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Selecting an ERP System: Create an ERP Search Committee

Posted by Katie Foley on May 31, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Implementing an ERP solution requires company-wide collaboration. Create a reliable ERP Search Committee with key players across all departments – engineering, purchasing, production, shipping, accounting, management, etc.

The first step in forming an ERP search committee is choosing a project leader. The project leader will guide the ERP search process from forming the search committee and identifying areas of weakness in the business all the way through signing contracts and the implementation.

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Topics: ERP

Selecting an ERP System: Create a RFP

Posted by Katie Foley on May 24, 2016 2:17:27 PM

What exactly is a RFP? A RFP is an acronym for "request for proposal". In the software industry, a RFP is a document that prospective customers send out to ERP vendors they are considering to elicit bids for an ERP solution. A RFP can help guide the direction of the on-site demonstrations, as well as keep the various ERP vendors organized for the decision makers involved. However, RFPs are used in many industries- from finance to event planning and many industries in between.

 

So, how do we create a RFP for selecting an ERP system for a manufacturing company?

 

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Topics: ERP

Selecting an ERP System: Find the Gap in Your Process

Posted by Katie Foley on Mar 28, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Before beginning your search, take the time to analyze your manufacturing company as a whole and find the gap in your process. In what areas could you improve efficiency and productivity? Identifying areas of weakness will help focus your ERP search.

The first question should be, is your business currently using an ERP system or not? The process will be different for companies brand new to ERP versus companies looking to change ERP systems. If your business is brand new to ERP you should identify the driving factors for looking to move to an ERP system- is your business growing rapidly, are you finding gaps in your manual process, is an ERP system a new regulatory requirement of your industry, is your ‘out-of-the-box’ software not sophisticated enough anymore. These are just some of the many reasons a company may decide it’s time to invest in an ERP solution.

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ERP User Experience Part 2: Curb Appeal

Posted by Scott Cranford on Mar 24, 2016 2:10:20 PM

In our first post of this series, we talked about the importance of the ERP user experience. The focus was on ERP system simplicity and user empowerment. In our second offering, we thought we would address the general look and feel or “curb appeal” of the system.

 

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New Infographic: Selecting an ERP System

Posted by Katie Foley on Mar 17, 2016 2:59:13 PM

You've decided it's time to either move to a new ERP system if you are on an older system or invest in an ERP system to begin with. Your first question might be "where do we begin our search"? With so many ERP vendors out there and the sophisticated ERP needs of most manufacturing companies, it can be an overwhelming process. Let our "Selecting an ERP System" infographic guide you through it! 

 

Our "Selecting an ERP System" infographic breaks it down for you - from the early stages of deciding on a budget, identifying needs/wants, and choosing a committed selection committee to the later stages of reviewing contracts, talking to customer references, and making the final decision. 

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Topics: ERP

Why Is The ERP User Experience (ERP UX) So Important?

Posted by Scott Cranford on Mar 3, 2016 1:00:00 PM

We used to call it GUI. Sounds yucky and probably hard to wipe off. Now it’s “UX”. LOL, I know. But what used to be sticky and is now rebranded down to a shorter acronym is still so very important when it comes to how users interact with the ERP system. In the end, it’s still the user experience.

We have all gotten comfortable with the experience of checking email, doing online banking, ordering goods and services via websites, etc. And for the most part, I suspect that we don’t really think much about that experience, except when perhaps those interactions go wrong or take too long. And, if when you are say ordering something from Amazon, it takes a little longer than you might like, it’s not a big deal as it’s only a brief moment in time. But, what if you are a fairly intensive user of a business application like an ERP system? What then? Time is incredibly valuable, so the ERP system and its UX need to place a premium on efficiency, speed, availability and intuition. This little post serves as a primer on ERP UX’s and why they are such a critical aspect of an enterprise solution.

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ERP v. Manufacturing ERP

Posted by Jack Saint on Dec 8, 2015 2:00:00 PM

There are many software solutions on the market today which label themselves ERP.  But which ones are actually Manufacturing ERP?

To understand this, one needs to understand the high level history of ERP.  The whole ERP evolution initially began years ago with MRP (Manufacturing Resource Planning).  Software which helped a manufacturer manage its inventory and purchasing.  Considering schedule of demand (orders), on hand inventory, outstanding purchase orders and expected receipts, MRP helped manufacturers determine future requirements for planning purchase of materials to meet that demand.

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Topics: ERP

The Case For Mobile ERP

Posted by Scott Cranford on Dec 4, 2015 9:20:52 AM

The workforce of today is becoming more and more mobile. As this has happened, internal and external business systems are increasingly required to support this mobile workforce. While it’s true that workforces are increasingly “remote”, mobility is not just an “out of the office” need. Within the four walls of an enterprise mobility is equally paramount. ERP companies are required to now offer “apps” for these mobile users.

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Topics: ERP

What Is Enterprise Resource Planning: ERP Defined

Posted by Katie Foley on Nov 24, 2015 10:00:00 AM

ERP Defined: ERP is an acronym for Enterprise Resource Planning; a term that is used for business management systems which are designed to integrate the data sources and processes of an entire organization into a unified system. A key element is the use of a single database to store data for the various system modules.

ERP systems utilize components of both computer software and hardware. Traditionally the software is installed at the customer site, but many companies now offer hosted or 'cloud' ERP solutions to reduce the up-front and technical costs.

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Engineer to Order ERP - Estimating & Quoting

Posted by Scott Cranford on Oct 22, 2015 3:30:00 PM

A key part of an ERP solution, for the Engineer to Order (ETO) manufacturing company is the ability to manage quotes and estimates.

Let’s start with defining both of those functions. A quotation is typically the customer facing document that details terms, conditions, products, services, timing and pricing.  An estimate is the internal, supporting document to capture material, labor, outside services, margins and markups.

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Topics: ERP

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