The failure rate for ERP projects still exceeds 40%. Failure is expensive, and time-consuming.
Businesses must compete within constraints such as capital formation, growth, automation, governmental regulation, and global competition.
To these, add economic resource circularity concerns dealing with sustainability, availability, yield, carbon footprints, repurposed materials, and waste.
Resource planning and management are becoming ever more complex and imperative.
Tools of the New Industrial Age
ERP/MRP systems are the tools of the new American industrial age. Against all odds, manufacturing in America is resurging, powered by the discovery of new energy sources, the high cost of transportation, supply disruptions, and the increased affluence of global competitors.
Like all industrial cycles, this one differs from its predecessors.
Technology today is more advanced and granular. Digital technology is pervasive, with software applications for virtually any real or imagined situation.
Systems unable to integrate mobile technology are increasingly obsolete. Speed as always is a business goal, but speed without quality leads to waste.
Sustainability is an issue affecting every business decision. Modern process improvement programs must incorporate resource yield optimization, and viable ERP systems must provide deeper structure for planning and managing resources.
Strategy and governance define the direction for the business, how it designs, markets, distributes, and aquires the needed assets to buy or make a product.
ERP systems plan and control the supporting processes, translating objectives into actionable plans, then tracking execution in real-time.
Advances in ERP
Since its inception, ERP has grown steadily more complicated, robust, and expensive to purchase and install.
Comprehensive systems are still available but new approaches provide industry with advanced and in some cases more simplified solutions, including cloud applications, modularity, and a return to the simple functionality of MRP.
Competition is about speed, quality, adapability, and productivity. These factors apply equally to goods, services, manufacturing, supply chains, and decision-making, all demanding timely information and fast processes.
As the velocity of business and production increases, business systems must retain high levels of integrity and provide actionable data in real time.
Process Super Highway
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems are the information super highways for adaptive and agile processes. Lean Six/Sigma provides the tools necessary to speed up operational realities.
Structured Process: ERP Lessons Learned presents a nine-step method. It includes translating business systems into software definitions, then evaluating, purchasing, and installing an ERP solution.
The implementation of a contemporary improvement program completes the tool set. Use ERP/Lean to build successful business systems.
ERP/MRP, like manufacturing, presents exciting new applications for achieving excellence. Structured Process: ERP Lessons Learned is itself a structured process written to guide you on the journey to successful implementation.
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Wayne's consulting company Affinity Systems LLC has managed numerous business strategy, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), and process improvement projects (VMP) in manufacturing, government, distribution, and convention management.
He has developed training materials for ERP, Supply-Chain Management, Strategy, and Process Improvement. His specialties include systems assessment, software selection and installation, and process improvement. Through his website CompetitiveAmerica.us, Wayne continues to advocate for American industry.
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