Executive Resources

Is Your ERP System Built for Your Industry?

Source: Edgewater Fullscope
Most ERP applications have three major components: manufacturing, distribution, and finance. For process manufacturing, quality management is so embedded in all the processes that it also becomes a core requirement. This white paper discusses the process manufacturing paradigm and provides a guideline for any process manufacturing company that needs to identify ERP system requirements most suitable for their business.

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TEC 2015 Certification Report NetSuite ERP Discrete Manufacturing

The NetSuite ERP suite boasts a number of firsts. It was the first enterprise solution to be offered in the cloud, and it is currently the number 1 cloud business software solution available on the market. As the world’s most deployed cloud ERP system, NetSuite ERP caters to a number of vertical industries, including discrete manufacturing.

NetSuite ERP is a comprehensive solution that has been designed to meet all the business requirements of a manufacturing company producing discrete products. The solution therefore affords discrete-product manufacturers capabilities such as global multi-plant and multi-site management, materials production planning, demand planning and forecasting, costing, shop floor, and project-based manufacturing. It also addressed financial, marketing, as well as sales needs.

NetSuite’s goal in its product is to provide manufacturers with an innovative, comprehensive product to help them smoothly run their operations, make intelligent and informed decisions, and delight their customers.

In the TEC Certification Report you’ll get an in-depth look at the product’s redesigned user interface, which is based on 3 years of research with customers, dashboards and portlet improvements, and other notable improvements in the procurement, financials, accounting, supply chain, and other manufacturing realms.

Find out how NetSuite ERP compares with solutions on the market in the major functionality areas for ERP for discrete manufacturing—and how it can support your all current business processes.

What Has Changed in Wholesale Distribution: 2015 and Beyond

Things are changing in the wholesale distribution world. In the customer-connected era, customers expect orders to arrive complete and on-time regardless of the fulfillment flows involved. Keeping up with the changes and being prepared to stay competitive in 2015 and beyond means investing in better technology, as becoming more automated and integrated in capability and analytical tools enables companies to provide a seamless, unified, and connected customer experience.

This research report from Aberdeen examines this growing need to change business processes and invest in technology that enables wholesale business transformation and integration. Read the report to learn more about the technologies smart wholesalers are implementing to optimize their order, inventory, and fulfillment processes, and keep up with customer demands in 2015, including new wholesale logistics formats and the control tower approach, integrated processes and technologies that supports a seamless flow of product from end to end. Learn about how an integrated end-to-end solution with automation and mobility capabilities can enhance business revenue and allow for increased sales performance.

The Distribution Challenge: Are You Asking Enough from Your ERP?

Distributors and manufacturers in today's challenging economy face many pressures, including global competition, growing complexity of supply chains, complex trade regulations, and fluctuating transportation costs. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions are meant to help address challenges like these with a whole company system that deals with most or all the aspects of a company's functioning.

Yet many ERP implementations fail to produce the expected benefits. Too often distributors and manufacturers have to make do with a less-than-optimal solution.

The 2015 Mint Jutras ERP Solution Study investigated ERP goals, challenges, and status, gathering responses from more than 800 ERP users. The respondents represented companies from many different industries, with 120 being from the distribution industry.

Read on to see what the survey results say about ERP and how taking a close look at their current ERP and what it has to offer in comparison to other solutions can help distributors and manufacturers deal with the many challenges of doing business in today's challenging economy. Find out if you're asking enough of your ERP, and if not, how and why to change that.

Infor LN for ERP Certification Report

Infor LN is a best-in-class enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution built to provide companies with a strategic platform for growth and innovation. It is specialized to support micro vertical industries while optimized for complex, global operations.

Infor LN 10.3 by Infor is now TEC Certified for online evaluation of ERP solutions for discrete manufacturing and engineer-to-order (ETO) manufacturing in the ERP Evaluation Center, as well as for online evaluation of financial packages in the Accounting and Financial Management Evaluation Center.

Infor LN offers a robust business platform based on advanced technology to support company-wide operations. It includes components that support analytics, a social collaboration environment, and a mobile workforce.

This report provides product analysis, comprehensive functionality comparison with the average ERP solution on the market, and in-depth analyst commentary. You’ll learn about Infor LN’s mission, target market, and business strategy, as well as the product’s key differentiators in a highly competitive ERP market. Infor LN is well suited to organizations that manufacture complex products and operate on a global scale.

Meeting Process Manufacturing Challenges Through More Potent Functionality

The process manufacturing market remains one of the most competitive and dynamic segments of manufacturing. Process manufacturers must evolve to meet the challenges of changing market demands, the increasing commoditization of products, and the volatility of pricing in energy and raw materials.

A powerful enterprise resource planning (ERP) system with detailed functionality should help process manufacturers manage active ingredients throughout their operations by enabling them to buy raw materials and cost goods more precisely; scale formulas up or down, automatically; track lot inheritance; and define product sequencing, which is evaluated based on multiple characteristics, to reduce downtime and changeover costs in the production schedule.