Manufacturers and warehousing businesses that are upgrading their current enterprise resource planning systems need to take a wide variety of factors into account. Everything from interoperability at multiple sites to potential expansion and the ability to add onto a system or customize it should be considered. Many of these advantages are provided by a modular platform such as Microsoft Dynamics NAV, which offers a strong backbone that can be built upon to the satisfaction of the company using it.

With a need for flexibility in mind, the first question that an organization needs to ask itself about a potential ERP solution is: "Will it take care of all of our needs?" As ERP Software Blog pointed out, making sure needs are addressed before the "wants" of an organization is vitally important. And because there are so many different primary requirements across the manufacturing field – Aberdeen Group found that there isn't a consensus top need among manufacturers using ERP – companies need to have an ERP plan in mind that focuses on their own specific organizational requirements.

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