ERP software for manufacturing is an established, relatively mature market with a considerable number of suppliers. Literally thousands of manufacturing companies rely on ERP software to manage the entire range of business activities from CRM, manufacturing inventory and processes, accounting software, manufacturing planning, purchasing, quality, and more.
In addition to traditional manufacturers, other kinds of companies use ERP software. Distribution companies can use a sub-set of manufacturing ERP (without the production applications), and other versions of ERP are tailored for service providers, financial institutions, retailers, and other kinds of companies.
The best type of ERP manufacturing software for your business is the software that is written for your industry and supported by people who know your industry. While manufacturers are generally more alike than different, there are differences in needs due to the nature of the products, processes and markets. A company that makes, say, small kitchen appliances, is very much like a company that makes power tools for the home. But both of these companies are quite different from a company that makes frozen dinners, or one that makes CNC machining centers.
Some ERP software solutions are developed to meet the needs of a wide variety of industries, with the ability to “tailor” or configure the system to better fit specific vertical markets. The market leaders, SAP, Oracle (including software originally developed by JDEdwards and PeopleSoft manufacturing software)and Microsoft Dynamics manufacturing are examples.
Others are developed with a narrower market in mind. Aptean’s Made2Manage ERP is designed selecting a manufacturing ERP software program, first look at functionality. Once you have found the package or packages that best fit your needs, look at the supplier(s). Do they have a history of successful implementations in your industry, with companies of your size? Do they provide regular updates to fix problems and incorporate new technologies and new functions? Are they financially stable so they will be there when and if you need them down the road?