Evans Food Group Ltd. had just finished its complex – and successful – Ultra Consultants-managed ERP transformation in May 2017 when the Chicago-based company experienced major changes. First, in late November 2017, Evans, the leading global producer of pork products and private label, co-packed and branded pork rinds, acquired Gaytan Foods, a
See Project Management articles and insight from Ultra's team of independent ERP consultants. In our work as trusted advisors, we’ve seen that a thorough approach to ERP project management helps teams manage risk as they undergo an ERP project journey. Posts showcasing Project Management address ERP evaluation, selection and implementation.
Manufacturing and distribution organizations initiate business process improvement (BPI) projects to streamline business processes, identify areas where efficiency can be improved, and enable better, more effective utilization of resources and assets. But, experts say, the majority of BPI projects do not achieve their goals. Why do so many
A lot can go wrong when an ERP system goes live. Critical severity defects, security holes and other technical problems can cause disruption, wreak havoc on operations, bring your business to a dead stop, and even result in multi-million-dollar lawsuits. With careful planning and process, however, your go-live can be a smooth, seamless
As U.S. companies continue the transition to remote work, possibly for the long term, ERP project teams continue to face significant challenges in management, coordination, communication and collaboration. And organizations that planned to start a much-needed ERP project are wondering whether to proceed or wait until the day – Sometime next year? –
For most ERP project teams, starting an ERP project is a daunting task. It’s common for selection teams to get pulled into a variety of directions, often losing focus because they are responding to pressing demands and fighting for internal resources to drive effective ERP selection. It’s helpful to consider the genesis of most ERP projects.
The rapid spread of COVID-19 means that we’ve all seen new challenges in our companies. We at Ultra Consultants are largely a remote workforce, but that doesn’t mean that we didn’t also experience some difficulties. As the CDC issued guidelines for social distancing, travel was canceled, and our clients came to us with questions on how to
A handy checklist helps manufacturing, distributing companies locate the best ERP consultants. We often talk with manufacturers and distributors about their enterprise technology initiatives, and the specific role an ERP consultant can play in evaluation, selection and implementation. Most project teams from mid-market manufacturing and
As an independent ERP consulting firm, the topic of ERP project organization comes up often as manufacturing and distribution teams look to Ultra to understand the best way to work through enterprise system evaluation and selection to improve key processes. The topic of ERP project organization was also front and center as a finding of a recent
In our experience as an independent ERP consultant team, an ERP selection and implementation initiative is successful when the project team understands that the process is much more than swapping a modern application with legacy software or tweaking a few IT solutions. This conclusion is based on hundreds of successful business process
In our experience as an independent ERP consultant team, an ERP selection and implementation initiative is only successful with an understanding that the process is much more than just swapping out legacy software or tweaking a few IT solutions. Striving to achieve a future state or implementing an enterprise system requires a focus on
When is the right time to consider what it takes for an effective ERP implementation project kickoff? We’ve all heard the expression “don’t put the cart before the horse” which warns us against placing tasks or items in the wrong order. It is much the same with an enterprise technology implementation project. First Things First For most
Thinking ERP in 2019? Many of the manufacturing and distribution teams we speak with are in the process of prioritizing their strategic plans. And many of these enterprises are considering the timing of an enterprise technology project. Regular readers know that Ultra’s team puts an emphasis on sharing the latest in economic activity through our