In some ways, businesses are like people. They come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. They have varying needs and a myriad of complicated problems. Just as each person needs his or her own specific diet, medicine, and profession, each business needs enterprise resource planning (ERP) software that has been tailored to fit just right. According to a study by
Most ERP users are painfully aware of this reality. They know their businesses, and they also know when business management software falls short of meeting the demands and achieving the goals laid out in the business plan and vision. The result of this incongruity is often a series of workarounds, self-made patches, and expensive third-party customizations that turn a polished-looking ERP system into a hybrid beast that would make Frankenstein envious.
The study, which surveyed 340 manufacturing executives, found that 67 percent of them required industry-specific functionality, and even those surveyed who did not require it still desired it. Of those 67 percent, they were 12 percent less likely to purchase ERP, presumably because they had trouble finding software that could be customized to fit their industries.
66 percent of the manufacturers who required industry-specific functionality resorted to using multiple applications to carry the load that a single ERP solution was unable to manage. This can lead to other problems down the road, especially if the hodgepodge of software systems were not intended to function together. Future upgrades may very well break compatibility, leaving the company that uses them in a bind.
This is where Dynamics GP with Vicinity Manufacturing comes in. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a solid system for core financials. But when formula-based manufacturing companies need industry specific functionality they don’t have to reinvent the wheel or try to customize from scratch. They can add the Vicinity Manufacturing product. This is a stable, tested add on for Dynamics GP that provides the exact functionality needed by formula based manufacturers.
Vicinity solves the unique challenges of formula-based manufacturing—particularly the chemical, food, and beverage industries—by allowing all users to share data in a centralized system.
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