The biggest reason for manufacturers to transition to the latest ERP solutions is simplicity. By adopting complex systems, often building off legacy programs they’ve run for years, companies can streamline all aspects of their operations. The end result is typically faster turnaround times, fewer snags in the supply chain and, in the end, a significant return on investment. All those benefits show why so many manufacturers are now jumping onboard with ERP.

However, it’s not always easy for companies to determine which ERP systems will work for them based on their evolving needs and the kinds of programs they already rely upon, according to Tech Story. Consequently, it’s vital for manufacturers to carefully evaluate what each option available to them would provide and how that matches up with their unique situations. For instance, if companies are trying to shift to an automated time tracker, for example, some ERP solutions might be better than others.

Getting everyone in line
Of course, it’s also worth noting that ERP systems only operate as well as the people using them as part of their work day, so it’s vital to make sure employees know how to use them on an ongoing basis, the report said. That means training so that when people are checking into or out of work, they are doing so properly. While use of these systems can certainly streamline a company’s operations, everyone should be on the same page to maximize efficiency and the return on investment that comes with it.

Once such a change has been implemented, however, proper use can quickly become second nature to employees, the report said. Nonetheless, it will be vital for decision-makers to carefully examine how these systems operate in the early days after their adoption to make sure the transition is as smooth as possible.

When to switch
In general, the sooner manufacturers move to adopt the latest ERP solutions, the quicker they will benefit from the investment. However, there are some telltale signs of when it’s wisest to make the switch, according to Manufacturing Global. For instance, if companies are having trouble getting proper data on various aspects of their operations including time collection, adoption may become a particularly pressing issue. This is especially true if manufacturers currently find their time collection efforts to be at least somewhat complicated. This type of adoption can go a long way toward not only making time collection easier, but also more accurate.

Making the switch to Dynamics NAV time collection can help to eliminate any kinks in a manufacturers’ current processes in much the same way that adopting mobile warehouse inventory management can help to ensure a more orderly and organized factory floor. That, in turn, can help to trim bottom lines and avoid costly mistakes that might have otherwise cropped up without the latest ERP.

When companies shift to automated time collection, they can save a lot of money in the long run. To better understand the value, use our ROI calculator.