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Manufacturing Industry

Manufacturing ERP Software: ERP Solutions for Manufacturers

Meet Demand with Automated & Flexible Manufacturing Operations

Growth-focused manufacturers play a vital role in producing goods that are essential for our daily lives. However, like any business, manufacturing organizations face pressure to improve their operational efficiency, reduce operation and maintenance costs, and increase business profitability. To achieve these management goals, manufacturing companies need to have a comprehensive view of their business operations and automate processes throughout the organization, including financials, production management, inventory management, and supply chain management. One of the most effective ways to achieve this is by implementing a cloud-based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system that has been built for growth-focused manufacturing companies

Add an SAP solution to your considerations list! Clients of all sizes come to Navigator to find the SAP ERP system that is the right fit for their current and future manufacturing needs.

Discover a configurable cloud-built ERP solutions specific to the requirements of your growing manufacturing business

Explore SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition for Manufacturing

No one has a no-growth strategic plan! The question of why your company needs a scalable ERP system is most likely brought up by manufacturing growing pain, outdated/manual processes or industrial market dynamics your company is experiencing.


As a manufacturing business, is your growth limited by:

  • Time-consuming and error-prone manual data entry and processes
  • Lack of visibility into your financial operations
  • Inventory shortages and missed supply chain deadlines
  • Outdated manufacturing systems and processes that leave the core of your business disconnected and siloed
  • Legacy systems that are expensive to maintain and difficult to integrate into
  • The ability to meet business compliance requirements

Fuse Cloud Agility with Data-driven Intelligence

SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud is for manufacturers of all sizes, from small businesses to large enterprises. It is particularly well-suited for manufacturers who are looking to improve their production efficiency, reduce costs, and improve the quality of their products.

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What are the Benefits of Manufacturing ERP Software for Businesses

The right cloud-based manufacturing ERP system (SAP Business ByDesign or SAP S/4HANA Cloud, public edition) provides a centralized platform for managing all business operations. This software can help manufacturing organizations streamline their accounting and financial management, production management, supply chain management, customer relationship management, pricing strategy, reporting and analytics, workflow automation, configuration and integration, inventory management, mobile access, automation, and business and scalability.  These software features and the use of process automation supported by (AI, Machine Learning, and RPA) will help manufacturing organizations make data-driven decisions that are aligned with their strategic goals and reduce costs and increase efficiency across their manufacturing business operations.

Financial Management for Manufacturers

A cloud-based ERP software will help manufacturing companies improve their financial management by providing a centralized platform for automating and managing financial processes such as accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger, financial reporting, and forecasting. These accounting capabilities will help automate mundane processes and reduce errors, improve management accuracy, and provide real-time visibility into financial performance for your manufacturing business process. Cloud ERP manufacturing solutions delivered by Navigator will also help identify areas of financial waste, helping companies reach their sustainability goals and become more efficient with their processes.

Inventory Management for Manufacturers

Cloud ERP software allows companies to track inventory levels and movements across all locations (across departments, buildings, or countries), making it easier to manage stock levels and avoid supply chain stockouts. An end-to-end manufacturing ERP system helps identify slow-moving products and optimize business inventory levels, maximizing free cash flow. Real-time visibility and reporting are a must for growth-focused manufacturing companies.

Supply Chain Management for Manufacturers

Manufacturers need to manage their supply chain more effectively to reduce costs, improve supplier relationships, and ensure that materials and equipment are available for products when needed. Cloud-based ERP solutions with robust supply chain management helps provide manufacturing companies with the operational tools for inventory management, procurement, and supplier management. These manufacturing ERP features will help automate business processes and reporting, reduce costs, improve supplier relationships, and ensure that materials and equipment are available for production teams when needed. All with the goal of increasing inventory turn, lowering time in inventory, and getting products out on the market. With a clear view of the supply chain, manufacturing businesses can make informed decisions about when to order materials, how much to order, and from whom.

Production Management for Manufacturers

Cloud-based ERP solutions will help manufacturing companies manage production more efficiently by providing tools for production planning, inventory management, shop floor management, and production costing. These ERP capabilities can help ensure products are produced on time, within budget, with the required quality and at the right output levels. By providing real-time production updates, SAP ERP software reports help reduce the risk of manufacturing issues and improve customer satisfaction.

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Warehouse Management for Manufacturers

The integration of an advanced warehouse management system (WMS) with ERP can help extend inventory management functions beyond the ERP base inventory management features and help streamline complex warehouse operations. Accurately track inventory levels, manage stock rotation, and improve order fulfillment. Automate manual systems, such as order picking and packing, reducing the need for manual labor. Reduce the amount of capital tied up in inventory by improving inventory holding costs and optimizing order fulfillment. 

Learn more about the benefits of WMS here.

