Three Tips to Maximize your EnterpriseOne Upgrade Value

February 04, 2013

Authored by Sarah Mack, TeamCain

With a new year upon us and moving fast (how is it already February?!), many companies are looking to upgrade their JD Edwards ERP system. A lot of efficiencies can be driven from the enhancements and business process changed that can be enacted. Upgrades can be tricky, especially if you’re in the manufacturing or distribution industry as you have to consider numerous processes. Are they as efficient as they could be? The following are some tips to keep in mind that can help enhance the value of that looming JDE upgrade and make “Upgrading to the Nines” that much more important.

Tip #1: Implement Automated Data Collection (ADC)

If you’re in the manufacturing/distribution industry and you’re not already using ADC, you need to think about it. Automated data collection isn’t a new idea – it’s been around for awhile – and it works wonders. Studies have shown that automated data collection enhances the ROI of your ERP investment by 30% to 50% (Gartner Group) and that it can provide near 100% data accuracy (META Group).

The Nirvana of inventory accuracy is the Five 9’s: 99.999%. Some may think that’s an outrageous goal to meet. Maybe you already have 95% inventory accuracy and think that’s good enough. But let’s drill down into that missing 5%. This means that for 5% of the time, the products that you distribute are not where you think they are. This means that for 5% of the time, it takes an employee much longer to pick a product than if the product was in the proper place. It means you’re shipping the wrong product, you’re not shipping the product at all and maybe that product never actually existed in your system. Fixing this 5% after the fact, can have negative impacts and cost you a lot more – time, energy, customer satisfaction and overall company reputation. ADC can help you reach the Nirvana of inventory accuracy. Having access to real-time, accurate data can mean quite the difference when upgrading your ERP. Bad data will only make the upgrade take longer.

Tip #2: Explore E1’s User Productivity Enhancements

If you are running an older version of JD Edwards and you haven’t checked out the new user productivity enhancements, you might want to. The Oracle JD Edwards YouTube Channel has great videos and you can see the concept of the carousel in action (instead of the left pane [pain] navigation system that we’re all used to). The latest versions of EnterpriseOne have really raised the bar for established ERP solutions. The enhancements are saving users time with saved queries, grid making and full iPad integration. It seems that the JD Edwards world is moving towards mobile enablement (pretty much already there!) and it’s just making it easier to complete jobs quickly and easily.

It’s definitely beneficial to keep the user productivity enhancements in mind when approaching an upgrade. By training users on these options/features that are either already in existence or new to your company, you can save time and money during your upgrade and really make the most out of the project.

Tip #3: Revisit Warehouse & Shop Floor Processes

An upgrade can be easy and could take you as little as 100 days. But the stress and cumbersome aftermath that would occur if you’re not doing business process reengineering could ruin it all. It’s beneficial to spend time revisiting your current warehouse and shop floor processes before your upgrade. When it’s time to upgrade, it’s the right time to enhance or streamline those processes.

Perhaps you thought about revisiting your warehouse processes before your last upgrade but decided to push them until later. Well, later is now. Not only will you be enhancing your warehouse operations (and thus increasing inventory accuracy and efficiency), your initial investment in the process is validated and you could see a higher return with the latest enhancements. It’s important to keep in mind advanced warehouse modules, license plating and shop floor control as these modules can really help the efficiency of your company. RF-SMART data collection can also help. 

One of the main benefits of RF-SMART data collection is visibility. With this technology, you’ll know:

  • Who
    • received a shipment and when
    • put it away, where and when
    • counted what, where and when
    • picked an item, where and when
  • When
    • every order was shipped and by whom
    • every label was printed and from what printed
  • How
    • many items you actually have in every location
    • long it took to pick an order
    • much time is spent between tasks

Approaching an upgrade brings to light many areas of improvement that can enhance your company. Check out the customer perspectives featured in our most recent webinar on the success they had maximizing their JD Edwards upgrade with the help of RF-SMART.

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