A lot can go wrong when an ERP system goes live. Critical severity defects, security holes and other technical problems can cause disruption, wreak havoc on operations, bring your business to a dead stop, and even result in multi-million-dollar lawsuits. With careful planning and process, however, your go-live can be a smooth, seamless
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As U.S. companies continue the transition to remote work, possibly for the long term, ERP project teams continue to face significant challenges in management, coordination, communication and collaboration. And organizations that planned to start a much-needed ERP project are wondering whether to proceed or wait until the day – Sometime next year? –
For most ERP project teams, starting an ERP project is a daunting task. It’s common for selection teams to get pulled into a variety of directions, often losing focus because they are responding to pressing demands and fighting for internal resources to drive effective ERP selection. It’s helpful to consider the genesis of most ERP projects.
Is your company looking at who should be on your ERP evaluation team? The evaluation of any software vendor solution must be conducted with an ERP project team with proven expertise and objectivity. But that’s tough when everyone in the organization has a full plate with existing duties, and in many cases – not too many folks in the
As an independent ERP consulting firm, the topic of ERP project organization comes up often as manufacturing and distribution teams look to Ultra to understand the best way to work through enterprise system evaluation and selection to improve key processes. The topic of ERP project organization was also front and center as a finding of a recent
When it comes to client engagements, Ultra is used to being brought on in on a variety of different levels – sometimes we put together a team simply to manage one isolated assignment, and others Ultra is put in charge of an entire ERP project, all the way from selection to implementation. But regardless of our level of involvement, we believe the
Most project teams from mid-market manufacturing and distribution organizations are challenged by an ERP selection project. This is because an ERP project cuts across each area of the business, impacting functional areas from finance, accounting and supply chain, to shop floor, production, inventory, quality management, shipping and more.
Heard any good ERP systems news lately? An important mission of Ultra’s ERP consultant team is to guide manufacturing and distribution companies heading into an active ERP project. Project teams have told us that it’s advantageous to receive enterprise systems education from an independent, vendor-agnostic resource. A company’s objective
When we think of the Industrial Internet of Things and ERP, there’s much to consider for today’s manufacturing and distribution organization. Think of the Industrial Internet of Things as manufacturing or distribution related hardware and software that work together through “internet of things” style connectivity to track and enhance
Many of the mid-market manufacturing and distribution organizations we team with are thinking of setting a budget for ERP, especially those organizations entering into a new fiscal year. For today’s manufacturing and distribution company, the promise of a modern ERP solution that integrate and makes data instantly available throughout the
Is it time to assess your organization's ERP health? It is if your processes involve manual workarounds, stand-alone or siloed solutions, cumbersome spreadsheets or duplicate data entry. As independent consultants serving manufacturers and distributors, we’ve seen that outdated enterprise technology hinders business process
As a native Minnesotan, I was intrigued by an article published in the Star Tribune entitled “Minnesota manufacturers' profits soar, but a labor shortage looms.” The article shared survey results that show hiring and retention as the major challenges facing the region’s manufacturing sector. At the same time, an “unexpectedly