Looking to take your manufacturing business from good to great? Start using business intelligence to help you better understand your organization, make more informed decisions, and build a more efficient and effective business.
With two months of 2019 already under our belt it’s time to look at the top trends in manufacturing that will have a major impact on the industry in 2019 and beyond.
Deliver on time, every time. You know it’s the number one thing you need to do to keep customers happy and remain competitive in today’s marketplace.
Looking for ways to streamline and improve your accounting practices? Look not further than an ERP! Here are 5 ways that an ERP can help you improve your accounting.
Do you know that up to 20% of the total engineering time in your shop is taken up by transferring Bills of Materials (BOMs) out of your CAD system? This is an especially time-consuming task for ETO shops where every item you manufacture is truly custom.
We’re one month into 2019 already and it’s time to get seriously moving on our goals for the new year! If growing your business is at the top of your agenda this year, read on to see how an ERP can help you reach your goal and succeed.
This is a big honor for us! We are very proud that so many of our customers think so highly of us! As a company, we are a tight-knit team and hugely value our customers and partners.
To remain competitive and viable as a small- to mid-sized manufacturer, your business strategy needs to be driven by clear, comprehensive and timely information. That means you need to be using an ERP system that helps you make smart, fast decisions.
The right ERP is critical tool for growth for manufacturers, but not every CEO understands that right away. Here are 5 ways choosing the right ERP for your business will benefit your CEO.
You may have an ERP in place, but too many of your employees are using ERP workarounds, meaning they are using Excel, and other systems, databases or processes to perform tasks that your ERP was built to do.
You know your shop needs to run at full capacity to remain profitable and competitive. But do you know if it actually does? As a manufacturer, throughput in production can mean the difference between meeting quotas and losing customers to your competition.
To build a sustainable and profitable manufacturing business you need to stop making common business mistakes, and start using tools that help you streamline tasks, boost productivity, and leverage data in real-time. The right ERP system can put you on the right track to success.
Strong business analytics in the manufacturing industry is both integral and accessible with the right ERP. In a bygone era, successful business intelligence implementation meant having to gather data manually from numerous sources, and work it up in spreadsheets.
A shortage of skilled and qualified workers is one of the biggest challenges facing custom manufacturers today. Deloitte estimates that almost a quarter of skilled manufacturing workers will retire over the next decade.
One of the things we overhear a lot from manufacturers is “everything is in the magic spreadsheet” or “we just use a magic spreadsheet to manage our shop.”
Manufacturer understand poorly streamlined inventory management can adversly affect your business. Learn why ERPs should include reliable inventory control software.
In fact, 75% of ERP implementations are deemed failures by Gartner. (Not Genius Solutions though! We have a proven 10-step process that gives us industry-leading implementation success rates.)
With businesses prioritizing "going digital" ERPs will continue evolving to fulfill businesses' ever-changing needs. Find out the 5 future trends in ERP systems.
Deloitte says that 70% of companies use Excel for sensitive and critical data and processes. It’s easy to see why as Excel is familiar and simple, most of your employees have a good working knowledge of it, and it's a powerful business tool that lets you store and manipulate data
Transportation equipment manufacturers always need to be on top of their suppliers and the needs of their company. Learn how a manufacturing-specific ERP can make it easy!
The manufacturing industry is one of the most complicated industries out there in terms of logistics, operations, and production management. One of the greatest tools a manufacturer can have in their arsenal is an ERP
A common misconception about ERPs is that they are for large-scale companies only, but more and more small businesses are turning to ERPs to help them integrate all of their business processes and data into one place. No business is too small for an ERP solution
ERP softwares provide manufacuturing companies next-level automation and streamlines operations. Explore the benefits of having an ERP how it will level up your business.
Food and baked goods manufacturers and processors face unique and challenging business pressures. Read more to find out 3 superpower ERP features for manufacturing SMEs.
With a project management ERP, production bottlenecks can be avoided, jobs can be completed faster, and orders sent more efficiently. Consider the following 4 ways the right ERP helps improve inventory control.
Many SME Manufacturers ask themselves if they really need the features an ERP offers. Learn about the advantages of properly implementing an ERP system for SME manufacturers.
Engineering is a key component in ETO manufacturing environments — it’s part of the name for goodness sake! — but engineering is all too often left out of ERP software systems.
Implementing an ERP system is one of the biggest technological changes you can make for your business — it will help you to streamline your business processes, be more organized, and ultimately help you grow as a company.
An ERP might be just what your accounting department needs to consolidate information, reconcile financials, and create reports. It will also let your accountants speed up all of their tasks — like closing out a month in half the time it used to take.
If you’re small- to medium-size manufacturer looking to grow, 2018 is the year you need to embrace an ERP system.
