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What Do Small to Mid-Sized Manufacturers Really Need?

What Do Small to Mid-Sized Manufacturers Really Need?

In a recent study, the Aberdeen Group found that companies that automate and streamline workflows across multiple sites, including suppliers, partners and manufacturing sites, produced 66% greater improvement in reducing total time to delivery and achieved a more than 10% gain in global market share. Dynamic supply chains such as this are rarely achieved using, as many SMMs do, disparate spread-sheet based applications and single-point production management systems that do not share critical business data.


By its very nature, ERP is supposed to ease complexity and provide timely access to business information for better collaboration up and down the supply chain. Best-choice ERP for SMMs expands this concept to embrace the unique and varied requirements of industry-specific manufacturers. While finding the best fit in ERP is an individual process for every business, several key factors make some ERP choices better for SMMs. These include: manufacturing and industry-specific capabilities; true shop-floor integration; cost-efficient comprehensive functionality that scales to support growth and evolves as technology evolves; a centralized database that makes real-time information accessible to everyone who needs it; and a singlesource vendor that delivers a long-term competitive advantage with measurable results.

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