16 Aug
ERP For Manufacturing
Post by Christian Beith
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SAP Business One for Manufacturing

When most people hear the term ERP, they often think of a vast complex system only capable of running Fortune 500 companies. Yet, the most common ERP implementations happen with small to midsized businesses, usually because those companies tend to outgrow systems like QuickBooks. A good ERP (Enterprise Resource Management) system combines all facets of business operations. Accounting, finance, sales, purchasing, and production are all under one system and integrated with each other. This creates efficiency with automated processes and allows for a much better overview of the company as a whole.

When companies start to see their separate systems like accounting, inventory, job planning, order planning, and other activity being done separately, they create a lot of disparate information . They go through the process of turning that information into data that needs to be transferred from one system to the other, often by hand. This becomes a major problem over time and causes many challenges when trying to make real time business decisions.  ERP packages like SAP Business One have the capability of managing these business activities under one roof without the steep price of a Fortune 500 company system.

Some of the improvements that Small and Medium Size Manufacturing Companies experience when investing in a new ERP are related to:

Inventory Management

Whether your company uses a warehouse management system (WMS) from your ERP solution, or your company needs a more sophisticated 3rd party add-on solution, maintaining precise accounts of your inventory requires much more than regular Excel spreadsheets. To free up cash flow and minimize labor costs with physical inventory counts, an ERP solution can track the changes in seasonal sales to see the pace at which items move in and out of inventory. Thus, giving a company a better handle on the management of their inventory.

Order Processing

Since there are two sides to order processing, purchase and sales, an ERP solution can alert purchasing if items fall below a certain level or alert sales that certain items are out or on order. This prevents items from running out which leads to missed sales and delivery times and prevents sales from selling items that are not in inventory or cannot be delivered when promised.

Job Planning

ERP systems can manage how long an item takes to be manufactured, the bill of materials, the labor needed, and the equipment used to produce that item. Usually the job planning is done by estimation but with an ERP system it takes all the guesswork away. It ensures your resources are being used to maximize shop floor efficiency and meet production demands. Other benefits from this include shortened delivery times, reduced labor costs, reduced machine run times and improved customer relationships, all of which help save money in the process.

Lot Control

Since product recalls do happen and you never want to lose your whole inventory because of one, ERP systems have the capability to track certain manufacturing runs by their lot, batch, and serial numbers. Depending on the complexity of your operation you can see which items were made on a particular day, on a particular machine, and the specific materials from a certain vendor that were used. This visibility can greatly reduce any losses and minimize liability.

These are only some of the ways an ERP system can improve not only your manufacturing process but your business as a whole. There is much more to streamline your manufacturing process and have your business running as efficiently as possible.

Contact us if you would like to learn more. We’d be happy to help you find out what solution might be the best fit for your company.

28 Jul
Post by Christian Beith
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As a business, I’m willing to bet you have a business plan for the next year established. And probably one for the next 3 or even 5 years. But what about 10 years? 20 years? Those might be too far out to accurately plan for but it is good to have an idea, concept, or goal you would like to shoot for. In 2016 SAP Business One turned 20 years old. That is ancient in software years. But unlike many of its equally old and even junior rivals, SAP has continuously invested in Business One as its flagship Small to Midsize Business (SMB) ERP solution. Looking at it now, you could not tell the software has roots from 20 years ago. With the development of SAP HANA, Business One has taken on a new form and has given SMB’s the real-time analytics that was once only affordable to the big boys. It has an app that can be used on your smart phone and can be delivered in the cloud and in a SaaS model; innovations that weren’t even a concept 20 years ago.

If the past has taught us anything, it’s that no one can create an ERP system that will handle all the needs of any and every business there is. Trust me, companies have tried. But it’s just too much. So, to supplement these industry or company specific needs, SAP and other ERP companies have add-on partners. These partners provide functionality for specific industries that otherwise aren’t supported by the core ERP software. Industries such as oil and gas, agriculture, beef or poultry, industries with very specific requirements that would otherwise require massive customizations at a huge cost to the company. These partners help to take a business the final stretch beyond the core ERP functionality.

SAP believes these partners and their add-on solutions will continue to be the future for many customizations or industry specific needs companies have. To assist with this over the next 20 years, SAP is updating the underlying technical architecture. Rewriting and updating code to be easier to customize and that can be integrated with add-ons much easier. The goal is to make future updates less intrusive with customizations and add-ons and allow the core ERP to become more of a platform for business.

SAP Business One...is becoming a business process platform. That means it will be open, extensible, and poised to meet very specific needs across many different verticals...and fully capable of being delivered through the cloud as a service.

 

It’s impossible to predict what is in store for us the next 20 years but it is good to have an idea to aim for. We know whatever is in store for ERP in the future will be disruptive and require ERP companies to adapt. Fortunately, we can rely on SAP doing just that; adapting to what businesses need and helping them to grow with a very good and comprehensive core ERP platform.

SAP Business One is a mature solution. But unlike many of its competitors of similar vintage, it has continued to evolve over the years. The depth and breadth of functionality and the underlying technical architecture is a far cry from its humble beginnings. But the SAP Business One of the future will look, feel and be something different than it is today. Read the report by Mint Jutras to find out how it is becoming more than just ERP.

READ THE MINT JUTRAS REPORT

 

29 Jun
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Consensus International, an SAP NA Partner Excellence Award winner for 2017, is expanding their operations by opening offices in Atlanta, GA and Santa Ana, CA. Already one of the leading resellers and support organizations for SAP Business One ERP software, this move will help Consensus serve customers in the Southeast and Pacific Coast regions of the United States.

In addition to the new offices, the Consensus team has added 13 new team members to their ranks with many years of ERP implementation, process improvement and project management experience.  The two new offices will be operating immediately, and our new team members will begin helping clients in these two important regions of the country.

Joining Consensus as General Manager of these new locations is Len Reo, a tier 2 ERP specialist with 35 years of experience in software implementation and consultancy. He has helped hundreds of companies implement ERP to help them improve efficiencies and grow profits.

Other key management personnel joining Consensus are Tracy Beblie and Jim Reo.  Beblie brings 28 years of ERP experience with him, including founding his own consultancy firm for 17 of those years. Jim Reo will bring his extensive background in guiding major implementation projects from conception to fruition. With 26 years of experience as a controller, CFO and Project Manager, Jim’s wealth of experience in a variety of industries provides an invaluable asset to the Consensus team.

“We are absolutely thrilled to add a team of professionals with the diverse skill set and impressive background in ERP software that Len’s team brings to Consensus,” said Andres Castrillon, President of Consensus International. “Bringing on this amazing group to help us open up our Atlanta and Santa Ana offices shows our continued commitment to serve small to mid-sized business across the United States.”

 

About Consensus International:

Consensus International was founded in 1990 in Colombia. In 1996, they began selling Macola software, and in 2006 they became a SAP Business One reseller. One year later they opened their first US based office in Miami, FL. Consensus has offices in Boston, MA and Austin, TX. To date Consensus has helped over 650 small to medium sized business achieve their business goals. With the opening of the Atlanta and Santa Ana offices, Consensus will be able to extend their expertise to a significantly greater number of small and medium size companies in the coming years.