Few manufacturing businesses can afford mistakes, and since it is impossible to be mistake-free, the best result manufacturers can hope for is to avoid the major ones and minimize the damage caused by the minor ones. Careful financial planning is one way to avoid costly manufacturing blunders and quickly mitigate any small hiccups along the way.
The manufacturing process involves numerous complex steps, from ordering to delivery. It would be shortsighted for a manufacturer to expect even the most clever account managers to keep track of everything by simply using a spreadsheet. Moreover, even those companies that share their spreadsheets across numerous departments are gaining as much insight into their manufacturing processes as passing around a dusty ledger.
One would think that business had moved beyond such archaic practices, but some manufacturers would still prefer these methods to investing in an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. Much of that is based on fear of the unknown and the many horror stories from businesses that have dealt with overpriced, bloated, and complicated ERP systems.
With Microsoft Dynamics® GP ERP for manufacturing, you can rapidly respond to customer needs, supply changes, and manufacturing capacities. In addition, you can quickly and easily share mission critical information with suppliers and vendors.
Microsoft Dynamics GP has a proven track record of success in manufacturing. Companies like Pacific Cataract & Laser Institute, which adopted Microsoft Dynamics GP to streamline financials, or Simpson Timber Company, which implemented Microsoft Dynamics GP to replace PeopleSoft, all testify to the reliability and flexibility that Microsoft Dynamics ERP can provide for manufacturers.
Manufacturing does not have to involve guesswork. With the powerful set of tools Microsoft Dynamics GP includes, you can demystify the manufacturing process and plot a clear path to profit.
By Earl Hunt of The Resource Group, Seattle-based Microsoft Dynamics GP ERP Partner