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Software Advice BuyerView: Manufacturing Software Report 2014

Many small manufacturing businesses are increasingly moving from manual methods to software solutions to manage their processes. We spoke with hundreds of prospective buyers from small manufacturing businesses to get a sense of what they want in manufacturing software solutions and the pain points that drove them to seek software solutions to help them better mange their businesses processes.

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Software Advice BuyerView: Manufacturing Software Report 2014

  1. 1. Software Advice BuyerView: Manufacturing Software Report Insight into today’s small business software buyer
  2. 2. From 2013 to 2014, Software Advice talked to tens of thousands of prospective buyers from small-businesses who were looking to purchase a manufacturing software solution. We tapped into a 385 interactions to determine: • The main pain points that led prospective buyers to seek manufacturing software solutions. • The main features prospective buyers wanted their desired manufacturing software solution(s) to have. Abstract
  3. 3. Manual methods Manual methods & software Manufacturing software Multiple software solutions Accounting software Other non-manufacturing software Proprietary manufacturing software Nothing Other 0 10 20 30 40 50 Manual Methods Outweigh Software Use Percent of sample Most small manufacturing businesses were using manual methods to manage their processes. A handful used software in conjunction with manual methods. % % % % % %
  4. 4. Material Requirements Planning Tops Software Requests Most buyers we spoke with requested software with material requirements planning tools. About a third requested manufacturing execution systems. 5% 2% 12% 15% 30% 36% Materials requirements planning Manufacturing execution systems Product Lifecycle management Manufacturing accounting Business intelligence Other
  5. 5. Better planning/management functionality Better user experience Improve efficiency/organization Manual methods ineffective Improve accuracy and reporting Better accounting functionality 0 10 20 30 40 Better Planning Tools a Top Reason for Seeking Software Percent of sample Most buyers were looking for software with tools that would help them better plan and manage their processes. % % % % %
  6. 6. Almost All Buyers Want Integrated Suites Almost all of the prospective buyers we spoke with requested an integrated suite, with just a select few requesting best-of-breed and multiple products. 98% Integrated suite Best-of-breed Multiple products
  7. 7. Most Buyers Want to Implement Within Three Months Most of the prospective buyers we spoke wanted to implement within 1-3 months, while about a third wanted to implement within 3-6 months. 11% 8% 12% 31% 38% 1-3 months 3-6 months 6-12 months Less than 1 month Other
  8. 8. Those With a Preference Prefer On-Premise Deployment An overwhelming majority of prospective buyers wanted on-premise software, with most citing more control over their system as a key reason for their choice. 15% 85% On-premise Web-based
  9. 9. Read the full report Get free price quotes on top manufacturing software Get unbiased reviews & free demos on top manufacturing software Learn More About Manufacturing Software Read Report Get Free Quotes Get Free Demos

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  • dineshbobadessagro

    Mar. 19, 2017

Many small manufacturing businesses are increasingly moving from manual methods to software solutions to manage their processes. We spoke with hundreds of prospective buyers from small manufacturing businesses to get a sense of what they want in manufacturing software solutions and the pain points that drove them to seek software solutions to help them better mange their businesses processes.

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