Almost all small manufacturing firms start with Excel. It’s simple, customizable and easy to use. It can also be limiting as a company grows.
The manual entry and formula updates in Excel are not only inefficient, but also less reliable due to potential human error. Tying together and analyzing data between departments is also difficult, if not impossible. This requires more manual processing, often by busy department gatekeepers, and attempting to use said data to optimize workflow between departments becomes a quagmire.
Is it any wonder COOs, CFOs and IT Directors begin to research MRP / ERP software solutions as a company grows? Everyone can see the value of sales staff, inventory personnel, accountants, and shipping employees accessing the same real-time data.
A single source of interconnected data allows the modern manufacturer to streamline operations by building in useful functionality, such as emailing automated reports on a schedule or notifying key employees about incoming supply shipments or supply issues.
If your manufacturing firm is outgrowing Excel, schedule a time to talk with us about your ERP and MRP software options. We are experienced consultants with both manufacturing and software. Together we can get your business operations on the right technology track for expansion and growth.
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Mary Jo O'Neill