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About NexTec Group

NexTec Group is a national consulting firm, specializing in technology to help you manage your business. This includes Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Business Intelligence (BI), Cloud and On-premise solutions for mid-sized businesses.

We started the company because, as consultants, we saw software sellers that had never walked a mile in the customers shoes. We had, and knew that we could offer something different. A company made up of consultants that had experience working in the industries that they were now advising.

In the 20+ years that NexTec has been in business, we’ve developed close working relationships with our customers, partners and each other.

Customers choose NexTec because…

  • Our consultants have an average of 25 years’ experience in both consulting and industry.
  • We understand the software, customer challenges, value teamwork, and are passionate about doing great work
  • We provide clear information that helps customers make informed buying decisions
  • We stand by our customers to make sure the technology works, is used, and produces great results
  • We deliver our services with a sense of friendliness, fun, individual pride, and company spirit

If you see the possibilities, let’s meet for lunch, coffee or a drink.

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Thank you! – Waddell Manufacturing Case Study

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About NexTec Group

NexTec Group is a national consulting firm, specializing in technology to help you manage your business. This includes Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Business Intelligence (BI), Cloud and On-premise solutions for mid-sized businesses.

We started the company because, as consultants, we saw software sellers that had never walked a mile in the customers shoes. We had, and knew that we could offer something different. A company made up of consultants that had experience working in the industries that they were now advising.

In the 20+ years that NexTec has been in business, we’ve developed close working relationships with our customers, partners and each other.

Customers choose NexTec because…

  • Our consultants have an average of 25 years’ experience in both consulting and industry.
  • We understand the software, customer challenges, value teamwork, and are passionate about doing great work
  • We provide clear information that helps customers make informed buying decisions
  • We stand by our customers to make sure the technology works, is used, and produces great results
  • We deliver our services with a sense of friendliness, fun, individual pride, and company spirit

If you see the possibilities, let’s meet for lunch, coffee or a drink.

Thank you! – Morgan Engineering Case Study

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About NexTec Group

NexTec Group is a national consulting firm, specializing in technology to help you manage your business. This includes Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Business Intelligence (BI), Cloud and On-premise solutions for mid-sized businesses.

We started the company because, as consultants, we saw software sellers that had never walked a mile in the customers shoes. We had, and knew that we could offer something different. A company made up of consultants that had experience working in the industries that they were now advising.

In the 20+ years that NexTec has been in business, we’ve developed close working relationships with our customers, partners and each other.

Customers choose NexTec because…

  • Our consultants have an average of 25 years’ experience in both consulting and industry.
  • We understand the software, customer challenges, value teamwork, and are passionate about doing great work
  • We provide clear information that helps customers make informed buying decisions
  • We stand by our customers to make sure the technology works, is used, and produces great results
  • We deliver our services with a sense of friendliness, fun, individual pride, and company spirit

If you see the possibilities, let’s meet for lunch, coffee or a drink.

Thank you! – Kellogg Garden Products Case Study

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About NexTec Group

NexTec Group is a national consulting firm, specializing in technology to help you manage your business. This includes Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Business Intelligence (BI), Cloud and On-premise solutions for mid-sized businesses.

We started the company because, as consultants, we saw software sellers that had never walked a mile in the customers shoes. We had, and knew that we could offer something different. A company made up of consultants that had experience working in the industries that they were now advising.

In the 20+ years that NexTec has been in business, we’ve developed close working relationships with our customers, partners and each other.

Customers choose NexTec because…

  • Our consultants have an average of 25 years’ experience in both consulting and industry.
  • We understand the software, customer challenges, value teamwork, and are passionate about doing great work
  • We provide clear information that helps customers make informed buying decisions
  • We stand by our customers to make sure the technology works, is used, and produces great results
  • We deliver our services with a sense of friendliness, fun, individual pride, and company spirit

If you see the possibilities, let’s meet for lunch, coffee or a drink.

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Thank you! – Empire Candle Company Case Study

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About NexTec Group

NexTec Group is a national consulting firm, specializing in technology to help you manage your business. This includes Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Business Intelligence (BI), Cloud and On-premise solutions for mid-sized businesses.

We started the company because, as consultants, we saw software sellers that had never walked a mile in the customers shoes. We had, and knew that we could offer something different. A company made up of consultants that had experience working in the industries that they were now advising.

