Over the past two weeks, we have taken a closer look at internal and external challenges that face manufacturers today. These include system and process challenges within a manufacturing firm and the challenges that are caused by the current economic times plus the quick and drastic change from a localized to a globalized marketplace. To learn more about these economic and global challenges, visit here. Although the challenges are vast, they are certainly not impossibilities, and success is very possible for our clients and others in Toronto and throughout Canada. This success stems from ERP system capabilities that allow for improved productivity that also add value. One such solution is Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3). Let’s take a closer look at what success looks like and how Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) helps achieve it.
There’s no doubt (based on current challenges) that manufacturers need to increase productivity and keep ahead of the competition. These can be achieved through information systems and ERP software combined to not just meet operational needs but to streamline information technology (IT) infrastructure and deliver support. This requires a switch from using a variety of management systems that have been pieced together and have varying levels of technological capability. Systems that have been pieced together often face issues that include interfacing, data traceability, reliability, system maintainability, and repository consistency.
Instead, an integrated solution that streamlines processes is needed that also offers broader functionality. With this integration plus the option to include add-ons that are specialized, Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) offers a complete package that hasn’t been offered in traditional ERP systems. This end-to-end ERP solution incorporates functionalities that streamline, control business processes, produce superior quality product, and improve customer satisfaction.
Here are some of the many benefits of these modern ERP systems:
- Quicker product development and time to market
- Production increases without cost increases
- Control, traceability, and inventory management compliance that guarantee higher quality
- Data that satisfies lawful requirements via audit trails and document management
- Enhanced forecasting and better management of the supply chain
- Improved customer service with order process enhancement, automated delivery, and customer interaction
In addition to these benefits of an integrated system, another benefit to productivity and performance through Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) is its ability to share real-time information across users, areas of expertise, and the supply chain as a whole. This information sharing can extend to partner companies and international groups to share standard data, group company disposals, financial reporting and statements, and financial traceability. This allows manufacturing firms to truly keep tabs on their stock, to forecast, and to trace data across extended enterprises and across a company’s entire ecosystem.
With Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3), the sharing of information is interconnected and flows freely between all constituents while improving database synchronization through collaborative systems. These include EDI, cloud-enabled connectivity, portal sharing and platforms, and trading hubs. Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) can virtually do it all!
For further details on the benefits of and ways to improve productivity and performance using a modern ERP software solution, download our whitepaper “ERP – A Strategic Growth Driver for Manufacturing Firms”.
Our small and dedicated team specializes in helping small-to-medium size Canadian businesses and non-profits select and adapt Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Human Resource Management (HRMS) and IT services. With IWI’s 15 years in business and 100 plus years of combined experience, IWI has helped hundreds of manufacturing, distribution, and financial service companies gain efficiency, grow, and lower their operating costs.
With the unique combination of industry knowledge and diverse technology expertise, IWI provides cost-effective solutions to help clients gain a competitive edge. As a Sage business partner, servicing the Greater Toronto Area, we support evaluation and implementation of operations and finance systems to optimize technology, ensuring high return on investment with a quick and painless transition to new software.