When it comes to selecting the ERP system that will run your business, you want to talk to someone with experience\u2014specifically, a manufacturing professional grappling with the same challenges you face, and one who has been through the entire process.\nAt Plex Systems, we know a few individuals who fit this bill. Here are a few nuggets of hard-earned wisdom from professionals with titles that range from CIO to plant manager to IT director in both discrete and process manufacturing industries:\nGo with a system that meets your specific needs.\nIt may seem obvious, but you\u2019d be surprised how many manufacturing companies choose a system with missing functionality. Either they don\u2019t think about it ahead of time, or they plan to customize the system after the fact. You\u2019re in the business of manufacturing. Not ERP development, correct?\nLet go of the past. \nMany manufacturers want their new system to look and function like their legacy ERP solution. The reality is, you\u2019re not spending time and effort implementing a new system to get the same results. Think about how the system will make everyone in your company more efficient and effective in their day-to-day work, and adapt your solution to the way you do business.\nRely on best practices.\nA good ERP system has proven best practices built in. Adopting those practices will deliver better results than sticking to the way you\u2019ve always done things. That\u2019s not to say you shouldn\u2019t do the things you\u2019ve done to give your company a competitive edge\u2014but new results require new ways of thinking. ERP developers with manufacturing expertise know this and have built a tremendous amount of flexibility into their solutions to accommodate the uniqueness of your business.\nEmbrace the cloud. \nMore manufacturers are reaping the benefits of cloud ERP. For small- to mid-sized companies, there\u2019s no large capital expense upfront, and the cloud\u2019s scalability makes competing with bigger enterprises easier. And contrary to many assumptions, security is not an issue. A reputable cloud ERP vendor will deliver a high level of security and availability because it\u2019s the key to their business model\u2014and their success.\nGet more tips from experienced manufacturers who have set their business up for success with cloud ERP. Download the entire white paper: ERP Selection and Implementation Tips.