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Why Every Company Ultimately Outgrows its Homegrown Software System

Posted by Russell Clement on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 @ 08:41 AM

It is easy to understand how homegrown ERP software systems began. Companies evaluated off-the-shelf software and either didn't like the price or didn't find the business fit they were looking for. So instead of paying more than they felt comfortable with or changing business practices to fit the software, these companies set out on their own to build a homegrown system through internal employees, friends or local programmers.

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Tags: ERP Selection

Legacy ERP Systems: The Backstory

Posted by Steve Bieszczat on Thu, Jul 09, 2015 @ 09:32 AM

A legacy ERP system is older enterprise software that is largely no longer being enhanced. Legacy ERP systems were usually first created in the 1980s or early 1990s and were often based on older technology like PIC, Progress or even DOS. Their original user interfaces were character-based, though many received facelifts over the years, often using Windows clients to provide some degree of modern UI look and feel. Most also have some sort of bolt-on business intelligence tool for improved reporting and analytics.

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Tags: ERP Selection, ERP Maintenance

Trailer Manufacturers: Stop Settling for Generic ERP

Posted by John Lutz on Thu, May 21, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

truck_trailerTrailer manufacturers are unique in both their processes and business needs. Unfortunately, when it comes to ERP software, trailer makers are typically lumped together with other manufacturing industries (automotive) that are not a good fit for their day-to-day operations.  

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Tags: Inventory Control, ERP Selection, Automotive ERP, best of breed

Video: How Horizon Die Company Controls Costs and Meets Production Challenges

Posted by IQMS Manufacturing ERP Software on Thu, Apr 30, 2015 @ 09:57 AM

Horizon Die Company is a first generation manufacturer pushing the envelope on technology by taking on the tough technical challenges other metal stamping suppliers decline. As a premier provider of high speed (sometimes up to 10,000 parts per minute!), tight-tolerance precision metal stampings, Horizon Die needs to have all production and order requirements at its fingertips for continued growth and success.

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Tags: ERP Selection, Video

Video: How the Largest Injection Molder in the West Maximizes its Success

Posted by IQMS Manufacturing ERP Software on Thu, Apr 02, 2015 @ 08:06 AM

AMA Plastics is a Top 100 Custom Plastic Injection Molder in North America. In its 156,000 square foot facility that includes an ISO Class 8 (100,000) clean room and tooling department, AMA Plastics uses its 92 molding machines and 60 Yushin robots to serve the consumer, medical, industrial, military and automotive industries. Employee-owned, AMA Plastics runs 24/7 and is the largest injection molder in the West.

In the beginning, AMA Plastics was running its business on a combination of spreadsheets, whiteboards and separate accounting and manufacturing packages. As is common when maintaining a company with multiple software systems, AMA Plastics was experiencing challenges growing its business to the next level.

Rather than continue to operate with insufficient software, AMA Plastics selected to implement a comprehensive ERP system that would support its future growth. Over the years, IQMS' manufacturing-specific ERP solution has helped AMA Plastics develop into the manufacturing leader it is today.

Click on the video below to hear more about AMA Plastics' impressive story.

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Tags: ERP Selection, Video

20 Real Manufacturers Talk Real ERP Benefits

Posted by IQMS Manufacturing ERP Software on Thu, Feb 19, 2015 @ 08:38 AM

Constantly striving to learn and improve, IQMS' management team follows a wide variety of blogs written by industry and subject matter experts. Over the past year, we have been struck by a number of articles that we feel need to be shared with our readers. From topics we consider very important to columns that we found inspirational or simply couldn't have said better ourselves, this new blog series is devoted to some of our favorite writers. We hope you enjoy the articles as much as we did.

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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, ERP Selection

When Selecting IQMS, Donnelly Considered Fit, Function and Future

Posted by IQMS Manufacturing ERP Software on Tue, Dec 30, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Since opening its doors in 1984, Donnelly Custom Manufacturing has played the short-run game to win. The custom manufacturer's ability to overcome challenges such as compressed lead-times, fast change overs and the demands of just-in-time inventory management have led to tremendous growth. Unfortunately, this growth eventually began outpacing Donnelly's legacy ERO system's capabilities.

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Tags: IQMS, ERP Selection, Plastics ERP, White Paper

What Benefits Should You Expect From Your ERP Maintenance Payments?

Posted by Nicole Smith on Thu, Dec 18, 2014 @ 08:44 AM

When investing in an ERP software package, you are typically responsible for two charges: the initial software purchase and ongoing maintenance fees. Whether you pay annually or on a month-by-month basis, maintenance costs are traditionally a percentage of your total software purchase. Unfortunately, what you get in return for your payment varies greatly from ERP vendor to ERP vendor.

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Tags: ERP Selection, User Group, Training, Technical Support, ERP Maintenance, Community Support

Meet Risk Management's New Sidekick: Your ERP Solution

Posted by Glenn Nowak on Thu, Nov 13, 2014 @ 09:12 AM

Every day, we take steps to mitigate risk in our daily lives. We wear our seat belts when in the car. We exercise regularly (well, semi-regularly) to keep healthy. We apply sunscreen before we head to the beach. We carpool and recycle to fight climate change.

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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, Inventory Control, Real-Time, ERP Selection, Quality Management, EDI, Shop Floor Control

Stop Trying to Integrate Your Shop Floor MES and ERP Solutions

Posted by Glenn Nowak on Thu, Oct 23, 2014 @ 10:23 AM

It seems like one of the recent trends in ERP software functionality is a renewed focus on shop floor control. This trend has prompted many ERP companies to begin selling third-party shop floor systems that are "integrated" with their ERP software.

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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, IQMS, Real-Time, ERP Selection, MES, WMS, Shop Floor Control, best of breed