1. Your business operations need improved visibility. All departments have to be literally on the same page and view the same information in real time. Imagine the chaos that would ensue if the engineering team is looking at data that is inconsistent with what the production floor is working on, or imagine the chaos if the purchasing and finance department were working on figures that the sales and marketing division were behind on.
2. Nothing will work efficiently if high quality software does not accurately track all supply chain activities in detail. In fact, it would be almost impossible to start or finish projects if there was ambiguity about the processes for designing, creating, and delivering goods.
3. A business would quickly lose important clients if it failed to deliver on time as promised. However, on time delivery is only possible if there is perfect coordination of all production and distribution channels.
4. Manufacturing quality is never an accident. A business must monitor defects in the production process and fix the problems as soon as they are discovered. Low quality products due to noticeable defects in the finished goods will result in lower sales, customer dissatisfaction, and loss of profits.
5. Costs must be kept down for the business to be profitable. There are many unintended ways that manufacturing costs can get out of control. Laborers may have to be paid for overtime because the work quota was not finished on schedule. Poor quality work may have to be redone because the production processes were not properly tracked from start to finish. Excessive raw materials may have been ordered, resulting in surplus inventory.