Chicago Tube & Iron was at a technology dead-end: Its 30-year-old, Unix-based operations management system was heavily customized and difficult to maintain and update. While it served the distribution and fabrication company well for many years through changing business models, it was (past) time for an ERP upgrade. But COVID pandemic restrictions and complex customizations presented challenges.
Business Process Improvement
Successful, goal-achieving ERP projects require structure. At Ultra, this framework is provided by our methodology. To show it in action – and reveal why it’s critical to success – we are going to follow a single ERP project for a client: R&L Spring Company. Along the way, we’ll share the project’s real-life challenges (and solutions) and provide an insider’s view of a business transformation.
For distributors, metrics can point the way to profits. Up-to-the-minute, detailed and accurate key performance indicators (KPIs) – driven by data provided by your ERP solution – can tell you which processes are working well, which are broken, which can be improved and which offer the greatest opportunity to improve your bottom line.
The procure-to-pay (P2P) process offers exceptional opportunities for optimization and integration. Many forward-looking organizations are eager to achieve new efficiencies, and are looking closely at P2P software solutions to centralize and automate the purchasing and inventory processes. But success requires some up-front work. Is your organization ready?
With the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic in the past, distributors still are challenged like never before: Supply chain networks remain exceptionally complex, customer demands continue to escalate and disruptions are near-constant. What can forward-thinking distributors do to optimize operations today and enable success tomorrow?
The COVID pandemic and the post-COVID business environment are challenging distributors in ways they’ve never experienced. And a number of problems – the disruption of supply chains, forecasting difficulty and the pressing need to change the interface and interaction with customers – are forcing significant changes. What are the positive actions to take?
Ultra client Zymo Research has received a 2021 Top Supply Chain Projects Award from Supply & Demand Chain Executive (SDCE) Magazine. Zymo Research was recognized for improving supply chain operations with an ERP modernization project for which we provided business process improvement, software selection and implementation management services.
As the industrial equipment manufacturing (IEM) industry rumbles through the remainder of a challenging 2021, headed for a potentially more successful 2022, we asked one of Ultra’s most experienced manufacturing consultants what smart IEM companies need to know to thrive in today’s fast-changing marketplace.
Like many mid-sized distributors, Pacific Plumbing Supply Company chafed against the limitations of its legacy management platform and scraped by with a number of time-consuming manual workaround processes. Owners and managers knew it was well past time to implement a modern ERP solution and gain the advantages it would offer.