Attempting supply chain automation within an ERP system can be a costly mistake. But there is a better way.
They say a camel is a horse that has been designed by a committee. Much the same can be said for many ERP systems, especially those systems installed in medium sized manufacturers.
Manufacturers have let themselves be painted into a corner regarding their ERP platform. Bolting-on even more functionality to their ERP system is time-consuming, expensive, and a heavy drain on internal resources.
When that bolt-on functionality revolves around the supply chain, the logic is even more tenuous. Adapting and extending ERP systems calls for a specialised skill set. It’s rare for people with those skill sets to be equally adept at the intricacies of supply chain management and supplier on-boarding.
Times are hard, so why add cost and complexity to an already complicated environment when there’s something that’s already out there, and it’s tried, tested and proven.
That something, is the on-line supply chain transaction platform. Simply put, such platforms are a means of securely exchanging transaction-related documents electronically. They include: purchase orders, invoices, shipping notes, goods inwards, received notes, statements and everything else. Supply Chain Transaction Platform Info
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Doing the heavy lifting of the hundreds of thousands of supply chain transactions outside the ERP system sharply reduces the cost and complexity. It reduces the time-to-benefit, and provides richer reporting functionality than the typical manufacturer would achieve on their own.
With Celtrino’s own on-line supply chain transaction platform, all of your supply chain activity is located, transacted and logged in the cloud. It feeds the ERP system with data that is known to be 100% clean and validated. Performance reports are available across a wide range of metrics. These metrics provide a high level of control and accountability right across the organisation.
By automating these paper-based processes, you push decision-making authority closer to where the work happens. There is no more logging into disparate systems or trawling through reams of paper to access critical KPI data.
Front-line managers can get the metrics that they need in order to be more efficient, while senior managers and the CFO get instant access to information to help with more strategic decision-making.
All this is achieved without burdening the ERP system with yet another layer of cost and complexity.
The message for manufacturers?
Fence off your ERP system, and instead invest in supply chain transaction automation where it will deliver the greatest ROI, on a built-for-purpose platform that specialises in such transactions.