It's that time once again when we look to the coming New Year and plan for what's ahead. In this two-part blog post series, we examine some of the disruptive trends we're seeing in enterprise technology. This first blog looks at the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), digital transformation, and solid gains in the cloud related to ERP in
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In many legacy ERP environments we’ve come across, we see companies that have put in place a homegrown, custom ERP system that was built from scratch. Typically, our manufacturing clients face a set of specific challenges when their existing ERP business systems are developed using custom legacy code. One of the more challenging characteristics
We recently worked with a manufacturing organization that looked to select enterprise technology to improve a range of sales, operational and finance processes. In this specific case, what we saw was a “CRM vs. ERP” focus disconnect. Due to the challenges the team faced with the current state of the organization’s internal sales processes, the
Manufacturing and distribution organizations well know that an ERP selection project is a complex endeavor with long-term strategic implications – an effort fraught with risk and requiring significant organizational resources. As project teams approach evaluation and selection, they often run into the concepts of Best of Breed vs.Best in Class
Got ERP red flags? Manufacturers who took advantage of enterprise resource planning systems from previous decades now face aging legacy systems nearing or at the end of their productive lifecycle. Your enterprise might have met the limits of your legacy system and surpassed them. At their deployment, these now outdated solutions
A previous Ultra blog post looked at enterprise systems for regulated industries with a focus on ERP software validation. The post provided an overview of the regulated environment faced by industries such as pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotech. We made the case that understanding the complex regulatory environment is an important
A U.S. make-to-order specialty metal packaging and lithography company, Independent Can Company, faced challenges from a poorly functioning legacy ERP system tied together with software bolt-ons and Excel spreadsheets. Given a 12-week deadline from contract signing to production start-up at a newly acquired location, Ultra Consultants identified
As Cloud ERP vendors gain momentum in the manufacturing and distribution industries, ERP selection teams continue to give serious consideration to the technology platform. For today’s project teams, since adoption and ERP implementation are more widespread, Cloud ERP considerations are very much on the minds of today's small to medium
Metal fabricators engage in the process of producing metal structures utilizing operations of cutting, bending, forming, machining, welding, and assembling. The metal fabrication industry, like many others, is facing growing challenges such as economy-driven and cyclical demand patterns, increasing customer expectations, and managing capital
Our team at Ultra has been partnering with a US-based manufacturer of welded and cold drawn mechanical steel tubing, fabricated parts and precision components. Through the partnership, we’ve uncovered business issues commonly faced by many metal component manufacturers and suppliers. This post is the first in a series showcasing the process for
One of the best resources for understanding the demands of the food and beverage manufacturing industry is Food Safety Magazine. A particular article that captures the importance of how to find the best food processing ERP software, entitled "Preparation Is Key to Staying off FSMA Recall Report." As the article notes, the US Food Safety
There are few manufacturing IT projects more daunting, resource-intensive and complex then selecting a new ERP system. Given that choosing and implementing a new ERP system is one of the biggest decisions a mid-market manufacturing company will ever make, taking the time to evaluate an ERP selection consultant is an equally critical