An Introduction to MRP Software

I wanted to write this Introduction to MRP Software (short for Material Resource Planning). I am writing especially for the Small and Medium manufacturing company (SMB Manufacturing). In the past year or two I have noticed a significant increase in interest regarding this technology. Companies looking at Microsoft Dynamics NAV are often asking about Material […]

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Even Start Ups in R & D Mode Need ERP

You may think that since you are still in R & D mode and have not yet moved into production that you would not benefit from utilizing an ERP in your business.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

When starting a new business or rolling out a new product it is paramount that you can track and measure your costs for reporting purposes and to ensure you can price your product(s) appropriately.  

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Calculating ROI on your Manufacturing ERP Purchase

This is an overview and idea generator to help you calculate the Return on Investment (ROI) of purchasing and implementing a manufacturing ERP Software. 

There are many aspects you should be addressing.  Here are a few to consider.   I will go into more detail on each on a future post.

1.    How do you manage your quoting/estimates?  Does paper move from department to department to get all the costs put together?  How quickly can you get an accurate quote out the door?  What is the cost of taking too long or having errors?  A good ERP can ensure that all the departments are working together in real time to ensure an accurate quote is prepared in quick time.

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Implementing a new ERP can Provide Insight and Improvements Into your Business

The definition of an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) System is “A process by which a company (often a manufacturer) manages and integrates the important parts of its business.  An ERP management information system integrates areas such as planning, purchasing, inventory, sales, marketing, finance, human resources, etc.” (taken from  Just the definition alone implies that […]

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What do you look for in an ERP Solution Partner

What do you look for in an ERP Solution partner? I don’t know about you, but most companies I know do not replace their ERP systems on a regular basis. So the whole process of selecting a partner and maintaining the relationship with your partner can seem overwhelming and just a bit confusing. All partners will come saying they have all the answers… and most of them do. After all, we consultants don’t get into this industry on a whim. Years of experience and an aptitude for listening and communicating with customers is what being a consultant is all about.

So, you think you need a new ERP and you need to sort through choosing a partner. Where do you start?

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Simple ERP Cost Savings – Part 2

Last week we saw the story of Joe the buyer and the part that his colleague Betty had taken to repair a defective machine at their customer.  This led me to a discussion of purchasing as a “Scheduling” function.  As a business consultant my job is to help my customers save more money (beer money I would say, tongue in cheek).  Lets look at the example from Part 1 and see what would have changed if we were scheduling our purchasing more effectively:

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Simple ERP Cost Savings – Part 1

Occasionally, I write about ABC Equipment and my buddy Joe the buyer.  Joe is close to my heart because I started as a buyer for a textile/plastic extrusion place in Montreal as my first job.  That and quality control, product engineering, materials evaluations, assembly testing, shipping…  let’s just say I wore a few hats in those days.

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