It may be hard to believe, but we are already entering the third quarter of 2017. With every passing day our carefully laid strategies are forced to deal with the realities of shifting priorities, market limitations and meeting the ambitious goals set at the New Year.
After the dust settles, many manufacturers utilize this time of the year to reset and focus on what needs to happen to meet their goals. This often leads to reaching out to software and solution providers to solve their production problems.
Though everyone is ready to talk about expanding budgets January 1st, as the year goes on, they lose focus and start making excuses. The project is too big, or not what they expected or some other problem took precedence. By the end of the year, they end up right where they were the previous year, and the cycle begins again.
The solution, and improved production, is closer than these companies realize. In 2017, our goal has been to deliver solutions that help manufacturers and improve efficiency. From our experience, there are three reasons companies wait on a manufacturing software solution: money, risk and fear.
Eliminating Manufacturing Software Indecision
Money is a concern for every business. Many software projects fail because the team focuses on the price tag and cost rather than the ROI. Years ago, when all software solutions were exorbitantly priced and complex, the ROI was measured in years. Today, with the advent of modern software technology, a powerful off-the-shelf software solution will deliver an ROI in less than 9 months. Start your project by considering what the problems you want to solve cost the business. Look for a system that will solve problems and fit your budget. Look at the value beyond the initial price tag and consider the ROI. Software won’t only solve problems, but accumulate value.
Risk keeps many projects from ever starting, even when there is a compelling need for a solution. Many Manufacturers recognize change is needed, but without a guaranteed benefit they hesitate. In their mind, a software solution is a factor they can’t adequately anticipate, and a failed project can negatively impact the whole business. Today, there are steps a company can take to minimize risk. Start with a pilot program. Test the software in a single area or production line before rolling it out to the whole plant. Look for software that supports an agile phased implementation with scaleability, helping minimize disruption and allowing for greater control of the implementation process.
Fear motivates many manufacturers to find excuses rather than solve problems. Many fear the software solution will be worse than their current situation. They fear the impact on the company and co-workers. They fear the resource cost – IT is already overworked and understaffed, and there is no way they can possibly support another system. There may be other problems, such as outdated planning or an existing software system that may be difficult to integrate, causing hesitation. Identify these fears early in the process and engage the software supplier in a solution. Often through open dialogue you will discover the solution is much easier than you think.
A Promise for Improved Production
Make 2017 the year you eliminate errors and modernize your manufacturing operations. At CIMx, we’re here to walk with you every step of the way. For many, the first step is the hardest, but once you identify a solution, the benefit will greatly exceed the cost.
Reach out to CIMx today and discover how we can solve your production problems and help you meet your 2017 goals.