Computers and software can make excellent allies in business and supply chain management. However, while certain progress is being made into the realm of artificial intelligence, for the present—at least—the computers we employ for most of our business functions (in ERP, MRP, MRP II, and similar) are not really thinking machines. They don’t think, at all. They compute, and that’s why they are called “computers.”
The following is a piece of correspondence I recently sent to a company who has engaged us to help them with automation around their manufacturing and supply chain. The focus of the letter was high-level information gathering. But, I want you to pay particular attention to the highlighted portions of the letter because end-to-end dependencies can be a stem weakness.
I would like to start with some high-level questions that, will help guide us toward the best possible outcomes for you—including a rapid return on your investments. If you are looking at multiple ERP solutions I suggest you do this for each solution, because they don’t all have the same features and functionality.