When it comes time to choosing the right Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution for your current and future business needs, it’s important to choose one that has all the features and capabilities that will help your business or organization grow and operate successfully.
An ERP solution is a major investment for any business, but it’s an essential component to manufacturing businesses. Whether implementing a new ERP solution or upgrading an already existing one, the process for an ERP solution should be a top priority for manufacturers.
Below are just a few features manufacturers should look for in an ERP solution:
Ease of use should definitely be among the top selection criteria for an ERP solution. The ERP must work well and meet user expectations, but at the same time, offer room for future expansion. In other words, the ERP solution should be scalable and have the ability to add functionality as the company or organization grows. A manufacturers may currently sell to the domestic market, but may reach a global market in the future.
Business processes will need to be able to adapt to global compliance, and the ERP application should be scalable to handle customs, shipping, and other regulations associated with global manufacturing.
The purpose of an ERP system is to contain all the information critical for running a business. This is why manufacturers have an interest in solutions that offer integrated suites. The benefits from an application that seamlessly performs together with others is plentiful. Employees can find and access the data they need to do their jobs better and more efficiently, while at the same time, make better decisions from the streamlined processes and real-time data they collect. An integrated ERP platform can also serve as a system of record, making it easier to look back and spot any order or inventory changes.
Mobile devices consume some of us these days, making it clear that the future is mobile. This makes mobile one focal point manufacturers should look for in an ERP solution. Along with mobile apps for smartphones and tablets, the demand for wearable technology is growing too. Smart watches continue to evolve and are constantly being developed to become more user friendly and capable of syncing with other mobile devices to enable hand-free operations.
4. Big Data Analytics
Manufacturers have become more and more dependent on IT and accumulated vast amounts of data and information that can quickly become underutilized. According to Anthony Ortega, IT support and system engineering expert, as the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to connect more physical devices and users to the Internet, this data generation is speculated to grow at an alarming rate.
By selecting an ERP solution that has the capabilities for analytics, manufacturers can begin to use data for more accurate forecasting as a part of the approach to building business strategies for the future.
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