Tech Research company, Gartner Inc., has named Macola 10 as one of six “Leaders" in the FrontRunners Quadrant for Manufacturing Software. Gartner uses “Quadrant” research methodology to judge over 24 software markets, one of which is manufacturing.
According to Gartner Inc., their Quadrant analysis, “provides a data-driven assessment of products in a particular software category to determine which ones offer the best capability and value for small businesses.”
In the case of the Macola award, Gartner started with a list of over 315 manufacturing ERP products, and used user reviews, to determine that Macola 10 is a “Leader” in the market. Like Parallel Solutions, Macola Software is committed to serving manufacturers and meeting the specific needs faced by small and medium businesses in manufacturing and distribution.
Gartner says this about FrontRunner Quadrant Leaders: "Leaders are all-around strong products. They offer a wide range of functionality to a wide range of customers. These products are considered highly valuable by customers."
According to Macola Software, their software is highly valued by its users because it provides manufacturers with, “Real-time data and insights, enabling them to make more informed business decisions; access to vital information wherever one works, such as real-time insight into inventory; increased efficiencies through reduced data entry; and streamlined processes with business automation.”
If you are a manufacturing or distribution company looking to upgrade your software, the experts at Parallel Solutions can help determine if Macola 10 is a good fit for your organization. We take the time to understand your business processes and accurately assess and prioritize needs to maximize ROI as quickly as possible.
Give Parallel Solutions a call at (440) 498-9920. We are a full-service provider and our experienced staff helps with software selection, implementation, training and ongoing support.
Involving key stakeholders in meaningful and empowering ways in the implementation of enterprise-wide software is key to its success. Getting buy-in from not only the key players in management, but those at the front-lines where the data will likely be entered, is critical.
When it comes to top-down buy in, be sure pay attention to influencers amongst both top and middle management. Assure management about the time and resources being dedicated to change and help them understand the relevancy for the firm overall and their individual departments.
Even if benefits of ERP seem obvious compared to a legacy system, selling large-scale change to management is often about the bottom line. This means providing firm numbers and crafting a compelling financial argument, which includes accurate cost and ROI projections.
This often means working with a vendor to fully understand software licensing expense, on premise hosting or cloud costs along with additional costs for implementation, training, and customization. Understand the cost and scope of service to be delivered which is covered via annual vendor maintenance.
The costs of existing processes and systems must also be understood to accurately calculate ROI of a new system. Consider and measure the costs, as much as possible, of time consuming work arounds, duplication of efforts and other time wasters within the current process and system. Then one is able to calculate in financial terms how ERP will increase efficiency and lower costs over the long term.
When it comes to front line employee buy in, communication is key. Staff want to understand the timeline, project scope, and underlying business decisions for the project. Open lines of communication ensure that everyone who has a stake in the implementation is able to understand and contribute to the success of the end result.
After two way communication lines are open between ERP project managers and staff, it’s all about training. Once any concerns are vetted, training will support a staff’s growing positive attitude. This training must be customized for each process in the organization so that staff see it’s directly relevant to their department. Consider training incentives that focus on the positive and use training to highlight key features of ERP and show how it will ultimately save time and make jobs easier in the long term.
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A good ERP implementation partner will be there for every step of change management. They will guide you on the needed steps of your project and will work with you throughout the process to help you evaluate the needs of the business. Parallel Solutions works with businesses from planning to implementation to help you make better decisions and work more efficiently on the project without interruption to daily operations.
If you’re considering a software change, or have more questions about cost projections, ROI calculations, Business Process Modelling or other planning, give call Parallel Solutions a call at (440) 498-9920. We are a full-service provider and our experienced staff can help assess all your needs from software to training and ongoing support.
Mary Jo O'Neill