In the 20+ years that NexTec has been in business, we’ve developed close working relationships with our customers, partners and each other.

Customers choose NexTec because…

  • Our consultants have an average of 25 years’ experience in both consulting and industry.
  • We understand the software, customer challenges, value teamwork, and are passionate about doing great work
  • We provide clear information that helps customers make informed buying decisions
  • We stand by our customers to make sure the technology works, is used, and produces great results
  • We deliver our services with a sense of friendliness, fun, individual pride, and company spirit

If you see the possibilities, let’s meet for lunch, coffee or a drink.

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Enhance inventory control & speed up order fulfillment

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Digital tools can reduce the need for manual counting and tracking of inventory.

Inventory control is dynamic and complex, requiring tools that allow for accurate, real-time management of raw materials, products, sources, and supply chain partners. Fortunately, the recent advancements in enterprise resource planning (ERP) technologies have improved the management and impact of inventory control.

How can your manufacturing ERP software enhance inventory control & speed up order fulfillment? By giving your employees access to real-time data that allows for better decisions, improved quality, and better customer outcomes.

While there are standalone inventory control and management software products, those that are integrated with your ERP solution are able to leverage the many benefits of having data collected and accessible in the same platform. As seen in the recent post, Strategic Guide to Planning Manufacturing Production Cycles, ERP solutions offer considerable upside to inventory management and many other areas of your manufacturing company.

Here are a few of the ways your ERP solution helps inventory control.

Replenishment management

ERP inventory management helps you plan for replenishment ordering. By tracking parts and part categories, your ordering can be triggered by indicated or projected demand parameters. Other triggers can include price levels or other factors built into your system. ERP systems help reduce the quantity of orders and project the right timing for when orders should be placed.

Surplus inventory management

Inventory surplus can cause significant issues, from wastage to improper usage to cost considerations. With ERP inventory controls, surplus inventory issues can signal alerts and warnings requiring action. And with ERP integrating information from finance, sales, and operations areas, the decisions about what to do about surplus can be made with better information and collaboration as necessary.

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Inventory management tools connected to your ERP help make better decisions about products and parts.

Better order fulfillment

Market demands are pushing order fulfillment needs every day, as customers and consumers expect rapid turnarounds, low- to no-cost shipping costs, and transparency in the tracking of shipments throughout the transportation process.

ERP tools allow companies to build materials and complete kitting work, track serial numbers, print barcodes and labels, and manage SKUs. Other tools allow companies to value inventory on hand.

When companies have large amounts of inventory on hand, ERP tools also allow manage spend levels and manage cash flow.

Inventory analytics and management

Turnover is crucial for inventory management and profits. Does your company know all it should about what products and parts are moving? Are parts for just a few customers sitting on shelves longer than is financially prudent?

Understanding inventory dynamics helps manufacturers consider whether products should be purchased in smaller or larger quantities, improve shelf life conditions for products and ingredients, and determine optimal levels of items. You’ll reduce carrying costs, warehousing fees, and product maintenance.

ERP solutions can also provide better information about where products are using tracking and mapping tools that reduce the amount of time and expense in locating items in your inventory.

Better customer relations

Better inventory management results in fewer backorders, lost sales, and unhappy customers. Orders will ship more accurately, faster, with less processing time necessary.

At NexTec Group, we help companies identify the ERP solutions that meet their unique manufacturing needs. Contact us to see how NexTec Group can help in finding the vendor, product, and features that will drive improved operations.

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Empire Candle cut costs, reduced inefficiencies with help from NexTec

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Empire Candle saw dramatic operational improvements and savings when it optimized its Sage Enterprise Management enterprise resource planning software.

For Empire Candle, a Kansas City, KS-based maker of candles and car fresheners, rapid growth had created challenges.

The company was unable to scale up its operations in order to meet the growing needs of the organization. From supply chain to production to transportation, there were too many inefficiencies and errors.

Things changed when the company realized it could do more with its Sage Enterprise Management (formerly Sage X3) enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform. NexTec Group provided the guidance and recommendations that prompted a transformation for Empire Candle.

See how Empire Candle cut costs, reduced inefficiencies with help from NexTec. The dramatic results illustrate the power of a robust ERP solution and an experienced partner to maximize the technology.

