Manufacturing ERP Software & Solutions


What is Manufacturing ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning)?

Manufacturing ERP refers to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software and systems used to plan, manage and deliver specific functionalities that support manufacturer’s businesses. Modern manufacturing ERP systems are built to flexibly support and integrate into any business process, creating a complete business management platform for manufacturing companies.


Why is ERP Software Used in Manufacturing?

ERP software is a manufacturing management system that increases the organizational efficiency of a manufacturing enterprise by managing and improving how company resources are utilized. Improving and/or reducing the number of resources necessary without sacrificing quality and performance are keys to effectively improving manufacturing business growth and profitability.


What is the Difference Between Standard ERP and Manufacturing ERP?

A standard ERP system is a generic ERP software with common functionality for all businesses. In many cases, a generic system is built as one-size-fits-all, which can lack full manufacturing integration and key functionalities for a manufacturing-specific business. Lack of integration can have restricted views of data and may require software customization to meet unique industry and business requirements.

A manufacturing ERP system is specifically designed for the manufacturing industry, providing advanced functionality for manufacturing-specific needs. Manufacturing ERP software integrates core business processes with manufacturing processes, allowing full visibility and control over a manufacturing business.


When is a Manufacturing Company Ready for ERP?

Manufacturing ERP is for manufacturing businesses of all sizes. An ERP solution should be taken into consideration when existing business systems and processes:

  • No longer function or function inefficiently (throttling/bottlenecking)
  • No longer support the growth of the company
  • Lack current security requirements to mitigate risk

Identifying broken processes is important for growth and finding areas of improvement.


Which ERP is Best for Manufacturing?

The best manufacturing ERP solutions support Adaptive Manufacturing Enterprises with the ability to adapt to change and disruption enabling a competitive advantage.

There are many different types of ERP systems and deployment options available today that range greatly depending on the size, function, and needs of a manufacturing organization.

  • An on-premise ERP system offers control, support and ownership of the system once implemented. This includes the cost and risk associated with managing hardware and system infrastructure for manufacturers.
  • A cloud-based ERP system can provide manufacturers with a comprehensive yet flexible system with continual support, updates, training, and flexible customization from an ERP provider.
  • “Hybrid ERP” deployment may offer a combination of on-premise and cloud-based hosting and deployment services for a manufacturing company. These models can provide ERP users flexibility migrate between delivery models, or integrate benefits not available in existing implementations.

Manufacturing Industry Best Practices


Manufacturers have distinct business processes that differentiate them in the market and they must adhere to industry-specific requirements, mandated regulations and standards.

QAD Adaptive ERP embeds manufacturing industry best practices focused on the unique needs within the manufacturing industries. The world is changing faster than ever before and organizations must follow best practices to become adaptable manufacturing enterprises or risk becoming irrelevant.

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