ERP for manufacturers – a reality check

By Dave Snyder

With global cost pressures, we see a push for manufacturers to consolidate their disparate systems with an ERP.  But then within six months, we see the planner return to spreadsheets and whiteboards to perform their production scheduling.  Why?  Because ERP scheduling tools aren’t sophisticated enough to handle the scheduling requirements at most manufacturers. 

The reality is manufacturing planning and scheduling are complex.  And even with the right tool, configuring your scheduling model requires a specific skill set and more advanced resources like a manufacturing execution system that takes time to build. SNic Solutions is one of our Smart Expert Solution Partners that developed a methodology for implementing advanced scheduling solutions. Check out what the experts have to say on what your ERP won’t be able to effectively do for manufacturers.

Dave Snyder is a MOM Channel Sales Executive with Siemens Digital Industries Software with 30 years’ experience building, implementing and selling advanced planning & scheduling solutions in 22 countries.  For him, advanced planning and scheduling are essential to achieving value from the MOM portfolio.

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