A candlemaker’s challenges

For more than 6 decades, Empire Candle has provided products that light up their customers’ lives. As the company grew through acquisitions and market share, it began to identify some inefficiencies in its manufacturing and operations. Among the challenges were:

  • Inaccurate inventory counting that led to inaccuracies in the purchasing and supply chain functions.
  • Overextended production issues that resulted in excessive detention penalties and chargebacks
  • Relying on temporary production help and running two or three shifts during times of peak production
  • A lack of forecasting capabilities resulting in overproduction, overbuying and excess product

The company has installed the Sage Enterprise Management manufacturing ERP software solution several years earlier. However, the software had not been configured to maximize the powerful capabilities of the leading ERP product. That’s when Empire Candle turned to NexTec.

Manufacturing ERP software

Enterprise resource planning solutions can have a transformational impact on operations and business outcomes.

Shining light on Sage Enterprise Management

NexTec’s expertise as a leading Sage Enterprise Management partner had an immediate impact. NexTec developed a clear understanding of the company’s business, its needs and its challenges. Working with NexTec’s consultants and advisors, Empire Candle was able to begin leveraging the Sage Enterprise Management features and functionality, using best practices to get the most out of the product.

The impact was striking. Optimization began to reshape processes and transform the company. Among the results were:

  • Improved supply chain management and more accurate inventory management that resulted in a $400,000 annual savings by eliminating a warehouse used for overflow.
  • A 30 percent reduction in production costs. NexTec advised the company on how to use Sage Enterprise Management to flatten bills of material, make material picking and staging more efficient, and assosted with other process improvements.
  • Reduced labor costs with a full-time workforce and a single-shift operation.
  • Reduced raw material inventory
  • Decreased production lead times
  • Increased on-time and completed shipment rates

The company recently scored a 94 out of 100 on a Good Manufacturing Practice audit, a powerful indicator to potential customers of the company’s efficiency and reliability.

NexTec and Sage continue to help Empire Candle improve operations. Among the planned enhancements are the use of Sage Enterprise Intelligence to gain better business insights and make better strategic decisions with real-time data. The company also plans to use advanced lot control, recall management and lot traceability features.

The Empire Candle story is one of many at NexTec, which helps companies with business solutions that improve performance and deliver results.  See how NexTec can tailor your Sage Enterprise Management to your needs.

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How manufacturing ERP software can improve data collection, BI, and regulatory compliance

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ERP solutions are powerful tools to collect data that can be leveraged by other components to create better business intelligence capabilities and ensure regulatory compliance.

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) platforms provide powerful solutions for manufacturers. As seen in the recent post, Strategic guide to planning manufacturing production cycles, technology is transforming the way companies operate, allowing for faster and deeper insights that drive innovation and efficiency.

From the collection and use of data to the importance of business intelligence (BI) to the ability to comply with regulatory requirements, your ERP solution provides better information access that can establish new markets, improve processes, and create more efficient operations.

Knowing how manufacturing ERP software can improve data collection, BI, and regulatory compliance can help companies make smart decisions about their buying and implementation decisions.

Data collection

Data is at the heart of manufacturing ERP software. Platforms provide tools that improve help to collect information, store it, and, most importantly, use it in ways that drive better decisions.

Data collection with ERP solutions allows companies to automate the collection of data from throughout the enterprise. Automated collection leverages the connectedness of devices equipped with sensors, storage, and wireless capabilities.

When deployed, the collection and transmission of data can happen in many directions – collected from intermediate and finished products along with the users of those products for reporting and analysis within the ERP itself; transmitted among manufacturing, distribution, and accounting functions; and shared with supply chain partners to improve decision-making and outcomes.

For example, with inventory control purposes, data collection via ERP solutions allows for tracking of production picking, receiving, cycle counting, picking, transfers, and receipts. These tools provide real-time insights on inventory levels, fewer data entry keying errors, and improved warehouse management.

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With the right ERP solution, manufacturers can collect and use data internally and throughout the supply chain.

Business intelligence

BI draws deeply on the data collected within your ERP. BI tools embedded within your ERP or integrated with it allow for the extraction, reporting, and analysis of data to drive business decisions.

