Investing in new technology is always a big decision. Especially for manufacturers who were not very tech savvy. For new strategies, such as collaboration via social media, business intelligence and analytics, manufacturers need a level of flexibility not available in outdated ERP products. That is why looking for a modern solution that give holistic insight into the financial operations is critical for manufacturing companies.
“Due to the detailed data in ERP, a better picture of an organization’s financial health will be visible to manufacturing companies. Organizations could authorize access to this information to the manufacturing companies in a controlled environment,” says Shashank Dixit, CEO, Deskera, a global leader in cloud-based business software.
ERP is the top IT priority for manufacturing companies
Manufacturers are ready to grasp the opportunities ERP software offers. In fact, 1 in 4 of those surveyed by AMR, said investing in ERP was their main IT priority in 2016. Access to more robust business information along with better operational planning gives manufacturers much greater control of their business. View the full survey here, Hennik Research’s Annual Manufacturing Report (AMR) 2016.
Tips to ensure successful ERP implementation
- Research is Crucial
There are plenty of ERP systems each with unique qualities that may or may not be right for your manufacturing business. Some of these systems come fully packaged, while others allow for customization based on the processes running at your company. Identifying the parts of a system that would be most beneficial for your company is crucial.
A list of questions should be made before you meet vendors:
- Does the system you are looking at meet industry standards?
- Will it integrate with the current processes running at your manufacturing company?
- What data and reports will you be able to obtain?
- What will the training process be like?
- How much support will be available from the vendor?
When you have identified the answers to these questions, you have made the first steps to finding out what ERP system may work for your business.
- Implement Comprehensive Training
If you have taken the thrust to set up ERP software, the next step should involve training. One small mistake in the system can require hours of cleanup that your manufacturing business does not have time for. Take some time in advance to train everyone properly to avoid consequent mistakes.
- References Matter
Many of your competitors are using an ERP system already, but it is less likely that they will disclose which one. Read reviews, ask for references from vendor representatives and make a careful decision based on what you will be using the system for. There are many ERP vendors that specialize in the manufacturing industry. They will be able to answer industry-specific questions before you invest.
- Fit is Everything
Finally, ask whether both the ERP software and the provider you have chosen fits your business. Similarly, think carefully before you commit to a provider. Do they have experience in your sector? Have they worked with similar sized businesses or those facing similar issues? Do they fit your business culture? Get the right fit and you will be on the right track to enjoy the benefits ERP software offers manufacturers.
Setting up ERP software at your manufacturing company could be the first step if you’re ready to see growth for the rest of the year. Highly flexible ERP systems allow companies to be proactive rather than reactive to customer demands and market changes. These solutions can prepare and plan strategic actions, beating competitors to opportunities, and communicating in a much more timely fashion.
Author: Sujata Upadhyay