Guest Post by Liz Blanchard, Deacom Inc.
A true single system ERP solution is designed to address all required functionality in one set of code without bolt-ons and customizations. By eliminating the risk and complexity associated with module-based and heavily customized traditional ERP systems, this modern alternative delivers many benefits.
For manufacturers looking to grow their market share, it is important to implement an ERP system that will not only serve the company as it is today, but will also help the company grow and evolve. Noted below are few key advantages that make single system ERP the solution-of-choice for many manufacturing businesses.
Single Source of Truth
Maintaining data in multiple places often leads to discrepancy. As the sole source of all data, a single system ERP ensures system-wide consistency. Establishing this single location for all data also allows real-time, enterprise-wide visibility and business intelligence from any part of the system, enabling well-informed decision-making that is based on quantitative facts, rather than anecdotal evidence.
Speed & Flexibility
An ERP system can provide companies an additional tool with which to strategically position themselves in the market, however, for ERP software to do this effectively it must possess the qualities it is meant to enable. While ERP systems utilizing multiple pieces of software are inherently more complex and difficult to change, a single system ERP is built to evolve.
For process manufacturers, ERP is all about process control. Removing bolt-ons and developing all functionality in a single solution also removes frequently relied upon, and fallible manual workarounds, reducing the customer’s risk of failure and ensuring process controls are adhered to 100% of the time.
One software system means only one vendor to manage, with only one support team responsible for addressing your questions and requests. Internal support and maintenance is much simpler as well, handling updates and back-up for only system.
In addition to lower maintenance, single systems are easier to upgrade. Multiple software systems conflict when one system is updated and no longer works correctly with other systems. This conflict is eliminated with single ERP system upgrades.
Liz Blanchard is the Director of Marketing at Deacom, Inc., producer of DEACOM, a complete ERP system for process manufacturers with difficult-to-handle requirements.