We talked recently with a manufacturing company that has a custom ERP system they built themselves. It performs the functions they need and it is customized to exactly the way the business runs. It’s a good fit.
Not long ago the company was purchased by a much larger conglomerate of manufacturing companies. The parent company is using SAP. They suggested getting the smaller, new subsidiary to use SAP but upon analysis, we quickly realized that the existing, custom ERP system was better for that situation, because it would have required millions of dollars to get SAP to fit the smaller company’s needs.
These are the situations we deal with every day, identifying when custom software solutions for manufacturing companies are valuable and appropriate, and then creating or customizing and implementing those solutions to fit the required business outcomes and specific, required features.