When it comes to ERP in complex manufacturing, a few definitions are in order. We look at complex manufacturing as companies that manufacture highly engineered products with longer product cycle times and multiple levels of subassemblies in their bills of material. These organizations design, engineer and manufacture “discrete” products to
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As independent ERP consultants, Ultra has a unique perspective on what it takes to transform operations at today’s manufacturing and distribution organization. We hear so much about the term “digital transformation” that’s it’s difficult to even understand what the term means. After leading several hundred enterprise technology transformation
Regular visitors to Ultra’s ERP blog know to expect deep insight related to ERP selection best practices. The information is designed to help answer ERP questions you might have about handling a complex endeavor that has long-term strategic implications. When considering strategic implications, many of the ERP project teams we partner with ask
A great deal of work has gone into sourcing the right ERP solution for your business, into getting stakeholder buy-in for the ultimate decision and selecting the right vendor. However, you know that the biggest challenge for most businesses is in making it work. You need to promote a positive attitude to the changes ahead and ensure that all
As a part of Ultra Consultants’ mission to serve the needs of manufacturing and distribution teams looking for business transformation through technology, we regularly watch for surveys and reports relating to manufacturing technology. A recent survey by Software Connect, MRP Software Buyer Trends - 2018 Report, focused on buyer needs and trends
Ultra’s team of independent ERP consultants is regularly called upon to discuss the needs of project teams looking to drive business process improvement in their organization. As part of our dialogue, we hear many questions distribution companies have about ERP. These questions are asked by teams in a range of sectors – from food and beverage
The distribution sector is facing unprecedented disruption in the wake of volatile consumer demand, ever-changing distribution channel technologies, and advancements in enterprise technology. Recent research shows that the food, retail, wholesale, and distribution industries will continue to face a time of transformation. With ongoing
Are you choosing an ERP system soon? Too often we see ERP selection and implementation projects go flying off the rails because of poor preparation, unrealistic expectations and insufficient project and change management. We want to help you avoid these problems before you even start communicating with vendors. Here are five resources to help
When talking with today’s manufacturing and distribution companies, we’re often asked if there are any secrets to selecting an ERP system. In fact, at a recent industry gathering, we were asked, “If there were just a few “secrets” to a successful ERP selection project, what would they be?” In response, our team of ERP consultants regularly
Can you count the ways your legacy ERP system is holding you back? Most of the organizations we speak with are running at full throttle managing operations, production, supply chain, ordering, inventory and other key areas. Taking the time to strategically analyze whether current business process systems are being effectively managed is often
What are your reasons to implement an ERP system? Our team of independent ERP consultants regularly advises ERP project teams as they undergo ERP evaluation, selection and implementation. Many project teams look to upgrade or select a new ERP system to obtain a single source of data, replace manual and stand-alone systems, and be in a better
Many ERP project teams in the manufacturing and distribution industries rightly put the focus on driving the most ROI from their enterprise technology project. As part of this quest, ERP selection teams continue to give serious consideration to the SaaS delivery model. Even those teams from today’s small to medium organizations look at the