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The use of multiple systems on different platforms increases a manufacturer’s IT costs for application licensing, implementation, custom integrations, and support.
Utilizing a legacy or entry-level ERP system that relies heavily on expensive customizations and one-off integrations is difficult to maintain and support.
Without the use of an appropriate ERP system, your data becomes siloed, preventing manufacturing management from making critical business decisions with the best information. Siloed data can create confusion and result in unhappy customers and lost revenue opportunities.
It is difficult and often impossible to connect legacy systems with current business and industry technologies. Without an ERP, manufacturers are unable to automate processes and connect data from external systems or machines.
Manufacturers who have an inefficient manufacturing process can easily have delayed customer shipments and increased costs.
Poor communications, late deliveries, product quality issues and delayed access to information can result in negative customer experiences.
Manage every aspect of your manufacturing business in one place, and boost efficiency with a comprehensive, mobile, manufacturing ERP designed for your unique needs.
Improved manufacturing processes result in lower costs and more competitive pricing, allowing you to convert more manufacturing estimates to sales. Make it easy for customers to self-serve through integrated customer portals with access to product configurators and estimating. Integrated B2B and B2C commerce storefronts help you sell online. Access to meaningful sales analysis helps you to sell more to existing customers.
Improve customer satisfaction and retention with improved customer service, on-time deliveries, competitive pricing, and access to self-service information.
MTS is a manufacturing system where finished goods are produced to stock. Customer orders are fulfilled from existing stock as opposed to being fulfilled from manufacturing. In this method manufacturing proactively maintains adequate stock levels for forecasted customer orders.
MTO manufacturers rarely stock finished goods. Instead, manufacturing is scheduled to fulfill direct customer orders. Some variants of MTO manufacturing include ATO, CTO, ETO, and job shop manufacturing.
ATO manufacturers assemble components to fulfill customer orders, and therefore rarely stock finished assemblies. They have simple processes and production requirements.
ETO manufacturers design products based on customer specifications prior to manufacturing. Assemblies and raw materials are kept in stock, but they are not assembled until a customer order is received and the part is designed by engineering.
CTO manufacturing generates unique finished goods using a rules-based product configurator to define the bill of materials and routing based on options and values such as size, color, or other variables.
Mixed-mode manufacturers produce finished goods both to stock (MTS) and to order (MTO). Also, companies that operate discrete and process operations are sometimes called mixed mode.
Remanufacturing relates to used parts being repaired for resale. Remanufacturing is common for consumer electronics, transmissions, batteries, printer ink, furniture, and other products. Recycling and disassembly are also forms of remanufacturing where products are broken down into salvageable components.
Job shops typically have minimal raw materials and finished goods inventory on-site. Most orders begin with an estimate, with the job shop purchasing materials directly for their customer’s orders. True job shops do not stock finished goods and typically ship directly from work in process to the customer.
Repetitive Manufacturing (REM) is the production of goods in rapid succession and typically is used in conjunction with automated assembly. It is common when producing a standard product for a model year where there is a known or expected demand for the period. Repetitive and continuous flow manufacturing often relies on Master Production Scheduling (MPS) and Rough-Cut Capacity Planning (RCCP).
Batch process manufacturers use batches, formulas, and recipes, as opposed to a discrete bill of materials and work order. The formula or recipe is either a percentage of the batch or a discrete quantity. Acumatica natively supports batch order types, lot tracking, picking by lot expiration date, and many other process manufacturing business requirements. Other process manufacturers use partner applications that extend Acumatica with more advanced process manufacturing features.
Project-centric manufacturers cost, schedule, and build complex products in phases. This is common in capital equipment, aerospace and defense, and other labor-intensive industries.
Lean manufacturing is a method of manufacturing that minimizes waste in both materials and processes. It often uses just-in-time pull systems to shorten lead times, reduce operating costs, and improve product quality.
What can the product do to make you and your staff in the office and on the job site more productive?
What features and functions does the product have that actually perform the daily accounting and business management functions?
Does the product leverage technology for usability, customizability, and maintainability?
How does the product maximize features and functions vs. cost for the usable lifetime of the product?
