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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3 Ways Integrating ERP Software With Vital Applications Can Help Your Business

My Post (2).pngIntegrating your ERP software with your other manufacturing software and applications can revolutionize your access to all the data it takes to run your business.  

With the ability to integrate with your existing software, programs and applications like CAD, nesting, tooling, banking, HR, CRM and more, you’ll be able to reduce your costs, make better decisions with more accurate data, and simplify your processes.

While there are countless and specific ways integrating other software into your ERP can help your business, we’ve identified the top 3:

 

  • Save Time and Money

 

We all know that time is money. Integrating your software allows you to run your manufacturing business more smoothly, saving you valuable time. With an integrated system, problems are solved more quickly and with fewer clicks allowing your business to better adapt to changes and save you money.

 

 

  • Get More Accurate Data

 

By consolidating all the different software you use into one integrated system (your ERP software), you eliminate a lot of manual or duplicate data entry. By removing the margin for human error while manually pulling data from one system and inputting it into another, you’ll find that your data is more accurate and that you’ll be able to make better and faster decisions.

 

 

  • Simplify Your Processes and Improve Productivity

 

When you can access all your data from one system, processes become simpler, requiring less transfer of information in and out of different systems. With simplified processes, employees are able spend more time on tasks that will help your business grow.

 

Let Another Manufacturer Share Their Experience

Bristol Machine Company is a fabrication and machining firm that manufactures OEM parts for the mining and heavy equipment industries and has  made many improvements to their business using integrations with their Global Shop Solutions ERP software.

 

“Instead of having two separate, stand-alone databases to manage all the manufacturer’s instructions, we have one that seamlessly integrates with Global Shop Solutions. We don’t have to recreate our database. We don’t have to bother with duplicate data entry. And our people have instant access to the documents they need right on the shop floor. The time savings are enormous!”

 

Alain Theriault, Engineering Manager at Bristol Machine Company

 

Check out all the types of software and applications Global Shop Solutions integrates with:

  • Popular banks and credit card gateways
  • Many popular CAD and tooling programs
  • CRM software
  • eCommerce platforms
  • A large selection of EDI solutions
  • Commonly used business software such as Microsoft Office programs
  • Many different HR and Payroll software
  • Software for labeling and shipping
  • And more

See all the integrations, fill out the form, and talk to our experts about how we can integrate with the tools you currently use. 

 

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