As illustrated in a previous blog post entitled “Stories from the Field: Why Setting the Scope of an ERP Project Pays Off,” the Ultra team is partnering with an industrial equipment manufacturer for an ERP selection project.
In the next few years, the $300M company expects to scale the business and expand operations to global markets.
The company turned to our team to improve overall operations which have been hindered by a 25-year old ERP system that forced them into manual record-keeping, siloed solutions and standalone spreadsheets. They realized the current technical environment hinders the chance for the company to optimize current operations and scale for the future.
What’s the Full Impact of an ERP Project?
Why is it important to assess the impact of an ERP project? While it was tempting for the manufacturer to jump head-first into setting up demos of current ERP systems, the company turned to Ultra’s ERP consulting team for a proven selection methodology which started with a careful process to set the scope of the ERP project.
In putting into place proven methodologies to drive business process transformation at the midmarket manufacturing company, it was important to identify the key business functions that would be impacted by the new system.
Thus, in an early phase of the project, we led an in-depth workshop with key organization and process owner stakeholders to uncover key process areas of impact, including the following functionality and capabilities across all business units:
- Inventory cashflow
- Scheduling accuracy
- Forecasting capabilities
- Access to information
- Quote management and tracking
- Engineering/product development version control
- Supplier performance tracking
- Reduce/eliminate manual workarounds
- Reduce/eliminate dependency on custom development
- Optimized warehouse management
- Improve capacity planning with a more formal S&OP process
ERP and the Future State
In this project, and many others guided by Ultra’s independent ERP consultant team, before we can define the future state, the process owners must understand “what is possible” with a new enterprise software solution.
Our collaborative business process education curriculum and visioning workshops combine best practices with technology solutions to construct your future state.
It is important to educate the team on applicable terminology and best practice process flows. Additionally, we plan to enhance the manufacturer’s ERP education experience to help the team understand everything they can accomplish throughout the project.
By achieving alignment with the future state vision, the team is best positioned to move into a more detailed future state opportunity stage that will optimize the desired goals of streamlined current processes and scalability for growth in the future.
Learn More: Assess the Impact of an ERP Project
Ultra’s case study library provides additional examples of success stories from the field.
A timely white paper entitled “Maximizing ROI in Your ERP Project” helps you maximize the benefits of ERP throughout the enterprise.
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