3 Tips to Improve ERP in Manufacturing

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is important software for the modern manufacturing business. Both large and small businesses can benefit from this kind of technology. However, not all ERP services are created equal, some could benefit your business more than others. Furthermore, manufacturers have had a hard time making the most out of this technology.

Below we will dive into the 3 ways manufacturers can ensure they implement the technology correctly to get the most value out of ERP.

1) Pick The Right Service For Your Business

When ERP was still a new concept, there weren’t as many options when it came to software providers. Now that there are more choices and new companies developing ERP applications it can be hard to choose the best for a specific manufacturing business. To ensure a company only buys what they absolutely need, it’s important to fully understand the services they offer. Paying too much for applications that will never be used is a waste of time and money.

2) Executive Level Commitment

If the top brass of a company refuses to learn or adapt to the new ERP technology, the rest of the workforce is sure to follow suit. An ERP system does not stop at the ground floor, it should continue through the highest executives of a company.

ERP systems will touch every facet of a business and may cause issues when it is first being implemented. It is imperative that top management be involved at every step along the way while offering a clear reason why ERP will assist the workforce with their day to day operations

3) Creating the ERP Team

It is no secret that staffing an ERP team is one of the more difficult aspects of creating a successful system but it is the most essential. The wrong team can manifest into even more problems including poor executive commitment.

First team responsibilities must be divided accordingly, where each system and vendor is listed and a recommendation is passed onto an executive. After the ERP solution is decided the same team should transition into an implementation team that assists in the role of preparing staff for the change. Finally this team will ultimately become the standing ERP team, made up of an executive sponsor and various representatives from finance, IT, marketing, sales, engineering, operations and manufacturing.

With proper representation from every section of a company, an ERP solution has an even higher chance of succeeding because no departments issues are left out.

These are just a handful of tips that can help create a successful ERP implementation process. It is important to remember to constantly analyze and make adjustments throughout the entire process. Success is not guaranteed by the actions of one person, instead it requires an entire company. When implemented properly, ERP can have a profound impact on any manufacturing business.