FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

Here can you find all Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs – related to enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, Epicor ERP, and Data V Tech:


ERP examples are:

  • Epicor ERP
  • NetSuite ERP
  • Odoo
  • Acumatica
  • Rossum
  • Method CRM
  • Kechie ERP
  • Scoro

Here are some common MES systems:

  • Epicor Advanced MES (Mattec)
  • Hydra MES.
  • Bluestreak.
  • IQMS MES.
  • AutoSuite.
  • IMCO – CIMAG MES.
  • FactoryPRO.
  • Wonderware MES/Operations.
  • FactoryLogix.

ERP tools combine specific data and important indicators from various sources, including finance, human resources, operations, manufacturing, sales, and marketing. 

ERP stands for enterprise resource planning. 

MES stands for Manufacturing Execution System.

A manufacturing execution system (MES) technically connects and monitors machines and work centers on the factory floor. An MES’s primary goal is to ensure the successful implementation of manufacturing operations and improve production efficiency.

MES in Epicor Kinetic (ERP) refers to the Production Management module. Its objective is to centralize data from the shop floor and assist managers in decision-making. The data entry is manual. Therefore, most manufacturers have decided to integrate Epicor Advanced MES (also known as Mattec) into the ERP system to automate the entire operation. 

Epicor Advanced MES is a manufacturing execution system suited to plastic molders, repetitive manufacturers, and those with an assembly process involving multiple machines. Its design aims to help floor operators to monitor and optimize their plant operations.

ERP stands for enterprise resource planning. They are general business management software solutions. It is a system that includes many modules related to all business aspects. (See Epicor Kinetic as an example.)

Its objectives are to enable a unique, central database shared between various departments and to assist the management, such as CEOs and directors, in planning and managing resources effectively.

 

CRM is the program that streamlines customer communications with the business. It hinges on and facilitates the interactions between customers and the company.

ERP software solutions assist businesses in managing their business operations, increasing organizational productivity, and cutting costs.

Here is the non-exclusive list of the benefits of an ERP system: 

  • Enhanced business insight from reports’ real-time information
  • Lower operating costs by streamlining business procedures and implementing best practices
  • Increased data sharing across users in contracts, requisitions, and purchase orders
  • A typical user experience across multiple business functions and clearly defined business processes, improving efficiency and leading to higher user adoption rates
  • Infrastructure that is the same from the back office to the front office and facilitates all company activities
  • Enhanced data integrity and financial management to lower risk
  • Lower management and operational costs through uniform and integrated systems

A typical ERP implementation process consists of five steps: Prepare, Plan, Design, Validate, and Deploy.

Each stage includes a series of segments with its inputs, tools, techniques, and deliverables.

E.g. Epicor’s implementation methodology includes multiple built-in sign-off processes. The aim is to ensure each party’s satisfaction throughout the project before moving to the next group of milestones.

As one of Epicor’s leading ERP implementors, Data V Tech ensures the software integration into the business operation will not disrupt the ongoing growth.

Here are the minimum qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree,
  • Five years of relevant experience (e.g., in business administration, project management, or related fields),
  • Technical abilities.

Some employers may require a master’s degree. Then, you also have to master specific skills, e.g., consultancy, performing diagnostic tests and resolving issues, installing and integrating ERP software/apps, and providing training and support for end-users. (See examples.)

Programming languages, e.g., Python, Java, JavaScript, C#, and C/C++, are ERP languages.

It depends.

The idea that ERP software is too challenging for organizations to learn was rampant. However, many companies have succeeded in such implementation, and their employees are mastering the software. That is clear proof that some ERP systems can be easy to learn.

Please remember that consulting firms are critical in training and transferring knowledge to users. Such a factor can also simplify the learning process.

There are several reasons why an ERP career is a promising job. We are living in a digital, ever-changing era, and most companies are ceasing the chance to digitalize and automate their businesses. In other words, countless enterprises worldwide need ERP to grow their businesses, regardless of size.

Thanks to globalization and increasing global mobility, a well-trained ERP consultant has numerous career opportunities nationwide and worldwide. 

An ERP consultant must master multiple skills, varying between projects and teams (see examples). Here are some typical ones:

  • Information technology skills.
  • Effective computer literacy.
  • Management skills.
  • Leadership.
  • Analytical skills.
  • Data analysis.
  • Organizational skills.
  • Effective communication skills.

