Manufacturing Industry Solutions
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No wonder, industry leaders count on unified manufacturing ERP software. Imagine having one place to manage all your key data like production schedules and inventory levels. Once you have that, your teams can finally get on the same page. This helps get rid of waste and boost client satisfaction.
What Do Manufacturers Need?
By working with manufacturers of all shapes and sizes over the last 27 years, we’ve gained a deep appreciation for the unique needs of businesses like yours and understand how the right tools can help you reach your goals.
We have the manufacturing ERP software and expertise to help you confront this industry’s challenges head on, including:
- Lowering costs.
- Boosting efficiency.
- Meeting changing customer demands.
- Complying with complex regulations.
Your competitive edge is no longer only driven by your product quality. Rather, it hinges on your efficiency and profitability. It’s true, once upon a time, you could manage your business with a mix of spreadsheets and other disconnected software, each of which had one use and could not talk to the others. But not any longer. Now, to succeed, you need a system that connects all your people, data and equipment. Only then can you make the smart, quick decisions today’s economy demands.
Manufacturing ERP Software We Recommend
Key features for Manufacturing Companies
- Deliver strong audit trails and financial controls.
- Start with summary information and as needed, drill down into the data for more detail.
- Respond quickly to changing needs.
- Deliver customized reports designed to answer specific business questions.
- Create and maintain budgets and forecasts at any level.
- Shorten budget cycles.
- Track and analyze all-encompassing vendor data.
- Handle payables more efficiently.
- Maximize cash flow by making the most of vendor discounts.
- Improve control over capital assets; record, track, and report on them as needed.
- Oversee asset retirement and transfer.
- Drill-down to original vendor invoices with ease.
Human Resources Management (HRM)
- Capture, store, and access employee information with ease.
- Save time; automate payroll duties.
- Streamline applicant tracking; centrally store references, education, skills, and interview data.
- Lower back office costs with HRM self-service capabilities.
- Ensure supplies reach their intended recipients on time.
- Get a deeper understanding of material requirements.
- Lessen the frequency of stock outages.
- Reduce inventory costs.
- Streamline processes and increase productivity.
- Facilitate information sharing between departments/subsidiaries.
- Achieve and sustain compliance with a broad range of industry specific regulations.
- Implement compliance related best practices throughout the entire organization.
- Record and archive changes to all documents and electronically held data.
Dynamics GP Case Studies
To meet its future projections, the company needed an ERP system that allowed it to control supply, production and invoicing. IMEL selected Microsoft Dynamics GP hosted on Azure for the job. With it, they were able to save money on infrastructure and gained greater availability and performance.
New Belgium Brewing
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and other inspiring craft beers, has been experiencing double-digit year-over-year growth. To help keep a close eye on inventory sales and costs, New Belgium counts on Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Primo Water Corporation
Primo Water Corporation is the leading supplier of bottled water dispensers in the US. As a privately owned, fast-growing start-up firm, the company quickly outgrew the capabilities of their QuickBooks accounting software and chose to migrate to Microsoft Dynamics GP for a more comprehensive manufacturing solution.
Acumatica Cloud ERP
Key features for Manufacturing Companies
Build on Acumatica’s base financial capabilities with additional features like GL consolidation, automatic revenue recognition and subaccounts.
Advanced Planning and Scheduling
Stop guessing about which resources you have available. Use the real time data to create reliable and accurate delivery dates for products. Boost customer satisfaction and efficiency.
Materials Requirements Planning
Keep a close eye on your costs. Quickly compare actuals to forecasts. Tie production orders to tasks for a better understanding of your resource usage.
Take control of your production capacity. Make the most of your resources. Use what if planning, capable to promise and advanced scheduling tools to manage labor and machines.
Bill of Materials and Routing
Let your customers choose the product configurations they need. With a multidimensional, multilevel rules-based system, you can automatically create orders with real time price and cost rollup.
Create estimates for new or existing items. Take those estimates and convert them into production orders, bills of material or new estimates.
Control, organize and automate all change requests, plans and actual changes. Add them to the bill of materials. Make sure everyone stays on the same page, thanks to a robust approvals process.
Automate order fulfillment for internal and external clients. Streamline the buying process and manage sales activities from beginning to end.
Warehouse Management System
Streamline the distribution process with advanced receiving, inventory management and order fulfillment capabilities. Reduce costs while improving customer satisfaction with barcode scanning capabilities and mobile device system access.
Acumatica Case Studies
As Lockwood Products grew, it became increasingly challenging to use the two financial systems that ran the company. To better manage daily order processing, gain better inventory management and realize the benefits of a tightly integrated ERP, Lockwood Products adopted Acumatica and found an opportunity to re-envision their entire business.
Korpack helps manufacturers, distributors, and fulfillment centers in the Midwest area save money and enhance productivity by finding the best packaging solutions for their needs. When it came time for a new ERP, the company needed something that was not only affordable, but could help Korpack organize, analyze and act on data was flexible and ready to support the company’s aggressive plans for growth.
