We are often asked whether there is a distinction between ERP and “Best-of-Breed” enterprise systems. We hear these terms as we meet with manufacturing ERP project teams, as well as solution vendors, to classify solutions in the marketplace.
Many of the complex manufacturing organizations we speak with face business challenges when looking to simplify the production of engineered, ordered, planned and controlled products that are configured or assembled uniquely for each customer order.
Our team regularly provides expertise related to ERP systems for process manufacturers. Process manufacturers work with ingredients instead of parts and the production process is more focused on recipes and formulas than traditional bills of materials.
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).