IQMS Blog for Manufacturing ERP Expertise
There's a lot that goes into being a buyer for any kind of business - from evaluating different suppliers to negotiating contracts to understanding supply chain management. You've got quite a bit on your plate to manage, but EnterpriseIQ is here to provide the tools you need to make your job easier and help you execute the purchasing strategies that will make your company more profitable. The tools I'm going to highlight in this two-part series include the AKA Buying feature, Material Exceptions List tool, Budget Comparison calculation, Vendor Performance Analysis report and the Vendor RMA module.
Have you ever used something for years and then one day, out of the blue, you see someone do something with it that you didn't know was possible? You don't know whether to feel silly that you never figured it out or elated that you now know. It's not usually a major feature in the overall scheme of things, but it still would have been nice to know.
How do you get to the Carnegie Hall of efficiency for the sweet music of success in supply chain management software? Practice, practice, practice.
Everyone likes to back up decisions we make and ideas we have with facts. It makes us feel that we did our due diligence, weighed options and made a commitment based on valuable reasoning. But what happens when the presentation of facts is out of context or hinders the meaning behind them? Instead of simply taking what is being said as the end-all-be-all, the trick of the consumer is to remember to look at the source for clues in differentiating germane from immaterial fact.
Given that manufacturing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems are such an important investment, many companies looking for ERP systems chose consultants to help them with the ERP selection process. They do it for the obvious reason that they don't do ERP selections all the time (hopefully just once!) and are therefore not experts in the selection of ERP systems. In many cases, this is the logical choice if they are not able to identify system choices through other methods such as industry specificity, word of mouth references or software selection services like the Technology Evaluation Centers.
Single Database – Single Source ERP for Manufacturing
A Little History - Lessons Learned
From the beginning of my career in manufacturing I saw the need for a comprehensive system to control the whole process from start to finish. It was clear to me that a single database was the way to go. One version of the truth was very illusive when it came to manufacturing information - how to make a product or even how many to make and when. There were many places to look for answers and sometimes none of them were correct.