For decades, manufacturing and distribution companies typically issue an ERP request for proposal to software vendors when they head into an active enterprise technology project. The results of this effort are mixed at best. Working through an ERP request for proposal is time-consuming for the organization and the project team. The contents of
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Manufacturers that achieve best-in-class performance for quoting and costing have one key differentiator from companies that lag behind: the leaders treat quoting and costing as a mission-critical, enterprise-class function within their organization. The laggards do not. When it comes to business process improvement, what does it mean for a
My past blog post offered ERP project teams the steps it takes to implement an ERP system for true transformation. In my post entitled “Transforming Your Business is the Final Step of Implementing an ERP System,” I made the case that once the foundation for business transformation is built, the challenge going forward is to leverage this
In the last few years, we have seen two different implementation methodologies emerge. When buying a new ERP system, you should make sure you understand the ERP implementation methodology proposed by the vendor or re-seller and its pros and cons. ERP Implementation Methodology #1: The Traditional Method The first methodology is the Traditional
As a part of Ultra Consultants’ mission to serve the needs of manufacturing and distribution teams looking for business transformation through technology, we regularly watch for surveys and reports relating to manufacturing technology. A recent survey by Software Connect, MRP Software Buyer Trends - 2018 Report, focused on buyer needs and trends
Months ago, you determined to replace your antiquated systems and stand-alone solutions. And now you await the final step of implementing an ERP system. This decision to implement may have been the result of a realization that your existing system could no longer support your future vision for your company. At a deeper level, this decision
A successful implementation depends heavily on the team assembled to design and implement the new ERP system. An ERP implementation is one of the most important projects a company can undertake. There are many variables associated with making the project a success and realizing the desired ROI. One of the most critical factors is the ERP
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
We see it every now and then, and it’s discouraging and frustrating: a failed ERP implementation. Some enterprises are unwilling or unable to go through the process transformation steps to gain real value out of their ERP investment and the moment in time it offers to affect real business improvement. A successful ERP implementation is
One of the pleasures of working at Ultra Consultants is partnering with forward-thinking manufacturing and distribution companies that seek true business transformation. As ERP consultants, we come to feel like we’re part of the organization – working shoulder to shoulder with ERP project teams throughout the country. While every client
We’re currently teaming with a US-based mid-market electronics manufacturer that is actively searching for a new ERP system, and as part of the engagement, the ERP Implementation Charter has emerged as a necessary ingredient for success. At the outset of the ERP project, key drivers for ERP selection and evaluation related to improving core
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