Over the years I have seen different types of conflict at manufacturing companies when they consider ERP software. Many of these companies have implemented “lean” manufacturing programs. The majority of those efforts has focused on shop floor improvements, but has also found their way into “lean” office improvements. The conflict occurs when the
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When a company considers acquiring a new ERP system, they often struggle with clearly defining the evaluation criteria. Ultra Consulting advises clients’ to start with five basic criteria: Function fit Technology Company Support Cost The internal ERP evaluation team will expand this list as they progress through the
The process of implementing a continuous business process improvement culture in manufacturing companies. is one of the most effective approaches we've seen when it comes to enterprise technology projects Some of you are in companies that have been on this journey of continuous improvement for years. You are already into lean manufacturing and
In the manufacturing industry more than 50% of mid market enterprises have legacy systems and outdated processes. The management teams in these companies continuously debate how and when they will replace a legacy system. One part of the debate is “do I improve my processes before I replace the old system, or after?” On one side of the debate is
Ultra recently signed a project with an industrial supplier located on the East Coast. A few weeks ago, we were on site conducting our customary executive interviews and visioning sessions, whose content is directly used for launching the business case for change. Determining the Need for Change One of the first steps in beginning an ERP project
Here is a case study of a company that is using both Lean and ERP to support their journey of continuous improvement. In 2008, the management team decided to start two initiatives: Lean education for the entire organization and the transformation of the information system to a new ERP system. Many people asked how can you do both at the same
Once you have identified your list of vendors you need to lay out your plan for evaluating ERP vendors via an ERP comparison process. Earlier this year, I published two different blogs: one on examining current processes, and one on defining the future state. If you follow this approach, you will have developed enough information to define your
In this age of the Internet, identifying vendors should be easy. A Google search on the term “ERP Vendors” identifies 1,490,000 hits. Hmm… maybe not so easy. The problem is that there are way too many lists, and way too many choices. Also, many of the lists are generic and out of date. As a buyer, you want to find the 5 or 6 vendors that are
In our previous blog covering the business process improvements, we covered the need to document the business case. Why did we ever decide to take on this monumental task with so much risk? This thought usually occurs several months into the project and can be debilitating to a project team. It is important to take time to define the details both
According to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) Guide, the purpose of this Project Management Process Group, the "Closing Group" is to conclude all activities across the groups and to formally complete the project, phase, or contractual obligations. There are two main processes in this Project Management Process group – the close
Many of our blog posts address the technical aspects of an ERP project plan. We often make the case that a manufacturer can achieve significant business results when guided carefully through a step-by-step ERP software evaluation and implementation project plan. Important considerations include following a well-structured methodology, utilizing
The manufacturing companies we talk to are pressured to balance ERP selection and business process improvement initiatives against challenging production schedules, customer demands and workloads. A company about to embark on an ERP journey has many choices. Management may elect to walk that ERP journey alone, or they may see the value of