Under the larger umbrella of manufacturing exists a number of disparate businesses producing, shipping and selling various products. Each individual organization will have unique challenges to face along the supply chain, but one thing these companies have in common is the value of ERP implementation. Regardless of the size, range or nature of a manufacturing business, ERP software can help corporate officers, warehouse managers and other employees retain a sharp level of oversight across the entire operation.

ERP software specialist Julia Commons recently outlined the various types of manufacturing, including process, discrete and mixed mode variations. Within each category, businesses will face different challenges to operating a streamlined and reliable supply chain network. However, ERP solutions can help each of them get a better handle on the facets of their business, encourage internal communications and enhance output and performance.

“Designed with manufacturing in mind, ERP software solutions can accommodate the many different types of manufacturing that support your business processes,” Commons wrote. “This includes outputting the correct reports and ensuring that your manufacturing process is linked to your financials, stock management and distribution type features.”

Integrating different legacy systems is a key feature of any high-quality ERP solution and one that is highly valued by manufacturers. Older options relegated communication capabilities to internal networks, but as manufacturing operations grow, becoming more complex and incorporating outside partners, officials are increasingly looking for the ability to extend outward. CloudTweaks recently stated that cloud-based ERP solutions could provide manufacturers with the tools needed to streamline communications with external entities. A reliable product like Microsoft Navision allows businesses to better monitor their supply chain network and scale the software up or down to better fit the current needs of the organization.

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