Manufacturing and warehousing businesses are experiencing small but steady increases in the market, as production rises and there are more goods to be stored and distributed. While the most recent numbers from the Federal Reserve, reported by Reuters, point to a modest 0.1 percent jump in output in June, this builds on a 0.5 percent improvement in May and a generally strong economic climate. Although not every single manufacturing company is increasing output, a significant amount are. If the trend in production and overall economic improvement continues, more businesses will be increasing capacity and making more items.

As far as managing output, gaining more business insight and creating an environment where information about operations is easily stored and accessible, enterprise resource planning software is a great choice for manufacturers of all sizes. The need for a management platform becomes even more evident as the manufacturing economy grows. The vast majority of businesses will have some serious trouble expanding if they can't maintain and improve both individual and overall operational practices. From adding specific components such as mobile WMS as more warehouse space is needed to modules that monitor output and efficiency on the work floor, ERP helps businesses expand.

Going modular an important consideration
Of course, not all ERP solutions are created equal. The market for this software is large, to say the least, and businesses need to make sure they're choosing the right system before going ahead with a purchase. The old standard of all-in-one, monolithic ERP systems still exists, but has given up a lot of ground to the more useful and adaptable modular platforms. This iteration of ERP allows companies to select the individual pieces while providing a strong backbone for the add-ons to function with.

Research from Aberdeen Group highlighted a major drawback of the current strategies in place at many organizations as it relates to ERP: the use of more than one platform. Many companies believe they need to use many platforms because they can't get the required functionality out of a single one, especially when considering older, less agile systems. Businesses that use modular ERP can avoid this issue by having a much greater say in how their ERP is designed and what functionalities are included.

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