You should start with aims, goals, and objectives; fragmenting these to discover precisely what you need new technology for will help you to avoid needlessly spending on technology that might not be right for you. In this situation there are a number of questions to ask yourself; will it simplify processes? Will it make us more profitable? Will it support our employees better?
Relevant considerations to make when digitising your Manufacturing ERP:
Today, ERP systems are accessible not just from the office. Mobiles and tablets among others alongside the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), now mean that manufacturers must be accustomed to creating a web of external devices that are connectable to a centralised location.
These external devices crucially allow for a more immediate, smarter and informed way of working.
Digitisation encourages collaboration across a company network that is able to merge functions. It welcomes the idea of creating one centrally streamlined business solution, in the augmentation of individual business departments. This permits departments to correlate and communicate to find the most cost-effective and advantageous way to work, within a system that touches all divisions from raw materials to production, distribution and delivery.
Collaboration requirements are high, and increasingly involve external parties such as suppliers and customers.
Integrated Business Solutions
Collaboration and the idea of integrated departments leads to our next point. With processes unified, it’s key that an ERP system can be analysed at any stage of the manufacturing cycle. It should be lined up against objectives, to achieve the closest, most informed and accurate reflection of business performance.
Digitisation introduces a new type of threat, coming in the form of cybercrime and data security. A centrally connected network requires external storage through mobile devices, the cloud and other collaboration platforms. Manufacturers must not take any chances by assuming cybercrime won’t happen to them, it’s key to have strategic measures in place that manage, control and protect them from such risks.
Leverage Strategic Advantage
It’s rewarding not to forget the humans within digitisation, as we gradually become accustomed to what is achievable with the assistance of technology. Fortunately, digitisation brings with it some useful options in relation to employees.
The modern workplace is incredibly flexible due to the accessibility of latest technologies; it could be at home, in the office, or on the other side of the world. This freedom to move and connect relaxes employees, easing worries caused by the need to be in places they cannot always be.
As we continue to widen our perceptions of what is possible in this age of digital technology, the above areas provide knowledge on how to use ERP as a catalyst for a superior business operation. Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP can help you achieve just that, with the ability to connect and grow alongside your business. HSO are highly experienced providers of Microsoft Dynamics AX - to revolutionise your business and embrace a 21st century way of Manufacturing thinking, visit our solutions page.