How does the product minimize risk and facilitate security (both network and financial security)?
|Intuitive||Easy to learn and use.|
|True universal availability||Access the system from any device, anytime, anywhere to facilitate associates working on the job site and in the office. Easily communicate and collaborate with customers, subcontractors, and suppliers.|
|Multilingual||Work in the language of your choice. Print customer-facing documents (such as change orders) in the language of your customer.|
|Multicurrency||Operate in any currency and convert as needed.|
|Workflow||Automate business processes, approvals, and notifications.|
|Wiki’s||Share information and company documents among any combination of teams, departments, and external users.|
|Single database||Establish a single version of the truth. Eliminate the need to maintain integrations between applications.|
|Comprehensive Reporting||Make faster, better decisions with fewer mistakes. Eliminate guesswork|
|Document Management||Make critical documents available to all key personnel.|
|Multi-entity||Support multi-company, multi-warehouse, and international companies, including financial consolidations, intercompany eliminations, and reconciliations.|
|Financial management||Support standard accounting functions, including General Ledger, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Cash Management, Tax management, and more.|
|Quote-to-cash||Create quotes, convert to sales order, check inventory availability, perform credit check, manufacturer (if applicable), pick, ship, invoice, and collect payment.|
|Sales Order Management||Split orders across multiple warehouses, allocate inventory,verify credit limits, issue replenishment orders, accept returns, and manage complex pricing/discount policies.|
|Purchase Order Management||Automate complex procure-to-pay processes involving multiple products and suppliers. Create requisitions and approvals, obtain bids, convert to purchase orders, receive inventory, input invoices, match and pay.|
|Inventory Management||Manage inventory, plan and manage movement of goods. through distribution network, and control customer and transfer orders. Use multiple locations with lot and serial number tracking. Expired items are automatically removed from available inventory.|
|True cloud||All functionality is accessible through the internet using a standard browser without the need for any software installation on the user's device. No additional software licensing required.|
|Responsive design||View and interact with every page of the application on any device with a minimum of resizing, panning, or scrolling.|
|User interface||Modern look and feel. Customize screens and dashboards. Easy access to tasks with minimal clicks and intuitive workflow.|
|Customizable and flexible||Ability to modify and customize business logic to meet your company's unique requirements.|
|Customization using industry standard tools||Perform customizations using industry standard tools and programming languages without requiring the use of proprietary languages or compilers.|
|Full relational database||All system data stored in a relational SQL database. Query data for reporting, Bl, financial statements, audits, and more.|
|Database export||Access and export relational versions of all data for reporting, backup, and transfer.|
|Upgrade on your schedule||Ability to plan upgrades at dates and times that are convenient to you and your company - not the ERP vendor.|
|Capable of moving to the cloud when you are ready||Not everyone wants to operate in the cloud. The product should support both on premise and cloud deployments, and let you switch deployment models if and when you are ready.|
|Multiple deployment options||Deployment methods allow on premises in your facility, private cloud of your choice, or our public cloud using Amazon Web Services (AWS).|
|Flexible licensing options||Offers subscription or perpetual licensing (depreciable capital expense versus an ongoing operating expense).|
|Low total cost of ownership (TCO)||Reduce the total cost of ownership over the foreseeable lifetime of the product (at a minimum 3-5 years), including licensing, support, hardware, upgrade, and hosting costs. Be sure to add the cost of additional products required to run the system (web server, eCommerce platform, database server, collaboration tools, CRM, etc.), which includes all required hardware, licensing, and support costs.|
|Scale as you grow||Ability to accommodate heavier volumes, more resources, and more users as your business grows. Pay only for what you use. Add more resources when you need them.|
|Preserve capital for other business initiatives||Cloud deployments reduce the need for initial cash outlay for hardware and software purchases. Cloud deployments also reduce the amount of internal IT staff required for hardware and software support and maintenance.|
|Charged by resources used, not by user||Vendor charges for the resources used, not by user count, making the benefits of ERP available to all employees, customers and suppliers. Charging by user penalizes growing businesses.|
|Predictable monthly costs||Not vulnerable to spikes in IT costs. Standardizing on a platform allows you to predict your monthly cost for the system.|
|Deploy quickly||Eliminate time delay and risk of unplanned costs by deploying quickly with a cloud solution.|
|Leverage global technology leaders||Ability to utilize the resources of cloud hosting leaders (Amazon, Microsoft, and IBM) for their fast response and uptime.|
|Knowledge of your industry||Reduce risk by using a software vendor with the solutions and knowledge for your specific industry.|
|Customer references||Cites customer successes using their software in your industry.|
|Best-in-class security at no additional cost||Support platform, web, and computer security leveraging expertise at hosting providers.|
|Data in the cloud||Data on your servers are vulnerable to attack.|
|Backup and disaster recovery||Prepared for the worst-cloud deployment lowers costs for backup, failover, and disaster recovery.|
|Simpler integration with other web apps.||Utilize web capabilities to integrate with other web-based business applications.|
|Vendor handles updates and upgrades||Eliminate risk of missing an upgrade with a cloud solution.|
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