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While there are often key indicators that it’s time to upgrade your process manufacturing ERP solution, how do you choose a best-fit replacement? In this guide, we’ll cover five best practices for selecting new software

ERP for manufacturing, such as Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3), yields many benefits for the manufacturing industry. Some of these benefits are obvious, such as the availability of data, the ease with which you can run reports, and other time-saving benefits. What might not be as readily apparent is the cost-savings that manufacturers can achieve with ERP for manufacturing and distribution. Sage contracted with the esteemed Forrester Research Group to analyze such savings. Although Forrester did not focus entirely on the manufacturing sector, they did discover among their many interviews with companies using Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) that manufacturers derived significant benefits. Here are just a few. ERP for Manufacturing Provides Cost-Savings ERP for manufacturing enables you to add many modules specifically tailored to your industry. One such module from Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) helps you standardize purchasing protocols and processes to achieve the best discounts on goods and supplies. The entire purchasing process saw a reduction in the cost of labor, according to the Forrester research. Because Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) saved considerable time and effort, it reduced the cost of labor by approximately 4% annually. Less time was spent on tasks […]

Pay some, receive more; that’s the surprising way in which ERP for manufacturing reduces costs. When you invest in an ERP system, you’ll reap benefits that far outweigh the initial costs. One benefit your manufacturing firm can derive from an ERP system implementation is a reduction in costs. A study from the Aberdeen Group invited 81 discrete manufacturers to share information about their ERP use and implementation. Some of the questions asked in the study yielded insights into how an ERP system can reduce costs. These five cost reductions may surprise you, but if they intrigue you, it’s time to look into what an ERP system can do for your company. The Surprising Ways ERP for Manufacturing Reduces Costs It helps to understand some of the overall benefits of an ERP system before diving into how it can reduce costs. An ERP system improves visibility through real-time data sharing across the company. Reports that may have taken days, weeks, or months to reach your desk from across the company can now be accessed instantly. This real-time data sharing enables business leaders to make swifter decisions, proactively manage business operations, and reduce costs. ERP for manufacturing helps reduce costs for manufacturers […]

A study from the Aberdeen Group of 81 discrete manufacturers points to the many benefits of ERP for manufacturing. Among those benefits include swifter and more agile reaction to change and an improved ability to manage growth. The study, which is available as a whitepaper download from IWI Consulting, offers interesting insights into the impact an ERP system makes on a manufacturing business as a whole, but especially in the areas of change and growth—both of which are critical for a company’s success. Reacting to Change: Success Comes to the Swiftest Among the manufacturers who participated in the Aberdeen Group study, Leaders demonstrated an ability to react the fastest to changes. ERP for manufacturing improves visibility across the supply chain, offering manufacturers the ability to react quickly to problems. You cannot react to what you can’t see. Visibility sheds light on situations that require prompt action. For example, successful manufacturers using ERP systems can program the system to send automated notices when a machine is down. Such an event can then trigger a decision to shift production to another area of the factory floor or to another facility. Without visibility, the decision is delayed, causing lost production time and a […]

An interesting study from the Aberdeen Group examined how Leaders, defined as companies “leading” the vanguard of innovation in manufacturing, are using and benefiting from ERP business strategies. Among the 81 companies who responded to the group’s survey, 90% of Leaders implemented ERP strategies while only 10% of Followers, or companies who lagged behind, had implemented it. It seems that knowledge is power, especially knowledge derived from ERP for manufacturing. Key findings from the study include: ERP is near-ubiquitous in discrete manufacturing: 80% of Leaders have ERP. ERP strategies impact key business drivers by providing timely impactful information, managing growth expectations, reducing costs, and enabling operations across multiple facilities. Leaders are 25% more likely to have ongoing initiatives tailoring their ERP for manufacturing solutions to address business challenges. Leading companies value collaboration, visibility, and real-time data access. Among the discrete manufacturers included in the study, the authors found that it wasn’t just having an ERP system in place that made them successful. It was also how well they used it. Companies who used their systems to plan, strategize, and improve across all business functions gained a competitive edge over others. Laggards in the discrete manufacturing space continued to conduct business […]