how-to-choose-manufacturing-softwareAt the risk of stating the obvious, manufacturing business software systems are critical to the success of a company. Without it, you will be flying blind. But, what happens when you need to make a change to your manufacturing business software? How can you change out the system that monitors the status and health of your business without causing disruptions to your business?

Start by considering your entire system

Your manufacturing business software systems are comprised of all the methods, tools and processes you and your employees use to get information about your business so that you can manage your business. It probably includes yellow pads, sticky notes, clipboards, electronic spreadsheets and many other manual processes, in addition to your electronic accounting system. In our experience, many companies might say, “Oh, you mean my accounting (or my ERP – Enterprise Resource Planning) software.” While that is part of it, your accounting or ERP solution is only part of the equation. You have systems that may or may not include software. We want you to think about every system that you have in your company so that you can make sure that you are considering all the requirements you and your staff have for a manufacturing business system.

Many times we find that while the ERP accounting system records data on the current quantity of inventory items on hand, there are one or more other systems that track where the product is located, how it is stored, what has passed inspection, what lots are in stock, what lots were shipped to each customer, what products to combine into kits and so on. So, we might say it this way, your business management system is the corporate legend (the part where you ask Jim or Mary about something), yellow pads, bound notebooks hanging from a string, clipboards, rolodex, 3×5 cards, paper filing cabinets and the software you use, like spreadsheets, parcel shipping software, warehouse management software, manufacturing and shop floor control software and your accounting or ERP systems.

Then there is the people part of your system. They are the ones who really make things work. And, we haven’t talked about the most difficult to define – your sales system – which includes all of the manual methods plus contact management or CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software.

Next, Call in the Experts

When it comes to choosing a manufacturing software system, you need more than just product information; you also need other kinds of input to make sound accounting and manufacturing decisions.

Find a company that is not only an expert in choosing and implementing manufacturing software solutions, but also choose an expert in the manufacturing industry.

Business Automation Specialists of Minnesota has been helping manufacturers, distributors and other companies solve real business problems and capitalize on business opportunities for 27+ years. As a full-service software solution provider, we help businesses leverage technology for growth and improved profitability. We focus on your business objectives and challenges while helping to streamline the processes required to fulfill your business objectives through increased effectiveness and efficiency. Let us help you get better, faster, and stronger with Realistic Solutions.

If you are considering adding to, or completely changing your Manufacturing Business Software system: STOP. We’ve been called in to fix more failed implementations than we care to remember, and we’ve seen first-hand the devastating effect this can have on a company. We want to help you succeed with your manufacturing business software, and that’s what our How to Choose a Manufacturing System guide is all about.

How to Choose a Manufacturing System contains the compiled wisdom of software designers, manufacturing pros, and industry technologists, providing timely and expert guidance for companies that are:

  • Managing manufacturing processes manually and need to automate.
  • Using entry-level software and want to move up.
  • Working with old systems and are ready for new technology.

Is your current system providing the information you need to make the best decisions for your company? Find out today.

Read a real world example of how we helped our client, Bernatello’s, achieve success with their manufacturing solution. Read the success story here!