Why use a good ERP Solution for your Multi-Facility Company
Despite the market sector that you belong to, if you operate across multiple locations with the help of an extensively integrated ERP platform, keep in mind that the stakes of your business are sky-high! This may be due to the inter-nodal coordination, and definitions relating to data volume on top of other daily sensitivities that may appear as well.
As a result, it is always good to know and be informed about what multi-facility ERP platforms may require, so that you can either be content with your current list of system features or instead revise your thinking accordingly.
The key idea that you should better keep in mind is that ERP platforms should first and foremost be easily compliant with the overall culture of the business, along with its ready adaptability to internal work patterns and policy rules.
Although the above mentioned factors are quite prominent and pretty straightforward, there may be other more obscure challenges as well. Here’s what we thought would be helpful;
Although one would think that scalability would be intrinsic to multi-facility ERP platforms, but this assumption isn’t always necessarily true. While legacy systems at the on-premise level tend to ‘measure’ scalability based on the ready availability of physical nodes or storage component you can easily see and count; the cloud does everything ‘up there’ Consequently, you won’t necessarily know how many demand-based ports can be integrated, how much universal bandwidth will be requires or how much storage each facility node will demand and consumer, unless you have a serious discussion with your cloud service provider first.
Although from a strategic perspective, being ‘cloud-enabled’ itself implies unlimited scalability of multi-facility operations, what needs to be understood is that such potential will always come at a price regardless the vendor. At an elemental cost, management concerns include the desired number of active nodes, times the number of workstations, variously defined volumes of data being passed to or from each facility node, and whether the enterprise’s overall infrastructure will operate as a complex of parallel remote, or a centralized data-store.
Other issues that may be involved are discrete and universal security concerns, local and extended performance and monitoring issues and how each multi-nodal complex will work in union with all other nodes, but the complication is that buying and integrating additional facility nodes isn’t the kind of decision you would make overnight!
Synchronization of process management
This is a seemingly obvious feature when it comes to multi-facility ERP operations, but many times end-up doubling the issues rather than solving them. This is a more frustrating scenario which is applicable to the context of intercontinental processes.
Extended supply-chains tend to grow spontaneously driven by workforce availability, and particularly in recent decades, where off-shore production has tended to be seen as a lowest bidder advantage. US tech sectors including the production support for computing, general digital devices, and digitally-equipped durable goods associated with the IoT, have taken advantage of ERP managed plant operations in the Asia Pacific, East Asia, and various EU member countries.
Even when applying today’s cloud ERP capabilities, the global synchronization of production elements, including WIP or finished goods scheduling elements always pose business challenges. Consequently, multi-facility ERP platforms must be particularly effective at the production, inventory, and distribution levels; otherwise finished goods deliveries to the point of sale can experience significant downside impacts.