Enterprise Resource Planning: 5 Reasons You Can’t Trust Your Inventory

Dec 28, 2011 12:00:00 AM

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As a manufacturer, you rely on your Enterprise Resource Planning system to help create and maintain efficiency throughout your operation. What if this system became unreliable? What areas would this impact?

One area it would impact is your trust in your inventory  – the materials you need to fulfill customer needs. How does this happen? To find out, let’s consider the following 5 reasons your inventory isn’t as trustworthy as you think:

Enterprise Resource Planning: Why You Can’t Trust Your Inventory

#1. No Integration – Technology doesn’t live in a silo and neither should your manufacturing systems. Does your Enterprise Resource planning system and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) talk the same language? Do they even say anything at all? If not, it’s a good bet your other systems feel left out of place too. Integrating all of your systems ensures your inventory runs effectively and lets you know when a change is in order.

#2. Legacy System – What would happen if you upgraded your ERP system? How about an integration of other types of systems? Would it stay operational or bring down your entire manufacturing operation? If you run with a legacy system with limited capacity, do something about it and don’t chance what’s in your inventory.

#3. No Upgrade Path – When it’s time to evolve your Enterprise Resource Planning system, do you have the ability to do so? Does your current system rely on a shrinking pool of independent technologists and not a focus on growing the system? If you have no upgrade in your existing system, the reliability of your inventory is greatly reduced.

#4. Lack of Visibility – In the changing landscape, your inventory needs can change at a moment’s notice. This requires an Enterprise Resource Planning system that leverages real-time visibility. Along with notification management and other real-time alerts, your inventory will falter without the view to change and adapt to the needs of your customers.

#5. Increased Cost – The risk of costly mistakes is the fifth top reason you shouldn’t trust your ERP inventory. As a manufacturer, you try to find ways to cut costs and run your business efficiently – for some, this means off-shore solutions and less spend on “non-critical” IT functions. Although they seem to save the company now, these types of actions will only increase costs in the future.

Your Enterprise Resource Planning system is key to knowing what’s going on with your inventory and other manufacturing operations. If you have any doubts about your system, you’re going to have a harder time trusting your manufacturing inventory. If this is the case, it’s time to redirect your focus on evolving your ERP solution before it decides to start making it’s own rules – without you.

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Luciano Cunha

Luciano Cunha

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) For Luciano, being responsible for To-Increase’s global sales and marketing means unleashing the company’s insight, innovation, and creativity to tell our story and help customers achieve their goals. On the road much of the time, he travels the world to meet with customers, understand their challenges and ambitions, and find the most effective ways to help them advance. Luciano develops and mentors our marketing and sales team, and creates strategies to help the To-Increase worldwide partner channel thrive and grow.
Making Customer Needs the Main Business Driver Luciano and his team have daily conversations with the To-Increase research and development organization to bring customers’ requirements and concerns into the road maps and design of our solutions. Luciano brings his insight to the marketing group to make sure the company’s communications resonate with customers and speak directly to their experience.
“I’m awed by customers’ innovative spirit in taking business management technology past its limits and by their generosity in letting us participate and empower them. I hope to transform our organization to become even more customer-centric than we are today. That means making more resources available to spend productive time with both our customers and partners, so we can ensure that we place into customer businesses effective solutions that fit the evolutionary stage of their operation and the way their people and processes work.”
Empowering a Global Channel
Because To-Increase only sells through partners, readying the channel to be successful in helping customers is a business-critical effort. Luciano aims to meet partners where their interests are. Partners who consider the relationship with To-Increase strategic can rely on our industry specialists to work with them as they plan their growth and serve customers. If partners prefer a less collaborative relationship, they still receive the rich To-Increase expertise and resources to ensure they win the business, perform a successful deployment, and retain a satisfied customer. In working with partners and their customers, Luciano brings to bear his experience of many years of creating successful, customer-focused business development and marketing strategies in many of the world’s countries and regions.
Enabling Customer Success in Challenging Business Environments
Looking into the near future, Luciano expects that customers will continue to expect To-Increase to help them make business sense of unfolding trends and technologies. For example, the internet of things (IoT) will thoroughly revolutionize manufacturing, engineering, and supply chains. Big data will be meaningful and valuable when decision-makers can use technology solutions to transform it into actionable business intelligence that supports key roles and business processes. Mobility will help companies become digital enterprises and move business processes forward from any location, at any time. Team To-Increase harnesses innovation to help customers translate the promise of these technologies into business results.
Before his current role, Luciano for several years was one of To-Increase’s global industry directors, responsible for our industry solutions. His experience also spans more than 17 years in IT and manufacturing management roles. These positions took him into various areas at IBM Brazil, serving as product manager for several software development companies, and included working in senior management at a manufacturing organization in the U.S.
Luciano is married with two young children. Away from work, he enjoys participating in a soccer class together with his son and daughter as well as taking relaxing walks in natural environments with his family.

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