Epicor Streamlines Manufacturing
There’s no denying it: Manufacturing processes are more complicated than ever. With products becoming increasingly intricate and supply chains becoming increasingly global, manufacturers have a tough job keeping their eyes on every activity while satisfying customer demands. Manufacturers clearly need robust tools to handle such a high degree of complexity, but where should they turn?
Answer: Epicor ERP. Though enterprise software is entering the shop floors and offices of more and more manufacturers, businesses may still doubt the usefulness of an ERP system. After all, wouldn’t a software project just add more complexity to operations? Yes, ERP does require a thorough implementation process and ongoing maintenance and upgrades, but with the right ERP vendor (as well as the right ERP consulting firm), business tasks become easier than ever. Below, we describe how Epicor’s powerful functionality simplifies manufacturing.
Organizations have more data than they know what to do with. Employees are slow to develop strategies and improvements as they struggle to make sense of endless datasets. As data grows, manufacturers require readable reports and charts to leverage this information for faster decision making and responsive customer experiences.
Epicor ERP is designed to maximize the value of big data. Robust analytics packages transform data into actionable insights. For example, Epicor’s predictive analytics technology leverages historical data to enable precise demand planning. Epicor also includes lean manufacturing tools which enact pull production and measure waste to help manufacturers cut costs.
Furthermore, Epicor makes data simple to access and comprehend. Touch-enabled interfaces empower users to quickly retrieve real-time metrics from their mobile devices, so they can stay on top of operations and make decisions even while they’re away from the shop floor. Intuitive dashboards grant users full control of their systems. Employees can determine which information to display on their home pages and take advantage of sophisticated drill-down functionality to quickly gain a detailed view of critical processes. Users can also easily find whatever data they need by using Epicor’s partial search feature, which enables them to locate information by typing in only a few letters in the search box.
ERP software once took the form of a monolithic, cumbersome system that few businesses could use or modify to align with their processes. Now, ERP vendors are more frequently going for a modular design. An ERP module is an autonomous program that supports a single area of business management while working in conjunction with the rest of your platform. With a modular instance, businesses can add, configure or customize individual modules rather than take on a massive project to change the entire software system. Though consisting of separate modules, the ERP platform acts as a single unit, automating processes throughout the enterprise.
Modular ERP systems also simplify the implementation process. Rather than deploy the entire software at one time in a big bang implementation, manufacturers can opt for a phased approach, incrementally rolling out separate ERP modules. This tactic lessens risk, allowing project teams to fix malfunctions and plan for go-live one module at a time rather than take on the enormous responsibility of an entire software solution deployment.
But not all modular ERP instances are created equal. Epicor designed its modules to connect seamlessly with each other and power robust manufacturing performance. It’s one of the few vendors to include a built-in supply chain management module in its ERP solution, helping users connect processes from end to end of their enterprise. Epicor comprises robust compliance and global management tools throughout modules, mitigating risk and optimizing visibility. Additionally, Epicor’s flexible service-oriented architecture (SOA) makes it easy to configure modules to meet growing business needs.
The global marketplace has introduced new opportunities for manufacturers to increase profits and lower costs. However, with these new opportunities comes additional complexity. Managers and executives can’t afford to lose track of processes, even if they’re occurring thousands of miles away.
Epicor ensures that users stay in touch with global operations. Its multi-company menu enables users to access data across locations in just a few clicks. Critical processes, such as transfers of records and resource replenishment, can be automated throughout the enterprise to maintain accuracy and efficiency. Epicor can even support multiple languages and currencies. This allows separate locations to deploy instances in various languages without customization and automate transactions regardless of the currency.
If you’ve experienced inefficiencies in your supply chain, gaps in global visibility or disappointed customers, an Epicor ERP implementation could be the solution you’ve been seeking. Epicor has served manufacturers for over 45 years, setting the bar for flexible manufacturing solutions. With each upgrade, Epicor adds new functionality to support industry changes and capitalize on software innovations.
Nobody knows more about Epicor than Datix. An Epicor Gold Partner, Datix executes ERP implementations from start to finish. Our certified consultants serve an array of manufacturing industries and meet the unique needs of each client. Once implemented, you can count on our experts to manage and upgrade your instance and facilitate integrations through our landmark Unity application.
Don’t waste time and money on unwieldy manufacturing processes. Begin simplifying your operations by reaching out to the experts at Datix today!