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.

Inefficiencies Due to Lack of Inventory Tracking


If you are running your processes manually or through disconnected systems, you will struggle to track your inventory, which results in inventory losses, component shortages, or meeting customer expectations with delivery.

Cash Flow Issues Due to Manual Material Requirement Planning (MRP)


If you don’t have a manufacturing ERP system in place, it’s hard to plan how much inventory you need to purchase to ensure production and how much stock you need to produce to avoid stock-outs.

No Real-Time Insight Due to Disconnected Processes


If your processes are currently manual or use siloed systems, you will be spending a significant amount of time resolving discrepancies. You will plan based on inaccurate data, and the information can’t be real-time.

Admin Overhead and Penalties Due to Lack of Compliance


If you don’t have a manufacturing ERP system in place, you might struggle to maintain compliance standards such as ISO or industry-specific. You will also work in maintaining the quality standards required by your customers and regulatory bodies.

Financial Implications Due to Inaccurate Job Costing


Without a manufacturing ERP system, you will find it challenging to get insight into accurate and detailed job costing, which leads to inaccurate pricing, lower profit margins, and incorrect tracking of costs.

Inefficient Production Management and Scheduling


Without a manufacturing ERP system, you will have challenges meeting schedules for your orders, estimating your production capacity, and optimizing production runs for optimum efficiency.

Lack of Automation of Shop Floor Processes


Without the devices installed on the shop floor, you will find it challenging to report labor hours accurately, manage schedules for your jobs, and gather accurate data to help with your planning.

Inefficient Warehouse Processes


Without a manufacturing ERP system, your warehouses are likely to be inefficient as it’s harder to implement efficient processes such as batch or wave picking. Without barcode readers, your manual methods will be highly slow and inefficient.

Control Issues Due to Disconnected Sites


Without a global manufacturing ERP system that supports a multi-entity organization’s operations, your disconnected sites might prevent you from getting a centralized view of your customers, vendors, and inventory.

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Benefits for Manufacturers

Through Us

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.

Superior Customer Experience


By connecting all your processes and streamlining them, you can predictably commit and deliver to your customers. Without manual intervention, your customers will receive consistent experience through automated processes.

Traceability


A modern manufacturing ERP system will provide you the end-to-end traceability, whether you need a consolidated view of your sales or operations or debug a KPI through the process. You may need this traceability for your internal tracking or regulatory bodies.

Lower Costs


By eliminating manual and inefficient processes, you can lower the costs to produce your products, which will help you with reduced product costs, higher profit margin, and increased sales.

Increased Efficiency


By eliminating manual and inefficient processes, you can lower the costs of producing your products, which will help you with reduced product costs, higher profit margins, and increased sales.

Cash Flow Prediction


Through a modern ERP system, you can plan your inventory and production better, which will help you plan your cash flow better. An ERP system will also ensure due notices to your customers for a timely collection of your revenues.

Reduced Inventory and Lean Processes


Enabling lean processes is nearly impossible unless you have a manufacturing ERP system that can support lean processes that you desire to reduce excessive stock levels and optimize production runs.

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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

Manufacturing Industry

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.

Digital Strategy Assessment and Roadmap Development


Our assessment starts with a deeper dive into the current state of your processes, data, systems, pain points, and goals. We use secondary and primary methods to provide an initial roadmap of recommended changes to meet your business goals.

Fractional CIO, Expert Witness, and M&A Advisory


If you don't have an internal CIO, we can act as the interim CIO and advise on most systems and processes. In addition, if you need our help as the expert witness or in an M&A transaction to assess the potential of business technology, we can help.

E-commerce Selection and Implementation


If your goal is to improve the customer experience by implementing a new eCommerce platform or re-platforming your existing one, these services can help. In addition, we can help integrate it into your architecture.

ERP Implementation and System Integration


We have internal capabilities to support the implementation of most major ERP systems. We also help integrate Salesforce, HubSpot, Shopify, BigCommerce, Magento, Amazon, POS, or ERP systems (SAP, NetSuite, Sage).

ERP Selection, Contract Negotiation, and Change Management


These services help identify the suitable systems for your enterprise architecture, uncover technical and financial risks deeply embedded in your contracts, and manage change for your organization.

Business Integration Technology Roadmap


Your acquisition strategy may land into technology silos, limiting the insight available across business processes, customers, and suppliers. Our team can help with technology integration strategy and execution.

Business Process Reengineering and Redesign


These services are applicable in the pre-selection phase to avoid ERP implementation and adoption risks. The goal of these services is to identify your legacy processes and datasets that need to be re-engineered before identifying technologies for your business.

ERP Project Recovery and Optimization


70% of the ERP projects don't deliver business results. And some cause significant disruptions to the business. If you need help recovering the project by analyzing the current implementation and taking interim steps to prevent damages or pivoting strategy, we can help.

Change and ERP Project Management


Unlike other ERP vendors in the market, our training methodology is inspired by modern learning techniques, which can be customized to your unique needs, irrespective of whether you prefer workshop-oriented training, online recorded sessions, or collaborative CRPs.

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

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

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.

Project-based Manufacturing

Project-based Manufacturing

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.

Process Manufacturing

Process Manufacturing

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

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

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

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.

Our Methodology

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.

Manufacturing Methodology

1
Assessment


Through the primary and secondary research, this assessment digs into each of your datasets, transactions, and processes to identify the core reasons for current challenges, a strategy to solve current issues, and a phased approach to execute recommendations.

3
Critical Success Factors and Solution Identification


This process identifies the critical success factors that are the major cost drivers for the implementation and have the highest financial risks. These factors are also the drivers for the demo script during the vendor reviews. This step provides clarity to the executive team. So that you don’t make a wrong decision by focusing on unnecessary details with ERP vendors and miss the most critical factors that will make or break your ERP implementation.

5
Solution Selection and Contract Negotiation


This process coaches key stakeholders on the red flags with each solution, provides a matrix to help with decision making, and identifies the areas for cost savings through negotiation with each solution provider. This phase also vets the implementation plan from each vendor involved and creates a roadmap for implementation with clear roles and responsibilities for each vendor.

2
Process Reengineering


This phase takes a deeper dive into the phase I identified in the previous step with the highest financial reward and least disruption to the business. It continues with the deeper discovery of current processes through workshops with key users and identifies processes and datasets that need to be re-engineered in the to-be state. This phase maps transactions and datasets that need to be exchanged in the to-be state across systems new or existing in a vendor-agnostic architecture.

4
Fit-Gap and ROI Analysis of each Solution


The purpose of this step is to perform the fit-gap analysis of each solution that is a front-runner. This exercise helps identify the configuration, implementation, and custom development effort required with each solution. This step also helps in understanding the total cost of the ownership and the ROI, along with any financial risks that need to be discussed and agreed upon before finalizing it.

6
ERP Implementation, Integration, Code Reviews, and Change Management


This step is repeated until the project achieves business value, user adoption, enterprise architecture compliance, and the functional completeness goals of the system. This step also monitors the budget for the overall project and communicates the pivot strategy at each step if we uncover any surprises during the pre-selection and selection phase. And throughout the process, the key users are involved in making critical decisions. So they own them and are committed to adoption.

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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.

A manufacturing ERP is a management information system that helps automate your manufacturing processes such as production management, procurement, supply chain planning, and providing real-time insight across processes. 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.

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