As an independent ERP consulting firm, the manufacturing and distribution teams we speak with are concerned about the maturity of ERP systems in their organizations. ERP health and maturity are concerns that come up often as project teams look to Ultra to understand the best way to work through enterprise system selection to improve key
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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
Can you count the ways your legacy ERP system is holding you back? Most of the organizations we speak with are running at full throttle managing operations, production, supply chain, ordering, inventory and other key areas. Taking the time to strategically analyze whether current business process systems are being effectively managed is often
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
Many of the companies we work with operate in a production environment that necessitates the tracking of hundreds, if not hundreds of thousands, of parts. This demanding type of environment can heavily benefit from a part numbering system. After all, parts must be managed, stored, retrieved and handled in ways specific to a manufacturer’s unique
You and your team have worked diligently over the past year to move throughout the business transformation process by taking the time to understand your business, select the ERP software supplier that best fits your company, and implement said ERP system. You’ve made it to your Go-Live date, but now what? This blog will help you form next
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,
While many equate the risks of sun-setting legacy ERP applications with the rigors of implementing new applications, the loss of key personnel prior to an ERP migration could also put an organization in even bigger peril. Many companies have been operating on the same core set of business applications for 15 to 20 years and there is usually
Over the years I have seen different types of conflict at manufacturing companies when they consider ERP software. Many of these companies have implemented “lean” manufacturing programs. The majority of those efforts has focused on shop floor improvements, but has also found their way into “lean” office improvements. The conflict occurs when the
Industries studies show that approximately 50% to 60% of mid-market companies have outdated information systems. This means that nearly half of management teams in the mid-market are asking themselves the question “why ERP”?! Ultra talks to many manufacturing executives every year that represent the 50% to 60% that are evaluating that question.
Many of the companies we work with operate a production environment that necessitates the tracking of hundreds – if not hundreds of thousands - of parts. Parts must be managed, stored, retrieved and handled in ways specific to the manufacturer’s unique operation, especially in high mix production environments. To help manage and effectively