In 2012, manufacturing led U.S. Gross Domestic Product by Industry with an overall growth rate of 6.2%. As the manufacturing industry continues to pick up steam in 2013, many manufacturers are paying more attention to areas they were reluctant to invest in during the economic downturn. These areas include technology investments in modern ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) manufacturing software systems. 

ERP systems solve a number of challenges and provide invaluable benefits to manufacturers seeking to reduce costs, manage growth, streamline processes and gain a competitive advantage. ERP software integrates all areas of business (materials and inventory, production, operations and sales, accounting and finance, etc.) so that every business function relies on a single database. This “information hub” delivers accurate, real-time information crucial to the manufacturing industry.

Here are the top reasons today’s manufactures need a modern ERP system:

1.Streamline Processes. 

As manufacturers grow, their operations become more and more complex. ERP manufacturing software automates all business operations, providing accurate, real-time information. ERP increases efficiency and productivity by helping users navigate complex processes, preventing data re-entry, and improving functions such as production, order completion and delivery.

2.Cost Reductions. 

With one source of accurate, real-time information, ERP software reduces administrative and operations costs. It allows manufacturers to proactively manage operations, prevents disruptions and delays, breaks up information logjams and helps users make decisions more quickly.

3.Flexibility. 

Modern ERP software systems are robust, flexible and configurable. They are not a one-size-fits-all proposition, but can be tailored around the unique needs of a business. ERP systems also have the ability to adapt with the ever-changing needs of a growing business.

4.Competition. 

ERP systems may require an investment, but there’s also a cost to do nothing. Manufacturers cannot afford to put off an ERP implementation while their competition invests in ERP and starts reaping the benefits.