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Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 ERP manufacturing module streamlines manufacturing operations

Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 ERP manufacturing module streamlines manufacturing operations

As opposed to its original intended design as an accounting software, the Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 have advanced into a dynamic ERP software with robust manufacturing functionalities. With its broad selection of features and functionalities, it has served many businesses involved in manufacturing in the small and mid-market class. To gain a better perception of its manufacturing capabilities, it is recommended to fully understand the benefits and the advantages of each module and how they systematize the manufacturing process.

Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200, being an ERP software, takes pride in their powerful manufacturing module with extensive functions alongside with three of the most crucial components in the manufacturing stage, the Work Order Processing, Material Requirements Planning also known as MRP, and lastly Bill of Materials which is also known as BOM.

In addition, the three are not the only modules inside the manufacturing management module product; it also incorporates Sales Order, Purchase Order as well as Inventory Management. These modules will provide automatic functions related to manufacturing management without the need for you, the manufacturing manager, to do manually.

The three fundamental modules of an ERP manufacturing software are:

1. Material Requirements Planning – Throughout all stages in the manufacturing process, it is actually MRP that requires a lot of time. This particular stage has to be carefully planned in order to generate an efficient manufacturing process and also to avoid problems in the process. Lack of materials can cause stoppage in the process and may actually damage the project causing more expenses, utilizing Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200’s MRP, purchase scheduling turns into efficient and successful planning which gives streamlined outcomes. MRP informs managers what materials are needed, when they are needed and how many are required. This allows you to have sufficient availability of materials on hand.

2. Bill of Materials – a list of materials must go through various levels of processing before coming up with a finished good. By using BOM, managers will know precisely what kinds of materials are necessary to be able to come up a finished product. Manufacturing managers will be advised with detailed billing reports, production track record along with material requirements. In conclusion, Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 Bill of Materials informs what are the materials needed to produce the finished item.

3. Work Order – is the primary element involved in the Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 manufacturing module. Using Work Order you can track down manufacturing progression status in real time, make work schedules, generate work orders and even keeping track of work costs and much more. WO may integrate easily with different modules in order to make a robust ERP software.

In developing a finished product, it takes a detailed list including the quantities of materials to be used for instance raw materials, intermediate assemblies, sub-assemblies, sub-components, components, and other parts. Aided by the BOM of Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200, manufacturing managers are provided with precise and descriptive reports concerning billing, material requirements and production record. The bottom line is, with BOM, you are aware of exactly what you must have to create your end product.

In addition, there are three more modules which make up the whole manufacturing management solution of Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200. So that you could achieve a powerful manufacturing and distribution system, supervisors should have an efficient inventory procedure that can be made possible with the Inventory Management module. This is yet another very important element in manufacturing management; inefficient inventory system can easily cease your manufacturing operations, causes delivery and shipping delays, over and under stocking can impact your financial statements, and forces you to miss sales opportunities.

In the case that you happen to be running out of the stocks, the Purchase Order (PO) module generates purchase orders automatically to ensure you will have sufficient stocks on hand. Additionally, it maintains an accurate documentation of your transactions and executes various other important tasks. Sales Order (SO) module makes it easy for managers to keep an information about their clients, find out where to ship or mail the shipments as well as keep transaction reports. With SO, you will be aware of details on credit card deposits, the pricing of your items, costing, credit limits of your clients, and many more.

One of the best advantages of an ERP manufacturing software such as Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 is their automation capabilities for numerous manufacturing functions. Purchasing and sales order processing definitely will end up being more efficient. When there are sales orders, the Purchase Order module instantly produces purchase orders. Every module integrates with each other.

The bottom line is, with the manufacturing module of Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 things will be easier for you. You will get detailed information in all your business operations, transactions, histories, resources, costing, pricing, and instead of doing things manually, the software will do everything for you. There are a lot of things to say about what these great ERP manufacturing software are capable of, they have to be tested and used to be fully understood, assessed and appreciated. In recent times, thousands of corporations within the manufacturing industry have testified and credited Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 as one of the contributors to their growth.


What is a Two Tier ERP

What is a Two Tier ERP

We’ve discussed “What is ERP?”, but now its time to take a look at two tier ERPs, and some of the benefits that NetSuite offers for those looking for a two tier approach.

A two tier ERP is a concept or approach that is generally used in larger organizations. Oftentimes, larger organizations have multiple lines of business and / or multiple companies running independent from each other. These companies, most likely, have different target customer segments, different inventory product requirements, and may be serving unique geographical markets. Each line of business, when looked at from their perspective, must be able to take care of their own business requirements. However, this may not serve the interest of a corporate parent who wants to be able to consolidate results of its subsidiaries as well as have some level of governance.

Two tier systems often make sense to the management because they want to be able to act quickly while producing some level of autonomy for each subsidiary. I am a strong believer of a single instance architecture. But I am realistic. It may be next to impossible to achieve this depending on the situation. Here are some criteria where Two Tier may make sense: -The parent ERP is too complex to adopt for a small business unit. -The cost is prohibitive for the smaller business unit to own the parent ERP. -Certain local or regional regulatory requirements can not be met. -Key functionality is missing from the parent ERP.

NetSuite works to have an offer for organizations that face these challenges. In some respects, the NetSuite OneWorld product is seeking to be the Parent ERP. Of course, it is all one system and it works very well if the criteria noted above is met. At the same time, NetSuite is pitching to larger companies to be part of a two tier structure; not as the main ERP but as a sub ERP.

NetSuite has recently won some major clients that are two tiered. For example, see these articles: -Qualcomm -Olympus (video) -Torstar Digital

At the same time, they have a great success story with OneWorld acting as a single instance for GroupOn.

The reality is that as companies grow, so do their demanding requirements. Today, there are very few business management systems that can truly make a Single Instance offer. The choices really open up if you go Two Tier. But make no mistake, you will require a major investment to integrate, train people, and maintain these systems on an ongoing basis. NetSuite’s technical architecture makes it pretty easy to integrate with; but it will require work. Two-tier has become much easier due to integration platforms, such as Boomi or Mulesoft.

Finally, two tier ERP is different from Best of Breed often adopted by smaller organizations who aren’t holding the entire consequence of a fragmented technical architecture. Please see my article, “Best-of-Breed Business Systems: Traps & Lies”. The same considerations apply for two-tier ERP. Ideally, get the entire business, on a single instance. If the boundary is a subsidiary, then so be it.

Copyright © Marty Zigman 2011

Marty Zigman, founder of Prolecto Resources, the leading Southern California consultancy serving Ventura, Los Angeles, and Orange Counties, leads companies to advanced growth through NetSuite based implementations and innovations. Marty’s organization has developed scalable eCommerce systems for companies such as Time Warner and Bank of America which processed over $1.6 billion in order revenue within 12 months. Marty Zigman, a previous CPA and Deloitte & Touche consultant, brings a unique perspective to how business systems can lead to increased enterprise value and competitive advantages. http://blog.prolecto.comTwo Tier ERP is an approach used by management when it is too difficult to get on one single system across multiple business subsidiaries. Learn more about this case..