Buying an ERP system is like buying a car. It’s a big decision, an expensive purchase, and a long-term investment that requires a great deal of research and consideration. Before making a final decision, you must ask yourself which characteristics you require, the price you’re willing to pay, and additional customizations you might like to add now or in the future, etc. In the case of selecting rubber and plastic ERP system, the decision process is no different.
Among the first things you should do during the evaluation process is to make a list of your specific requirements. What does the system absolutely need to have? You’d be surprised at how many companies rush through this step or skip it completely in an effort to speed along the process only to wind up unhappy with their choices later on. In fact, ERP research shows that one of the top reasons an ERP project is considered a failure is because the system is considered to have incomplete requirements! Don’t let it happen to you, make a list!
After speaking with company executives, managers, and the IT department, you should be able to easily gauge company requirements to pull together an extensive checklist to help guide you in your search for the best-fit system.
After this list is created go through and mark those requirements that are absolute must-haves and those that would be nice to have. Be sure to discuss what processes and procedures you’d like to keep the same, which you would like to change, and how potential ERP systems would support that with various features, functions, and characteristics.
While every company is different, many rubber and plastic manufacturers require similar functions in an ERP system in terms of operational functions, such as:
- Shipment tracking
- Work center scheduling
- Audit management
- Plant maintenance
- Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)
- Inventory management
- Production scheduling
- Analysis and reporting
- Shop floor data collection
- Financial modules
- Manufacturing modes (discrete, process, mixed)
The system selection process is a long one; making this list is only the beginning. Learn the next steps for a successful rubber and plastic ERP system selection and implemenation in the white paper below.