Data mining applications can do a deep dive into the collected data to draw out patterns, opportunities, and connections. Most BI systems provide multiple tools that allow the data to be used effectively, both internally and throughout the supply chain.

These tools include Intuitive operational dashboards, integrated scorecards, ad hoc queries that allow for specific deeper dives, and interactive features that allow for variable inputs and extractions.

BI tools allow for better forecasting to drive growth decisions, faster identification of threats and risks, and deeper insights into how products are being used by and inquiries from customers and consumers.

Your ERP solution needs to include or interact with BI tools seamlessly to allow for the greatest impact on the massive amounts of data being collected.

Compliance

Enterprise manufactures today face a wide scope of potential compliance requirements from federal, industrial, and international agencies. With ERP compliance modules, you can be sure that the requirements are accurately recorded and updated within the system.

With automation tools improving rapidly today, manufacturers can ensure that they remain in full compliance. ERP tools can collect the necessary data, record it, and generate the reports necessary to meet with compliance standards, either self-reported or in the case of an inspection r audit.

In the case of a recall, the ERP compliance tools can also help to pinpoint the source issues, determine the scope of the incident, and prepare communication and coordination documentation.

The power of ERP solutions is significant. At NexTec Group, we help companies determine the right manufacturing ERP solution that meets their unique business needs. Contact us to learn how NexTec Group can help you determine your ERP business needs and identify the right solution to leverage data, gain deeper insights, and remain compliant.

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Meet quality control goals with an ERP solution

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Quality control standards are fully integrated in manufacturing ERP solutions that ensure products are safe and consistent.

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) tools are powerful ways to manage the complexities of modern manufacturing. AS seen in the recent post, Strategic guide to planning manufacturing production cycles, the right ERP solution can optimize operations, centralize data, encourage collaboration, and drive revenue growth.

With better management of data and systems, the need for quality control may seem like less of a priority. However, in an era of increased regulatory demands, quality control is essential for successful manufacturing ERP software.

Here is a closer look at how to meet quality control goals with an ERP solution.

Your quality control program is designed to ensure order accuracy and consistency while maintaining regulatory compliance. So how does an ERP help?

It Starts With Data

Your quality control starts and ends with quality data. For QC professionals, a lack of good data is problematic and requires a great deal of guesswork. However, a recent survey showed that only 3 percent of company executives believe their data meet basic quality control standards.

The right ERP solution helps you in the collection and organization of data, much of which is done automatically and in real time. An integrated ERP solution allows companies to collect information from various parts of the manufacturing enterprise, as well as from suppliers, partners, and customers. By automating this collection, there is much time spent in the collection and data entry tasks.

Accessing that information is also far easier with an ERP solution that allows for multiple users to input, see, and use data.

Standardization Bearers

Your QC strategy needs to ensure that the output is accurate and meets the standards you’re organization puts in play. Having the real-time data accessible allows for that analysis to happen faster and more consistently.

An ERP helps ensure that the materials, products, and procedures are visible to all, monitored, and applied or created properly. ERP solutions can automate the inspection of incoming raw materials to ensure that they are appropriate and meet the agreed-upon standards.

Your ERP solution can ensure that the entire supply chain works from the same performance indicators and procedures, with the transparency of data providing documentation, identifying issues, and allowing for multiple players to work on developing solutions together.

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With the right tracking and reporting, your ERP solution can help maintain standards and respond quickly to recalls.

Track and Trace

In the unfortunate case of a recall, ERP solutions help manufacturers respond quickly and minimize impact. Recall management tools can easily identify affected lots and shipments, the type of recall and reasons. In minutes, you can have a clear indication of the affected products and quantities, supplier details, remaining affected stock, and call lists for CRM and sales teams to do outreach.

Your recall management module can manage and track customer responses and generate notification letters, while assigning appropriate response tasks.

When used correctly, your QC and recall management ERP functions will minimize the impact of a recall event, protect your customers and the public, and minimize reputational affects.

Centralized Inventory Control

Inventory control is about ensuring accuracy, appropriate reordering, and proper and timely usage. With QC modules, a manufacturing ERP allows for the creation of inspection plans and checklists; embedding of measures of accepted values; and mobile recording of statuses and test results.

Your ERP will allow for the analysis of real-time inventory data and the development of historical QC results to identify patterns. Your organization will have less waste and fewer customer chargebacks.

