Source: Plex Systems, Inc. www.plex.com
Markets continue to be in flux. Manufacturers face a volatile environment and must compete on cost, quality and customer service to thrive in these challenging times.
Medical device manufacturers, food and beverage processors, aerospace and automotive suppliers, and others are looking to implement ERP systems that cut costs, streamline operations, and improve performance.
An event such as the Vendor Shootout™ for ERP is designed to help these companies in this important pursuit.
Criteria for Success
Even in less challenging times, ERP implementations have traditionally been judged by three financial criteria: initial capital expense, ongoing operating costs, and time to value.
Yet, leading analysts find that the majority of ERP implementations rarely come in on time, often cost more than estimated, and deliver unsatisfying results.
Very often, these issues are traced to on-premise, legacy systems that necessitate complex programming, heavy investments in servers and software, training, and disruptive version control.
Software as a Service
Those evaluating ERP implementations can now look to Cloud or Software as a Service (SaaS) ERP systems, which are increasingly attractive to the enterprise that welcomes the ability to extend scarce IT resources.
No longer can the manufacturing enterprise afford lengthy, months-long IT development cycles and competition for limited IT resources.
Industry observers note that SaaS offers a dramatically faster implementation process.
The Cloud model helps companies avoid complex upgrades, cut costs, and reduce the burden on the IT department.
To explore this topic further, download a free white paper entitled “ERP Implementation Best Practices” which highlights the five advantages of the Cloud or SaaS model.
The paper includes three “stories from the trenches” showing real-life cases of manufacturers benefitting from the Cloud.
The resource is designed for ERP selection teams, and provides timely information for this important process.