You do it all. Why can’t your technology?
You make. You sell. You distribute. You service.
In other words, you are your own supply chain. You are an “all in one” manufacturer.
And if that’s you, chances are high that you’re struggling to keep up in a fast-paced, digitally focused marketplace.
With so many moving pieces to track, taking time to update your technology hardly seems like a luxury you can afford. At the same time, you find yourself treading water and unable to sustain any measurable growth. Predicting and responding to customer demands is a consistent problem.
At each step along the supply chain, outdated systems make it difficult to identify products that are moving slowly or are out of stock. Left unresolved, these issues lead to discounts, lost orders, higher inventory costs and lost customers.
Customized manufacturing systems slowing you down?
Most “all in one” manufacturers rely on highly customized on-premise technology solutions. A software system designed for your precise needs works like a charm — for a time. But as your business continues to grow, you have to continually add customizations to keep the system working the way you need it.
As your legacy on-premise system ages, it can actually cost you money. It:
- Eats up your profits every time you have to update the system
- Costs time and money to train new employees on a highly customized system
- Leads to inaccurate inventory counts when you’re constantly looking at old data
- Affects customer service when you can’t deliver as quickly as your competitors
It’s tempting to stick with the status quo. After all, your ERP for manufacturing software was customized specifically for your business, and it’s still functioning adequately.
But you don’t have to settle. You can implement cloud-based technology that will allow you to keep up with the fast-paced changes in your industry, increasing customer satisfaction and business profitability.
Turn multiple systems into one efficient business management solution
Many all-in-one manufacturers are in a highly customized industry. Perhaps you make a specific set of tools for the agriculture, trucking, food or health industry. You might have one business division that researches and develops new tools, another that makes them and still another that services your company’s highly specialized pieces of equipment.
When you have multiple facets of your business, it might seem like there’s no alternative to owning multiple software systems. Surely, there’s no “all in one” dream solution that can solve all your technology-based problems … is there?
Perhaps there is not one solution, but there is one suite of fully integrated solutions that can do the trick. The Microsoft technology stack is designed with companies like yours in mind. You don’t have to make do with multiple bolt-on products and silos of information in different systems.
Connect manufacturing to other operations with Microsoft cloud
Microsoft’s cloud-based ERP and CRM software systems for manufacturing and distribution work together as one, cohesive solution. Connected business applications allow you to take complete ownership of your operations with a 360-degree view. With connected data and a comprehensive business management solution you can:
- Allow sales to see what inventory is available so they can accurately promise delivery
- Forecast based on current orders and recent trends
- Give manufacturing the time needed to resource based on demands
- Identify which items are most profitable
- Track an item from sales quote all the way to shipping
- Ensure compliance with industry and governmental regulations
Built-in artificial intelligence uses your company’s real-time data to help you spot industry trends and forecast for the future. This allows you to improve operational efficiency, provide better customer service and increase profitability.
Pivot quickly with Microsoft Power Platform
The technology industry is moving at top speed toward self-serve solutions with low-code options, business intelligence tools and AI-powered cloud. Microsoft is at the cutting edge of these citizen development solutions. With its Power Platform toolset Microsoft software can help you adapt quickly to changes in your business. Boyer and the Power Platform can then help you:
- Create a self-serve portal for clients to improve customer service
- Connect disparate systems and avoid duplicate data entry
- Create time-saving automations between business segments
- Report in real-time using aggregated data to create one source of truth
With Microsoft’s all-in-one technology stack, we can help you build quickly, automate processes and report in real-time across multiple business divisions. For example, the Power Platform can help you combine data from your ERP for manufacturing with your CRM for distribution.
Whereas most on-premise customizations require code development, today’s Microsoft cloud solutions allow a business to extend the functionality of their core business applications. These low-code options minimize the risk of broken code that lead to so many system breaks in on-premise solutions. Less down-time means more sales, happier customers and increased profitability.
Manufacturing & Distribution verticals we support include:
Medical Equipment & Instruments
Industrial Machinery, Instruments & Supplies
Farming Machinery & Supplies
Electrical Components, Apparatus & Equipment
Specialized Metals or Plastics
Improving efficiency, one step at a time
You shouldn’t have to “make do” with your technology. Nor should you have to wait until you have the time and money to replace every piece of software — That’s simply never going to happen.
Instead, plan out your system improvements and start with one small piece where you can gain the most efficiency. At Boyer, we start with a solution blueprint. This allows you to make a strategic plan for your future technology improvements — Start small and win big with Microsoft ERP & CRM for manufacturing & distribution.
Step one might be getting your largest system to the cloud. Cloud-based systems are more adaptable to change and easier to integrate. Step two might be an automation between that system and a customized on-premise piece that you’re just not quite ready to leave.
You don’t have to get from A to Z in one giant leap. With the Microsoft tech stack, you can improve your processes and technology one step at a time. And because it is a fully integrated system, you can be confident that the next piece will work seamlessly with your most recent improvement.
The right tools will give you the power to improve your company’s efficiency and ROI. We can help you get on the cloud, integrate your systems into one cohesive solution and continue building for the future.
“I think when it comes to technology it’s never going to be 100 percent smooth and no partner can promise that, but that’s where Boyer sets itself apart … It’s how their people act when things don’t go quite as planned.”
Britt Pangerl, Business Systems Administrator at Gamer Packaging