Don’t Overlook the Discovery Process and Product Demo in Your Search for an ERP.

If you’ve recently searched the internet for a process manufacturing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution, you likely felt daunted by sorting through the plethora of software providers. ERP software could be the best investment your company makes this year, with ROI and efficiency returns expected for years and decades to come. Unfortunately, many prospective ERP… Read more »

Myth or Reality? ERP is Too Hard to Learn

Myths abound regarding Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software solutions. One common misconception is that ERP software too difficult for businesses to learn. We at ProcessPro believe that ERP software is no more difficult to learn than any other new software system implemented on an enterprise-wide basis. However, we also maintain that the system you invest… Read more »

An Expense or an Investment? Define Your ERP Implementation

The decision to install a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software solution for your process manufacturing company is a big one. Whether this is your first experience, or a repeat to replace an aged system, the outcome will be affected by the attitude and approach of your staff, from the top tier management and right… Read more »

Best Practices Guide ERP Choice but Intuition Also a Good Indicator

A marketplace comprised of hundreds of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software solution providers offer a wealth of choices, which can be confusing. If you’re a process manufacturer, you have particular software requirements whose need has been demonstrated time and time again. Do your research, and be open to best practices touted by prospective ERP providers,… Read more »

Discrete and Process Manufacturing ERP Software Are Far From Interchangeable

There’s no substitution. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) functionalities are designed for specific purposes, according to the unique needs of the manufacturing operation. Since process and discrete manufacturers differ in procedures and products, it stands to reason their ERP software is not interchangeable. However, some ERP software vendors promise their product will work for both. If… Read more »

Gain Control of Product Quality with ERP

It is safe to say that most process manufacturers strive to improve the quality of their products. This includes ensuring the safety of ingredients, fine-tuning batch creation, improving consumer labeling, better handling of harmful waste, and maintaining a healthy manufacturing environment. This pursuit of quality control (QC), and the need to track, document, and report… Read more »

Manage Change Now for a Successful ERP Implementation Later

If failure is not an option, then it’s wise to commit to extensive change management activity before beginning your enterprise resource planning (ERP) software implementation. According to Panorama Consulting Solutions’ 2015 ERP Report, budget overages, bloated timelines, and below-average benefits realization resulted from inadequate attention to change management from the purchase of the software to… Read more »

Software-as-a-Service, Cloud Solutions Rival Traditional Enterprise Resource Planning

There are many enterprise resource planning (ERP) deployment options on the market for process manufacturers. However, it appears that traditional ERP––on-premise and licensed––is giving way to a greater interest in hosted (cloud-based) solutions and software-as-a-service (SaaS), also known as “on demand.” While cloud and on-demand ERP implementations are increasing, it appears that, at least for… Read more »