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SOFTWARE EVALUATION AND SELECTION

MRP II AND ERP SOFTWARE SELECTION 


Software selection is a major milestone in the journey to improved performance. MRP II is part of the foundation that must be in place to become a World Class Competitor. D. R. Rice Company provides in in-depth, unbiased approach to selecting software being marketed as MRP II and ERP systems.

Our basic approach is to help make you self-sufficient in evaluating and selecting software. Our consulting and education focuses on understanding both the process of evaluating software, and the functionality that must be present to make MRP II a success in your company.

We arm your people with the tools to do an independent, in depth evaluation, and then coach them through the process.

Here’s how the process typically works:
bulletOne day meeting to discuss objectives and the status of the project-to-date, before the research and analysis phase begins.
bulletFour day MRP II and Supply Chain Management Workshop (2 to 4 weeks later). This is a tailored class covering fundamental concepts of Supply Chain Management, Resource Management and Logistics, Sales & Operations Planning, Master Scheduling, Sales Planning and Demand Management, Materials Requirements Planning, Data Management, Capacity Management, Plant Scheduling, Supplier Scheduling, Financial Integration, and Performance Measurement.
bulletOne to two day Software Survival Seminar (immediately following).   The Software Survival Seminar covers problems and pitfalls, determining the functionality needed to support MRP II and other key business functions, the evaluation process, etc. Here’s an outline of the normal content:
bulletProblems and Pitfalls
bulletTrends in Software
bulletWhat to Expect Today
bulletUpgrading versus Replacing
bulletFunctional Requirements of MRP II
bulletEvaluating Software and Making the Decision
bulletNegotiating Contracts
bulletSurviving Software That’s Already Chosen, Accommodating Existing Systems and Pockets of Excellence.

bulletOne day follow up meeting (2 to 4 weeks later) to review and finalize functional requirements list, identify initial candidates, finalize the strategy to contact suppliers for first cut evaluation.
bulletOne day follow up meeting (2 to 4 weeks later) to cut the list to 3-4 finalists (if necessary).
bulletFollow up meetings about every 2-4 weeks to review progress and findings, coaching on how to conduct software analysis, coaching on contract negotiation, etc.

INDEPENDENT EVALUATION OF MRP II AND ERP SOFTWARE FUNCTIONALITY

We are also staffed to conduct in-depth evaluations of MRP II/ERP software on a contract basis. Primary features of these evaluations include:
bulletWritten from the consumers point of view. We put ourselves in the consumers position and asked "what would we have to do to make the software actually work for resource planning and scheduling. If a package does not provide the proper and normal functionality required to operate effectively, our evaluation explains the problem and indicates the way the software should be modified to provide the proper functionality.
bulletBased on a standard accepted industry-wide. Software packages are compared to the functionality defined in the MRP II Standard System. This Standard System is based on what has been proven to work by companies operating at Class A levels of performance.
bulletComprehensive and in-depth. A surface analysis of software packages is inadequate to anticipate and eliminate surprises in putting the system on the air. The Standard System is approximately 350 pages long. Individual evaluations usually range upwards from 75 pages.
bulletClear, concise, with a point by point format. The MRP II Standard System and the individual evaluations cover each of the functions that should be included in an MRP II system. The format of the evaluations was carefully chosen to be clear to the user and provide an easy comparison of one software package to another. A summary is provided for each functional topic to condense the main points of the topic.
bulletBased on extensive experience with MRP II and MRP II software. We've worked with a number of Class A MRP II companies, and in the last 20 years, have been involved in hundreds of software decisions that led to successful implementations. The opinions expressed in the software evaluations come from a huge block of experience in making MRP II and ERP systems work.

TOPICS COVERED BY THE EVALUATIONS

Software evaluations cover the following functions:

bulletBasic architecture
bulletSales & Operations Planning
bulletDemand management and forecasting
bulletMaster production scheduling and rough cut capacity planning
bulletMaterial requirements planning
bulletCapacity requirements planning
bulletDistribution resource planning
bulletBills of material
bulletInventory transactions
bulletScheduled receipts systems
bulletPlant and work center scheduling
bulletPurchasing and supplier scheduling
bulletFinancial planning interfaces
bulletSimulation
bulletPerformance measurement
bulletHuman engineering 

Over the years over 50 commercial software packages have been evaluated, written up and offered as off-the-shelf software evaluations. Today however, most software is evaluated on an as needed basis for a specific client.

             


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