UK manufacturing firms should invest in ERP software to sustain recent growth levels advises Anagram Systems

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Business management software provider, Anagram Systems (Anagram), is advising UK manufacturing firms that investing in systems that streamline production planning, simplify supply chain management and improve customer relationship management is key to sustaining and growing output growth levels.

Anagram's advice follows the publication of the latest Markit / CIPS UK Purchasing Manager's Index report, an indicator of the economic health of the manufacturing sector. The report suggests that UK manufacturing output grew faster during October 2015 than at any time in the past 16 months.

Andrew Morgan, Managing Director, Anagram Systems comments: "UK manufacturers have faced tough times and it's encouraging to see the recent acceleration in output and new order growth. However, in order to maintain momentum, businesses need to think carefully about key business management processes and take steps to ensure they are working as efficiently and productively as possible."

"Many manufacturing companies use a range of standalone software systems alongside spreadsheets to manage different areas of their business. Unless these systems are integrated and enable the flow of accurate, up to date information between different departments, there is a very real risk of misinformation slowing down planning, production and order delivery."

"The alternative is to adopt Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems such as Encore from Anagram which consolidate works order processing, bill of materials and component inventory management alongside accounting, sales and customer services- all within a single system."

Encore is a fully integrated ERP system designed for small and medium size manufacturing businesses, designed to simplify front and back office management. The solution is also designed to improve visibility across every aspect of a company's operations, providing the business intelligence required to support management decision making and strategic development.

Encore's CRM functionality enables businesses to plan and manage their marketing activities and maintain an audit-trail of all customer and prospect touch-points resulting from eshot, social media and telesales campaigning. As a result business managers are equipped with intelligence that reveals which customers are responding to marketing communications and the activities are providing the most and least return on investment.

Morgan concludes: "Encore helps businesses support their existing customer base and manage new business prospects. If the recent increase in manufacturing output continues, businesses will need to fulfil the needs of new clients with those of their existing customers without compromising on product quality or service levels. Adopting an ERP solution is key to helping businesses achieve this goal."

Anagram Systems is a Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software provider with more than 30 years' experience of developing integrated front and back office systems for SMEs in the UK and USA. The company supports more than 2,000 companies worldwide.

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