Most Food & Beverage organizations start ERP selection with a list of the biggest and best-known names in the ERP software marketplace, then research features, functionalities and total cost of ownership, and then schedule multiple rounds of sales presentations and demos. Often overlooked in this process are specialized solution providers
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An aging ERP system is like a house or automobile in that the older it gets the more it needs to be maintained. And, like a house or car, at some point it makes sense to purchase a new one rather than continue to fix the old one. Estimates vary, but ERP systems typically have a lifespan of between seven and 10 years – although, with today’s
The enterprise software selection process is a long and complicated process – for several good reasons. The solution you choose will affect the way you conduct business for years to come, and it will impact virtually every function. It’s a significant investment, even with today’s cloud-based packages. And with approximately 75 percent of ERP
Experiencing buyer’s remorse for a candy bar only affects one person. But choosing the wrong enterprise software can ripple through the entire organization – and result in huge extra costs. Take the case of Lidl, a 10,000-store international supermarket chain. Lidl chose ERP software that needed heavy customization to meet its needs and, after
Today’s IT departments increasingly leverage the cloud to deliver applications and services throughout the organization, as well as to customers and partners. In fact, last year Gartner reported that 40% of organizations in North America plan to spend the majority of new or additional funding on cloud technologies. Modern, forward-looking ERP
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
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