Custom manufacturing requires fully integrated ERP (IT Toolbox Blogs)

When custom development and manufacturing company Innovize decided to step up its efforts in the medical and healthcare space, executives quickly realized their aging enterprise resource planning system wasn’t up to the task — the old system didn’t have the management control tools they needed. 

So the St. Paul-based enterprise switched to Epicor ERP to streamline and simplify all of its business processes.

“We couldn’t track parts and orders in as granular a fashion as we would have liked in our previous ERP system,” said Mark Rutkiewicz, Innovize’s vice president of quality. “In Epicor ERP, we have found a solution that is powerful enough for our needs nearly straight out of the box.”

Innovize offers custom product development, converting and contract manufacturing solutions for medical, patient care, diagnostic and electronics products. That broad range of offerings requires flexibility as the business grows. And because of Epicor’s tight integration between its ERP solution and its human capital management, or HCM, software, Innovize also opted to bring that online, too.

“The Epicor HCM and ERP solutions together will be pivotal in eliminating paper processes related to employee personnel and performance records,” Rutkiewicz noted.

Innovize makes custom-made, made-to-order and made-to-stock parts. As a result, the company also works with its customers to devise strategic inventory management programs that work the same way whether a project is made-to-stock or made-to-order. Epicor ERP gives Innovize a flexible platform that lets it reconfigure parts of the system to accommodate rapidly changing business processes. That, in turn, lets the business scale seamlessly.

“Custom manufacturing is a challenging field for even the most agile business,” said Matt Mullen, Epicor Software’s senior vice president of portfolio marketing. “Epicor ERP and HCM provide a powerful one-two punch combination that lets companies integrate core business with human resources functions to give stakeholders a 360-degree view of the operation.”

“We need flexibility in what we are building, and Epicor allows us to basically take on any kind of product our customers need us to build,” Rutkiewicz said.

Key Takeaways:

• Bringing in a fully-integrated ERP system can make more sense than adding new capabilities to a dated system.

• Flexibility within an ERP system lets a company alter business processes as demands change.

• Integration with HCM functions allows for growth without having to bring new solutions on board.


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Source: SANS ISC SecNewsFeed @ February 27, 2017 at 05:12PM