5 Ways to Ensure Your Employees Use Your ERP Software

Choosing new ERP software can be a long process, and after you’ve chosen your software, you want to make sure your employees use it. Even if you’ve picked the right software for your shop, you may end up not using that software you spent so long picking out if you don’t have a plan. Read below for our list of five ways to make sure everyone in your shop uses your new ERP software. 

Get buy-in from all levels 

Whether it’s someone at the top who decides your shop needs ERP software, or it’s something that folks on the floor have been lobbying for, you need to make sure that people at every level want your shop to get and use ERP software. If people don’t like the system, they won’t use it. If the people at the top don’t think the shop needs software, they won’t be prepared to spend the time and money to get the right one, and then no one will want to use it. However, if most people at all levels of your shop think ERP software would be helpful, it will be much easier to get the right software and have people start using it. 

Give everyone a voice 

Sometimes people get worried about bringing in ERP software. If there is a group of naysayers in the shop, put the leader of this group on the committee to pick out the new software. Getting a diverse array of voices on the committee makes sure that you consider everyone’s needs when picking out the software. And it shows the people who are worried about ERP software that you are taking their concerns seriously. Having their opinion taken seriously will make them much more likely to give the ERP software a try when you get it. 

Communicate 

People worry about bringing in ERP software because they don’t know what it means for their job. The easiest way to put these worries to rest is to tell people what the impact will be. Will it make it easier to find data? Will it make them faster? Will it cut out tedious parts of their job, so they have more time to spend on other things? Will it mean that you can send more jobs out on time and cut down on overtime? If people in the shop know what to expect from ERP software, there’s less for them to be worried about, and they can start thinking about how it will fit into their jobs. 

Train 

No matter how much people like the software, if they don’t know how to use it, they won’t. You’ll need to make sure you train everyone on how to use the new ERP software. Maybe that means you send everyone off to get trained by the vendor, or perhaps one or a few people, and then make time for them to teach everyone else. There are many ways to make sure you train everyone in your shop on your ERP system. Your vendor will probably have several training options. The important thing is to figure out what works for your shop and make it happen. – Read more

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Selecting the Correct ERP Applications for Your Manufacturing

ERP software is a valuable tool that many manufacturers use to manage important operations like their vendor relationships, financials, shop floors, and more. Improving your bottom line, increasing accuracy, and reducing costs can all be accomplished with ERP software. 

Even though every manufacturing operation is unique, there are several common issues that all manufacturers face. Do you ask yourself any of these questions?

  • What can I do to better control my labor and production costs?
  • How can I keep a more accurate inventory?
  • How can I move parts through my shop faster?
  • How do I improve my quality?
  • How do I improve my scheduling so I can deliver on time?
  • How can I better serve my customers?
  • What can I do to grow my sales and improve my bottom line?

 If so, you are not alone. And there is great news – ERP applications can help you tackle these problems and answer these questions.

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Get an Integrated ERP System with These Top 5 Applications:

Below are the top 5 ERP applications that manufacturers use to improve their business:

  1. Shop Management: Everything begins and ends on the shop floor. A great shop management application will help you manage all your jobs with the detail and accuracy you need.
  2. Planning & Scheduling: Stay on top of every job in real-time with a planning & scheduling application. You’ll be able to optimize your scheduling so you can deliver a quality part on time every time.
  3. Inventory: A perfect physical inventory is possible with an inventory application in your ERP software. Accurately track all your material needs with real-time data and reporting, reduce cycle counts and physical inventory counts.
  4. Job Costing Accounting: With a job costing application in your ERP software you’ll get up-to-the-minute visibility into your job profitability during and after products. Always know exactly how much labor and material went into a part and how your cost breaks down so you can improve margins and lower your costs.
  5. CRM: Provide a higher level of service for your customers with real-time data. With a CRM application, your sales team will be able to track leads and opportunities and never miss a beat.

What’s next?

These five applications are only the beginning of what you can do with ERP software. It’s time to talk to an ERP expert who can explain each application and how it affects your manufacturing. Schedule your ERP demo today and see which ERP applications are right for your business. – Learn More About Global Shop Solutions

6 Steps to Create a Strong ERP Strategy

Build it and they will come, it’s been said. Building an enterprise resource planning (ERP) software strategy will bring your teams to a level playing field with the knowledge and information to implement, use, and succeed with ERP software. Before we can show you how to build one, we first need to define it.

What is an ERP Strategy?

An ERP strategy is the guide that manufacturing companies follow to influence and execute the implementation, application, and use of ERP software. The successful implementation of ERP software is the result of a calculated and well-planned ERP strategy.

As the manufacturing world modernizes, more and more companies are taking the plunge and making an investment in ERP software.

Manufacturers need software and technology to stay ahead of the curve but choosing to implement an ERP software is not a decision that is made lightly. Even if organizations have achieved success and things are going well, there is always room to improve and create processes that are more efficient. ERP software helps you take a deeper look into your business processes and identify areas where improvements can be made. This is the value of ERP software.

A Successful ERP Implementation Includes Three Important Factors:

  1. The right ERP software that fits your company’s needs
  2. The participation and engagement of your company’s people
  3. Processes that will minimize challenges and make for a smooth implementation

Couple those with a well thought out ERP strategy, and you’re primed to begin your journey into simplified manufacturing. So exactly how do you create an ERP strategy that works for your business?

How to Create an ERP Strategy

Learn the six steps to create a successful ERP strategy. We recommend you do these six things prior to or at the start of your ERP software vendor search.

  1. Identify and address IT issues: The IT system currently in place must be able to support the installation of an ERP software that will improve productivity and efficiency and generate more revenue. You might need updated hardware installed. Work with your internal IT team, your ERP vendor candidates, or consult with outside IT professionals to identify what you need.
  2. Set a budget: An ERP implementation often includes upfront costs, and it is not uncommon for an ERP implementation to exceed initial budgets. It is wise for companies to earmark appropriate funds to support the entire implementation, including a contingency budget should any costs overrun.
  3. Plan for integration tasks: If you have a legacy software programs you use such as Nesting or CAD software, there might be times when the new ERP system won’t be able to effectively communicate. You will need to adjust business processes or get tailored ERP software that will allow all your software systems to communicate with one another.
  4. Create a change management and training plan: A change management plan is needed to reinforce the importance of the software and the need to be able to use it correctly. Training is an important part of the ERP implementation process and getting staff members to understand how to use and embrace the new platform is paramount. Remind them that it is a great opportunity to remain open-minded. 
  5. Conduct a risk assessment: ERP software has a huge value. Decision-makers should identify any areas where risk exists and address it before the installation begins. Plan to be proactive rather than reactive.
  6. Outline an ERP roadmap: Before you commit to an ERP vendor, it’s a good idea to outline a roadmap to ensure a smooth implementation. Define clear roles and responsibilities, define a set of objectives, identify milestones, and determine if you have enough resources.

ERP software can take your manufacturing from good to great. It begins with building an ERP strategy. To learn more about how ERP software can benefit your business click here to visit the Global Shop Solutions website.

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