ERP Best Practices

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Ultra Pushes Chicago Tube ERP Project Forward Through COVID and Customization Challenges

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.

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Inside an Ultra ERP Project: R&L Spring Company Begins 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.

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Six Advanced ERP Capabilities Medical Device Manufacturers Need Right Now

ERP systems provide the backbone for operational excellence, and improve medical device manufacturers’ competitive advantage with powerful capabilities to become more customer-centric and deliver greater value. Learn the six key capabilities medical device manufacturers should look for in ERP systems to support shifting business models and requirements.

Make the Right Choice: The 5 Primary Enterprise Software Selection Factors

Are you confident that your team can select the enterprise solution that is best-suited to your organization and industry? Is your company able to objectively evaluate the software options? Is your organization prepared to navigate the complex (and competitive) vendor landscape? Ensure that you consider all the key factors – and make the right choice – with this checklist and these important questions.

Guest Post: The Right Way to Build an Agile, Adaptable and Resilient Supply Chain?

It’s common to believe that implementing a new solution will fix supply chain issues. But new software alone isn’t the answer – especially now. While few businesses came through the pandemic unscathed, some fared better. We can learn from their success and use that knowledge to create supply chains that stand up to the harshest economic conditions.

How to Prepare for Procure-to-Pay Implementation Success

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?

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Expert Advice: Three Key Organizing Principles for a Resilient Supply Chain

For manufacturers, the COVID-19 pandemic brought unprecedented supply and demand chain upheaval. How successful were “textbook” best practices in mitigating and managing the new normal? Did they provide the required resilience? And now, with the worst of the pandemic behind us, what practices should be put in place to provide the flexibility needed to accommodate shifting manufacturing strategies?

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5 Big Mistakes to Avoid in ERP Software Selection (Video)

The ERP software you choose will affect the way you conduct business for years to come, and it will impact virtually every business function. It’s a significant investment, too. So it’s critical to find a solution suited to your industry and your company’s unique needs. Whether or not you manufacture industrial equipment, you’ll learn how to choose the right ERP solution for your organization in this excerpt from a recent webinar.

Top 10 Distribution KPIs: Our Experts Discuss Today’s Most Critical Metrics

In today’s new now, it’s important for distributors to do everything they can to shave costs, increase revenue and boost profitability. The question – and challenge – is identifying the processes and functions where efficiencies, pennies and a tenth of a percentage point in margin improvement can be found. The right metrics will make the answer clear.

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