ERP provides greater oversight across the supply chain

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For years, ERP software applications have offered manufacturing companies a much needed solution to their enterprise oversight issues. Any organization that has an extensive supply chain environment will inevitably encounter synchronization concerns, as more warehouses are added to the network and monitoring activity across the enterprise becomes more difficult. When these issues arise, manufacturers need to take swift action to implement comprehensive ERP solutions such as Microsoft Dynamics NAV. If not addressed immediately, supply chain operation issues can result in missed delivery timetables and service delays.

Randy Copperman, vice president of Channel Technologies Group, recently explained in Manufacturing Business Technology Magazine that successfully implementing ERP in a manufacturing environment requires an effective deployment strategy. Copperman suggested that organizations establish clear goals for their ERP projects before they begin to integrate them with their legacy systems. For example, if a particular business is concerned about losses incurred from improperly cataloged or stolen materials on the supply chain, it can establish a inventory management system to provide warehouse operators with additional oversight.

A recent article concurred that the inventory and warehouse management features offered by state-of-the-art ERP software could significantly enhance manufacturing operations. Warehouse management systems can allow business leaders to monitor activity across the supply chain, including at remote locations. With these applications, managers can identify inefficiencies in the process, such as purchasing an unnecessary amount of certain materials, which may result in a reduction of the company's ROI. 

For manufacturers that want to regain control of their operations and eliminate operational bottlenecks, ERP software can provide that functionality. As supply chain environments become more complex with additional moving parts, more oversight will be required to ensure that delivery timetables are met and services and products are provided without disruption.

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