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The majority of companies studied in “The 2007 ERP in Manufacturing Benchmark Report,” prepared by Boston-based analyst firm Aberdeen, view enterprise resource planning (ERP) software as a strategic weapon to streamline and automate business processes in order to improve efficiencies. As a result, those companies named “best-in-class” by Aberdeen are 82% more likely to have visibility into the status of all processes from quote to cash, making them 101% more proficient in notifying decision makers in real time as exceptions occur. In addition, they are 91% more likely to be able to act proactively in anticipation of exceptions.
Best-in-class manufacturers are more likely to use process, intelligence and performance management tools than other companies.
Other keys to success using ERP involve effort expended in maintaining and upgrading the software and in making the most of all the functionality provided in the package.
“To achieve Best-in-Class performance, manufacturers must not let their maintenance dollars go to waste. While it may be acceptable to skip a release, or run one release behind the most currently available, do not let your implementation lag significantly, because you are leaving functionality and technology improvements largely unused.” said Cindy Jutras, Vice President and Group Director, ERP Research, Aberdeen. “The best manufacturers must also integrate and automate all basic functions to support business processes from quote to cash, as well as estimate ROI to cost justify major expenditures before following up to calculate the actual return. What gets measured gets managed.”
Free copies of the report are available at www.aberdeen.com.
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