Structured data and smooth inter-departmental exchanges
Investments in R&D, the supply chain and management control all optimized
Quality, guaranteeing flawless traceability
ERP and PLM – Complementary Solutions
Businesses need to efficiently control their processes, from ideas generation through product launch to end of life. ERP (Enterprise Resource Management) and PLM (Product Lifecycle Management), two major systems, are essential to developing and launching innovative and profitable products.
Use PLM to take control of innovation, your product portfolio and marketing. Centralize and structure data in a single repository ensuring a single version of the truth. PLM facilitates internal and external collaboration around the world. Handle recipe formulation, versioning, regulatory compliance and establish a clear development process between marketing, R&D, quality and sales. An ERP application provides a platform for the execution and delivery of products at controlled costs. Manage and automate daily activities as the system facilitates the flow of information around the different departments using a single source of information. ERP focuses on a product lifecycle once a product has been approved and launched. It ensures the supply chain is optimized, and products are manufactured in a timely manner. These two systems ensure that data and information are consistent from product development to end of life.
ERP and PLM software – Integration Benefits
It is important that the data is structured in a common way across both the PLM and the ERP systems to facilitate communication between the two and thus enable the rapid development of new products.
Accelerate product development through improved collaboration
- Share data and documents between all teams involved from marketing to production at every stage of development.
- Limit data re-entry errors, and track versions of documents and products. For example, send the validated BOM from PLM to ERP, or update average raw material costs from ERP in PLM to make sure innovations are correctly costed.
- Control the complete life cycle of your product and spend less time on analysis in order to devote more time to action.
- Quickly identify development opportunities by forecasting trends to always stay one step ahead of your competition.
- Access to interactive and collaborative dashboards provides visibility over key information and lets you drive your business forward by making the right decisions.
- Integrate your partners and suppliers around the world from the start of the process
- Accelerate multinational data interchange thanks to findable, up-to-date data
- Ensure compliance with country-specific regulations
- Supply quality information to production operators with the ERP (technical details, rules for incorporating ingredients, etc.).
- Avoid risks (health crises, disputes, customer audits) by retaining control over your processes and your quality.
- Ensure traceability of every batch with the ERP system
- Ensure traceability of geographical and biological origins with the PLM system
- Provide transparency about your products’ composition and build consumer trust
An overall vision of the information system
The complementary nature of the two applications ensures data consistency and thus provides total control over the development and launch cycle of your products:
PLM’s handling of the product repository, its multiple ramifications, and intellectual capital are key elements in future innovation. With the ability to manage a precise innovation cycle, businesses can be more reactive in a world where regulations and controls are increasingly strict. Reliable data and collaborative processes improve consistency and speed up all stages of execution upstream.
ERP must remain a reliable operational resource, uncluttered by unsuccessful innovations or data not needed for production purposes. Nonetheless, keeping all the ideas, intentions and iterations is an undeniable source of value for the marketing and R&D teams.
The execution cycle is different from the innovation cycle. The supply chain requires precise and immediate information about demand, production capacity and planning. Without accurate inventory and order tracking, consumer demand can go unmet.
Good execution management involves monitoring schedules and performance analysis to transform the operational performance into financial results.