Every discrete manufacturing business operates with a unique set of systems and specifications, and faces equally unique challenges. Before you really know what to look for in an enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform, you will need to go through extensive modelling of your own business processes and needs.
A system should be agile and flexible, and must allow you to increase the efficiencies of your core competencies while supporting areas where your existing processes are working well. Legacy ERP systems just cannot keep pace with rapidly changing customer needs and market requirements.
Making best use of existing and new data sources allows discrete manufacturers to understand their customers’ challenges and strategic planning, and then use this knowledge to build lean business processes with demand-driven supplier networks. Costs can be driven lower while efficiencies and customer service improved. The resulting strengthening of customer relationships will yield market growth and rising profit margins.