Regulatory Compliance

You want to ensure that federal and international regulatory issues are in full compliance to avoid costly fines and penalties. ERP tools allow you to comply with multiple sets of regulatory guidelines, creating the audit trails and reports that are necessary to document processes and risk mitigation.

ERP solutions, in short, ensure that your QC function is an integrated part of management functions and operations. At NexTec Group, we help companies identify their ERP needs and find the right solution to drive productivity and profit. Contact us to see how NexTec Group can help your organization focus on quality manufacturing.

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Strategic guide to planning manufacturing production cycles

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Enterprise resource planning software allows for better system integration and more efficient production cycles.

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software can be a game-changer for your manufacturing operation. ERP solutions allow organizations to harness the power of data generated by processes, tools, and customers while dramatically improving operational efficiency.

In this strategic guide to planning manufacturing production cycles, you will see the ways that manufacturing ERP software can transform the way you think about myriad operational processes.

The challenges and opportunities in manufacturing today

Manufacturers today face several key issues that can create challenges for growth. According to a recent Berntson Porter & Company survey, two-thirds of manufacturers are expecting revenue growth this year, but face several challenges, including:

  • A lack of alignment between revenue strategies and operations
  • Growing competition from traditional and nontraditional players
  • Government regulation
  • Technological barriers

Technology is a critical part of most manufacturers’ strategic planning going forward. Digital transformation is changing the way companies approach their work. In addition, manufacturers have to be aware of not just traditional players, but disruptive new players who are embracing new technologies to gain market share.

Technological innovation will continue to influence production in 2018. Robotics, which have played a role in manufacturing for decades, continues to get smarter. Artificial intelligence, edge computing, and blockchain technology are likely to continue to shape the future of manufacturing across all sectors.

The role of ERP

ERP solutions at their most basic provide integrated data collection, storage, analysis, and access. An ERP solution provides the ability to integrate functional areas, including operations, research and development, sales, marketing, finance, human resources, distribution, logistics, and audit capabilities in one place. Data, often in disparate formats and systems, is housed, accessed, integrated, and used by multiple players within the enterprise.

For key decision makers, C-suite leaders, and other employers, the advantages of an integrated approach to data and systems allows for new approaches to solving problems. Data reporting and displays allow for a better understanding of systems, performance, patterns, and opportunities.

As a comprehensive software approach, ERP solutions allow for business processes to be integrated in a holistic view of the business, the work, and the needs.

Today, businesses can choose from on-premises ERP solutions or, increasingly, cloud-based products that allow for rapid scalability, cost control, and reduction or elimination of maintenance and security costs.

For the operations areas of your business, an ERP solution can have a dramatic impact on the work and how the work is done. Here is a closer look at several operational areas that can reap considerable benefits from an ERP approach.

Streamlining supply chain management

Today, your manufacturing is only as effective as your supply chain. As more companies have a global approach to manufacturing, the need for transparency and collaboration is critical. An ERP solution allows you to collect and share data, and to see the correlations between key supply chain components, from material sourcing to distribution.

An ERP allows you to integrate the information throughout the supply chain, from suppliers to customers. By bringing together disparate players and allowing for remote access to information, companies can more rapidly solve problems, control cost, and boost productivity.

Perfect inventory control

Manufacturers face near-constant challenges related to inventory management. Overstocked materials are costly and wasteful. Market fluctuations create uncertainty regarding demand and need for materials and supplies.

Inventory control features in the right ERP solution allow for more accurate management, with trace functionality that reaches the lot, sub-lot, and serial number level. With a full, real-time understanding of inventory levels, enterprise organizations can gain better control of materials on hand, needs, valuation and revaluation.

Making order fulfillment more productive

By integrating the finance, production, shipping, enterprise labeling, customer service, and transportation functions in one centralized location, companies are better able to fulfill orders quickly and accurately. Documentation necessary for order fulfillment, picking, packing, labeling, and shipping can be integrated, shared, and accessible to all employees and functional areas.

Picking will be more accurate and orders will be shipped on time, improving customer satisfaction and repeat business. Compliance issues related to exploring, materials shipment requirements, and safety will be integrated and documented clearly to ensure adherence to federal and international regulations.

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With automation and inventory access controls, manufacturing is safer and more accurate.

