How to Choose Your ERP Software Deployment Strategy

Topics: ERP, Best of Breed, Strategy

Posted on Jan 12, 2017 2:00:00 PM by Exact MAX

choosing-erp-strategy With the understanding that not every ERP solution can satisfy every organization's business process needs, it’s important to analyze each deployment strategy available when looking to upgrade your current ERP or invest in a new solution.

Should you pursue a Standalone Application or implement an All-in-One solution? How about a Best-of-Breed? Do you know which is best for the needs of your business? Let’s take a look at exactly what each option entails. 

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3 Features to Evaluate When Choosing Your Tech ERP Vendor

Topics: ERP

Posted on Jan 4, 2017 2:00:00 PM by Joy Budnik

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A common misconception is that any ERP solution will mold to fit the needs of any company, in any industry. The truth is, not all ERP solutions are created equal and choosing the wrong solution can result in increased costs and longer implementation time. If you’re a high tech or electronics manufacturer in the process of selecting a new ERP system, knowing what to look for can be half the battle.

To ensure your ERP system includes the basic functionality needed to support critical processes for electronics and high tech manufacturers, there are three must-have features that should be included in your ERP solution.

 

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Discrete Manufacturing Industry Trends Your 2017 Business Strategy Should Consider

Topics: ERP, Trends

Posted on Dec 28, 2016 4:00:00 PM by Joy Budnik

5majortrends.jpg With the close of 2016, we look back on a year that has brought tremendous growth to the manufacturing industry for companies large and small. As we move into the new year, let’s take a look at some of the discrete manufacturing trends you should consider when developing your business strategy for 2017.

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How to Tell It's Time to Invest in a Manufacturing ERP Solution

Topics: Implementation, ERP, Manufacturing

Posted on Dec 21, 2016 3:00:00 PM by Joy Budnik

manufacturing-engineer-planning.pngAs your manufacturing business expands, you may begin to find that the same manual systems and processes that help you manage day-to-day operations start to bring about operational inefficiencies and frustrations. How do you know it’s time to ditch your manual system and begin thinking about implementing an ERP system

If it’s clear to you that your manual processes won’t scale as your business grows, ERP may be right for you.  Here are some common business challenges that signal it may be time to seriously consider ERP.

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Seven Ways to Manage Change During ERP Implementation

Topics: Implementation, ERP, Manufacturing, Change Management, Process

Posted on Dec 14, 2016 9:00:00 AM by Joy Budnik

ERP systems are an integral part of business operations for manufacturers, especially as small companies scale up production. An ERP system touches every part of your business: helping you track and plan from the moment you receive an order to the moment product ships, through every design change, and, in the off-chance of a recall.fish_migration.jpg

ERP carries with it great potential for improving your business. It also has the potential to be disruptive and overwhelming if implementation is not managed properly.

When you implement your ERP system, you can set yourself up for success by focusing on getting the system to work way your business works, and building in ways to integrate your workforce into the change. To ensure that your ERP system goes in without a hitch, start with these seven steps.

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How to Optimize Manufacturing Systems & Processes

Topics: Manufacturing, Efficiency, Process, System

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 8:00:00 AM by Julie Johnson

manufacturer cut costs Having spent the last decade working as an IT professional who supports ERP and related systems for manufacturers, I've helped hundreds of companies achieve manufacturing success. I’ve noticed the most successful manufacturers are those who have the following three straightforward objectives:

  1. Cut costs
  2. Increase revenue
  3. Offer a competitive and quality product

Sounds simple, but truly executing on all three levels takes skill and fine-tuning. To cut costs, organizations typically look to the production floor, engineers and supply chain. In addition, “continuous improvement” is an oft-heard buzzword that organizations work hard to implement. If your systems aren't completely optimized, chances are it's costing you time and money.

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How to Improve Supply Chain Visibility

Topics: ERP, Supply Chain, Manufacturing Operations, SCM

Posted on Nov 14, 2016 11:45:00 AM by Exact MAX

manufacturing 2.pngSimplify SCM by improving visibility across complex supply chains.

One result of globalization has been an increase in supply chain complexity. Execution and responsiveness within complex global logistics systems requires the orchestration of the “three flows of commerce” (goods, information and funds) across a large number of trading partners and wide geographic areas. As a result, lead times are extended and become less predictable (or more variable), resulting in pressure to increase inventories. Industry Week notes, "even minor supply chain disruptions, such as a port delay, a vendor losing an order, or a container not passing inspection, can have significant impact on the supply chain.”

So, how do you deal with increasing complexity and greater variability in your supply chain?

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The Complete Guide to ERP is Here!

Topics: manufacturing erp, erp system, Manufacturing software, Enterprise Resource Planning

Posted on Oct 27, 2016 10:00:00 AM by Exact MAX

Everything a Manufacturing Professional Needs to Know about Enterprise Resource Planning

 

Over the last two months, we’ve been breaking ERP ebook.jpgdown the basics of ERP solutions to provide you with everything you need to know about selecting, implementing, or changing your enterprise resource planning process.

There are many benefits of ERP for the manufacturing industry, but sometimes it can feel overwhelming to research different software options, or to even understand where to start the process. To make it as easy as possible, we compiled the most important ERP basics into one resource: The Complete Guide to ERP. This new eBook provides everything that a manufacturing professional needs to know about enterprise resource planning.

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ERP Use Concepts to Manage Your Supply Chain

Topics: Keys to ERP

Posted on Oct 16, 2016 11:00:00 AM by Rick Elder

Three Philosophies You Need to Know


erp-use-concepts.pngWhile there are many different philosophies in operations management today, the most significant stem from one of three predominant schools of thought.

Those three schools are:

  1. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
  2. Lean Manufacturing (LM)
  3. Theory of Constraints (TOC)

As foundations for ways of thinking, the above three philosophies offer implications for how your supply chain is managed and how your manufacturing business operates. Let's take a look at the key components of ERP, LM and TOC and explore how you can leverege each one, to create a truly agile manufacturing business. 

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Building a Business Case for ERP

Topics: ERP

Posted on Aug 29, 2016 6:00:00 AM by Exact MAX

How to justify cost and demonstrate the ROI of an ERP Initiative


Building_a_business_case_ERP.jpgOne of the most difficult (and most important) steps involved in an ERP initiative is building a business case. It’s not easy to convince the people with the authority to write the checks that they should invest in a new system, especially when this often involves changes to business processes that may have worked just fine for many years without failure.

There are a few key steps that will help you establish a convincing case for investing in a new system and put your company on the path to realizing greater profits and a return on investment (ROI) that is worth the risk involved.

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