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Position SAP Solutions to Bring Value to Your Manufacturing Business

February 17, 2021 | By: enosix

Ready to take your manufacturing operations to the next level? Here’s how to identify the right SAP solutions for your business.

Key Takeaways

  • SAP solutions can help manufacturers boost their productivity and efficiency, automate business processes, and improve the customer experience.
  • Before you integrate SAP into your operations, it is important to consider how these solutions can benefit the business now and in the future.
  • To get the most value out of SAP solutions, manufacturers should eliminate unnecessary systems, standardize essential processes, and monitor the results of their SAP integration.
  • Partnering with a company that specializes in SAP integration can help avoid hurdles and maximize the value of SAP solutions. 

Digital transformation in manufacturing drives productivity and efficiency. But, in order to take your manufacturing operations to new heights, you need to identify which digital solutions will best promote automation, flexibility, and efficiency in the context of your operations.

SAP digital solutions are must-haves for manufacturers. In fact, with the right SAP digital solutions in place, you can consistently meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global marketplace and drive real ROI for your digital transformation.

Identify your goals for manufacturing digital transformation

Before you invest in SAP, consider how you will quantify their value to your manufacturing operations. This will help you identify digital solutions that deliver optimal ROI.

As you explore these technologies and their potential value, here are three factors to consider:

1. Business goals

The goal of digital transformation is to create more high-performing and revenue-generating manufacturing operations across all departments. At the same time, you want to keep operating costs as low as possible and make sure your staff feels confident in their day-to-day roles so they can seamlessly complete more tasks with little to no supervision.

Ultimately, SAP can support all these goals. These technologies won’t necessarily require you to make drastic changes throughout your manufacturing operations; instead, you can explore solutions that integrate into your current operating processes and systems. With SAP solutions in place, your business can streamline its manufacturing operations and continuously get the most value out of them.

2. Insights

You want data-driven manufacturing operations so your staff can use the insights to make more informed decisions. As such, you need technologies that enable you to collect data from a wide range of sources. You also need technologies that provide near-real-time access to data and ensure your staff members can securely retrieve this information at their convenience.

SAP technologies let you capture data and transform it into actionable insights. For example, SAP data integration solutions are available that make it easy for employees to instantly access data from your SAP system. These solutions leverage SAP business logic and empower workers to use insights to eliminate duplicate work or errors commonly associated with rekeying transactions into your system.

3. Automation

Manufacturers that automate data collection can run fast, lean operations. In addition, they can gain visibility into their operations and find ways to bolster asset and equipment effectiveness, improve predictive maintenance, limit downtime, and keep their facilities running smoothly.

SAP allows you to digitally control, monitor, and automate your manufacturing operations. These technologies provide near-real-time information that you can use to identify ways to enhance operational visibility. Plus, they can provide insights into manufacturing processes, so you can detect and resolve issues before they get out of hand. SAP technologies can even help you uncover ways to optimize your productivity, margin, and quality levels and increase customer satisfaction.

3 steps to maximize the value of your SAP solutions

SAP ERP and other digital solutions offer a great starting point to realize the full potential of your manufacturing operations. These solutions can drive productivity and efficiency as they help simplify and improve your manufacturing processes. They also empower your staff with comprehensive insights they can use to eliminate errors, improve the customer experience, and meet market demands.

Of course, merely running SAP solutions is insufficient. Here’s what you need to do to maximize the value of these solutions:

1. Prioritize simplicity

Identify which systems are necessary to support your employees and how SAP solutions can be integrated into these systems to simplify workflow and communication. This allows you to eliminate redundancies and avoid the complexity that otherwise hampers the ROI of your technology investments. It also ensures you can minimize the time and costs associated with your SAP integration.

2. Standardize your business processes

Establish standard processes for your manufacturing operations. These processes should be built on industry best practices and shared with your workforce. They should be applied to SAP application change management, too.

With standard processes in place, you can find the places in your operation where automation makes sense. You can then leverage SAP solutions to automate processes and track the results of your efforts. Over time, you will be able to document how the automated processes speed up your operations and improve your efficiency, which can be quantified to evaluate ROI. These processes will also free up time for your workers and allow them to focus exclusively on high-value tasks.

3. Optimize your operations

Use key performance indicators (KPIs) to monitor the value of your SAP integration. KPIs to track include:

  • Customer satisfaction
  • Profitability
  • Revenue growth

Data analysis lets you assess the ROI of your SAP implementation. If you perform ongoing analysis, you can identify strengths and weaknesses across your operations. You can use these insights to optimize your operations and maximize the value of your SAP integration.   

Discover which SAP solutions are right for your manufacturing operations

If you are currently using SAP or considering integrating SAP solutions into your manufacturing operations, partnering with enosix can be beneficial. We offer a patent-pending platform certified for SAP ECC and S/4HANA that delivers bidirectional integrations between your SAP ERP system and front-end systems up to 90% faster than comparable options.

Our highly scalable technology sits inside your SAP system, so it can quickly and easily access your existing SAP processes, custom fields, business logic, and security. We also provide a humanized interface that simplifies development work, with implementation times up to 90% shorter than custom projects.

We are here to discuss our SAP solutions and help you explore ways to maximize the ROI of your SAP integration. To learn more, request a demo or contact us today.