ERP for Food and Beverage Manufacturing
If the title of this blog post got your attention, you’re either a) hungry or b) in the market for a new ERP solution for your food and/or beverage manufacturing business. How, you ask, can an ERP be compared to a buffet? In this post, we’ll explain that and the other benefits of choosing a modern ERP solution like Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central over a traditional, specialized ERP or a legacy or homegrown system.
If you’re in the market for an ERP solution, it is very likely that you have no other choice. No business seeks to spend money on technology unless necessary, of course, but there is also the risk involved in switching over a system that, if down for any amount of time, can have a big cost.
However, if you’re in a situation that is forcing change—your software is no longer being supported, the functionality or technology unable to keep up with your needs as you grow and change are just a couple of reasons—you need to understand some basic truths before you make your selection. It’s a big decision with a lot riding on it, so being fully informed is very important.
There are three general categories of ERP for food and beverage manufacturing (actually, this is true for any industry):
In our view—as an ERP implementor that has worked closely with customers in specific industries including food and beverage manufacturing for years—that the “Modern ERP” category is more than likely the best way to go. Even more to the point, we believe Dynamics Business Central is an excellent fit for F&B manufacturing. Yes, we’re biased, but for many very good reasons. Here are some of them:
Today’s ERP Has Gone Far Beyond a Features Checklist
In the past, companies chose their ERP (or built it) based on a list of features they required, from accounting and finance functions to things like logistics, traceability/lot tracking, and production. The issue with this approach is that the resulting software solution—the solution that ticked all the boxes—was a huge, lumbering piece of software that suffered from performance problems and, because of the millions of lines of code required to program all those features into it, was extremely difficult and expensive to modify.
The structure is very flexible, providing some significant advantages:
Because a company’s ERP system is essentially the backbone of the business, it makes sense that it becomes the foundation—or the operational platform—for the company.
The goal ultimately is to provide a solution that works with you, not against you, making things more efficient and streamlined. And modern ERPs like Business Central strive to be as flexible as possible so that you get exactly what you need to run your business—now and in the future, so you don’t have to face changing ERPs again in 5 years.
The Downside to Specialized ERPs
If you’re a food and beverage manufacturer, it might sound like a good idea to choose an ERP that was designed for your industry. But there are some drawbacks:
If you are a food and beverage manufacturer, it is completely understandable that you would gravitate towards choosing an ERP that is either similar to what you currently have or that purports to be specially tailored to your industry. And, as was discussed at the beginning of this blog post, choosing a new ERP is a big decision that should be thoroughly researched. So, we encourage you to keep those solutions as options and learn what they have to offer. But we also strongly encourage you to include a modern ERP like Microsoft Dynamics Business Central on your list.
With a staff of Dynamics veterans with experience working with manufacturers, Naviworld has the resources and expertise to show you the potential of Business Central for your company—and then deliver on that potential. Business Central is not only a business solution, but also an investment in your company’s growth and future. Talk to Naviworld about how we can use Business Central and other Microsoft technologies to help you reach your business goals.
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