In my experience as an independent ERP consultant working with manufacturers and distributors, I have found that monitoring business performance and looking at current and future state conditions is much more productive than monitoring past decisions and actions. Within the operation of any organization, we can find plenty of data to let
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This is the third blog in our Transformation Journey series, which will discuss the 8 steps necessary to form a continuous improvement team. This team is in place to manage the process and immerse the group in an environment conducive to implementing improvements in your company’s environment and culture. In the last blog on the business
Most manufacturers judge an ERP implementation by the initial expense, ongoing operating or maintenance costs, return on investment, and time-to-value. In today's competitive business climate, we suggest an even more rigorous focus on enterprise software implementation that tracks additional metrics like disruptions in operations, impact on
What’s the current thinking on business process improvement with ERP? Modern ERP systems can play a large and valuable role in meeting performance-improvement goals, from facilitating automation to reducing cycle time to streamlining business processes. However, the key driver to an ERP system being seamlessly integrated into a business’s
New Year's resolutions: they're easy to make, hard to keep. From personal goals about healthy habits, to professional goals, it's no secret that resolving to "do better" is a challenge. It's much the same for project teams that are considering an active ERP project. As independent ERP consultants, the team at Ultra can help you keep your
This blog post puts the focus on managing change and the human side of ERP.Many teams we talk to are assessing whether to embark upon an ERP project. To help shed light on the topic, Ultra's ERP Blog recently looked at key trends in a recent blog post entitled Looking Ahead: Ultra's Perspectives on ERP in 2018. Understanding Change
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
Considering business process improvement? Guest blog post looks at an aspect of enterprise technology known as trade promotion management software. Managing trade promotion programs is a multifaceted business process for consumer goods manufacturers; it involves a significant amount of time, money and resources. Companies spend 25% of gross
I recently presented my thoughts about “real world scenarios in digital transformation” at the SME Smart Manufacturing event last month. It was a good chance to connect with industry and manufacturing leaders about digital transformation – which Ultra typically views as the realignment of technology and business processes to drive value. My
My colleague Dennis Gilhooley, Jr. recently shared an Ultra ERP blog post entitled Stories from the Field: Benefits of ERP Cut Across the Enterprise - The business process transformation stories he summarized in his blog post inspired me to share my own recent “story from the field” which involves ERP for the construction industry. This past
We’re seeing the term “digital transformation” in the industry press lately, and naturally our attention turns to how this term relates to the manufacturing and distribution sector, and in particular how ERP enables digital transformation for companies within the sector. Digital Transformation has been described by industry analysts as “the
Looking for business process transformation? Selecting and implementing a new ERP program are just the first steps in the full transformation of your business. What comes next must include a review of the current state of affairs to start the business process transformation to get to the goal of the future state. Many enterprises miss out on the