Many manufacturing organizations dread the risks and costs associated with a change in ERP systems. Unfortunately, this mindset often overshadows the fact that old, unsupported hardware and software that was designed 10-20 years ago is expensive to maintain and can rarely serve today’s real-time data exchange requirements. However, a comprehensive, integrated software solution that can be implemented quickly, customized as needed, and used easily by employees can provide a return on investment in just months.
When choosing and implementing a manufacturing ERP solution, decision-makers need to choose the most cost-effective solution that:
- Enables flexible business processes that can be adapted over time to evolving circumstances.
- Provides real-time visibility across all business processes, including interfaces with corporate, customer, and supply partner systems.
- Permits multinational manufacturing companies to take advantage of shared processes and best practices across the value chain.
- Supports advanced manufacturing strategies that help meet the challenges of global business and provide an edge over competitors.
An integrated, effective solution can very quickly deliver a return on investment, reducing IT costs from a total cost of ownership (TCO) perspective and capitalizing on existing productivity tools and IT investments. The right manufacturing solution can also:
- Create a homogeneous platform compatible with existing databases and standard integration and development tools.
- Be easy for employees to learn and use, minimizing training while quickly maximizing productivity.
- Be rapidly deployed for a faster return on investment.
- Support shared services and processes across multiple locations.
- Scale and adapt as the company’s needs grow for a cost-effective solution over the long term.
Microsoft Dynamics AX offers multinational companies a manufacturing management solution and an integration platform that gathers and integrates real-time operational information so business managers can more easily access and analyze critical data, respond to changes, and make decisions with confidence. Whether deployed on-premise or in the cloud, Microsoft Dynamics AX empowers manufacturers to meet the challenges of today’s global markets by reducing costs, enhancing operational flexibility, and connecting the plant floor to the back office in productive new ways.
Most manufacturing organizations already make use of Microsoft technology in everyday activities - such as Microsoft Office, SharePoint, SQL Server, Windows Server, and more. Implementing Microsoft Dynamics AX for plant operations takes advantage of those existing investments while increasing overall visibility so that managers and employees can see exactly what is happening on the plant floor; understand how it relates to supply, order, and financial information both locally and across the enterprise; and use that integrated knowledge to reduce costs, react effectively to changes, and delight customers.