In this whitepaper, enterprise software analyst Cindy Jutras references ERP Solutions Study results as she explores how the right ERP solution and architecture can overcome shortcomings and provide visibility, leading to more efficient manufacturing execution.
ERP solutions have evolved over the years to include not only back office accounting and support functions, but also the front office processes that manage customer relationships. As more and more functional areas of the enterprise jump on the ERP bandwagon, there is risk in losing focus on the manufacturing processes, where the real work in producing sale-able product gets done.
As back and front office departments turned to ERP to improve internal efficiencies, it was quite common for those managing the shop floor to opt for investing in a new piece of equipment over improved enterprise applications. While this may have been effective for small and simple operations, growth and complexity has the potential of making this approach clumsy and inefficient.
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