These days, manufacturers of all sizes are working toward implementing new ERP platforms that work better with modern technology. The good news is these efforts typically go a long way toward improving manufacturing efficiency and providing greater clarity for decision-makers in general, but there are certainly ways in which more can be done to ease this transition process and ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible.
One of the biggest issues many companies face as they try to work toward a new, modern ERP system is getting all users up to speed, especially when it comes to their methods for utilizing barcode systems with mobile devices, according to a report from Search Manufacturing ERP. With this in mind, it might be especially important to make sure training for the new platforms is up to snuff, so there are no issues with workers not fully understanding how these systems work and how they're supposed to be used.
Helping workers get acclimated
Because even small missteps can add up quickly when it comes to modern ERP use, proper employee training is vital, but so too is choosing a mobile ERP application that is intuitive and easy to use even for first-timers, the report said. The more that can be done to find a solution that adequately meets the needs of both the company and its workers, the better off all involved will be.
"User adoption can really derail a project," Bogdan Nica, director of product management and services at a user-experience software firm, told the site. "Everything else has a technical solution, but for adoption, there is a complex set of problems where you have to engage with users directly. Our top message to our customers is to involve their users in their mobile strategy, [in part] by engaging them in the design process for the new mobile apps … and seeing what users actually need."
What makes for successful adoption?
While no two manufacturing companies are the same, and therefore their ERP implementation efforts will necessarily vary – sometimes significantly – there are common practices that most successful adoption initiatives share, even beyond proper training, according to Tech Featured. At this point many companies will have already committed to the idea of a switch to modern ERP solutions, but it's vital that they have the tech in place to do so properly. That should include an evaluation of in-office computer hardware and servers, whether their current operating systems are up to snuff, and how well their networks are equipped to handle the new platforms.
Moreover, it might be wise for manufacturers to keep in mind that streamlining ERP is an ongoing process. Especially when adopting a new system, it can't be expected that everything is going to go right 100 percent of the time. But continuously working to evaluate what's going well and what might need some fine-tuning can go a long way toward ensuring the transition is successful.