6 ways for complex manufacturers to outpace competition with Microsoft Dynamics ERP

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"The business world is a competitive place. It keeps you on your toes – you wouldn't want it any other way would you?" said Keith Pittaway, ERP Consultant for Syscom PLC when I interviewed him recently.

If the answer to the question is yes, then Keith Pittaway recommends that "you should think about how you can take your manufacturing business one step further every day in order to stay ahead of the competition with ERP".

He continued "Surely the vision for your business is to make the most of every resource that you have? That's what growing companies do don't they? Extracting every bit of productivity from their systems to help people do a better job. Even better than the competition".

The UK economy is growing at the greatest pace in more than a decade, with growth forecasts at their highest level in seven years. Data from the CBI showed that the manufacturing industry posted record monthly growth activity in May 2014.

So, if you want to make the most of every business opportunity, you should not settle with the status-quo. Find out how you can be the best at what you do by providing your employees with the tools to do a better job. .

Go beyond accounting software – it's your business and there is no reason to compromise.

Gain greater control of your manufacturing business – drive the decision-making processes that enables your people to be more proactive and productive.

Make what you sell – There is no need to make and store additional stock any more. Microsoft Dynamics ERP Advanced Product Configurator will dynamically generate the appropriate bill of material for every configuration based on rules and logic. It will handle the most complex and multi-level BOM.

Simplify manufacturing complexity with simple guided selling – Orders can be taken from anywhere via the web, mobile, enterprise, desktop or laptop via simple selling through easy to use questionnaire based quotation and sales order processes.

Increase margins – Make fast, informed decisions that have direct impact on your bottom line. Boost efficiency to improve operating margins and increase cash flow.

Drive growth – make decisions fast. Tap into the value of the information that your system has with dynamically updated reports and dashboards.

Keith summarised "The software company you select to work with should already have a good track record. They will have experience of working around your manufacturing company, your staff and your existing process. There has never been a better time to get back on track - tackle your challenges and step into the future, so start planning now and make time for change".

Instead of entering orders, your customer service staff could spend up to 7 more hours each week doing lead generation or following up quotes. Now that's how to win the race for sales.

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