In the last year, of the IQMS customers who have been installed on our manufacturing ERP and MES solution, EnterpriseIQ, we have seen more than 50 percent of them employ outsourced or contract IT personnel. With that in mind, one of the trends that I see for 2014 is to carry this practice of contracting with experts into the enterprise software space in order to take full advantage of ERP benefits.
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The success of any ERP implementation can be determined by the cost, time and overall efficiency savings to the company and its employees. The latest IQMS infographic highlights real benefits seen by EnterpriseIQ user Mar-Bal, Inc.
Your manufacturing business is constantly changing. Whether those changes are the result of new customer requirements, employee turnover, process/product improvements or one of a thousand other possibilities, the one question you must ask is: "Is my ERP software keeping up?" If it's not, I could suggest a new solution.
One of the most critical components to a successful ERP implementation is the support of upper level management. Whether your business is a less than $5 million manufacturer or a multi-facility, multi-national operation, having the support of top management turns the odds in your favor that your implementation will be successful.
Wireless technologies have matured considerably over the last decade and have proven very useful in the workplace. They remove the need to be tethered to a specific location and allow users the ability to wander around the manufacturing shop floor while keeping access to critical information close at hand or provide connectivity to remote locations that may have been inaccessible through traditional means. With the obvious benefits of using a wireless infrastructure, why continue using wired hardware?
Today we continue our latest blog series offering a peek into the daily lives of IQMS’ directors. From human resources to testing and training to development, meet the key department leaders who are molding our company’s future and continually advancing the EnterpriseIQ ERP and MES software.
Custom Profile, a profile extruder based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has a notable company motto: It strives every day for zero product defects and 100 percent on-time delivery. With only three late customer shipments in 2012, Custom Profile is pretty darn close, boasting a current benchmark of 99.99+ percent on-time delivery for the past year and zero shipping errors from incorrect quantity or item selection for the past three years!
When it comes to successful manufacturing ERP implementations, people and processes matter most. Without management buy-in and the adoption and usage of the new software across the entire organization, implementations cannot be sustained and will not deliver the best results. When you consider factors of ERP implementation success, long-term organizational change management ranks among the most important components.
Selecting a new ERP software system used to be about fit and function. But today, prospective clients also have to perform an extensive appraisal of the method of deployment. There are two primary ERP software purchasing options: Software as a Service (Saas) and Traditional Purchased. What are the differences between the two and which software delivery method is best for you?
There are several models for implementing ERP software in the market. The two most common methods are the direct services model (where the ERP vendor sends its dedicated team of in-house professionals) and the value-added resellers model (where the ERP vendor contracts with a third party company to implement your new software system). Since IQMS’ inception, we have believed that the direct services model is the best solution to serve our customers through their implementation and beyond. The benefits of selecting manufacturing ERP software with a direct services model are numerous and below are just a few: