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    Default ERP software - anything people actually LIKE?

    I don't know much about ERP software, but thought you guys might. My company is looking at options to implement an ERP system. issues with inventory control and supply chain were the catalyst for this, but we would also like to integrate things like budgeting, project tracking etc. I think that's all regular ERP stuff.

    I have worked for two companies that ran SAP, and honestly both were nightmares in terms of how difficult it was to use. Both required dedicated "SAP experts" who did little more than just help the regular employees complete simple tasks. That seems insane especially considering how easy to use most apps are.

    Is there any ERP software out there that is simple, easy to use, and flexible? Ideally it's also be cheap and have support for chinese language. Mobile support would be nice too.

    I know nothing, school me on ERP software options.
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    I think I have made up my mind that I never want to work for an organization big enough to need an ERP system.

    I donít have anything helpful to add, but I feel like I see someone new peddling a cloud erp system targeting to industries like yours on LinkedIn every few weeks.
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    Not all companies would benefit from ERP software. But I can see a few gaps in mine that need fixing.

    Cloud ERP seems like what I want. All software should be cloud. Just don't know what one's are good and not an unreasonable pain in the dick.
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    Not a full blown ERP, but for your budgeting and project tracking requirements, we have several great systems that's very easy to use.

    https://www.replicon.com/ptt/project...heet-software/
    https://www.replicon.com/polaris-psa/

    From basic time tracking + costing solutions, to a full blown PSA solution. And of course we can integrate into existing or other ERP solutions.
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    I had to look up what PSA software was. I think that's more geared towards "professional service" industries? Like lawyers and people who can bill by the hour to different projects/clients. the majority of our company is more focused on manufacturing physical products, R&D projects etc. Inventory management and supply chain stuff is the part that we have the biggest short-term need for. Like when you want to build a thousand units of widget "A", it will check your inventory and let you know what parts you are short of, and show you what suppliers you got those parts from last time etc. Costing of finished and assembled goods from adding up the cost of parts and the time spent on the various assembly steps. That kind of thing.

    I'll admit, I don't know much about the various types of software for the various industries, so I'm open to being educated on this.
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    KPI seems not too bad, we are doing late night training all next week to get managers up to speed. Seems fairly powerful
    Machining, Fabricating, Welding etc.

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    LoL, SAP. How do they have customers?!?
    Systems Against People.

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    just be like every other company, chnage ERP systems every 3 years when it takes 6 years to migrate everything, it's never ending fun!
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    The problem isn’t the ERP. The problem is that every company wants to customize the ERP. Most companies are running bastardized version that require full time on site support.

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    just be like every other company, chnage ERP systems every 3 years when it takes 6 years to migrate everything, it's never ending fun!
    Or buy huge into something Oracle makes for about 70% of your biz and then refuse to buy the last 30% from them so you have some bastardized, cheap shit from an Australian prison for the most critical component of your business that's belligerently incompatible with everything.

    Then get promoted to a VP because "delivering synergy".

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    Or buy huge into something Oracle makes for about 70% of your biz and then refuse to buy the last 30% from them so you have some bastardized, cheap shit from an Australian prison for the most critical component of your business that's belligerently incompatible with everything.

    Then get promoted to a VP because "delivering synergy".
    I'm listening....
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    "delivering synergy".
    synergies are swell, much like outsourcing IT, that always goes over well.
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    The problem isn’t the ERP. The problem is that every company wants to customize the ERP. Most companies are running bastardized version that require full time on site support.
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    Or buy huge into something Oracle makes for about 70% of your biz and then refuse to buy the last 30% from them so you have some bastardized, cheap shit from an Australian prison for the most critical component of your business that's belligerently incompatible with everything.

    Then get promoted to a VP because "delivering synergy".
    From what my wife tells me. This is the problem....also the guys selling, promise the world. The people who implement need to figure out creative ways to try and make the system do something it can't...buy AX. Need to keep the wife making more money than me.

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    LoL, SAP. How do they have customers?!?
    Systems Against People.
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    My advise for ERP, don't think of it as software. It's a system of business processes that links how your organization does businrss. Finance, supply chain, HR are usually at its core. Then you'll get all the industry specific bolt ons to it.

    Have solid business processes to start from on the corporate side first. This will be your foundation for any system, especially an ERP. Otherwise if you are going from nothing, you will spend a fortune on change management, customizations, or both.

    Why do you even think an ERP is needed?

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    Your company can't afford SAP, nor any of the other large ERP providers. Just the patches can cost millions of dollars.

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    that was my guess. I missed a couple meetings on this topic over the last few days, so I'll go find out what the rest of the group has figured out. I'm not the lead on this project or one of the decision makers. I'm just a stakeholder, I think the term is.
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    I've used AX and IFS with reasonable success.

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    My advise for ERP, don't think of it as software. It's a system of business processes that links how your organization does businrss. Finance, supply chain, HR are usually at its core. Then you'll get all the industry specific bolt ons to it.

    Have solid business processes to start from on the corporate side first. This will be your foundation for any system, especially an ERP. Otherwise if you are going from nothing, you will spend a fortune on change management, customizations, or both.

    Why do you even think an ERP is needed?
    Hampstor, didn't mean to ignore you on this. That's good advice. In our case, we are a company that has folded in several smaller companies in the last year or so, and the management has already decided an ERP system is required. I don't disagree. However, I do worry that we may need to do some hard work on what we want our internal processes to look like BEFORE we introduce any kind of "system" or software to assist us with those processes. Right now, it's quite informal and disorganized. As of today, we do not have well defined internal processes.

    My dream, as someone who is impacted by this future ERP system, is a piece of software that comes with pre-built best practices or workflows for similar businesses, and our company would mostly adopt those without major modifications. I don't know how realistic that is on the software side, or on our side either.
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