In this post, find out how common-off-the-shelf (COTS) can extend the life of your ERP system, and promote automation.
ERP Data needs to be cleaned and nurtured regularly to avoid suffocation from constant firefighting. Adopt a lean data management approach that allows you to focus on your business operations and decisions, and leave the firefighting to the Pros.
When business needs outweigh the capacity of the IT department, implementing Winshuttle’s lean data management approach to your ERP solution will greatly improve your process efficiencies.
Businesses who have manual processes and don’t utilize standardized ways of processing create friction in the end-to-end process. Friction between a business and its business partners will constrain that business from functioning at its full potential. Companies can improve efficiency of their financial supply chain by giving finance departments improved controls by automating existing document-based processes.
In a previous post we looked at ERP Paradox in Supply Chain Management Processes and how an ERP implementation that was supposed to be a change for good and give us a competitive edge turned into a rigid corset for our business processes. The “pace layering in enterprise systems” concept that we reviewed is without any doubt an improvement for this. It allows us to have more flexible layers over the rigid ERP backbone, But what specific actions should we perform to get back to the Lean way of life after an ERP implementation? Here are three steps to take. 1.-Make continuous… Read more
Created by five former IBM employees in 1972, SAP has grown to become the world’s third largest independent software manufacturer with more than 66,500 employees and more than 253,000 customers worldwide. If you’re a user of SAP, you know how vast this software is; too big, in fact, to ever learn it all. When I joined Winshuttle 6 years ago, I had no idea what SAP ERP meant. And when I was given an overview of how Winshuttle integrated with SAP, I felt like I was in a Peanuts cartoon…”Wah, Wah, Wah…” What? We developed this SAP Quiz as a… Read more
How to identify room for improvement in the SAP process and transaction process rules.
Chances are high you’ve likely made a significant investment in your ERP and back office systems. Yet changing business environments require you to either build additional infrastructure or buy a 3rd party product. It’s necessary to in order to expand integration capacity or to update the front end look and feel of the application. Making a choice between building or buying a solution is nothing unusual in the business world. After-all there are simple factors, such as logistics, quality, and sustainability, which help to determine whether a company should in-source or outsource a finished product. From an IT perspective the factors are… Read more
Batch processing, or batching, is a scaled-down version of the idea of the assembly line.
Gartner first described integrated systems that encompassed the capability of Material Requirements Planning, Integrated manufacturing, finance, human resources and plant maintenance in a single integrated a solution as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) in 1990. In the twenty plus years that have passed since then, there have been attempts to re-moniker these kinds of systems, but without a great deal of success. Those who’ve worked with these leviathan solutions still use the term to describe our favorite system whether it be SAP, DYNAMICS AX, ORACLE or one of the many others that have survived the tempestuous seas of software acquisitions and… Read more