Key questions for a growth-focused manufacturing company to ask when considering ERP:

  • How many manufacturing facilities do you have today? In how many countries are you manufacturing products?
  • How are you handling EDI releases against forecasts for your various customers?
  • Are you required (or will you be required) to track batch/lot components issued to finished batch lot/or serialized items? Do you already or will you need to meet government or industry compliance requirements?
  • Do you practice lean or continuous manufacturing or do you produce against a production/work order?
  • Do you rely on Third Party Logistics (3PL)?
  • What processes (Financial, Operational, or Production) can benefit from automation?


Rather than simply reacting to new manufacturing industry threats, successful manufacturers are leveraging future-proof cloud ERP solutions in new ways to sharpen business practices.

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ERP Solutions Food & Beverage Manufacturers

Cloud-based ERP systems offer significant benefits for manufacturing businesses in the Food and Beverage industry, empowering them to conquer their distinct hurdles and optimize their entire operations. These manufacturing ERP solutions provide real-time visibility, streamline manufacturing processes, and bolster data analysis capabilities, ultimately enabling businesses to enhance their efficiency, productivity, and profitability.


ERP Solutions Consumer Product Manufacturers

As a longstanding SAP Global Partner, Navigator Business Solutions collaborates with SAP to empower Consumer Product companies with enhanced agility, faster decision-making, and seamless collaboration at local, national, and global levels. By providing comprehensive, future-proof SAP solutions, Navigator enables customers to thrive amidst the constant changes within their manufacturing and distribution landscape. With Navigator's trusted SAP expertise, clients can optimize their manufacturing operations, and become leaner, smarter, and more agile businesses.


ERP Solutions Industrial Product Manufacturers

ERP systems are crucial for industrial manufacturers as they integrate business processes, provide real-time data and analytics, streamline supply chain management, ensure quality control and compliance, offer scalability and flexibility, enhance collaboration and communication, and require careful implementation and support. By leveraging an ERP system, manufacturers can optimize operations, make data-driven decisions, improve customer satisfaction, and adapt to changing market demands effectively.


ERP Solutions Life Sciences Manufacturers

Accelerate the time to market for cutting-edge, regulatory-compliant therapies and products using Navigator's software solution tailored for the Life Science industries, powered by the SAP Cloud ERP platform. Navigator provides scalable software solutions specifically designed for biotechnology, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and other life sciences sectors. Our ERP solutions aim to support and optimize your manufacturing processes, enabling you to enhance product effectiveness, foster innovation, and elevate the quality of life in a cost-effective manner.


Are You the Decision Maker? Deciding if ERP Software is Right for Your Manufacturing Company?

Executives (CEO, CFO, COO, CIO) are on the constant lookout for better ways to improve core manufacturing operations and increase efficiency. One solution that has been proven to be highly beneficial to manufacturing organizations is the implementation of a cloud-based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.

ERP for manufacturers helps to streamline operations company-wide by integrating various business processes and functions, including finance and accounting, supply chain management, inventory management, production management, and human resources. A cloud-based ERP system takes this consolidation of core business data to the next level by securely storing all information and applications in a single platform accessible from anywhere.



Additional Features of ERP Systems for Manufacturing Companies

Choosing the right cloud-based ERP system provides numerous benefits for manufacturing management companies, both on a day-to-day and strategic level. Manufacturing ERP software streamlines operations providing real-time data, enhances inventory and supply chain management, improves customer service, and offers scalability, cost-effectiveness, data security, and business intelligence. Implementing a cloud-based ERP system will future-proof and position the company to stay competitive in the market.

On a strategic level, a cloud-based ERP system provides even more benefits to manufacturing organizations:

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Improved Customer Relationship Management for Manufacturers

Cloud-based ERP software can help manufacturing companies improve their customer relationship management by providing tools for managing customer interactions, tracking customer history, and providing personalized service. This software functionality can help improve customer satisfaction, loyalty, and retention for businesses. By understanding customer needs, companies can provide better service and increase manufacturing production revenue.

Better Reporting & Data Analytics

Better Reporting and Data Analytics

Cloud-based ERP systems provide manufacturers with real-time data and analytics that can help inform decision-making, identify trends, and improve overall business performance. These manufacturing ERP capabilities help ensure that manufacturing companies are making data-driven decisions that are aligned with their strategic management goals. By providing accurate and up-to-date information, ERP for manufacturing organizations can help identify areas where the business can be improved and guide decision-making. 

Improved Collaboration

Improved Organizational Collaboration

Cloud-based ERP systems can help manufacturers improve collaboration by providing a centralized platform for sharing information, communicating, and collaborating on projects. This can help ensure that management is on the same page and that manufacturing projects are completed in a timely and efficient manner. By providing a clear view of the project status, manufacturing companies can work together to ide system problems and find solutions.

Future Proof Solutions for Manufacturers

Future-Proofing Your Manufacturing Company

Cloud-based ERP systems can grow and adapt as the needs of manufacturing operations change. This means that manufacturing organizations can start small and expand their enterprise resource planning as needed, without having to worry about outgrowing the flexible, scalability, and extended features needed to accommodate growth and change over time. This can help manufacturing organizations avoid the cost and disruption of switching to new software when their business needs evolve. SAP ERP is a future-proof solution that will support your manufacturing company where you are at today, and in the future. You won’t outgrow SAP enterprise resource planning (ERP).

