Recently, at the Dassault Systèmes #3dexperienceworld2024, I spoke with multiple professionals about the inner workings and capabilities of DELMIAWorks. From setup to usage, quality to finance, or plant layout to programming, SMBs are offered an ERP solution that scales alongside companies as they grow.

Typically, small businesses and startups utilize file sharing, spreadsheets, and basic accounting software to manage operations but can quickly become overwhelmed as businesses experience growth. Data accumulates rapidly, especially in a manufacturing environment, and processes become increasingly complex as supply chains grow. The demands of a new plant require extensive oversight and management. SMBs begin to experience disruptions to workflows and even critical sales or finance data when traditional systems fail to perform at the same level as a dedicated ERP solution.

For those looking to scale, manufacturers must iron out Quality-related processes from the beginning. Quality is typically a siloed department that self-organizes with spreadsheets and files. Any quality-process gaps extend all departmental workflows and leave manufacturers at risk for CAPAs, recalls, or rework.

With DELMIAWorks one database and application provides manufacturers with the capabilities to monitor, trace, visualize, and communicate manufacturing and operational data to typically siloed cross-functional departments. Utilizing a “single source of truth” alongside the entire supply chain unifies operations and streamlines processes, saving SMBs time and money during phases of growth or disruption. Dedicated capabilities to quality inspections ensure that quality processes are captured and shared with the appropriate stakeholders automatically. Customized reports based on internal, customer, or regulatory requirements, such as COA or SPC reports, are automated to send at the correct time. Manufacturers save time and money by utilizing automated quality processes that enable traceability for the appropriate departments down to trailer inspections or sound-level recordings.

What’s my take? While many long-standing manufacturers and businesses have had the resources to purchase or create robust ERP solutions for their brownfield sites and applications, I believe that modern-day SMBs have an excellent opportunity to integrate these same capabilities early on in their process. This early adoption will save SMBs the headache of transitioning between platforms or wasting extra time and money on extended “go-live” periods or training. 

Thank you to Joe Horine for the great event, and Amy Albrightson, Shane Richard, MBA/CS , and MariahSampson Otte for giving great sessions!

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