The manufacturing industry is one which is continually evolving with ever changing technology and increasing demand for products. The industry is at the heart of the economy contributing over £140 billion to the UK alone and employing over 2 million people, (Source: CBI).

The fast pace and competitiveness of the sector demands software solutions that can keep up with the demands of this industry.

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) for Manufacturing Companies

As industrial manufacturing becomes more project based, ERP is developing into true project ERP software. As an increasing number of industrial manufacturers become involved in complex, order-driven modes like engineer-to-order (ETO), organisations are gaining awareness of the increasing need to differentiate themselves in a global marketplace. IFS Applications is perfect for those organisations who require strong project and document management functionality and is ideal for manufacturers including:

  • ETO manufacturers, configure-to-order (CTO) manufacturers, make-to-order (MTO) manufacturers and mixed mode manufacturers
  • Custom manufacturers
  • Manufacturers with short product lifecycles

Business Intelligence Solutions for Manufacturing Companies

Qlik understands the competiveness and complexity of the industry’s environment and offers software that enables faster and more lucrative decision-making. Traditional systems do not always support key decision making as they do not provide the appropriate data, leaving companies to make decisions based on a subjective or intuitive basis.

The Qlik Business Discovery Platform helps to provide answers to difficult questions such as: “Do I know who my most profitable customers and market segments are and am I successfully targeting them?” and “How can I ensure I meet and exceed my quality targets?”. Questions such as this will always have many different answers but each answer has a huge impact on the bottom line. With Qlik Business Discovery Platform, information is structured and easily accessible by everyone within the business, enabling improved decision-making that can have a significant impact on profitability, risk, customer satisfaction and loyalty.

Cloud-based Business Management solutions for Manufacturing Industry

NetSuite provides a complete solution for manufacturing organisations that require inventory management with dynamic replenishment, production planning, warehouse management, financial accounting and costing, customer and partner relationship management, and ecommerce. Whether an organisation is a true manufacturer, an assemble-to-order business or a distributor with manufacturing requirements, NetSuite enables management of an entire business with one integrated cloud-based suite, delivered on-demand over the Internet. It provides the essential visibility and control of key processes that manufacturers need to effectively compete in the market.

Selecting the right ERP, BI and business management solution for any manufacturing businesses is essential.

Cooper Software has experience of working with a number of manufacturing companies.

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