ERP Selection

Preparing your Business Processes for ERP

For many businesses, embarking on an ERP implementation is part of a larger programme of change or business transformation. For others, it's an upgrade driven by business risks, opportunities or technology constraints. Whatever the driver, it almost always requires a rethink of existing processes.

Understanding OJEU and ERP Selection

Is your organisation subject to public procurement policy? If you’re planning to embark on an ERP implementation you may need to follow strict rules for tendering via the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). This article explains what OJEU is and its implications for selecting an ERP supplier.

Make to Order Is Big Challenge to ERP

In the early days of ERP [Enterprise Resource Planning], the major part of the functional requirements from the system was to look after the administration of orders for raw materials, components, parts and so on and link them to the manufacturing or operations systems and the central financial management systems. Clearly, the on-site stock position for those elements was an essential requirement to avoid expensive downtime or delays and so MRP [Materials Requirements Planning] was in many ways the precursor of ERP as we know it.

How to select an ERP solution for your business

The process of selecting the best ERP solution for your business is potentially full of pitfalls and the path is littered with banana skins.  Many have entered the fray and, while many have come through unscathed, they are outnumbered by those who have been significantly scarred – albeit figuratively (however, it can still hurt – both the organisation and the individuals involved!).

System Change V's Customisation V's Configuration V's Standard

One of the top costs of implementing a new ERP system can be the level of changes to base code required to implement the system according to requirements. Are these business processes necessary? Can better processes be deployed?

ERP & Business Systems for the Fashion Industry

The fashion supply chain is both complex and agile. The advent of global supply, “fast fashion”, eCommerce, mobile commerce, social media and other digital trends means that the time from design to sale has reduced dramatically and that consumer choice and expectation has grown accordingly. Consumers are driving changes in the industry, and the ability to listen to them and respond quickly while managing an ever-evolving supply chain is a huge challenge for fashion companies.

How to Drive Continuous Improvement with your Enterprise Applications

Once an Enterprise Business application such as an ERP or a CRM solution has been implemented, how do you ensure that you can drive continuous improvement to realise all the benefits that were identified as part of the business systems strategy and system selection projects? You drive continuous improvement in every other part of your business, so the IT function and the management of enterprise business applications should not be an exception.

ERP in Medical Device Manufacturing

At first glance the world of medical device manufacturing may not seem much different from any other type of manufacturing: new products are researched and developed, materials are sourced, and the product is manufactured and sold, just like every other manufacturer. Companies have been doing this for donkey’s years so what’s the big deal? On closer inspection however it emerges that medical device manufacturers have lots of complex characteristics that are challenging for ERP solutions. Here are a few of the challenges facing medical device manufacturers that we’ve encountered recently: 

Production Scheduling challenges for food and beverage manufacturers

Demand management is a significant challenge for food and beverage manufacturers. Making product to stock is not always a viable option where you have short shelf-life. Some companies will primarily use forecasts to drive the production plan as customer orders may not be received until the very last minute. Demand can be affected by seasonal and other factors such as weather and sales promotions.

Hosting your ERP solution: 10 questions to consider

Much advice about ERP investment decisions (Lumenia’s included) will tell you that ERP is a business transformation project, not an IT project. Also that the business case should focus on the business benefits that will be realised. These statements are both valid and are both fundamentals of a successful ERP project.

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