Millions of manufacturers around the world have already moved to adopt ERP in the past few decades, but many are now looking at their options for upgrading to the latest options. As ERP options shift to meet modern work needs – including demands for cloud and mobile flexibility – clear pictures begin to emerge as far as what works and what doesn't for these systems and the companies adopting them.

Perhaps the most notable shift in this regard is that companies are now on the lookout for the "best fit" ERP systems that can meet their specific needs, rather than necessarily relying on the best-known names in the industry, according to a report from Panorama Consulting Solutions. This highlights the recognized need for companies to do all they can to address their unique problems relying on legacy ERP and the ways in which modern offerings are designed to do just that on a regular and ongoing basis.

Other takeaways
When it comes to finding the right ERP system, experts generally warn that there is no single do-it-all option for manufacturing executives to invest in, the report said. Consequently, companies have to be a little more flexible when it comes to identifying and addressing their own pain points, and determining how the latest ERP options both address them and fit into their previous data collection efforts. That kind of insight will potentially help to streamline processes across the entire company and improve bottom lines as needed.

But when it comes to the process of adoption, in particular, it's worth noting that there is likewise no quick and easy way to get a company up to speed and weaned off their legacy ERP in short order, the report said. Instead, companies should prepare themselves for a bit of a lengthier on-boarding process, with the knowledge that once everything is fully integrated they will be in much better shape than they previously were.

Getting off the fence
With the length of the adoption process front of mind for many manufacturing decision-makers, the issue many companies face is that they don't always want to take the necessary leap on a new ERP system, according to Manufacturing Monthly. However, it's worth noting that the sooner this decision is made, the more easily companies can get up to speed with the benefits of current ERP options that help to collect necessary data from modern manufacturing floors. That, in turn, should have a massive positive effect on their bottom lines.

One last issue in this regard, though, is that companies should also look before they leap. Putting together a comprehensive plan for how a new ERP solution should be implemented and fine-tuned on an ongoing basis will be vital to ensuring that everything goes as smoothly – and quickly – as possible.

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