Where ERP Solutions Fall Short - Supply Chain Collaboration
In today’s environment streamlining the supply chain is a high priority for most manufacturing companies. Purchased parts are typically 60% or more of the manufacturing cost. This puts tremendous pressure on materials and supply chain executives to drive these costs down, while at the same time improve on-time delivery. A proven approach to achieve those goals is to improve supply chain collaboration.
Most medium and large manufacturing companies have already invested huge amounts of resources in their ERP systems. ERP systems are capable of managing most business processes within the four walls of their operations. However, ERP systems fall short in providing supply chain collaboration capabilities.
IT managers invariably look to their ERP/MRP vendors whom they have been working with for years, to help solve the problem. Unfortunately, ERP vendors often don’t have an ideal solution to offer. Many ERP vendors lack experience in developing systems that extend beyond the enterprise. In most cases they have limited expertise with cloud computing, a requirement to collaborate around the globe.
The genesis of Ultriva, Inc. was to provide web-based solutions to facilitate collaboration between manufacturing plants and their global supply base. Since 1999 manufacturing companies have been using Ultriva with their ERP system to:
- Gain visibility of demand and supply
- Simplify the buying and receiving processes
- Reduce inventory
- Eliminate part shortages
- Track continuous improvement metrics
IT leaders love Ultriva for several reasons. First, we host our solution in a secure (SAS70) data center. Second, we ensure that the ERP system continues to be the system of records through tight integration. In fact, Ultriva has experience integrating with many ERP systems over the past decade such as MAPICS, BPCS, CINCOM, JD Edwards, Oracle, and SAP. Lastly, for many Ultriva customers, the cloud solution strategy has enabled them to defer costly ERP upgrades or custom development. In summary, Ultriva has gained the trust of IT managers by delivering secure cloud solutions with tight integration required to exceed their supply chain objectives.
Learn more about how one of our customers has tightly integrated Ultriva with their Oracle® E-Business Suite to meet their business objectives for supply chain collaboration. Click here to view the Case Study.
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