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If you are running a $4-5mm manufacturer (making metal products), one location, have a one person accounting function, what are some of the small company manufacturing ERP or MRP software products that could be considered?  Basic needs around BOM, costing, inventory and accounting are what is required.

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Chris Shumate
Title: Accounting Manager
Company: Dominion Development Group, LLC
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(Accounting Manager, Dominion Development Group, LLC) |

Len - I worked for a company previously that used Sage MAS 500 ERP.

MAS 500 is also a product that can be designed for your company's specific needs. The reason I know this to be true is because the company I worked for was a large insurance broker in the Southeast that was able to have the programmers maneuver some code to enable the company to use this excellent manufacturing software into a semi-productive insurance accounting software.

Best of luck in your search.

Chris Shumate

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Len Green
Title: Performance Improvement Consultant and E..
Company: Haygarth Consulting LLC
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(Performance Improvement Consultant and ERP Strategist, Haygarth Consulting LLC) |

Chris - thanx for the feedback.!

Mark Fergsuon
Title: CFO
Company: Bench Tree Group
(CFO, Bench Tree Group) |

We are an electronics assembly operation, about 80 people. We use Infor Visual ERP. Might be worth a look. Other metal manufacturers are prominent in the users groups.

Jeff Langston
Title: CFO
Company: Baxter Franchise Group
(CFO, Baxter Franchise Group) |

In past jobs, I've used MS Dynamics ERP with great success. Very robust and configurable. We spent extra $$ for custom add-ons that were completely worth it. Of course, the best part was IT support and plenty of user group feedback.

Also check out Consona. Never fully evaluated them but have heard good things.

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Len Green
Title: Performance Improvement Consultant and E..
Company: Haygarth Consulting LLC
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(Performance Improvement Consultant and ERP Strategist, Haygarth Consulting LLC) |

Thanks Mark and Jeff for your input, regards, Len

Jeffrey H Sakamoto
Title: CFO
Company: Not Disclosed
(CFO, Not Disclosed) |

Len,

Just a suggestion: factor in the ability of staffers who hold the key roles in your client's operations before making a recommendation. For example, if there's a low level of cross functional collaboration/understanding, it may be helpful to have a package like Quickbooks Enterprise ("QBE") for MRP software implementation with a third-party MRP/Logistics add-on versus, for example, MS Dynamics NAV. Granted, Dynamics NAV is a package that will grow with the company's needs into the future, but you may give the board and management sticker-shock with the cost of implementation and TCO. Also, the staff may not be ready to be involved in the implementation/configuration of a package such as NAV. The advantage of a low-end midrange package such as QBE is the hand-holding that is built into the package. Also, this can be framed as a growth step towards the day that a full ERP package such as NAV will be implemented. Set the parameters that would prompt board and management to trigger the transition step to a more robust system (complexity of production, revenue, number of facilities, expertise of staff with existing system, etc). You can frame it as "you have to learn to walk before you can run."

Above all, be prepared to stress the need to select a seasoned VAR who has a track record of success in your client's industry, manufacturing. Whether you choose MAS 500, QBE or Dynamics, that will be a critical factor in whether this project is considered a success or an abysmal failure. It will be a major component of cost so choose wisely.

Finally, target the implementation to be valid past the selected transition point so that your client's system takes into account the growth of the company. If you do this, you will be able to show how the current system will support the company's operations into the replacement system's transition so that there is continuity of functionality.

Regards,
JHS

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