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.
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Regular visitors to Ultra’s ERP blog know to expect deep insight related to ERP selection best practices. The information is designed to help answer ERP questions you might have about handling a complex endeavor that has long-term strategic implications. When considering strategic implications, many of the ERP project teams we partner with ask
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
When talking with today’s manufacturing and distribution companies, we’re often asked if there are any secrets to selecting an ERP system. In fact, at a recent industry gathering, we were asked, “If there were just a few “secrets” to a successful ERP selection project, what would they be?” In response, our team of ERP consultants regularly
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
Manufacturing and distribution organizations well know that an ERP selection project is a complex endeavor with long-term strategic implications – an effort fraught with risk and requiring significant organizational resources. As project teams approach evaluation and selection, they often run into the concepts of Best of Breed vs.Best in Class
A previous Ultra blog post looked at enterprise systems for regulated industries with a focus on ERP software validation. The post provided an overview of the regulated environment faced by industries such as pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotech. We made the case that understanding the complex regulatory environment is an important
When considering ERP for regulated industries, in particular an ERP selection project for the pharmaceutical, medical device and biotech industries, the sector faces a complex environment of multiple regulatory agencies dictating process control. Organizations within this highly regulatory sector heading into an ERP project are challenged to
A U.S. make-to-order specialty metal packaging and lithography company, Independent Can Company, faced challenges from a poorly functioning legacy ERP system tied together with software bolt-ons and Excel spreadsheets. Given a 12-week deadline from contract signing to production start-up at a newly acquired location, Ultra Consultants identified
ERP Risk factors are real. ERP projects can run into time delays and cost overruns. There’s a risk that the technology does not drive key business process improvements. Even at go live, there’s a risk the entire implementation fails if the project was not based on a solid foundation. ERP risk is compounded when an organization faces a
As Cloud ERP vendors gain momentum in the manufacturing and distribution industries, ERP selection teams continue to give serious consideration to the technology platform. For today’s project teams, since adoption and ERP implementation are more widespread, Cloud ERP considerations are very much on the minds of today's small to medium
Our team at Ultra has been partnering with a US-based manufacturer of welded and cold drawn mechanical steel tubing, fabricated parts and precision components. Through the partnership, we’ve uncovered business issues commonly faced by many metal component manufacturers and suppliers. This post is the first in a series showcasing the process for