business ?

Discrete Manufacturing ERP Software

Don't be overwhelmed by the idea of an ERP

Many business owners know right away when their current business module is failing them or is not enough to keep their business progressing.   Still, many will ask, as did most of our clients, whether or not they need a software management tool, or sometimes known in the manufacturing industry as an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) to help run their business or, in some cases, run their business for them.  This question is especially pressing if you are a small to midsized discrete manufacturing company. Continue reading

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

The Daunting ERP Search: How Do You Find the Right Fit For YOU?

ERP Solution, software 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

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

Customization Series, 1 of 4: Customization vs. Personalization

In today’s technology driven world, we as consumers have come to expect personalization and customization.  Take your cell phone for example.  You change the background picture, ring tones, menu items, case, even add certain pictures to contacts’ profiles so when they call you an embarrassing picture of them (that only you have) pops up.  You design your own T-shirt and have it printed, create your own shoes to have made, and more.  It’s fun, and makes you feel special.  People get all warm and fuzzy inside when they hear the word “customize” or “personalize” with a product they are considering for purchase.  And marketers know this and take advantage. 

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