How does process automation of manufacturers reduce operational costs?

Reducing Manufacturing Costs with Automation

Cloud ERP software helps companies reduce costs by eliminating redundant manufacturing processes, increasing automation, and reducing operational errors. This manufacturing ERP functionality helps businesses increase core operational efficiency and reduce manufacturing costs in the long run. Reach goals faster with automated manufacturing processes and ERP. Leveraging AI (Artificial Intelligence, ML (Machine Learning), and RPA (Robotic Process Automation) reports, alerts, and manual processes can be automated and transformed into exception-based processes allowing your management teams to focus on the high-value work of running the business.

Additional Manufacturing Specialities Delivered by Navigator Business Solutions

Choosing the right cloud-based ERP system provides numerous benefits for manufacturing management companies, both on a day-to-day and strategic level. Manufacturing ERP software streamlines operations, provides real-time data, enhances inventory management, improves customer service, and offers scalability, cost-effectiveness, data security, and business intelligence. Implementing a cloud-based ERP system will increase manufacturing efficiency and position the company to stay competitive in the industrial market.

On a strategic level, a cloud-based ERP system provides even more benefits to manufacturing organizations:

Toll and Outsourced Manufacturing - Industry Extension Solution

If your manufacturing business takes advantage of Toll and Outsourced Manufacturing in your process, Navigator has developed an SAP ERP industry extension solution specifically for your manufacturing needs.

Production-less Manufacturers

As a production-less manufacturer, you design and sell products without owning or operating a plant by relying on third-party foundries to manufacture.

There are several advantages to being a production-less manufacturing company:

  • Focus on core manufacturing competencies, without having to invest in the expensive and complex process of product manufacturing
  • Access to a wider range of manufacturing technologies and processes than they could afford to maintain themselves
  • Scale production up or down quickly and easily, depending on supply chain demand

How does cloud ERP enable production-less manufacturers to scale?

  • Financial Management: Run your back-office operations smoothly. Cloud ERP systems can help production-less manufacturers improve their financial management by providing integrated accounting, reporting, and budgeting capabilities.
  • Human Resources: ERP Cloud systems can help production-less manufacturers improve their human resources processes by providing payroll, benefits, and talent management capabilities.
  • Design and Engineering: Cloud ERP systems can help production-less manufacturers improve their design and engineering processes by providing a central repository for design data and collaborating on industrial design projects.
  • Fulfillment: If you manage your own warehouse and distribution of products, Cloud ERP systems can help production-less manufacturers improve their fulfillment processes by providing visibility into orders, shipments, and customer returns.

ERP for Manufacturing Companies Delivered by Navigator Business Solutions

Navigator has worked with more than 500 clients helping them better manage and grow their businesses by manufacturing ERP solutions. We understand how to work with you to apply our proven manufacturing ERP best practices and deliver software solutions for your manufacturing business.

  • Improve accuracy, transparency, and consistency in cost estimates and calculations
  • Shorten quotation cycle and time-to-market for new inventory
  • Increase product margin
  • Avoid cost overruns
  • Improve value-at-risk rate
  • Have flexible manufacturing strategies
  • Collaborate across management teams and departments


Navigator’s implementation of SAP Cloud ERP solutions helps manufacturers execute batch-managed materials precisely with continuous, in-process control. Built-in real-time reporting and analytics will enable you to have a 360-degree view of your manufacturing operation from supply chain to customer status, accessible from anywhere on any device. Your operations management team will know where their inventory is and your production operators will better meet quality standards and increase manufacturing efficiency.

With a world-class cloud ERP solution delivered by Navigator Business Solutions, you will increase:

  • Production Planning
  • Production Scheduling
  • Production Warehouse
  • Process Manufacturing Orchestration and Execution
  • Enterprise Performance Management
  • Quality Management and Compliance


Overall, with a manufacturing ERP system, your enterprise will enjoy real-time data and updates allowing you to spend your time focused on making your business grow rather than chasing departmental reports, purchase orders, and invoices. Learn more about our clients' successes here

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Manufacturing SUCCESS STORY

"Without Cloud SAP ERP. . . we would not really know how to accept orders, process orders, record shipments, and just do basic order-to-cash transactions. It allowed us to do those things very easily, and so SAP fit a very, very important business need for us."
Michael Manning
Chief Technology Officer
American Industrial Manufacturers

Learn more about ERP Manufacturing Systems

Organizations come to Navigator Business Solutions when they find their ability to grow and or adapt is being limited by their current business processes and systems.

All have outgrown their current business systems, some systems are just underpowered, unable to support the company's growth, some struggle with a group of disconnected systems, and yet others simply are outdated systems that are taking valuable time and resources to hold together. Learn more about how updating your manufacturing ERP system can benefit your business.

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