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Use Your ERP to Achieve Supply Chain Resilience

When the demands to a supply chain are smooth and predictable and the supply always matches the demand perfectly we can all live the life of Riley. Who is ready to take off work early this afternoon?

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Inventory Management and ERP Systems

Inventory management is central to getting the results you need from your ERP. At the same time, your ERP helps provide the good inventory management you need.

Inventory management allows you to properly plan your replenishment orders. Your inventory quantity is accurate so when the signal to buy or make more is received, you have confidence that you need to take action. Your ERP allows you to categorize parts which will help easily order the right quantity. One item is ordered only when there is a specific demand in exactly the quantity to meet the demand. Another item is lower cost and easily procured. Your goal here is fewer transactions so you order enough to satisfy all the demands seen in the next three months. Optimizing replenishments means fewer transactions and that leads to better inventory accuracy.

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ERP Workflow will Improve the Quality of your Business Transactions

What is workflow in the context of ERP systems? Simply put, it is the capability that many ERP systems have to link together several transactions or queries to guide a user through the steps necessary for a task.

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Innovation is Everywhere and Anywhere

Miriam and Gerry are receiving clerks. They are no different from millions of us who work hard and are underpaid. Their job only has visibility when something has gone wrong. Many days they will work hard all day and none of the higher-ups even know they were at work.

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ERP Quality Control: 5 Common Wrenches in the Works

Just about any of today’s ERP systems will have a quality management component included. Set up properly, they provide a source of data to satisfy the needs of your business and the needs of your customers. But used incorrectly, an ERP quality module can throw a wrench into the works.

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Another Look at the Future of ERP

Hello, I am Fred. I have worked here at XYZ Company a long time. Will and I started the same day. Will says the new ERP has made his work in welding more efficient and helps eliminate mistakes that caused people from accounting to visit and ask why he used some part he has never seen. I like it too. I think I am more efficient now but what I really like is that I can connect from anywhere and no matter when, I can save my thoughts and actions right to the system.

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Tomorrow's Manufacturing ERP

Good morning. My name is Will and the boss asked me to say a little about our new manufacturing ERP system. Since I started working here at XYZ Manufacturing in 1985 we have changed or upgraded our internal systems a couple of times. This is the first one that really made a difference where I work - in welding. I guess the others helped in the office but mostly that did not affect me.

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ERP Systems and the Tower of Babel

As the story goes, once upon a time there were people who wanted to build a grand tower at Babel. But as we know, those people were never able to finish the project because of communications problems.

Millennia later we still have communications failures. Sometimes they stop big projects and often they just interfere with day-to-day business.

But why is this going on when we have technological advancements and enterprise business systems that are supposed to cure all ills?

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Getting Lean with ERP

Organizations of every kind want to get lean. Adding value, eliminating waste, and automating are some current buzzwords. ERP, on the other hand, is sometimes considered a necessary evil or even a creator of waste. But these two disciplines can get along quite nicely as complementary tools in our toolbox.

The best definitions of lean consider it to be an endless cycle. We identify value and define it in terms of value to our customer. We map the value stream; we identify all the activities that create value and place them along the stream of our processes. We create flows where our products and services move easily from one step to the next. We establish pulls; nothing is completed and passed along the stream until the downstream operation is ready to receive. We seek perfection, practicing every step until it is automatic and eliminating any unnecessary steps. Then we do it all over again.

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