Top Three Signs It’s Time for a Textile ERP System

Business solutions come in two major categories; back office and front office applications. Of course, there are many sub-categories, but these are the two primary areas. In the Textile Industry back office is where problems come for most ERP systems because here we are dealing with tracked raw materials, items with many variations, recipes, and activity costing to name just a few complexities.

Front office applications are those that deal with customer service and the data necessary to take orders, configure complex products and provide effective service and support to customers. In an optimum situation there is no concept of front and back office because we are leveraging one platform and one system to manage our entire business flow. This is the primary advantage of ERP over disconnected modules.

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This brings us to the top reasons for moving to a textile-oriented ERP approach:

1. You Have Lots of Different Software for Different Processes:
When you analyze how your people record, track process information is this efficient and user-friendly? Or do accounting staff use one system for receivables and payables, and sales use another to enter in customer orders? Do employees in your shop floor use a completely different solution to manage production and track lots? When various front- and back-end systems run separately, it can wreak havoc on the processes that are meant to ensure your company is running smoothly. Without accurate data from production and planning, inventory management may suffer, and forecast data can be highly inaccurate. With one source of information that contains accurate, real-time data, an ERP solution breaks up information silos, helps staff make better decisions and frees up their time to work on more strategic areas like helping the business grow even faster.

2. Information is Difficult to Find:

Running your business effectively and efficiently is all about analyzing information to make informed decisions… at the right time. However, if you can’t gather data in the first place, you and your team members will remain in the dark. If the information you need is located by different people in multiple applications it can be almost impossible to find. By consolidating and centralizing all information within a single repository, however, ERP software makes it much easier to gather the data you need.

3. No Natural Place for Textile Data:
Many organizations have found even after a business solution deployment that textile-oriented data is still maintained in spreadsheets or in key user’s minds. Some companies have spent millions to find out the hard way that in the textile industry not all solutions can manage the intricacies of our business. The challenge with off-line textile data is that costing in inaccurate, supply chain analysis is skewed and there is risk associated with process knowledge confined to an individual instead of socially sharing.


Implementing a new ERP solution is a big task but worth it if the right decision is made. Make sure you have the appropriate people involved from your organization, and spend some time developing relevant selection criteria to meet your business objectives. While you can choose between a generic or industry-specific ERP system for your business, an integrated ERP system specific to textiles will be better equipped to handle your manufacturing requirements than a generic ERP system. Industry-specific solutions are implemented faster, and are less expensive to install and maintain. Finally, by selecting a vendor that partners with you long term, and who understands the unique requirements of your industry will increase your chances of a successful project.

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Mazharul Islam Kiron is a textile consultant and researcher on online business promotion. He is working with one European textile machinery company as a country agent. He is also a contributor of Wikipedia.

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