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
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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 As independent consultants serving manufacturers and distributors, we’ve seen that outdated enterprise technology hinders business process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
What’s key to achieve Make to Order manufacturing success? Make to order manufacturing requires unique functionality from enterprise solutions, including collaborative design and configuration, supply chain visibility, serial number/lot number tracking and as-built product history. Ultra’s independent ERP consultants helped the Knox Machine
When it comes to ERP selection challenges, manufacturing and distribution organizations often find that navigating through the many available solutions can be an obstacle in today’s industrial environment. Enterprises saddled with legacy, outdated ERP systems often don’t know where to begin when it comes to an ERP selection project. Worries over
Episode 7: (8:05) Why does ERP project scope matter to today’s manufacturing and distribution organization? And what needs to be considered when it comes time to define ERP project scope? In this episode of Ultra’s ERP podcast, host Jeff Carr breaks down the key areas to focus on when it comes to defining the ERP project. As Jeff so
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
Episode 5: (7:27) Starting an ERP project? Ultra considers these projects as major transformations. This podcast looks at the genesis of such projects – what has transpired to get an organization to the point of looking for new technology? For most ERP project teams, starting an ERP project is a daunting task. It’s common for selection