ERP! ERP! How do I love thee? Let me count the ways!
I’ve often remarked that the best way to get a company to fall in love with their legacy ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system is to implement a new one. When I was a customer, we moved from one of Baan’s flagship products to Epicor’s Vantage 803. ERP implementation is an exercise in nostalgia… With uh or ah or awe, does anyone out there remember Baan, or Vantage, for that matter?
I do remember the end user community at cutover: “Well, back in the Baan days we could do this, and we could that, and oh, I miss the Baan days…”— Folks who had never had a good thing to say about their enterprise system were suddenly swooning over it, now that it was on the outs.
Having heard nothing but complaints about our legacy ERP up until cutover, I didn’t know what to tell them. At a loss for words, I found myself quoting Lord Alfred Tennyson: “’Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.”
I soon discovered that most end users in your average manufacturing company are not especially fond of nineteenth century British Romanticism, especially at cutover weekend.
Most companies don’t exactly love their ERP systems, even in a friendlies sort of way. I knew one fellow who had the source code of his ERP heavily modified to suit his exact needs. Of course, he loved his ERP—every time he used it, he was looking in a mirror.
For the rest of us, ERP is more like finding a roommate rather than a soulmate.
Even still, there are a lot of things about Epicor ERP’s Epicor 10 platform that can spur admiration—even affection. Last year, I wrote an article about Epicor’s E10 platform, looking to answer the question: “what’s it good for anyway?” It turns out that E10 is good for a lot of things:
- Support for deep bills of materials.
- A robust quoting module.
- A well-integrated and fully functional product configurator module.
- The ability to handle true Engineer-to-Order.
- Support of mixed mode manufacturing.
- The ability to combine discrete and project-based manufacturing.
- A fully-featured Manufacturing Execution System.
- A Robust Material Resource Planning (MRP) engine.
- Integrated analytics, to provide operational metrics and KPIs.
In this series, we will further expound on the core capabilities mentioned above, and work to explain how these capabilities distinguish Epicor E10 from its competitors.
Companies in the midst of a software selection cycle are looking for things to love about a given system—things that will differentiate an ERP system from its competitors and that will ultimately help raise the business to greater levels of performance. With the New Year moving right along and Valentine’s Day on the horizon, are you ready to love your ERP in 2020 style? Whether you’re looking for some new Epicor E10 roomies or looking for someone to draw hearts around a new flame of a system, the EstesGroup team is ready to help you love the ERP you’re with.
Interested in learning more about Epicor ERP 10 customizations and how good consultants can help manufacturing companies? Give us a call.