CRM has changed a lot since its heyday in the early 2000s. Back then, it was all about upselling customers on products. But today, CRM has evolved into more of a customer experience management solution that encompasses sales and marketing while tying back into ERP systems. For companies that are looking at different CRM solutions, either as a
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Many of the teams we work with ask us how to select an MES system. We’ve worked with scores of manufacturing companies that seek to gain a competitive advantage through the intelligent use of data. Key to these efforts is smart evaluation, selection, and implementation of enterprise technology, including Manufacturing Execution Systems
Project teams often ask us: what is MES? Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) have been defined as enterprise technology applications that manage, monitor and synchronize the execution of real-time, physical processes involved in manufacturing finished goods. MES is often integrated with ERP for the most effective way to streamline the
Manufacturing Execution Software (MES) means different things to different people. I think it depends on a person’s perspective. Are they from a process manufacturing background or a discrete manufacturing background? Are they focused on complex manufacturing or highly repetitive manufacturing? Are they thinking about automation or are they
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. In several recent ERP selection discussions, we’ve heard the implication that Best-of-Breed and ERP are
Complex manufacturing organizations typically seek to simplify the production of engineered, ordered, planned and controlled products that are configured or assembled uniquely for each customer order. The effort is part of a business process improvement and is one that is familiar to complex manufacturing organizations. We’ve looked at this
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. It’s an important set of challenges to consider when looking at business process improvement. And
As an independent ERP consulting firm, the manufacturing and distribution teams we speak with are concerned about the maturity of ERP systems in their organizations. ERP health and maturity are concerns that come up often as project teams look to Ultra to understand the best way to work through enterprise system selection to improve key
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
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,