Thinking ahead to 2020? Making the case for Business Process Improvement (BPI) is likely on your mind. Manufacturers have long known that deploying a new technology solution such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Manufacturing Execution System (MES) Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) or others must be more than just a pure “technology
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Today’s ERP systems for Consumer Products Manufacturers (CPG) must drive true transformation. In order to compete, consumer goods companies must keep pace with customer demand while managing margins and complying with ever-changing safety and environmental regulations. Companies must also manage a variety of pressures ranging from the price
Project teams often enter into technology selection and implementation as the first steps in realizing true ERP business transformation. Enterprise technology, with ERP as a foundational technology, plays a big role in those transformations. Often companies new to modern ERP systems get easily overwhelmed with the technology landscape and
We read with interest an article entitled “The latest technology isn't enough – you need the business model to go with it” published by the World Economic Forum. The article makes the case that the manufacturing sector has many potentially disruptive technologies available to them, ranging from artificial intelligence to connected machinery to
It’s always interesting to see what questions we’re asked as an ERP consulting firm. Many of the teams we work with face challenges when customizing products to serve a variety of customers. As business improvement consultants, we often hear about these issues especially in the age of customer-centric processes. That’s why this blog post
This blog post continues the success story outlined in a recent blog post entitled “Steel Services Company Drives Improvements Through Technology Upgrades” As an independent ERP consulting firm, we take every chance to share a manufacturing case study that showcases client achievements. As we outlined in an earlier blog post, we recently
As an independent ERP consulting firm, we’re pleased to share the successes our clients achieve when driving business process improvement. A good example of a recent success story, showcasing how technology upgrades drive improvements, comes from Ultra’s engagement with a large specialty steel service center which operates out of several
Most manufacturing and distribution companies have a goal of business process improvement. That’s why many companies partner with Ultra, as they require modern technology to support that improvement. Each organization’s “current state” is different. Some companies already have the necessary technology in place, but it isn’t in use
Technology is a key reason for manufacturers’ ability to produce more output with fewer workers. So when it comes to information systems, can you best maximize your investment in manufacturing IT systems? Automation, machine-to-machine data exchange, robotics, mobile data access via the ubiquitous cloud, manufacturing 4.0: all contribute to
This blog post provides an overview of how Blockchain will impact the manufacturing and distribution sectors. Included is a brief highlight from a recent ERP Showcase Webinar. Additional posts will provide insight into how Blockchains can be implemented throughout the supply chain. Blockchain can be described as a decentralized,
Thinking ERP in 2019? Many of the manufacturing and distribution teams we speak with are in the process of prioritizing their strategic plans. And many of these enterprises are considering the timing of an enterprise technology project. Regular readers know that Ultra’s team puts an emphasis on sharing the latest in economic activity through our
Before a project team begins their journey seeking transformation with an enterprise technology selection and implementation, we guide our clients to consider the concepts of KPIs and Performance Management. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are the specific measurements and metrics that are relevant to your specific industry and production