Driving Optimum ERP Performance with End-User Education

Topics: ERP Training

Posted on Jul 17, 2014 9:00:00 AM by Exact MAX

erp-trainingBusinesses spend a lot of time considering their options before they decide to implement a new ERP system, making sure they select the product that best meets their business needs.

However, the success of an ERP implementation may depend more on what happens after the purchase decision is made; a lack of end-user education is frequently cited as one of the main issues that keeps businesses from getting the most out of their ERP software. Picking the right product doesn't matter if your people don't know how to use it correctly.

Here are some tips you can use to get better ERP results through end-user education.

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Seeing the Light in Manufacturing

Topics: Manufacturing Facilities

Posted on Jul 8, 2014 12:00:00 PM by Exact MAX

sunriseSince we typically talk about ERP and manufacturing software in our posts, we think it's time to change it up a bit. So today we'd like to talk about something a little different: natural light.

In the manufacturing industry, there is always an emphasis on the "latest and greatest" technological solution that can be used to improve your business in a variety of different ways. Nary a day goes by without a manufacturer researching, purchasing or implementing a new piece of equipment or technology with the intent of making the lives of employees easier, enhancing the overall safety of their facility and more.

In today's modern climate, however, many businesses are turning towards an unexpected solution with regards to all of these benefits and more: natural lighting. Many manufacturing plants are using natural light in innovative new ways on a daily basis that are more than worth exploring.

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5 Ways ERP Drives Innovation

Topics: ERP, Innovation

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 2:00:00 PM by Exact MAX

innovationManufacturing companies know that ERP is essential to running their business effectively, but they sometimes forget that ERP does more than just log transactions and plan orders. Used correctly, your ERP system can drive innovation and help your company to become more competitive. Here’s how.

1. Business Process Improvement

Manufacturing companies have often grown from humble beginnings to their current size, and even though the company may still be mid-size or smaller, the business probably has many processes in place that no longer make sense.

Modern ERP systems use industry-proven best practice business processes to help companies become more efficient. Adopting the built-in business processes makes sense, and you'll find that your team becomes more efficient. With the extra time freed up by the new found efficiency, your team can focus on the two or three key business processes that matter to your customers and differentiate you from your competition. Set your team’s brainpower free to focus on increasing customer service, cutting time from your order cycle or eliminating shipping errors.

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Where Does Mobile Technology Fit in with On-Premise ERP?

Topics: Mobile ERP

Posted on Jun 19, 2014 10:00:00 AM by Exact MAX

tablet-forkliftDespite the hype about cloud deployment, bring your own device (BYOD), and mobile access, most manufacturing companies with on-premise ERP deployments have been unable to use their ERP systems except from a PC. Some ERP vendors created mobile apps that allow access to a single function from a mobile device, but the apps are slow and generally provide read-only access to data.

While it’s often possible to view reports or inquiries, most ERP vendors have not provided their customers with the ability to process transactions or conduct real business by entering orders or POs on mobile devices.

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How to Use Mobile Technology to Enhance Your ERP System

Topics: Mobile ERP

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 10:30:00 AM by Exact MAX

tablet-warehouseTechnology changes more quickly than ever before, but one thing that hasn’t changed is that companies don’t invest in technology just for the sake of it. They want to invest in business systems that help them improve productivity, support decisions and provide visibility. So how are companies justifying an investment in mobile ERP solutions?

The Many Uses of Mobile in Manufacturing

Sales people have been asking for more and better mobile access for a long time. Not only does the sales team visit customers, they generate the demand for the product. They need to be able to enter forecasts, quotes, and orders in real time, not just to service the customer but also to provide more complete demand visibility for planning. They can also check available to promise, inventory on hand and order status while with the customer, helping to cement the relationship.

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Is ERP Really Going Mobile?

Topics: Mobile ERP

Posted on Jun 6, 2014 2:25:00 PM by Exact MAX

devicesInternet access via mobile devices is exploding, and tablets are the devices setting off that explosion. Near the end of 2011, worldwide penetration of tablets was at 1 percent, but by the end of 2013, 5 percent of the worldwide population had a tablet, according to Portio Research. The company also projects that 1 in 6 people will use a tablet by the end of 2018.

All of those tablet users, combined with all the users of other mobile devices, are fueling the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) movement. Many ERP vendors, anxious not to miss out on the latest trend, have rushed to make their applications mobile ready.

Which raises the question of how the use of mobile devices will change manufacturing.

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5 Ways ERP Improves Profitability

Topics: ERP, Front Office, Production

Posted on May 29, 2014 10:52:00 AM by Exact MAX

erp profitabilityMost people realize that ERP systems improve communication and provide a repository for information and transaction history, but they don’t realize the many ways ERP contributes to improving a company’s profitability. Here’s a small sample of ways that ERP can help you make your small business more profitable.

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5 Ways ERP Improves Employee Productivity

Topics: ERP, Employees

Posted on May 22, 2014 10:47:09 AM by Exact MAX

employee-productivityWhile it’s a convenient way to capture transactions and costs, a company’s ERP system actually improves employee productivity in a number of ways that are not necessarily easy to quantify. While all the productivity improvements help contribute to the ROI of the ERP investment, some companies overlook these productivity gains.

1. Improved communication

With built in exception reporting and workflow alerts, modern ERP systems help ensure rapid and accurate communication when problems occur or priorities change. The system sends sales order changes to the warehouse or shop floor immediately, to prevent shipping errors or overproduction. It also notifies suppliers of changes in demand and helps teams to coordinate projects or complex orders.

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How To Justify Upgrading Your ERP System

Topics: ERP

Posted on May 14, 2014 4:00:00 PM by Exact MAX

upgradeA company’s ERP system is its lifeblood. Small glitches can have major ramifications, which means that some companies hesitate to undertake any change when there's even the slightest potential for unplanned downtime or unexpected changes. Sadly, this risk avoidance behavior can actually expose a company to even more risk that it will fall behind its competitors in its ability to respond or adopt new business practices.

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Can Lean and ERP Work Together?

Posted on May 6, 2014 4:32:33 PM by Exact MAX

puzzle-piecesMany lean practitioners believe that a company that fully embraces lean manufacturing principles must forgo the use of ERP. Their belief that ERP processes are cumbersome and add an unnecessary layer of waste to business processes is short-sighted.

In fact, every company, regardless of its size or the productivity improvement philosophy it has embraced, requires an ERP system even if only for its long-range planning capabilities and ability to improve communication and collaboration—not to mention to act as the memory and conscience of a company.

Even such lean paragons as Toyota Motor Company use an ERP system for planning long lead-time items and for communicating with suppliers and customers. While they may not use every aspect of their ERP system, most companies find that modern ERP systems co-exist quite nicely with lean.

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