While still a startup company, Firewire Surfboards purchased a low-cost ERP and used it for more than a decade until the CFO could no longer ignore how much time he was wasting recreating financial reports or the lack of visibility the company had into to its supply chain. To combat these issues, they moved to Acumatica. By doing so, they gained the affordable, flexible ERP the company needed to maintain its competitive edge.
Resources to Help You Find the Best Manufacturing ERP Software for Your Business
Determining the best ERP software for your business is hard enough. But that’s only half the battle. Next, you need to find an implementation partner to help you get it up and running. Use these quick ERP consultant selection criteria you can use to zero in on a partner who’ll be a good match for your business.
Since the financial software market explosion over the last decade, the line between the two most popular system types (accounting software and ERP) has become blurry. And, although the terms may seem interchangeable, they’re different products, each with their own purpose. Before you chose one, be sure you understand the difference.
Like many cost related questions, the answer to which type of ERP system, legacy or cloud will be more cost effective for your business depends on your needs and unique situation. However, there are several key factors to consider when conducting an ERP system cost comparison. Find out what they are.
White Papers and Data Sheets
The Unified Manufacturing Environment: Transparency, Collaboration, and Decision-Making with End-to-End ERP
Top performing manufacturers are 2.2 times as likely to implement an ERP package that contains the functionality that was previously provided by multiple, disparate systems in one package. This enables capabilities including improved collaboration, agile decision-making, efficiency, and quality while improving ERP return on investment.
It turns out, the top challenges facing manufacturers are caused by a technology environment that is not effectively connected. This report shows what ˝end-to-end˝ ERP entails and how it increases visibility for both process and discrete manufacturers.
The unfortunate truth is, many manufacturers have adopted industry 4.0 and not gotten the results they’d hoped for. Leaving many to question whether it’s a trend that can really help their business, or if it’s just a bunch of hype.
Industry 4.0 is indeed much more than a buzzword dreamed up by some marketing exec. But when implementing it, as with any other major business changes, you must start with a strategic plan and solid foundation. Otherwise, you’ll just be wasting precious time and energy.
What is the best ERP system for manufacturing? This is a question we hear often from manufacturing businesses just like yours. Like most things in life, there is not a one-size-fits-all answer. But, with so many manufacturing ERP software systems to choose from, finding your perfect match can seem like an impossible mission.
Fear not. With a little research and persistence, it is not only possible, it can be a smooth and straightforward process.
Acumatica Manufacturing Edition offers a complete, multi-site manufacturing control and planning system for make-to-stock, make-to-order, engineer- to-order, project centric, job shop, batch, and repetitive manufacturing. Manufacturing Edition integrates with Acumatica’s Financial Management, Distribution Management, Customer Management, and Project Accounting products.
Nucleus research has been studying the cloud ROI for several years now. And during that time, they’ve seen a steady increase in the return on investment companies can expect when they opt for cloud systems. In 2012, the cloud ROI was 1.7X traditional on-premise systems. By 2016, that number had leaped to 2.1X higher, and is surely even greater today. Still, as impressive as these findings are, they only tell part of the story. Nucleus research found several other shocking cost savings the cloud offers. How much could the cloud save you? Find out!
With so many moving parts, many manufacturers struggle to balance supply and customer demand. ERP systems have become popular way of dealing with this and other common issues manufacturers face. When used correctly, they have the power to help you get everything working in sync and drive growth. A 2014 Aberdeen study found that 97% of leading manufacturers use an ERP, compared with only 88% of followers.
The problem is, many manufacturers implement ERP systems without a clear plan in place to make the most of their investment. A mistake that costs them dearly in both time and money. Don’t let this happen to you! Discover what leading manufacturers do to make sure their ERP system delivers real results.
With so many flavors to choose from, true cloud, hosted, hybrid and of course legacy on premise solutions, how do you know which one’s for you? Especially when no two manufacturers needs are exactly the same.
No matter what type you choose, any manufacturer who has successfully implemented a cloud ERP can tell you one thing for sure. It must be an end-to-end solution that brings your entire business together. It should connect your finances to your CRM to your human resource management, to your distribution, offer automate common tasks and more. Anything less and it’ll likely just create more problems than it fixes.
Still think “the cloud” is an overhyped buzzword? The numbers tell a different story. Studies prove repeatedly cloud apps are key to driving SMB growth. See for yourself in this free IDC white paper.
Imagine it’s 2014, visionary small and medium-size businesses are putting their key systems in the cloud. Just one short year later they found this one change had powerful effects on their business…
They saw much better net revenue growth than the competition. Good news, it’s not too late!
Why Manufacturers Love Working with Intelligent Technologies, Inc.
We’ve served the technology needs of manufacturers for more than 25 years. Since the beginning, ERP and CRM systems have been the focus of our business. No matter how complex your needs, chances are we have tackled something similar before. If you need customizations, our expert staff can help with those as well.
The human touch
Should you need help with your manufacturing ERP, our friendly NC based staff will there for you. No more searching for an answer yourself, or wasting time trying to figure out who you should call.
Be assured we have what it takes to meet your ERP needs now and as your business grows. Our team has been implementing and supporting ERP systems since 1991.