Based on our experience with industrial and consumer products manufacturing and distribution firms, this industry has unique needs that are not effectively addressed by all ERP software vendors. Product configuration, job costing, and serialization are just a few of the challenges that make the manufacturing and distribution industry unique.
Below are some of the factors we tend to focus on when evaluating ERP, MRP, and other enterprise software for our clients in the manufacturing and distribution industry.
Industrial Manufacturing and Distribution ERP Software Systems
- Demand forecasting
- Advanced manufacturing resource planning (MRP)
- Automatic scheduling
- Standard costing
- Product engineering
- Product lifecycle management (PLM)
- Engineering change notices (ECN’s)
- Online product configurations
- Inventory management
- Consignment inventory
- Quality control
Not all enterprise software solutions are able to handle these complex requirements, so it is important to conduct an enterprise software evaluation that objectively compares potential vendors’ ability to meet these needs. Companies that fail to select software that can handle some of these complexities often end up spending significant amounts of money on software customization, manual process workarounds, and sub-optimized business benefits.
Finding the enterprise software that best fits your unique needs is the first step toward an effective ERP initiative with a strong return on investment.