While ERP can and will improve the process of creating goods in a manufacturing situation, that’s not the only option out there. Improving efficiency and productivity has long been a core component of improving the entire sector. Some take the form of processes such as lean manufacturing or Six Sigma. Others are about actual production methods that reduce the amount of labor required to complete a part or component, such as additive manufacturing. One useful mechanism that is seen throughout the business world is business process management, which can deliver effective results on top of an ERP solution.

Making the workflow a better place
Business process management, as defined by TechTarget, is taking the entirety of a business workflow and changing it to better reflect the company’s situation. What it does is oversee activities designed to directly achieve a company milestone or goal. In the case of manufacturing, that would mean creating, sorting and shipping goods. The purpose of this is to deliver results that remove the amount of and potential for mistakes to be made in the course of business operations. In this case, it would mean mitigating or eliminating common errors in the production process. It is also intended to make stakeholders such as workers and management more focused on their work roles so as to improve efficiency and results. As a tech-oriented process, IT uses BPM to help improve the line of business from a software and hardware process.

There are various uses for BPM in the manufacturing sector. According to a white paper issued by the Aberdeen Group for Dassault Systems, manufacturers sought out BPM primarily to reduce the cost of operations, with better supply chain management and improve product delivery a somewhat distant second. Reducing costs can be done increasing the level of success of introducing new products to the assembly line, increasing the amount of on-time shipments of products and parts along with keeping overall equipment efficiency consistent.

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With ERP software integration considered a drastic measure that takes a considerable investment from the entirety of the company, there’s a great chance that mistakes will be made during the process. This can cost the company money at launch. That’s why a deployment should undergo BPM prior to the starting the integration process. In a report from Logistics Management, the benefits of using BPM in a Microsoft Dynamics implementation were myriad. They included reducing the risk and time it took to complete the deployment overall. That can help businesses remain competitive and profitable. A standardization process can help reduce the amount of time and effort that is needed to improve and maintain the hardware that is needed to the run the system.

By using BPM, activities associated with the implementation and the production of goods, such as a software upgrade or scaling operations based on seasonal demand, will be simplified. This increases the amount of goods that can be completed in the project at a given time.

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