By T. J. Prieur
Manufacturers have many, if not most, of the business needs of larger companies. With those needs come a number of complexities in processes, and most manufacturers use, or would like to use, some sort of ERP — Enterprise Resource Planning — software to manage the flow of information in the business.
An ERP system links all the operations inside a business – from sales to accounting, from customer relationship management to purchasing, manufacturing, inventory, and distribution.
Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all ERP solution for all small manufacturing businesses. A cost of hundreds of thousands — if not millions — of dollars is just not an option for manufacturers whose survival may hinge on a $20 part holding up a million-dollar operation.