Top 5 Things to Look For in an ERP Provider

Topics: ERP

Posted on Apr 16, 2014 3:57:43 PM by Exact MAX

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Some ERP companies attempt to cover multiple unrelated industries, such as financial services, public sector and manufacturing, but these sectors have widely divergent needs. Even the industry vocabulary is different. You need an ERP vendor who understands your industry intimately, and where you know every employee speaks your language. This is especially important in highly regulated industries such as medical devices, food and beverage or automotive. You don’t want to waste your time training the vendor on the best practices in your industry—you want a vendor who already knows the regulations and best practices and can help you achieve your strategic goals. In addition, you will want to ensure that the ERP system includes the necessary functionality and reporting for compliance, and the best way to do that is to be sure the vendor has experience in your industry.

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Ten Ways ERP Software Ensures Your Customers Love You

Topics: ERP, Front Office

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 3:00:00 PM by Exact MAX

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ERP systems are much more than repositories for inventory transactions and costs. Used properly, the right ERP system for your company can help you adopt proven, industry-standard best practices, ensure that your business processes are efficient, catch manufacturing issues before they result in costly scrap or inefficient rework, and improve the overall predictability of your manufacturing throughput. All in all, not a bad day’s work. But at the end of the day, what's the impact on your customers?

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What does an ERP system do?

Topics: ERP, MRP

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 11:30:00 AM by Exact MAX

iStock_000025360764MediumAn ERP system is a lot like the old story about the elephant and the blind men. Each of the men perceived the elephant as very different, depending on which part of the elephant they touched.

With ERP, one person's perception of the system is greatly colored by the aspects they touch. To someone else at the company, ERP may look and feel totally different. In reality, an ERP system is much more even than the sum of its parts. Here's a quick rundown on what it does.

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How to Choose an ERP System for Your Food and Beverage Manufacturing Company

Topics: ERP, Food Manufacturing, Food and Beverage Manufacturing

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 11:00:00 AM by Exact MAX

food and beverage manufacturingWhen a food and beverage company sets out to select a new ERP system, they usually know it’s a choice they’ll have to live with for a long time. The system not only has to support current operations, but it also has to be flexible enough to support changes that may not even be predictable, including growth, compliance regulations and changing competition. To top it all off, it seems as though every department and employee has his or her own idea about what the system needs to do and what it should look like.

It's often recommended for companies to make extensive lists of every possible feature they might need, rank them by importance and then run several vendors through their paces in order to check off the most items. This method is expensive, time consuming, complicated and error prone—and at the end of the process, there is no guarantee that the ERP system with the most check marks is actually the right one for your company. Instead, there is a better way to go about selecting an ERP system.

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How to Choose the Right ERP System for Your Medical Device Company

Topics: ERP, Medical Device Manufacturing

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 3:00:00 PM by Exact MAX

iStock_000022276326MediumMedical device companies face some of the toughest compliance requirements of any industry—and the rules can vary based on region and the type of device manufactured. In addition, new regulations are passed each year...meaning your medical devices company has to be constantly on the alert to ensure continuous compliance.

For all these reasons, it's important to choose an ERP system that will help you ensure compliance with the Food and Drug Administration’s regulations and other regulatory bodies. If you're looking for a new ERP system, be certain that your choice supports these necessary capabilities.

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Using spreadsheets? Consider ERP manufacturing software.

Topics: ERP, Recalls, Lot and Serial Control, Compliance

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 10:00:00 AM by Exact MAX

541711_40204880Chances are that you keep some form of detailed records about the products that leave your manufacturing floor—whether you're using sophisticated manufacturing software or manual processes such as spreadsheets. If you're using the latter, it can be difficult enough if only tracking serial numbers, but as you throw in more information, the number of spreadsheets you're now managing multiplies. It's then easy to run into problems when it comes time to find the information you're looking for.

Tracking materials and products is important in every manufacturing industry, but for electronics, medical devices and food and beverage manufacturing companies, it's even more important if a recall comes into play. When recalls occur, having quick access to lot and serial numbers and other information about the products you shipped out can make or break your company. So what's the solution?

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How to Choose the Right ERP System for Your Capital Equipment Company

Topics: ERP, Capital Equipment Manufacturing

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 10:00:00 AM by Exact MAX

erp-capital-equipmentCapital equipment manufacturers face increasing global competition, which means they need to focus on quality, efficiency and customer satisfaction to retain their market share. The best way to manage those business aspects is with an effective ERP system, but it isn’t always easy to know what to look for when choosing a new system. Here are a few key concepts to consider.

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Using ERP & Engineering Change Orders to Track Product Changes

Topics: ERP, Engineering Change Orders

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 4:00:00 PM by Exact MAX

iStock_000002420436LargeNo manufacturer will deny that it's important to have accurate data on each lot made —especially when it comes to compliance audits, recall management, and warranty tracking (to name a few). Often, parts used from other suppliers change based on cost or availability, or a manufacturing process changes as a result from an engineering change order (ECO). Regulatory authorities from the United States Food and Drug Administration to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration can also mandate changes in your manufacturing processes, and often do. This is why being able to track and document product changes are vital to remaining compliant.

Using a ledger or spreadsheets in an attempt to track all these changes can be inaccurate, time-consuming, and often wrong, but a robust Enterprise Resource Planning system can do the job simply and affordablySophisticated Enterprise Resource Planning systems have incorporated into their solutions many features once found only in Product Lifecycle Management software.

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How to Choose the Right ERP for Your Electronics Company

Topics: ERP, Electronics Manufacturing

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 10:00:00 AM by Exact MAX

iStock_000003878951SmallIf you're an electronics manufacturer and you've found yourself in the position of needing an ERP system, or a replacement ERP system, be aware that not all ERP systems include the basic functionality necessary to support critical processes in electronics manufacturing. To ensure you get the functionality you need to run your electronics manufacturing business, consider these things during your ERP vendor evaluation process...

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ERP Deployment Strategies

Topics: ERP, Best of Breed

Posted on Jan 31, 2014 10:30:00 AM by Exact MAX

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ERP forms the backbone of most manufacturing companies’ IT solutions, but the standard ERP solution alone doesn't always cover all the bases. As your company grows, you may find yourself needing additional functionality such as quality management, service management or even a web portal for customers or suppliers. As these additional needs arise, your company faces decisions about how to cost-effectively and efficiently deploy these solutions. How do you ensure they function properly with the ERP system you already have in place (or are looking to put in place)?

Before jumping full speed ahead, it’s important to understand all the options. Today we’ll walk you through four possible deployment strategies and highlight some of the pros and cons of each.

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