What Your Manufacturing ERP Consultant Should Know

February 20, 2020 | Discrete Manufacturing
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Your company’s chances of success in choosing and implementing an enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform are only as good as your ERP manufacturing consultant. When you rely on a consultant to bring your project from conception to completion, you’re investing in their expertise and knowledge in your specific company, industry, and, ultimately, your ERP.

When you partner with a great consultant, it shows in your results. Unfortunately, the opposite is true, too. You need to ensure that your ERP consultant is the ideal fit for your project and your company–before you engage in a project. So be sure to ask the right questions. Look for the right expertise before you’re committed to a consultant. When your ERP consultant displays knowledge of the following areas, you’re on the right track.

They Understand your Industry

Each industry and the companies operating within see different challenges an ERP can overcome. What works for one sector will not work the same for another, even in industries where there is overlap. That’s why many ERP solutions are tailored to specific industry needs. It makes sense, then, that the best ERP manufacturing consultant will know a tremendous amount about manufacturing.

This knowledge comes from experience, not only education. Ask your consultant about their previous clients, and how they overcame industry-specific challenges for companies that are similar to your own.

They Meet Business Challenges

Similarly, every business comes with its own set of unique challenges. It could be the size of your company, your budget, your existing marketplace, or competitors. Whatever you need to overcome for success, your ERP consultant needs to see it, understand it, and be able to strategize for it.

When you meet with a potential ERP manufacturing consultant, talk about your exact business needs. If they do not offer a solution that meets your specific needs, you need to keep looking.

They’re Innovative and On the Ball 

A good ERP manufacturing consultant takes industry and business knowledge and uses it to scan emerging tech and upcoming trends. They are innovative, ready to jump on opportunities that bring success to your company. When a problem presents itself, they have the knowledge and experience to find a workaround.

It can be challenging to identify this quality in a consultant if you haven’t worked with him or her before. This is another good reason to learn more about their previous clients. Try to find out how their consultancy added measurable value to other businesses.

They Understand Tech and Customization

Any consultant can present a pre-made solution, but your company deserves a custom approach. A good ERP manufacturing consultant understands what makes your company different. And he or she will know their products well enough to suggest an ERP that offers the customization and technology you need.

Decision Resources, Inc. can help with all your questions and concerns about manufacturing and ERP. Our experienced, friendly team is looking forward to your call. Call us at 412-562-9660 or email info@decision.com.

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