ERP systems have deep root in the manufacturing industry, but many manufacturers still have trouble understanding exactly what an ERP is and does. The term ERP is an acronym for Enterprise Resource Planning, but even the full name doesn’t really tell you what an ERP does.
Keeping on top of purchasing requests, managing inventory levels, and trying to negotiate with vendors can make even the best purchasing manager feel like they live in a constant state of chaos.
At Genius Solutions we know that CTO and ETO manufacturing is complex, and as a production manager you have a lot you need to balance and schedule in order to get a job done and shipped out the door.
There are two big assumptions every manufacturer should avoid when looking at ERPs. Getting them out of the way is the first step in heading towards something that starts to look like the right solution.
Implementing an ERP is disruptive — and it should be. It’s a system capable of improving every aspect of your business, it impacts every single one of your departments, and it can help make your business more profitable. If it was easy, it wouldn’t be very effective.
Most ERP systems, even those designed for the manufacturing industry, leave engineers out of the loop—making these systems less than ideal to handle the demands of the Engineer-to-Order (ETO) manufacturing environment.
Genius Solutions’ Chris Shadbolt was interviewed by IndustrialSage at MODEX 2018 in Atlanta. Watch the video and read the interview below to learn why getting to know our customers is the most important thing to us as a company.
We’re excited to announce today that we are releasing a new brand identity, including a new logo, colors, and fonts. You’ll start to see our new logo and brand everywhere, like on our website, Twitter, and at trade shows — and in time it will be integrated into your Genius ERP.
In custom manufacturing, the only rule is change, and your competitiveness depends on how you handle it. With repeat manufacturing, workflows and requirements are easier to schedule and forecast. But custom manufacturing requires additional fine tuning.
Here are five common ways manufacturers save money after implementing an ERP system.
10 Signs that Your Manufacturer Could Benefit from an ERP System
The perception that a Quebec business will only succeed in Quebec—not in the ROC or US markets—is further off the mark today than it ever has been. Still, many entrepreneurs won’t look beyond the provincial boundary, dissuaded by conventional wisdom and warnings about...
In 2018, we are left with an interesting situation: there is a manufacturing worker shortage. Imagine going back 15 years and telling somebody that in 2018 they would have better job prospects as a welder than as a lawyer.
In the highly competitive realm of custom manufacturing, one severe bottleneck can undermine a manufacturer’s ability to compete.So for your consideration, we submit four places that bottlenecks often occur in an SME custom manufacturing plant.
ERP solutions providers and manufacturers have bottlenecks as a common enemy. Any ERP system worth its salt will help eliminate bottlenecks in production. The first step to remedying bottlenecks is categorization—understanding that there are two distinct types.
On my way home from our company's year-end party, I came across what could be best described as a system failure we all dread—and Lean practices may have caused it.
Custom engineer-to-order (ETO) manufacturers have unique processes throughout their production, making the following 5 items essential in their ERP system.
In Engineer-to-Order (ETO) and Make-to-Order (MTO) manufacturing environments, it can often be confusing whether enterprise resource planning (ERP) software or the project management office should dictate priority.
Working with custom manufacturers on a daily basis, I often notice that systems and processes are combined into one. This can create enormous complexity and unnecessary time loss in projects.
A recent post in OpsPro Essential from Aberdeen Group discussed the fact that complex manufacturers – such as equipment and machinery manufacturers – were severely hurt by the shortage of engineers in the hiring market.
In order to truly get the highest value multiplier for their company, owners need to ensure they follow three detailed stages; operational improvements, detailed evaluation, and the actual sale process. An ERP system can help with the first two.
Spending large portions of my time with engineer-to-order (EtO) and make-to-order (MtO) manufacturers, I have noticed that many companies assume – with reason.
Widely accepted best practices tend to put the purchasing department in the hot seat, making it the target of blame for failures and delays. A lack of priority management often adds stress to this already stressful environment, pressuring teams into "buy it right now" situations.
Though the purchasing department has become a well-defined entity in most mid-sized companies, widely accepted standard processes or "best" practices have hurt the effectiveness of the department.
In many engineer to order (ETO) and manufacture to order (MTO) environments, there appears to be some tug-of-war between data and, in rare cases, information, between the master project schedule and the master production schedule...
With all the buzzwords such as Kaizen, Lean and Six Sigma, it seems manufacturers may have forgotten to listen to the customer and market. Surprisingly, but in full compliance of these dogmas, manufacturers created surplus products that rusted in dealer parking lots.
The NHTSA recently released statistics showing that globally there were 803 vehicle recalls over the last 10 years, involving 63.9 million vehicles. Unfortunately, recalls are becoming the norm rather than the exception.
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