Here are the most important features for small and mid-sized businesses. from the manufacturing perspective. 

 

This is a list from the Small Business User perspective. Every module is exploded to technical feature level, so you could easily understand logic underneath.

 

  • Robust Inventory
  • ManagementMRP (Manufacturing Resource Planning)
  • Shop Floor Management / Shop Floor Control 
  • Good integration
  • The mobile app
  • Business Reporting (BI)

 

 

 

Robust Inventory Management

Heart of the system or foundation is based on efficient and precise inventory management. Inventory management should be robust with high granularity to guarantee great precision and future scalability. Some of the basic features are:

  • Serials#, Lot#, SKU’s #, Part#. 
  • Track barcodes and enable label printing. 
  • Position tracking by warehouses, shelves.
  • Current stock levels.
  • Expiration dates.

MRP (Manufacturing Resource Planning)

allows your products to be scheduled and forecasted produces a complete material plan which determines the quantities and delivery schedules of needed components.

  • Bill of materials
  • Expected dates
  • Material availability
  • Book/reserve
  • Reorder
  • Backorder
  • Service attached
  • Dropship materials
  • Contracting

 Shop Floor Management / Shop Floor Control 

is a real-time database of shop floor activity including new work, current work–in–progress and completions. As work moves through the plant and operations are completed, you receive instant feedback so you can respond effectively.

  • Time capture
  • Material capture
  • Worker capture
  • Machine capture
  • Scrap capture
  • Location 

Order management 

Order management involves multiple steps that have to be processed for efficient order fulfillment.

 Order management is required to speed up all phases of order fulfillment and provide a quick solution to customers for order related queries. In a nutshell, Order management is designed to take care of the whole process of order fulfillment.

  • Source
  • Availability
  • Backordering (Manufacturing, Dropsiping, Contracting, Procurement)
  • Multi-currency
  • Omni-channel support
  • Presales operations (easy quoting, estimates)
  • Deadline
  • Expected date

 

Business Reporting (BI) with a complete overview of your operations.

Good reporting should contain all of the basic methods to manipulate large datasets, like:

  • Export to CSV, excel
  • Data Drilling
  • Grouping
  • Sorting
  • Filtering
  • Charting

 

Good integration

is another very important feature or module that is enabling great flexibility and expand the limits of the system. Some of the most important integrations that you should expect or look for;

  • Accounting e.g Quickbooks Online, Xero.
  • Shipping supporting FedEx, UPS, USPS, etc.
  • eCommerce 
  • Cloud drives like Google Drive or Microsoft one drive, Dropbox, etc
  • Payment gateways like stripe, square, etc.

 

The mobile app that supports all modules and enables you to segment

the data entry process and data analysis. Capturing data, at the moment when data is generated, is the best way to ensure system stability and precision.

Examples of Mobile app applications:

  • The sales team in the filed
  • Installation 
  • Time captuing (Stopwatch)
  • Global positioning