The pressure is on every chemical company worldwide to proactively address the industry challenges and to protect or grow market share. An important part of the strategy must be Enterprise Applications. Can a chemical manufacturer keep up without an industry leading ERP system? A manual system, one that is a mix of manual and spreadsheets or an ERP installed for a number of years, does not give the mid-size manufacturer a competitive platform to address these pressures. The lack of a competitive platform means expensive and time-consuming efforts to meet customer demands, and the growing weight of regulations. The lack of a competitive platform limits a company’s ability to benefit from or protect its markets against globalization and other threats.
Enterprise applications have proven to bring many benefits to chemical environments, but gaining these benefits requires the selection of a solution that can deal with the unique needs of these businesses. Although a handful of vendors claim they can support these needs, some first-class options exist. Only by focusing on the requirements that will make or break the project will the chemical operation select the right solution and gain these benefits.
Learn the right questions to ask of your potential ERP solution partners, to ensure that your vendor not only knows the chemical industry, but has the technology that is designed to increase your competitiveness.
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