The difficulty of ERP Visibility
ERPs can handle massive amounts of critical data for your organization, but they are often incredibly difficult to navigate and access information from. This presents numerous challenges, including the inability to track orders or projects, inaccurate insights due to inadequate data, and poor auditing and reporting.
What’s more, data from ERPs can often be out-of-date by the time it is accessed. This can often lead to missing data, delayed shipments, slow production, and other issues causing supply chain disruption.
“We had time delays between activities, resulting in very long lead times of up to 3 months,” said Andy Krumrai, Senior Business Systems Analyst at Rockwell Automation. “This was even worsened by missing parts in our data, making auditing difficult.”
Beyond this lack of visibility, ERP systems can be inflexible – in trying to solve such a core need for so many organizations, they often do not fit in for bespoke processes. This results in error-prone manual data entry and time-consuming processes. Most ERP tools are point solutions designed for one problem, meaning you might need several tools for different problems.
“We were using Microsoft Office for scheduling, and this presented a great challenge in tracing our work process, resulting in wasted time,” said Amanda Sathiaraj, Manufacturing Process Engineer at Power Plant Services. “We also experienced delayed shipments due to lack of visibility.”
This lack of flexibility and agility can create long lead times in work, and make reacting to change and analyzing performance incredibly difficult.