All things Manufacturing.

I am learning too.  It does amaze me how companies are expecting more and more applicants to know, be familiar with, or to be prepared to learn the different software that is running manufacturing.  It is no longer a factory worker showing up to put things inside a press, but it’s all geared toward efficiency and streamlining.  And these jobs don’t pay much more if at all than other delivery jobs, anywhere from $12 to $15/hour.

ERP, Enterprise Resource Planning.  What the heck is that?  It’s inventory management, “synchronized reporting and automation” of inventory, of all assets on a company’s books, including staff.  It’s software that also handles “sales force automation (SFA), marketing automation and ecommerce.”

ERP is an acronym for Enterprise Resource Planning, but even its full name doesn’t shed much light on what ERP is or what it does. For that, you need to take a step back and think about all of the various processes that are essential to running a business, including inventory and order management, accounting, human resources, customer relationship management (CRM), and beyond. At its most basic level, ERP software integrates these various functions into one complete system to streamline processes and information across the entire organization.

But apparently it is extensive.  The software reduces costs, and as a result, more and more companies are purchasing the software.

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions—also referred to as “cloud computing”—have helped fuel this growth. Cloud-based solutions not only make ERP software more affordable, they also make these systems easier to implement and manage. Perhaps even more importantly, cloud ERP enables real-time reporting and BI, making them even valuable to executives and staff seeking visibility into the business.

Basically, the program provides integration in the logistics chain of inventory, customer needs, raw materials availability, and so forth.

At its core, ERP helps employees do their jobs more efficiently by breaking down barriers between business units. More specifically, an ERP solution:

  • Gives a global, real-time view of data that can enable companies to address concerns proactively and drive improvements
  • Improves financial compliance with regulatory standards and reduces risk
  • Automates core business operations such as lead-to-cash, order-to-fulfillment, and procure-to-pay processes
  • Enhances customer service by providing one source for billing and relationship tracking.

When you add up these advantages, the value of ERP—particularly cloud ERP—is clear. With an ERP solution, employees have access to accurate information that enables them to make better decisions faster. Not only that, but ERP software helps to eliminate redundant processes and systems, dramatically lowering the cost of doing business overall.

Lots of ERP software products:

  1. SAP ERP
  2. Microsoft Dynamics AX
  3. SAP Business One
  4. Microsoft Dynamics NAV
  5. Odoo GNU General
  6. Microsoft Dynamics GP
  7. SAP Business by Design
  8. Openbravo, Mozilla Publication
  9. Dynamics 365
  10. Dolibarr, GNU General
  11. Tryton, GNU General
  12. JustFood ERP, Propietary
  13. Compiere, GNU General
  14. Adempiere, GNU General
  15. WebERP, GNU General
  16. Metasfresh, GNU General
  17. ERP5, GNU General
  18. Scipio ERP, Apache License
  19. Opentaps, Affero General
  20. Abas ERP, Propietary S . . .
  21. Epesi, MIT License
  22. Ino ERP, Mozilla Publication
  23. SQL-Ledger, GNU General
  24. Ledger SMB, GNU General
  25. Postbooks, Common Publications
  26. Business Planning and
  27. WorkPLAN
  28. HeliumV Affero General.
  29. Phreedom, GNU General
  30. Blue Link Elite.