Welcome to Sabre Limited. Our business is all about helping and consulting with manufacturing firms to improve their organizations through better technology. We sell the Microsoft Dynamics product line, specializing in Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Microsoft Dynamics GP and Microsoft Dynamics CRM. We have been implementing ERP in the manufacturing space in South Western Ontario since 1998, when we began helping companies with failed implementations of Visual Manufacturing ERP. Since then we have become experts with the Dynamics line, continuing to help struggling companies with their software.
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I have worked with a lot of companies that manage their purchasing in a variety of ways. Perhaps they go out to the stockroom and see what looks like it is running low or keep a running total of inventory on paper or Excel sheets and purchase when things are below their minimums. Maybe they study drawings and purchase all requirements all at once from the drawings or bill of material for that project, or they just keep Microsoft Word templates of the things they use the most and send them out regularly. Some will utilize their accounting system.
So what happens when you use these methods?
Pretty much everyone in the market today talks about running their ERP in the cloud - but the fact is there is ERP in the cloud, and there's ERP that is Native to the cloud. I remember back in the mid 1990's when a lot of ERP systems were "DOS" based, and they began to "run" in Windows. In fact the ERP companies produced a "Windows Wrapper" for their DOS system. It never ran as well as the systems that were written for Windows from scratch. They weren't "Native" and they couldn't do many of the simple things people expected from a Windows program (the big problem was always that they didn't print through your Windows printers).
I am frequently asked by customers and prospects "What kind of programming can I do in Dynamics NAV if I have a programmer working on staff." This is a bit of a tricky question - because out of the box NAV lets you do quite a bit - but there are two add-on modules required to add more programming capability, plus the requirement to license more objects if you use up your defaults.
NAV lets you program 6 core objects. Tables, Reports, Pages, Codeunits, XML Ports and Queries. Generally you will work with the first 4 of these only - and out of the box customers are licensed only for the first 3.
When you have engineered, configured, or long lead items how do you deal with customer or engineering changes? Are you pushing paper or using email to advise the different departments of these changes? Are they getting to where they need to on time? Are you making errors in your shipments or manufacturing the wrong way? What is this costing you? If you don’t have an ERP package that handles this appropriately it is likely that these changes are falling through the cracks.
In my years of working with companies looking for ERP products I have found that some embrace the idea of going paperless while others will not even consider it. It is good that you can implement a good ERP and CRM package in a manner to be either paperless or not or a combination of the two.
Let’s look at the ways that you can put a paperless methodology in place with the proper ERP and CRM package:
This is an overview and idea generator to help you calculate the Return on Investment (ROI) of purchasing and implementing a manufacturing ERP Software.
There are many aspects you should be addressing. Here are a few to consider. I will go into more detail on each on a future post.
1. How do you manage your quoting/estimates? Does paper move from department to department to get all the costs put together? How quickly can you get an accurate quote out the door? What is the cost of taking too long or having errors? A good ERP can ensure that all the departments are working together in real time to ensure an accurate quote is prepared in quick time.
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