The use of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software can address many of the challenges that aerospace and defense contractors, general manufacturers, engineer to order (ETO) providers, face every day. With the complexities of these industries, companies are seeking more than just a cookie-cutter system that is installed and left with instructions. Each implementation process needs to be optimized and continuously modified to create an ideal solution that handles stringent requirements and meets exceptional design, build, supply, demand, performance, and delivery constraints.
How Cre8tive Can Help
Cre8tive Technology and Design is a certified ERP partner, implementing Epicor Kinetic for A&D and a wide variety of other industries and users who have unique needs. While we are trusted with ERP implementation as a premier Epicor Platinum Partner, there are unfortunately ERP implementation consultants out there who provide a platform and simply leave customers to fend for themselves.
At Cre8tive, we leverage decades of experience and a dedication to cloud ERP implementation that increases productivity, upgrades processes, meets ongoing compliance requirements, and provides extensive oversight to scale.
Comparing ERP Implementation Partners
To illustrate why choosing a certified ERP partner is important, let’s address some of the caution signs to look out for from uncertified ERP implementation providers.
Uncertified ERP Partners Lack Credentials
Platform providers celebrate valued ERP implementation partners because they know their product will be customized by professionals who are skilled in transforming it for customers on an individual basis. If an ERP consultant doesn’t provide detailed information on competence, experience, and recognition, they are not the best choice for ERP software implementation.
Cre8tive has a long-standing partnership with Epicor. We have been named Epicor Partner of the Year numerous times, and are also an Epicor Certified Partner for Managed Hosting. Additionally, we are proud to be a Microsoft Gold Partner.
Uncertified ERP Partners Can’t Effectively Serve Critical Industries
ERP framework must be implemented to meet the specific operation, automation, and innovation needs of vital industry users, including those in aerospace and defense. This includes comprehensive contract and certification management, cost monitoring, development and integration of data, as well as meetings the most difficult compliance requirements.
ERP implementation partners that aren’t certified will have limited ability and resources to help you maintain critical compliance requirements from the Department of Defense and to secure contracts within the Defense Industrial Database (DIB). ERP implementation partners like Cre8tive are experienced with the following:
- International Traffic Arms Regulation (ITAR) compliance.
- Comprehensive cybersecurity maturity, Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certifications (CMMCs) and NIST SP800-171/DFARS compliance.
- AS 9100, ISO 9000/01, DCAA audits, and DSS inspections.
- Managed Hosting Services.
Uncertified Partners Can’t Provide Seamless Implementation
Halting sustainable practices, allowing errors and miscalculations during the transition, and increasing labor needs until “completed” integration are all warning signs that unqualified ERP providers may need. Instead, choose a professional ERP consultant that transforms your operations through a seamless implementation process.
It starts with direct communication and expert guidance at Cre8tive. We implement the Collabor8te Implementation Framework, incorporating strategic planning through simple phases that plan, build, and deploy your ERP to improve your output for the long-term, without ever causing a delay.
Uncertified ERP Partners Don’t Provide Continuous Support
When you select a platform from an uncertified ERP partner, chances are they will provide you with the product and minimal direction with no additional assistance, following the transaction. Experienced, certified ERP implementation partners know that needs are always evolving and the process is never truly finished.
Your ERP partner should be available as an extension of your team! Cre8tive offers direct post-launch Epicor ERP and Kinetic System Support through our Managed Epicor Solution Program (MESP). Customers also receive guidance and a direct line of communication to ERP experts at Cre8tive through our Customer Care Program (CCP).
Choose a Certified ERP Partner
While cheap, hands-off ERP systems may seem like a possibility to align your goals and objectives, the truth is that real growth and return on investment (ROI) are found through the combination of a quality product and a certified ERP implementation provider. Talk with Cre8tive Technology and Design about a custom ERP solution that meets your workstream, analysis, compliance, and resource management needs. We are the certified ERP partner to trust for proper implementation that supports sustainable success.