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Check Vendor’s Manufacturing Expertise Before Selecting Your New Cloud ERP

Check Vendor’s Manufacturing Expertise Before Selecting Your New Cloud ERP

As you begin your quest to find the cloud manufacturing ERP you need to help run your company, you are going to note a similarity among a great number of them. Many Cloud ERP packages have fallen short, because in the rush to get to the Cloud, they are either severely limited in functionality or they are only replications of a predecessor legacy ERP package supporting one business type. They do not acknowledge that manufacturers of today require a greater variety of manufacturing methods and services to be supported. You don’t need to be a software Sherlock Holmes to conclude that many of these apps were not created by people that understand manufacturing, especially in today’s world. Of course, that is not true in all cases. Consider the following quote from the noted research firm, Frost and Sullivan. “Rootstock has secured an edge for itself over its competitors by leveraging its strong technical expertise and years of manufacturing experience to build a broad and deep end-to-end functional cloud ERP solution in a short time frame,” reported Sankara Narayanan, Frost & Sullivan Senior Analyst. “This solution supports requirements for multiple modes of manufacturing and enables real-time management of manufacturing for customers […]

Buyers Beware: Not All ERPs are Manufacturing ERPs

The saying, “a tree is a tree is a tree,” doesn’t apply to ERP. Contrary to what many providers may tell you, every ERP solution is not necessarily a manufacturing ERP solution. ERP customers need to understand that what you don’t know about an ERP suite is just as important as what you do know. Let’s consider a company that makes clothing apparel. They take raw material and turn it into a finished product in their 100,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. It’s a complex process that requires systems that fully comprehend and manage the complexity. What that company needs to understand is that an ERP for a manufacturing company like this is a very different product than the ERP being sold by many software vendors. In recent years, any company selling a financial-centric package with a few added embellishments like purchase orders and inventory are now assuming the mantle of ERP. However, ERP goes much deeper than that for a manufacturing company. ERP’s Manufacturing Roots The concept of ERP has its original roots in manufacturing. When ERP was described in 1990, it was depicted as the logical extension of MRP to MRPII to ERP. MRP dated back to the mainframes in the […]