Manufacturing ERP Software Perspective

I was encouraged the other day when I read the NY times report on how Manufacturing is growing again in the US. Certain products and industries we still continue to dominate and our capital and technology leadership still favor production in the United States.

What restricts manufacturing from dominating is in the application software space. With all of the push today towards sexier technology use- social media, internet, etc. there still remains somewhat of a technological lag in terms of Flexibility and ease of use of Core Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software systems. The problem isn’t the way calculations are made and information is given but in the amount of information, the time and resources needed to make it work. At some point you need to ask the question at what cost is all of this information and what is my return on the investment by having it available?

Many firms today are tied to their investors or their bank and have to be precise in their financial reporting. The requirements are many and closing a month end takes time. Having information available on demand and in a usable customizable format is crucial for the management of business operations and financial reporting.

It seems most of my ERP clients struggle with managing the beast. They tend to be smaller and don’t necessarily have the administrative overhead needed to manage the system day to day. They need quick turn answers without having to jump through hoops to get it. They also complain about inflexibility. Most are a hybrid manufacturing operation. They are both “repetitive: manufacturers who find themselves on each job making modifications and needing to see what the profitability of each production run is like a job shop environment.

They tend to do a cross pollination of cost analysis. They may look at the purchase of their raw materials on a lot by lot basis due to landed cost issues, acquisition costs, etc. but on certain manufacturing goods they may be looking for labor efficiencies and want to see variances as in a standard costing system. This mixed mode, item by item, production runs by production run, build on the fly world is how today’s manufacturer stays in business.

It’s all about the speed of the transaction and you better be fast to stay competitive. Combine speed with flexibility and you get business agility. ERP systems vendors need to get this and understand how the US manufacturer works – lean and mean.


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Welcome to E3 Consulting. As proven experts implementing the latest CRM, ERP and Accounting Software in the Manufacturing and Distribution industries, we have made it the goal of our business to help our clients obtain the bottom line results their individual companies require. Educate, Enable and Empower For companies in the manufacturing and distribution industries, the ability to simplify their business operations is vital to their ability to succeed. E3 Consulting will provide the consultation; technology and the project management tools that companies need to improve their business processes and their bottom line. What We Do Does your company need a revamp of existing business systems? Do you have a technology project that is going beyond time and over budget? Are your costs out of control and productivity lagging? When you contact E3 Consulting, we take a hard look at the reality of your business operations and break it out into segments, to find out which aspects of your business process workflow need attention and which are working as they should be. It is our intent to look at your operations, your accounting, your workflow and your technology and create a cohesive plan that will have your business running effectively and efficiently. Our Process Every company runs differently, and it is those processes specific to your business combined with your workflow goals that give the staff at E3 Consulting the canvas we need to use our long history of business development, project management and technology to map out the path your company needs to follow to improve your bottom line. Think of your business like a lego block structure. Each block that is missing reduces the stability of your company. We can look at your overall operations and use our knowledge of the marketplace cutting-edge technologies to find the blocks that are missing from your overall business concept. We will introduce the right technology tools to improve your operations, and then continue in a project management position as necessary to ensure ongoing smooth operations. Our Experience E3 Consulting has a long and successful history of project management, business operations consultation and technology implementation and management within Manufacturing, Distribution, Service, Healthcare, Finance and Accounting businesses. Principal, Brad Tornberg, is a successful technical and business expert with an MBA in Finance from Farleigh Dickinson University and. He holds Microsoft Certifications for Customer Relationship Management (CRM) sales, implementation and training. He also has a series 6 and series 66 securities license and a New Jersey Life and Health License. He is well published having written many articles for The Practica
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