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Mar 11 2008   10:08AM GMT

Process manufacturers: A guide to ERP functionality

JackDanahy Jack Danahy Profile: JackDanahy

A new report from Aberdeen Research discovered that best-in-class process manufacturers tend to take specific approaches to their ERP strategy by deploying:

  • ERP that provides integrated order entry, procurement, planning and production, and financial management.
  • CRM, logistics, and delivery management systems integrated with manufacturing operations [themselves owned by ERP].
  • Forward and backward traceability.
  • Attribute-based rules and routing.
  • Supplier compliance and collaboration.
  • Enterprise Asset Management (EAM).

Being a good process manufacturer isn’t as simple as your ERP strategy, but the best process manufacturers do indeed have a recognizable approach to ERP characterized by the action points above.

Aberdeen adds that sound business process discipline, knowledge management, performance management, and reporting (e.g. for regulatory reasons) also characterize best-in-class process manufacturers.

SAP was one of the Aberdeen report’s sponsors.

Demir Barlas, Site Editor

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