ERP: remaining competitive in a digital world

Modern enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems are pivotal to remaining competitive in an increasingly digital, data-driven industrial landscape. Tom Chapell explains.

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Sharing and managing data quickly and effectively across a company has become the principle objective behind many modern ERP implementations.

Historically, manufacturers used the goal of ‘cost savings’ first implementing an ERP system. However, today’s production environment is very different and the reasons for implementation have evolved accordingly.

Cost savings remain an important aspect of a new ERP project, but the sharing of data quickly and effectively across a company has become the principle objective. Data (and managing data) is the new pillar for company success.

Modern ERP systems offer comprehensive collaboration capabilities, providing the tools for social collaboration on a project-by-project basis. Accessibility, via mobile devices, brings real-time, accurate data to everyone’s fingertips, helping to increase the speed and efficacy of decision-making.

The provision of visual analytics, while by no means ground-breaking, has become increasingly important to help simplify and drive the change for data based decision-making.

Manufacturers’ ability to react to clients and customer change swiftly and flexibly aids new business development, helping the right people react to production issues and develop smart supply chains for modern manufacturing success.

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Accessibility, via mobile devices, brings real-time, accurate data to everyone’s fingertips, helping to increase the speed and efficacy of decision-making.

As technology and data revolutionises production process, manufacturers are becoming increasingly client-facing. Personalisation and customisation on a mass scale means that manufacturers are undergoing an image and culture change.

In order to achieve sustainable business growth, marketing departments have to relay information to the production team and assembly line, sales teams must be engaging with the supply chain, and operations have to form communication loops with R&D and designers.

These networks – which have often been created in a reactionary, haphazard manner – must learn to communicate effectively and quickly internally, while doing the same for clients externally.

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As is true for almost every project, preparation is the key to success. A solid evaluation of your current ERP system and how it’s used, followed by an assessment of how a new ERP solution could benefit your company, is a first step every manufacturer should be taking.

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Every business area must communicate in order to understand the opportunities, goals and outcomes of implementing a new ERP system.

Every business area must communicate and collaborate in order to understand the opportunities, goals and outcomes of implementing a new ERP system.

Research the current market, what’s being offered and how do the various systems available address your needs – both now and in the future.

Attend Connect ERP

For five years, Connect ERP has been changing the way UK businesses approach software selection by minimising the overall time and effort involved in qualifying potential enterprise software vendors.

This unique event offers a one of a kind opportunity for you, and your team, to see the premier enterprise software solutions, in one place at the same time.

With attendance capped at 60, Connect ERP will maximise your opportunity to fine-tune your short listing process with restricted exposure to both your peers and the vendor community.

If you are looking to install or update your ERP system in the next 12-18 months, then Connect ERP is vital to ensuring company has the best solution for its needs.

Connect ERP takes place on July 7, 2016 in Reading.

To find out more information, and to register your interest, visit the website