ERP Integration Considerations for Manufacturers

    By Jack Shannon on 3/21/18 10:00 AM

    Guidelines for when integration of your ERP with a 3rd party application is appropriate

    The upside to buying enterprise resource planning (ERP) that is not custom-written exclusively for one company is the economy of scale. Since it is written for the masses, the cost per user plummets. Microsoft Office certainly costs much more to develop than the few hundred dollars it costs to license. One of the other upsides is thousands or tens of thousands of users create a robust community that quickly flushes out weaknesses in functionality, helping the software become stronger.

    Topics: ERP research
    Continue Reading

    3 Downsides of a One-Off ERP & CRM Integration

    By Tim O'Brien on 3/7/18 10:00 AM

    ERP and CRM integration benefits and issues

    It’s not as simple as one may think for companies to execute an ERP and CRM integration. In many cases, there is no strategy as internal departments do their own thing. For example, accounting may adopt QuickBooks and production may use a non-integrated system or supplement QuickBooks with a plethora of spreadsheets. This scenario is one we commonly see.

    Continue Reading

    The Incomplete List of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Benefits & Advantages

    By Jack Shannon on 12/5/17 10:42 AM

    Why not a complete list?

    There is no doubt ERP can bring many benefits to a company. I’ve used ERP to bring benefits to companies I’ve managed; I’ve helped many other companies implement ERP with great results. My experience tells me creating a complete list of ERP benefits & features would be impossible. To understand why it is impossible, let me lay a list of the high level problems companies without an integrated ERP face, along with how ERP addresses these issues, leading to the benefits & advantages of ERP. Then I’ll explain why a complete list is impossible.

    Topics: ERP research
    Continue Reading

    What an ERP System Does Not Include

    By Jack Shannon on 11/29/17 10:00 AM

    ERP solutions don’t have everything

    Evaluating Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems is not an easy task. Naturally, your focus will probably be on finding a system that is a good match for your company. Much of the criteria used to judge the software will likely be based on what features and functions it has or doesn’t have. That’s reasonable, but limiting your evaluation to features and functions will not give you everything needed to make a great ERP decision for the company. To make a great decision, you also need to consider factors outside the ERP system.

    Topics: ERP research
    Continue Reading

    Most-Used Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Modules and Their Functions

    By Jack Shannon on 10/11/17 10:00 AM

    ERP modules and functions through the years

    The roots of today’s ERP systems were pretty humble. They were originally designed to take and ship orders, figure out what had to be made and bought, track who owed who money, and produce financial statements. Today, an ERP modules list covers all of that and so much more.

    Topics: ERP research
    Continue Reading

    What is an ERP System?

    By Bryan Foshee on 10/4/17 10:00 AM

    What does ERP stand for?

    You may have been asked to find ERP software for your company but are still wondering, “What is an ERP system?” An internet search of the term “ERP” will yield quite a bit of information, and not all of it is helpful. So let’s start with an ERP definition: ERP stands for Enterprise Resource Planning, which refers to the management of business processes in an organization. These processes typically include:

    • Financials
    • Production planning
    • Engineering/manufacturing
    • Shop floor control
    • Sales
    • Inventory management
    • Purchasing
    • Quality
    Topics: ERP research
    Continue Reading

    A Full ERP Terminology Dictionary: 159 Terms Defined

    By Jack Shannon on 8/30/17 10:00 AM

    3rd Party Application – Software that has not been developed by the author of the ERP.

    ABC Analysis – ABC analysis classifies part IDs by the value and the usage of the item. Parts that cost the most and/or are used most frequently are "A" items. Parts that cost the least and/or are used least are "C" items. All other parts are "B" items.

    Topics: ERP research
    Continue Reading

    Are You Ready to Move On From QuickBooks or Peachtree?

    By Bryan Foshee on 6/25/17 6:27 PM

    Growing pains

    If you are a small- to medium-sized manufacturing company that is growing, you are likely experiencing growing pains. Those pains can come from a lot of different directions, but in our business, we hear about growing pains as they relate to software. As a business grows it becomes more sophisticated and complex, and in turn, the software tools used to manage processes need to match that level of sophistication.

    Topics: ERP research
    Continue Reading