Wondering what an ERP made for the window and door industry can do for you?

By Serge Rondeau, 360 Innovations

ERP systems solve a few challenges and provide invaluable benefits to manufacturers seeking to reduce costs, manage growth, streamline processes and gain a competitive advantage. ERP software integrates all areas of business (materials and inventory, production, operations and sales, accounting and finance, reporting, etc.) so that every business function relies on a single database. This “information hub” delivers accurate, real-time information crucial to the manufacturing industry.

It’s clear to see that ERP implementation is becoming a key 360-1requirement in today’s competitive market. The introduction of an integrated ERP system gives competitive advantage and boosts profits and productivity.

Implementation work requires adequate preparation and planning. It is surely the biggest change that an enterprise will go through.  It is important that all departments work in the same direction and follow a rigorous work methodology in order to cover all necessary aspects of this change.

360-2Initially, it is recommended to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the current system, if there is one, and make a long-term plan to understand what will be the future challenges for a manufacturer.

During the planning process, it is not uncommon to realize that it will be necessary to hire new IT resources or leave these tasks outsourced to a third party.

It is possible to make a return on investment quickly, either by restructuring resources at the plant, eliminating paper for all tasks, maximizing material cuts, better resource planning by dramatically reducing costs which will lead to an increase in the profit margin quickly on each manufacturing of a product.

In the end, this process is inevitable for any company that wants to succeed in an environment where computerization is pervasive and where customers want even more for their investment. The watchword is to keep your mind open to a long-term vision, to surround yourself with people skilled in this field and to choose a solution that can evolve at the same pace as you and your company.

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