Does Postmodern ERP Actually Provide Value?

Posted by Nick Ostdick on Jul 20, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Today’s manufacturing and supply chain planners and managers are inundated with concepts and strategies purporting to add value to their overall value chain. Whether it’s integrating intelligent planning systems or working to streamline their manufacturing processes from procurement to production, manufacturing companies must seek value in any number of ways in order to remain competitive and agile in an increasingly global marketplace.

One place where manufacturing companies have been comparatively slow in realizing and leveraging value is enterprise resource planning (ERP), or more specifically, adopting a postmodern ERP mindset. Whether it’s because the lack of visibility surrounding these concepts or a failure to fully embrace them as part of lean manufacturing and supply chain management, postmodern ERP is perhaps one of the most least understood or realized element of manufacturing and supply logistics. Not only does postmodern ERP have the potential to transform a company’s manufacturing and supply logistics, but it’s a key element in cutting the complexity of global supply chain management and leveraging enhanced operational functionality.

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Topics: Industry 4.0, Postmodern ERP, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Lean Manufacturing

Postmodern ERP: Not Just a Return to "Best of Breed"

Posted by Kristin Masters on Nov 17, 2016 9:00:00 AM

How does your organization approach enterprise resource planning (ERP)? Not so long ago, ERP was completely absent from supply chain management strategy. Today in many organizations ERP dominates software solutions. But innovative supply chain leaders are adopting a new approach to ERP, one that goes far beyond "best of breed." This postmodern ERP fosters strategic collaboration between business and IT leaders and sets organizations on the path to thriving in the Industry 4.0 environment. 

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Topics: Postmodern ERP, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

3 Reasons Supply Managers Should Adopt A Postmodern ERP Mindset

Posted by Nick Ostdick on Mar 15, 2016 9:00:00 AM


On a recent cross-country flight, I was seated next to a supply chain manager for Company X who, after furiously typing away on his laptop for an hour or so, expressed concern about his company's current ERP (enterprise resource planning) solution and strategy and whether it was well-suited to meet the demands of today’s global supply chain.

This planner told me his biggest fears about his company's ERP model was its ability to remain lean, agile, and cost-effective in conceiving and implementing planning solutions and strategies. This planner is not alone in his anxiety. A recent Gartner survey indicated ERP efficiency ranked fourth overall among the top concerns of manufacturers and suppliers.

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Topics: Postmodern ERP, Supply Chain Logistics, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)