BPI ERP: Why They Need to Go Together

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As a result of many engagements at Ultra, we have learned that Business Process Improvement (BPI) leads to Business Performance Improvement. We have confirmed that BPI is the key to gaining business performance supported by ERP technology, thus the need for BPI ERP working together. A few years ago, I heard the late Dr. Eliyahu Goldratt, … [Read more...]

What is the Best ERP Solution for Aerospace or Defense Contracting Firms?

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Many firms in the aerospace and defense market are long time users of ERP, having invested heavily in MRP and MRP II systems in the 1970’s and 80’s. As you know, these early systems are the ancestors to today’s modern ERP systems. In fact, the concepts of MRP itself were develop by these firms during World War II. But with the rapidly changing … [Read more...]

Are you running your business on Excel? Here’s Some Things to Think About

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As we help our clients through their ERP selection processes, one of the first things we do is work to get a solid understanding of how their business operates on a day-to-day basis. One common thread we see with nearly all of our customers is a heavy dependency on Excel spreadsheets. Shockingly enough, Ultra has worked with companies who rely on … [Read more...]

How to Select the Right ERP for Chemical Industry

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In this blog, we will be discussing the how to select the right ERP for the chemical industry. But, we believe at Ultra that when any company, despite industry specifications, is looking at software, they should be looking at the “five factors of success.” These factors combined with a few industry specific tips are the building blocks of our … [Read more...]

Webinar Spotlight: IFS Solutions for Process Manufacturers

A couple weeks ago as part of our November Webinar series, IFS presented a 90-minute session introducing and demonstrating their solution for the process manufacturing industry. IFS is a company with many capabilities, but has an especially strong presence in the food and beverage industry, a main component of process manufacturing. With many food … [Read more...]

An Introduction to Ultra and Our Role in the ERP Project Management Plan

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We at Ultra Consultants participate in hundreds of projects a year. A majority of these projects revolve around Business Process Improvement, ERP selection, ERP Implementation and Change Management. But whatever the type of project, we have found that a strong ERP Project Management plan is the most influential factor in separating the successful … [Read more...]

Apax and The Exact Software Buyout: Will It Happen?

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In a press release on October 9th, 2014 Exact Software announced they are in negotiations to be purchased by Apax, a UK-based private equity firm focused on long-term growth companies in multiple industries, including technology. Exact is probably best known in the United States for its JobBoss ERP system, which has a significant user base of small … [Read more...]

Top Things to Consider When Looking for the Best Solution for Medical Device ERP

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After countless ERP projects, Ultra Consultants knows that selecting an ERP software solution is about much more than just functionality and price point. When looking for the right fit, keep the following considerations in mind, especially if you are on the hunt for the best medical device ERP solution: Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) – an ideal … [Read more...]