We have all done it. We've all said something was "good enough." It isn't great, it isn't bad; it's just okay. Whether it is your house, your car, your job, etc.... we often find that settling for things is easier than pursuing another option. And we are right, it is often easier. But is it the best way to go about evaluation and decision making. No it isn't.
IQMS Blog for Manufacturing ERP Expertise
Advancements in ERP system technology provide us with tremendous visibility into our operations, and the 2.0 world is embracing transparency in all matters. Information is accessible about all aspects of our work and our lives: the scheduling of our manufacturing operations, the dimensions of the parts we make, the financial viability of our customers and suppliers, and details – personal as well as professional - about our employees and partners.
Any employer knows it takes a lot of time out of every week to manage their employees' Human Resources and Payroll needs, and every year with new laws and tax changes it seems to take even more time. Some companies have entire departments devoted to HR and Payroll while many others, the majority it seems, have their managers, supervisors and employees wearing many hats, only one of them being HR/Payroll. Wouldn't it be great to free up some of that time to devote yourselves to turning a profit rather than answering the same questions over and over again?
We've all read how a popular automaker has been under fire recently for their quality problems. I can just imagine how devastating it must be to find out that a product you've been shipping for years is subject to a recall for a quality defect. The first step in damage control would be to completely understand the underlying cause of the problem. Many times the fault lies in one of the raw materials used to manufacture the product. In that case, strong lot tracing functionality can be the difference between recalling millions vs. recalling thousands or less. In order for lot traceability to be cost effective it should be built into the normal workflow of the manufacturing process.
When a company purchases a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system there are any number of reasons why they have made that decision. A company would normally have a project team that will implement the system and they are considered the in-house experts for their functional areas. They go down the path of implementing specific modules and during that time they might hold off on improving or implementing other modules that might streamline their business processes. They might say, let's do this at a later date and focus on what is critical at that time.
This is the year! You have decided you are going to evaluate your existing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system or make the leap to buy a new one. Congratulations.