Are you currently looking to invest in an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution? Whether this is your first ERP investment or your tenth, finding the right combination of capabilities to meet your company’s goals and expectations can be challenging if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Having a list of “must-have” features to aid your search is invaluable, especially for first-time ERP buyers.
As an ERP software reseller, we receive a lot of questions about ERP software and the benefits it can provide a variety of industries, including manufacturing and distribution. While each company is unique in their search for the best software to meet their needs and goals, we believe there are certain non-negotiables of which you need to be aware when it comes to ERP software. Here is a list of our top three non-negotiables when it comes to ERP for manufacturers and distributors:
- True flexibility. Flexibility is one of those commonly touted ERP features, but how do you know if the solution is truly flexible enough to fit your needs? While almost every ERP solution will claim to be flexible enough, you need to find a solution that provides you with maximum adaptability to meet your evolving needs as your business changes. In other words, you need to find an ERP solution that combines best-of-breed software and is integrated in an agile network. This will help you manage complex supply chains, bill of materials, and other industry specific needs.
- Support for innovation. Your software should support all of your company’s current and feature ventures, as well as provide you with the tools to reach those goals. You need an ERP solution that gives you visibility across the global supply chain and system-wide transparency for all key stakeholders – from suppliers to customers. The solution you choose must include platforms for collaboration and streamlined workflows so your company can easily make engineering changes, accelerated deliveries, and inventory adjustments.
- A modern solution that talks “SMAC.” SMAC (or Social, Mobility, Analytics, and Cloud) capabilities are a must for modern-day ERP solutions. If your company wants to stay connected and updated with the latest information about your business, then you need to invest in software with the capabilities to do just that. With access to social tools, mobile features, data analytics and Cloud technology, you have everything you need to manage your business data so you can make more effective business decisions.
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