There are few manufacturing IT projects more daunting, resource-intensive and complex then selecting a new ERP system. Given that choosing and implementing a new ERP system is one of the biggest decisions a mid-market manufacturing company will ever make, taking the time to evaluate an ERP selection consultant is an equally critical
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An ERP selection project is a key component to a successful ERP implementation. Implementation projects that fail to attain expectations can be traced back to poorly executed ERP selection projects. Mid-market manufacturers have gained value over the last decade from teaming with Ultra Consultants for a specific and effective approach to ERP
It’s been suggested that: "you can’t get the right answer till you ask the right question." For manufacturers embarking upon an ERP selection project, this important piece of wisdom becomes critically important. What’s the best way to make an intelligent decision about which ERP solution to select? Asking the right questions can certainly
Our team regularly speaks with mid-market manufacturers and distributors who are considering changing ERP systems. We enjoy the chance to offer insight as they consider their current ERP implementation, the challenges they face and their future plans related to investment in enterprise software. As part of these conversations about changing ERP
For nearly 20 years we have seen many organizations wrestle with the thought of buying new ERP software. Should companies who need new business software just they “bite the bullet” and migrate to a new ERP system? Or can they wait just another year or two? The hesitation can be due to a number of factors such as affordability and budget,
Can ERP Projects generate a business case? Not only can they, but they must. I treat the business case different than most. In the past the business case has been used to justify the project to management or the Board of Directors (BOD). It has been used to get the money. In my view the business case becomes the project driver. It becomes the
There is a tendency for companies selecting an ERP system to think about the process in a linear fashion. The company first identifies the need for new ERP software, executes an ERP selection project and then starts the implementation process. But there are a series of implementation steps that a company must perform regardless of which ERP system
The most difficult step in business process improvement is the development of the future state. It requires an understanding of the weaknesses in the current process, and an understanding of what is possible with improved technology. Ultra facilitates a BPI workshop with the key stakeholders of the business process. Let’s recap how we got to this
The recommendation I hear most from business users that have gone through an ERP implementation is “educate, educate, educate”. I believe this is an important activity in any business process improvement project. Often I see companies rush into improvement projects with little or no experience in process best practices. How can you develop a
Business information process mapping is an important step in business process improvement, but it can become a complex and difficult activity. Before you began to map processes, your team needs to agree on what mapping tool you will use. There are many mapping tools available. The most well known tool is Visio from Microsoft. If you do a Google
In the midst of a very dynamic business environment, many companies have delayed the decision to migrate their current legacy applications to newer and more robust technology. We continue to see a large number of companies operating their organizations with systems that were implemented in the early nineties. It is quite common to find a vast
ERP vendors are continually improving their products with new features. In past years the focus has been on adding application function such as manufacturing planning, quality management, engineering application, and CRM. Recently the focus has changed from function to ease of use features. At Ultra we noticed a couple of years ago that ERP