As a member of Ultra’s team of independent ERP consultants guiding manufacturers and distributors, I often work with engineering-intensive companies seeking the capabilities of product lifecycle management software (PLM). These organizations seek to improve the productivity of engineering resources and reduce the time to develop new products. In
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Many food and beverage manufacturers we speak with are challenged to comply with current and future regulations. Ever-changing regulations such as the Food Safety Modernization Act and GS1 make compliance challenging. The trade journal Food Safety News article entitled “Five years of data show bacteria-related food recalls increasing” cites that
Today’s blog post shares a video highlight to understand the payoff for those companies that team with independent technology advisors. One of the pleasures of partnering with forward-thinking manufacturing and distribution companies is to guide project teams that seek true business transformation. As ERP consultants, we come to feel like
Project teams face unique challenges when implementing food and beverage enterprise systems. Due to the complexity of such technology initiatives, it pays to ask questions about what’s critical to the business. As an ERP consulting firm serving food and beverage organizations, we see many processors hitting a wall with their outdated,
Rising costs and competitiveness make cost reduction a top business driver behind most technology initiatives today. Given this reality, is it possible to use an ERP system to help manage costs? The pressure to reduce costs is just as critical as the need to manage growth and improve customer service as the main business drivers of ERP selection
When considering an ERP project, Ultra’s team of independent ERP consultants makes the case to think beyond an ERP checklist and beyond the idea of a technology replacement. Instead, we guide teams to focus squarely on business process improvement. While an outdated and legacy ERP system can hamper growth and necessitate manual record keeping
Ultra’s team of independent ERP consultants is regularly called upon to discuss the needs of project teams looking to drive business process improvement in their organization. For those companies that produce highly engineered products with long product cycle times and multiple levels of subassemblies, it pays to look closely at features needed
When it comes to ERP in complex manufacturing, a few definitions are in order. We look at complex manufacturing as companies that manufacture highly engineered products with longer product cycle times and multiple levels of subassemblies in their bills of material. These organizations design, engineer and manufacture “discrete” products to
As independent ERP consultants, Ultra has a unique perspective on what it takes to transform operations at today’s manufacturing and distribution organization. We hear so much about the term “digital transformation” that’s it’s difficult to even understand what the term means. After leading several hundred enterprise technology transformation
Regular visitors to Ultra’s ERP blog know to expect deep insight related to ERP selection best practices. The information is designed to help answer ERP questions you might have about handling a complex endeavor that has long-term strategic implications. When considering strategic implications, many of the ERP project teams we partner with ask
A great deal of work has gone into sourcing the right ERP solution for your business, into getting stakeholder buy-in for the ultimate decision and selecting the right vendor. However, you know that the biggest challenge for most businesses is in making it work. You need to promote a positive attitude to the changes ahead and ensure that all
As a part of Ultra Consultants’ mission to serve the needs of manufacturing and distribution teams looking for business transformation through technology, we regularly watch for surveys and reports relating to manufacturing technology. A recent survey by Software Connect, MRP Software Buyer Trends - 2018 Report, focused on buyer needs and trends