Putting quality back in quality control

Real-time access to information is a significant benefit for your quality control teams. With access to data, processes, mixing, ingredients and recipes, intermediary products, and grading data, these teams can better value, label, assess, and monitor products throughout production and while in inventory.

An ERP system allows for customized assignments of quality assurance criteria to be used for expiration dates, inspections, upstream and downstream traceability assessments, and record-keeping. When faced with an inspection or audit, documentation can be provided quickly.

Strategizing production schedules

Manufacturing ERP software allows for better scheduling of production to time it to customer demand, orders placed, and anticipated needs. Production cycle planning will be transformed by better capacity planning, bill of materials planning, and shop floor control management.

When your ERP solution ties in performance management tracking and financial reporting, your planning can be even more anticipatory by factoring in lead times, material needs and supply delivery scheduling.

It becomes clear quickly that the impact of ERP solutions on manufacturing can be profound and powerful. At its core, ERP solutions are about leveraging data.

Today, there are terabytes of data available to every manufacturer. The smart factory floor has equipped machines with sensors that can collect and transmit information about operational efficiency, needed maintenance, temperature, and performance indicators. Products themselves can generate information either as finished goods or as raw materials. Finally, customers generate information on how products are used and consumed.

What data is needed varies from manufacturer to manufacturer and department to department. Without ERP solutions, the challenge is knowing what data is available in other areas of the enterprise. And when there is a belief that sharing and integrating data will improve operations, the enterprise is often hampered by system incompatibility or challenges in integrating and reporting on the collective data.

With an ERP solution, you’re better able to collect and reconcile this information, often using automation tools and connected devices that will share and store information in the right format and in the right place.

Business intelligence tools help to make sense of the information collected. BI tools, integrated with or a part of your ERP software suite, can help pinpoint trends and opportunities that otherwise may not manifest themselves.

BI tools and your ERP can also reduce the number of redundancies in the collection and reporting of your data coming from disparate sources or in different formats. Data will be presented in real time in an actionable format that allows for better and more accurate decision-making.

With the growth of globalized demand and production, companies face increasing domestic and international compliance issues. An ERP helps to maintain compliance with different agencies and regulators, using automated tools to track and record lots, generate audit trails, create reports and automate the data needed to comply with legal and fiscal requirements across different jurisdictions.

In the case of a recall event, your ERP solution also provides powerful tools to identify issues faster and resolve them. Powerful track-and-trace tools allow for rapid identification of sources and destinations of affected product. Streamlined processes allow for the identification, notification, and tracking required to ensure public safety and reduce the risk to brand, bottom line, and reputation alike.

With geopolitical instability an ever-present threat to manufacturers large and small, the need for more efficient operations is more critical than ever. ERPs can provide more certainty in the projections and assumptions that are used to plan and predict, and they can provide manufacturers not just with operational efficiency, but also more flexibility and confidence in decision making.

The ERP system is also critical for manufacturers looking to become more customer-centric and responsive to evolving customer needs and demands. Customers expect to interact more with brands and for those brands to know them and how they use products. With ERP tools, especially integrated with customer service functions, companies can be more responsive to customer expectations and needs.

Some manufacturers are even adopting manufacturing-as-a-service, providing on-demand access to desired products, customizations, and flexibility. With an ERP solution, manufacturers can be more responsive to the way customers want to access product.

Why the Cloud

Cloud ERP solutions offer considerable advantages to the manufacturer. Among the top benefits:

  • Lower upfront costs that are shifted from capital expenditures to operating costs
  • Lower operating costs as cloud solutions reduce or eliminate the need for onsite storage, maintenance, security, and cooling costs
  • Fast implementation and scalability. Cloud solutions allow for companies to adopt quickly and gradually migrate data and systems to the ERP over time. Most cloud solutions allow you to pay for what you use, meaning that demand and usage can grow as needs present themselves.
  • Updating capacity that is rapid and responsive, allowing for the newest versions of software and the newest technologies to be adopted and used quickly.

The need for powerful ERP solutions is clear. Knowing how to choose the right system is often not. NexTec Group helps enterprise organizations to determine selection criteria, evaluate vendors, and choose a solution. Contact us to see how NexTec can help your company choose the right ERP solution for your manufacturing needs.