For many organizations, the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the need for investing in transformation to sustain a healthy competitive advantage. Early shutdowns and mad rushes to stock up on supplies left manufacturers and retailers scrambling to keep up with consumer demand, shifting operations, and managing limited deliveries from suppliers. As the initial panic subsides, manufacturers are again able to focus on future planning, including how cloud ERP with advanced planning and scheduling capabilities can help.
It’s likely recent emergency protocols and shifts in buying habits have illuminated a number of issues that could have been previously overlooked. Perhaps your organization has a high reliance on one or several employees to support systems, train others, apply patches, and enhance the current in-house planning system across multiple productions sites. If this person or group of people are unable to come into work, operations still need to be executed without interruption.
Cloud ERP systems allow certain tasks to be performed remotely. This minimizes risk and keeps operations running efficiently. Bringing on a managed service partner can allow employees to focus on value-driven tasks rather than system maintenance, such as future modernization rather than patch maintenance or other support needs.
Decreasing Risk of Errors and Increase Visibility
While thinking about the dependence on the workforce, how many processes are manual that could be automated? Manual processes lead to labor inefficiencies and a high risk of errors. In addition to streamlining processes, cloud ERP with advanced analytics and BI offers real-time data and a single source of the truth, leading to faster, more accurate decision-making.
Another benefit of a modern system is enhanced visibility of the supply chain. Increased visibility will allow your organization to optimize processes, reduce costs, and collaborate with vendors across the supply chain network. For example, food and beverage manufacturers can maintain quality and compliance by having better traceability end-to-end.
Multi-site manufacturers typically run several ERP systems across different plants. These systems are complex due to historical development and custom modifications, with varied types of sites and production methods. As manufacturers grow, organically and acquisitively, disconnected systems become more of a headache to manage, with limited functionality. Cloud ERP is built with flexibility in mind, allowing for one ERP across the organization to support current needs and future growth.
With a single system, the benefit of improved capacity and utilization and demand and supply planning ensures materials are delivered to where they are needed at the time when they are needed to support planning processes and increase efficiency through production.
Strategies for fast response to changing consumer demand and steadily rising costs should be at the top of any C-suite leaders’ agenda if they’re hoping to thrive in a COVID-19 world. Manufacturers looking to get products to market faster need systems that can streamline planning iterations, reduce waste, and minimize delays in shop floor production plans. A single, real-time view of data and forecasts will help align strategy and planning activities to plan for and respond to business changes.
Continuous improvement is a steady theme for the manufacturing industry. More organizations are investing in cloud ERP to address increasing product and supply chain complexity. Cloud supports, enhances, and accelerates the improvement process, allowing manufacturers to be successful in a rapid changing world.