Optimal Support for All Processes

The pressure from competition, deadlines, and costs is high in manufacturing companies. Therefore, business processes and IT support for them must continually be optimized. With consistent processes adapted to the requirements, ERP industry solutions make a decisive contribution to this.

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It is hardly possible to find processes anymore in manufacturing companies that are not supported by IT or that are even possible without it. And if the constant, daily increase in pressure from competition, deadlines, and costs means that business processes must be put to the test and improved again and again, then this applies to IT support for them as well. Besides these pressures, actual or planned corporate growth also often triggers a conflict with a heterogeneous IT landscape consisting of many individual systems built up over the course of years or with the current ERP system. System analyses often show that companies are threatening to outgrow their IT systems – or already long since have. In the search for appropriate software, manufacturing companies should incorporate ERP industry solutions into their deliberations and the selection process in any case.

Industry solutions – high process coverage is standard

If a company wants to optimize its business processes throughout the entire value chain by using a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, it cannot avoid an industry-specific solution, since, exactly like all other ERP systems, industry-specific solutions cover all processes consistently in one system, from materials management (procurement, inventory, and distribution), production, sales, and marketing, through finance and accounting, to controlling and personnel management. They also handle company-wide reports, cross-departmental integration of customer order information, master data management, and product and document data management. Only in this way is it possible to locate and enhance potential for optimization throughout the value chain. However, the additional, decisive strength of ERP industry solutions is the fact that they cover all industry requirements in depth, and the scope of their standard functions provides 80 to 90 percent of the required functionality. For instance, this includes special functions for planning and management of complex manufacturing processes or key processes for cost accounting, which generic ERP systems cannot offer. This custom-fit pre-configuration is possible thanks to the solution vendors' years of experience from completed implementation projects for companies in the industry. This experience is incorporated into their industry solutions in the form of "best practices".

The advantages for the companies are obvious: the pre-configuration ensures that all the departments' requirements are covered as far as possible so that complex system adjustments are not needed. The results are comparatively short implementation times and, to the delight of the controlling department, a straightforward budget. Nonetheless, the industry solutions also include flexibility and scalability to cater to the company's individual special characteristics and keep pace with developments. One tip that companies should always take to heart: they should reduce "customization" – system adaptations to company-specific peculiarities – to a minimum, not only in view of short implementation periods. The individual adaptations will need to be upgraded to the new version of the software when a release change occurs, at a great cost in time and money. This cost trap can be avoided with a little willingness to change the company's own processes and with the consulting expertise of the ERP implementation partner.

Author: Tobias Kintzel, SYCOR GmbH
Anita Leiminger

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