The Internet Of Things (IoT) is a buzzword that has penetrated into a lot of the discussion in the IT world. Most of the focus of IoT is on devices in our homes, like our refrigerator that sends you an email that you’re out of eggs, or a thermostat for your house that detects you are […]Read More
Manufacturing companies have a love/hate relationship with inventory. They need it to make things … but it costs a lot of money to have too much of it.
Best in class manufacturers maintain just the right inventory at just the right time. Companies that are struggling with inventory can find their business out of control.Read More
There are many companies running very old and outdated software systems to manage their operations. Often they do this because their IT person is comfortable with this system and doesn’t want to change, or they are balking at investing in a new ERP based on perceived cost. What they neglect to identify is lost opportunity […]Read More
One of the most important elements of fitting a manufacturing ERP to a manufacturing company is identifying their MODE OF MANUFACTURING. Since I started working with manufacturing ERP here in Ontario in the mid 1990’s – I have seen more failed implementations from a misunderstanding of these business needs than from any other. The Mode of Manufacturing is a term used commonly in APICS and other training materials, and refers to: how they get orders; produce product; and sell their product. I often find that the mode that best describes a company is a little hard to put my finger on, as many of these definitions have shades of grey between them.Read More
For many years I’ve been talking to customers about the idea of Abstraction and Detail in ERP implementations. It’s not the easiest thing to wrap your head around, but it’s extremely important and once you do figure it out, it’s pretty much common sense. The basic premise is that when you look at any process you want to model in an ERP, you are faced with a decision about how abstract or detailed you should make your model.Read More