The common ERP implementation strategies include the following steps:

  • plan and prepare personnel and budget,
  • define all customer’s demands,
  • design the appropriate solutions,
  • evaluate,
  • develop, test, and document the method,
  • select the right project leaders and allocate resources,
  • deploy software and customize the system when required,
  • conduct training,
  • create a mobile app version when necessary,
  • continue follow-up support

Please keep in mind the order of these steps can vary between projects.

Here are seven common mistakes in ERP implementation:

  1. Buying more modules than needed.
  2. Focusing on one or some departments instead of the whole enterprise.
  3. Lack of testing before the project goes live.
  4. Forgetting to verify claims.
  5. Setting unrealistic goals and possibly in an unrealistic timeframe.
  6. Recruiting the wrong people.
  7. Failing to analyze operational impacts.

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An ERP consultant is usually in charge of multiple tasks, varying between projects and teams (see examples). Here are some typical ones:

  • Work with the project manager and customers and develop ERP training programs and plan
  • Conduct hands-on training sessions with lead consultants
  • Provide software instruction and solutions to customer questions and processes.
  • Work with customers probably all over the world.
  • Design workflow and processes.
  • Provide help to customers for process testing and validation.
  • Learn and utilize internal tools and technology for project progress purposes.
  • Provide help and guidance to customers for data conversion and how-to-validate data.
  • Work with the development team to provide the customer with a design and configuration document corresponding to the recommended solutions and process.
  • Continuously improve skills with new modules and new version releases of the software.
  • Participate in testing and developing guidance for new products.

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) analysts solve information technology-specific issues at organizations. They master various solutions, have solid consulting skills, and understand business operations. Usually, they need a bachelor’s degree in computer science or information technology and fluency in some specific platforms.

Here are some of their typical tasks:

  • Work closely with clients to identify issues and requirements, analyze operational procedures, develop business process solutions, prepare work flowcharts, and make database configurations.
  • Ensure correct data transfer to subsequent support interfaces.
  • Monitor EDI processes for consistency and quality maintenance.
  • Preserve interfaces between applications for accounts, order management, and purchase orders.
  • Perform daily maintenance of ERP systems.
  • Generate monthly, quarterly, and annual reports.
  • Troubleshoot ERP systems
  • Convey helpful information to their teams while adhering to timelines.

MES and ERP are separate systems that can function independently yet complement each other and optimize manufacturing operations to a far-reaching standard.

ERP systems encompass all facets of an enterprise into one single information system. For example, employees in planning and scheduling have access to the same data as the staff in financial management. All the data is available in real-time, allowing production managers to make faster, better-informed business decisions.

Meanwhile, an MES works as a bridge between your manufacturing shop floor systems (e.g., machines and supervisory systems) and your business, planning, and logistics systems (i.e., your ERP).

Integrating MES and ERP provides a single source of data throughout your organization. While ERP shows you what needs to be done to improve production outputs, MES shows you how.

You can approach some universities and higher education majoring in ERP Software Solutions, for instance: Victoria University (Australia)

However, you also can take part in some online courses, such as:

  • Enterprise Systems on Coursera.
  • ERP System for free: Dolibarr ERP, Basic Business Management on Udemy.

At Data V Tech, we are willing to train ERP freshers when you join our Internship.

There are three types of ERP, i.e., ERP in a box, large scale or complex ERP, and intermediate or flexible ERP. Here are more details:

1/ERPs in a box

Some enterprise resource planning solutions are simple to install and use but cannot be easily adjusted or altered. This group is usually called “ERP in a box” systems. They are prepared for installation and usage right away for essential company operations. These ERPs are pretty rigid and lack the flexibility to install add-ons. However, they can save a small business a lot of money.

2/ Large Scale/ Complex ERPs

Large, complicated ERP systems are easier to comprehend when viewed as a framework. A business offers a foundation to build a particular piece of software. These ERPs need endless hours of development and consultation because developers must start from scratch to produce a highly specialized final product.

3/ Intermediate/ Flexible ERPs

These ERP systems lie between large-scale ERP systems and Boxed ERPs. They offer great versatility and are customizable to meet your specific needs. They may also function right out of the box. Intermediate ERP systems are quite affordable and perfect for small to medium-sized businesses.

  • Everyone interested in learning more about ERP implementation.
  • Students interested in ERP professions, especially those specialized in management or engineering.
  • Project managers that want to grow in their careers by managing ERP projects.

Early in the 1960s, enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems were in their infancy.

The tractor and other construction equipment company JI Case collaborated with their IT partner IBM on the project to develop ERP.

They enhanced the so-called Materials Requirements Planning (MRP) software to invent the first complete ERP systems in the 1990s. 

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