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Diary of a Mad Materials Manager: I Need a Complete Manufacturing Software Solution!

Topics: ERP, Business Activity Monitoring, MRP, Business Process Management

Posted on Jul 8, 2014 11:00:00 AM by Russ Lesko, Sr. Business Consultant

Does this Mad Materials Manager sound like you?

8:00am – You arrive at work.

8:15am – You check your emails. Wisely, you’ve directed all emails coming from the sales and iStock_000000793287.jpg

8:30am – You start prepping for the daily 9:00am production status meeting. You are hoping that in the next 30 minutes, something will come up that will get you out of that 9:00 meeting.9:00am – The production status meeting – You wish you had a nickel for every time you heard the word “shortage.” You spend another two hours learning about what you have to place on order and what orders you need to expedite.

10:45am – You’re starting to get excited about a company-wide strategy meeting at 11:00. The CEO is going inform the team of the strategy for the rest of this year.

11:00am – Excitement faded. The CEO says that you’re losing revenue and competitive position because your on-time delivery is terrible. The CEO wants it to be 100%, with product available off the shelf. You wish you hadn’t sat in the front.

Noon – You have a lunch performance review meeting with your supervisor. You hear that inventory turns are much too low and that the company writes off too much excess and obsolete inventory. You wonder if your supervisor was at the CEO’s meeting when he told the team how on-time delivery has to be 100% and available on demand.

1:00pm – The words “wouldn’t it be nice if…” begin to run through your mind. Not to mention the hope that 5:00 would get here quicker.

Wouldn’t it be nice if:

  1. You had the tools in your ERP software solution to make the CEO and your boss happy.
  2. You had automated business activity alerts to warn you with enough notice that you need to address something that could impact any of the inventory goals.
  3. You had means to anticipate demand and have a plan that gave you enough lead time to be successful.
  4. The production status meeting could be cut down to 30 minutes max every other day, then eventually be eliminated because everyone could access a workspace that gives them all the relevant data they need.
  5. You could focus more on planning than reacting, allowing you to become a leading contributor toward customer satisfaction and improved profits.
  6. You could alert people early to inventory issues such as excess and obsolete, and structure a collaborative process to eliminate that threat to your bottom line.
  7. You had a Material Requirements Planning ERP solution that would give you clear direction on how, why and when to replenish inventory – all aligned with your inventory objectives.

…and the list goes on.

A complete technology-enabled manufacturing software business solution is what this Mad Materials Manager needs, as it combines all essential ERP elements with business process management and automated alerts, allowing you to have a better day by:

  • Leveraging technology to provide maximum visibility into all demands and supplies.
  • Leveraging technology to establish best practices for sales and operations planning to align all resources around sales, inventory and financial goals.
  • Fully utilizing order point and material requirements planning tools to ensure the correct inventory available at the correct time.
  • Managing exceptions versus exceptions managing you by utilizing business activity automated alerts.
  • Leveraging technology to identify and assist in the avoidance of excess and obsolete inventory.
  • Utilizing workspace technology to accurately monitor leading indicators that measure the effectiveness of inventory planning processes.

There are many ERP manufacturing software solutions out there, but they may not all be complete with each element that you need to integrate all aspects of the business.

Talk to us to see how Exact Macola 10 will give this Mad Materials Manager, and you, all that you need for a more natural ERP experience and a less maddening day.

The ERP Blog covers the impact of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), business software and accounting solutions on organizations in the manufacturing and distribution industries.

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