What’s the best ERP software for my manufacturing business?
Choosing a manufacturing ERP (enterprise resource planning) system is no small feat. It is part of the core infrastructure of any manufacturing operation, connecting every function within the organisation. You must be sure the system you select will address any challenges you currently have and offer longevity for what’s to come.
Manufacturing is a complex and demanding industry. As your business grows, it becomes even more critical that your processes and systems are as efficient and easy to manage as possible to retain your competitive advantage.
The infrastructure you have in place can help you achieve your company goals or hold you back.
We’ve outgrown our current system so, how do I go about evaluating our options as efficiently as possible?
As this represents a significant investment for most businesses (and so it should), we can’t emphasise enough how important it is to give each step the time and resources needed to get it right. Thorough preparation and evaluation will reduce business disruption and unnecessary costs during the implementation phase.
There are various manufacturing ERP software systems on the market. You could spend weeks researching and assessing them all in detail, but to save time, conduct some initial searches online, read objective blogs, view the product websites and potentially ask your network for recommendations.
It’s important to review ERP systems that are widely used in your industry. For example, as a manufacturer, look at two or three manufacturing-orientated systems. This not only indicates suitability to your line of business but also helps ensure relevant industry expertise from the software authors and the vendors who will be guiding you.
What does the selection process look like?
- Understand your business goals, objectives and drivers for change
- Conduct exploratory research and create a shortlist of suitable ERP systems
- Select trusted product vendors/business partners
- Carry out thorough product evaluations
- Proposals, negotiations and your final decision
Want to know more about each step of the selection process?
Our interactive guide for manufacturers will take you through the selection process, from understanding your business objectives, shortlisting ERP systems for your industry and evaluating product vendors, to making the right decision for your company.