Buying an ERP system? Many manufacturing and distribution organization project teams are now considering an active ERP project. The reasons vary, but in all, it’s likely that legacy technologies and processes are not robust enough to manage costs, streamline operations and accommodate growth. The Reasons for Buying an ERP System When project
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Considering business process improvement? This guest blog post from IQMS looks at the benefits of implementing integrated ERP and MES. Visibility into your manufacturing operations is key to improved decision-making and thereby to improved efficiencies and making more profits. According to the National Association of Manufacturers - the
We’ve talked with several PE firms over the last year or so, especially as these organizations consider merger and acquisition activities in the manufacturing sector. Very often, a PE firm looks to assess the current state of how a manufacturer leverages enterprise technology. A pressing issue for advisors is to understand what is needed for a
Advances in assembly, production and shop floor equipment continue to impact today’s manufacturing and distribution organizations. These types of equipment improve a company’s efficiency and drive productivity improvements. Many of the companies Ultra’s independent ERP consultant team speaks with are investing in innovative, more intelligent
Are you preparing for a new ERP selection and implementation project? Before talking with vendors, before even starting the research on cutting-edge technology solutions, the first step must be about setting ERP requirements. And these requirements should reflect not only today’s needs but the needs for tomorrow as your company grows and
In many legacy ERP environments we’ve come across, we see companies that have put in place a homegrown, custom ERP system that was built from scratch. Typically, our manufacturing clients face a set of specific challenges when their existing ERP business systems are developed using custom legacy code. One of the more challenging characteristics
The Ultra ERP Blog keeps pace with the IT and enterprise software market activity – especially as it relates to ERP selection and enterprise software implementation. This guest post takes a close look at the Bot Economy of conversational bots - or chatbots - in an enterprise environment. As more millennials join the workforce
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
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
As we help our clients through their selection processes for an integrated ERP system, one of the first things we do is work to get a solid understanding of how their business operates on a day-to-day basis. One common thread we see with nearly all of our customers is a heavy dependency on Excel spreadsheets. Shockingly enough, Ultra has worked
In the last 12 months, it has become harder and harder to engage ERP vendors. This may be an indication that ERP is in “short supply”. You ask how can this be? An ERP vendor can produce unlimited copies of its software! Yes, technically, but not practically. A software vendor is limited by its resources, both sales and implementation. Buyers
Most ERP systems today capture, store, and trend a range of information such as quality, production, shipping, financial, supply chain activity and much more. With access to more timely and accurate information, the assumption is that manufacturers use that data to take the needed action to improve business processes. Data helps improve quality,