Boosting Manufacturers’ Digital IQ
Through ERP Implementation, Digital Process Roadmap, Industry4.0 Strategies, and Customer Experience Transformation
Problems We Solve for Manufacturers
And why do they hire us?
ElevatIQ consultants have deep expertise in implementing ERP systems for several manufacturing sub-sectors. This specific expertise reduces your digital transformation project’s time and costs, as we don’t need training on your industry and business processes. We already understand particular processes for your micro-industry.
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Benefits for Manufacturers
By streamlining the process, information, and system architecture, manufacturers enjoy several benefits resulting in financial gains of higher net new sales, retention of existing customers, and higher profit margin.
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How is ElevatIQ different?
from other Manufacturing ERP consultants?
Unlike other ERP consultants, ElevatIQ’s major focus area is on the manufacturing industry and has consultants that have been certified by many manufacturing industry and trade groups, such as Manufacturing Masters. ElevatIQ not only has depth in the generalized ERP processes, but it also has profound expertise in manufacturing micro-verticals such as metal fabrication, machine shops, packaging manufacturing, and machinery manufacturers.
Unlike 80% of the manufacturing ERP consultants who believe that they can save ERP implementation through a checklist or a database, we don’t believe so. The success of an ERP implementation requires careful analysis of transactions, BOMs, SKUs, and data models aligned with the business model. ElevatIQ doesn’t walk away after the selection. We remain deeply involved throughout the process and often act as the backup CIO or CIO advisor for most of our clients.
Building a vendor-agnostic architecture requires you to draw the data flows between different entities, facilities, warehouses, equipment, processes, and systems. It also requires you to identify the source of truth for each shared dataset. Finally, you need to design master data governance process flows and how you will maintain the integrity of architecture through the process and data controls. There are very few firms like ElevatIQ that have deep expertise in building enterprise architecture that scales.
Manufacturing ERP has never been the solution to all problems. And it will never be. A company needs to use 5-10 other applications such as MES, QMS, and eCommerce in conjunction with an ERP. Unlike most independent ERP consultants, our consultants have expertise in multiple systems, including HCM, CRM, E-commerce, WMS, and TMS. ElevatIQ has expertise in selecting the right systems for the right job and creating a vendor-agnostic multi-system manufacturing information architecture.
While there are similarities between businesses and industries, it’s the differences that make or break digital transformation initiatives. These differences could include product models, estimation strategies, or customer hierarchies. Unlike most independent ERP consultants who tend to be generalists, ElevatIQ has deep micro-vertical expertise in specific manufacturing industries such as metal fabrication, machine shops, or machinery manufacturers.
Unless you have hands-on experience implementing most ERP systems in the market, they all appear alike. And these nuances are what make ERP implementation so challenging. ElevatIQ’s consultants have hands-on experience implementing most leading manufacturing ERP systems in the market. And this expertise helps ElevatIQ to have a higher success rate with manufacturing ERP implementation projects through the deeper alignment of business models with solutions.
When it comes to business models transformation initiatives such as getting certifications for AS9100 or signing new large customers with new BOM or product line requirements, just an ERP system is never enough. You need a solution architecture along with the process and organizational alignment that play a crucial role in the success of these initiatives. With its deep expertise in enterprise-grade systems and architectures, ElevatIQ is uniquely positioned to help with your next business model transformation initiatives.
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Our Services For The
ElevatIQ services include transformation readiness assessment and vendor-agnostic digital process architecture development; business process re-engineering, documentation, and design; digital roadmap and business case development; enterprise technology selection; requirement, project, and change management; RFP development and contract negotiation; ERP implementation, optimization, and training; and ERP project recovery and expert witness.
Our Expertise with
Types of Manufacturing
We are experts in most types of manufacturing processes, including make-to-order (MTO), make-to-stock (MTS), engineered-to-order (ETO), configure-to-order (CTO), project-based, job-shop, and process.
Make-to-Stock Manufacturing (MTS)
You have unique challenges in forecasting your demand and scheduling your volume runs. You also have unique distribution model, such as collaboration with your resellers or integration with e-commerce that adds to unique operational challenges.
Engineer-to-Order Manufacturing (ETO)
Your business model and operational needs are unique as you need to spend a significant amount of time in engineering and collaborating with your customers. Additionally, your BOMs could be more complex and require a system that can handle such complexity.
Suppose you are a project-based manufacturer such as trade show management companies or lighting project installers. In that case, your operations require a system that can handle project-based manufacturing needs, including integrated financial and purchasing within the project.
If you are a process manufacturer, your processes are entirely different from discrete manufacturers. They require a system that can support a process manufacturer’s needs, such as recipe management, version management, and process production.
Make-to-Order Manufacturing (MTO)
Your operational challenges are unique, as you might need to design your expensive parts, collaborate with your customers more often, and plan your orders so that you don’t miss your delivery deadlines. These operational challenges are unique for MTO manufacturers.
Configure-to-Order Manufacturing (CTO)
You have highly configurable products, which increases the complexity of your quoting processes. These configurations also require your system to be able to support such needs throughout the process, which increases operational complexity and product design assumptions.
Job Shop Manufacturing
If you are a job-shop manufacturer, you will require an ERP system that is strong in job costing functionality and can help you plan and schedule your jobs. Your needs are going to be different than your other counterparts, such as volume or precision manufacturers.
for The Manufacturing Industry
Our methodology starts with the assessment of your current processes and architecture. This step is typically followed by a digital roadmap that will contain necessary changes that need to be made to the processes, data, and systems to be ready for the desired to-be state. Once the executive team and board agree with the changes and the plan, the action plan is drafted with a phased approach with the lowest hanging fruits and highest financial rewards. The action plan could include ERP selection and implementation or the optimization of current systems.
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Most Recent Questions Manufacturers Asked
About Their Digital Transformation Journey
An ERP stands for “Enterprise Resource Planning. ” It’s a business management suite that can integrate all business processes of a manufacturer such as production management, BOM, and MRP in one software system. Read more here.
While several ERP systems in the market could provide profound functionality for several businesses, manufacturers have unique needs with complex BOM management, outside processing management, in-process quality control, and shop floor automation. A non-manufacturing ERP solution would require significant customizations for manufacturers to use it productively and get the job costing accurately as manufacturing accounting requires.
While the cloud provides several advantages, including mobile-friendly, subscription-model, and without the hassle of managing IT infrastructure, the cloud may not be suitable for every business. Some businesses, such as medical devices, may have validation needs on each software upgrade. If so, the cloud could be prohibitively expensive. You should evaluate all the options before deciding which model is the right fit for your needs.