You Can Salvage a Failing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Implementation

Some process manufacturers’ ERP implementations crash and burn. The reasons for this are as many and as varied as there are companies and ERP software providers. In its 2011 ERP Survey, i2S Research notes reasons that include too tight timelines, lack of sufficient resources in the project team, too much systematic customizing, among others. Fourteen… Read more »

ERP and Lean Manufacturing: Oil & Water?

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is fast becoming an essential tool in today’s business environment for small-to-medium-sized manufacturers (SMEs). However, some hesitate to implement ERP because they use Lean manufacturing and believe the two systems aren’t compatible. On the contrary, ERP and Lean can co-exist, and even complement one another, to improve a process manufacturing operation…. Read more »

Why Employees Aren’t Engaging with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

The investment in ERP was meant to improve productivity, efficiency, and profitability for the batch process manufacturer. Management appeared gung-ho; employees anticipated positive change. Then, the grumbling began. Staff got frustrated and began working around the new system. Managers pointed fingers at the software provider. Moral and productivity suffered during a plant-wide mutiny. Luckily, this… Read more »

ERP Software Customers Expect Satisfaction

As a process manufacturer in the market for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software, you’re prepared to make a sizeable capital investment for the software, a significant commitment in staff hours, and a grace period to get up to speed with the new system. You expect satisfaction. Here’s what “satisfaction” should look like . . …. Read more »

Invest in ERP for Good Health, Goodwill, and cGMP

If you’re a producer of food and beverages, chemicals, cosmetics, or pharmaceuticals or nutraceuticals, it’s imperative your operation is socially responsible. Why? Lose the confidence and goodwill of consumers (and shareholders), and your profitability suffers. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software can reduce the probability of shutting down a production line, issuing a recall, or defending… Read more »

Replace an Underachieving Accounting Solution with a Robust ERP – Part 2

Eventually, many maturing process manufacturers outgrow the manual processes and jury-rigged network of simple accounting software with which they began their entrepreneurial journey. As bigger and better enterprises, they’re also smarter about the need for a technology solution to bring their operation to the next level of efficiency, productivity, and profitability. (Does this sound like… Read more »

Replace Your Underachieving Accounting Solution with a Robust ERP – Part I

Growing process manufacturing companies eventually find that conducting business with a hodgepodge of manual accounting procedures and office programs, and utilizing non-specific software just doesn’t work for the company anymore. Our advice is, “Don’t prolong the pain.” Instead, vigorously investigate whether your underachieving accounting processes and software need to be replaced with a robust Enterprise Resource… Read more »

Accounting Software and ERP: Oranges to Apples

There’s a confusion of accounting software options in the marketplace. From Quickbooks™ to a full-blown enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, process manufacturers can be easily stymied in their decision-making. And even though some may use the terminology synonymously, a comparison between accounting software and ERP is really “oranges-to-apples.” In fact, think of this comparison as… Read more »

Manufacturing CFO’s Can Use ERP Tools to Their Advantage

According to the 2013 CFO Pulse Survey by Korn/Ferry Institute, 75.3% of Chief Financial Officers (CFO’s) polled said they were expected to take on more operational responsibility in addition to financial management. They felt uncertainty about these issues: 1) 52% cited revenue growth; 2) 47% noted talent to achieve company goals; and 3) 37.6% said… Read more »