How to digitalise manufacturing: Why you should try Syspro’s free handbook

Manufacturing firms keen to digitalise their operations to gain an edge can now access a free handbook on how to do so.

SYSPRO, a leading Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution provider for manufacturers, has published a “how-to” guide for digital transformation with ERP.

Interested manufacturers can download it here:

Manufacturing is highly competitive today and only firms that produce goods efficiently will survive the onslaught from global competitors to thrive.

Industry 4.0

In 2011, Industry 4.0, a subset of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, began in Germany as the country sought to raise its manufacturing competitiveness. Focusing on automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies and processes, Industry 4.0 is being achieved through the integration of future-fit technologies.

To remain relevant in the era of Industry 4.0, the time has come for firms to adopt emerging technologies that will allow them to thrive in the years to come.

Digital transformation journey

“While many industries and business leaders are already experiencing the benefits of digitalization, a large number of organisations have yet to embark on their digital transformation journey,” the SYSPRO guide points out.

It adds that while Industry 4.0 is underway, full digitalization may not be the answer for every organisation. “The best place to start is by understanding what you have and how you currently use it,” the guide advises.

Manufacturers should decide what they “want to achieve from digital transformation and whether the value derived from the data will outweigh the cost to get it.”

The key consideration is that the aim of Industry 4.0 automation is to free up people to better focus on strategy and relationship building.

Detailed guide

The SYSPRO guide is a detailed handbook on the steps manufacturers should take to attain digital transformation using ERP.

It asks questions such as: “What do you want digitalization to achieve for your organisation? How ready for digital transformation is your factory floor? What information do you really need to be more effective?”

Under each question, the SYSPRO guide explains what a manufacturer needs to consider before moving to the next step.

It explains how manufacturers can use their ERP to go digital. Further, it lays out the ERP requirements for digital transformation and provides examples.

The guide states: “If you’re considering implementing a new ERP solution or upgrading to the latest release of an existing one, you need to be looking for an ERP for tomorrow, not today.”

The question is, how do you know if the ERP solution is future-fit, or fit for retirement?

SYSPRO advises that the ERP solution you choose should include a few key features to help you through your digital transformation. These include connected services, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), digital citizens, and event broadcast services.

Vital tools

The guide also explains how machine learning and AI tools in your ERP can help to identify trends, get predictions and identify anomalies. In essence, machine learning can help the business create efficiencies in procurement, finance, customer account management and sales.

The guide states: “Your ERP should enable anyone to engage with AI without them needing to be data scientists. Unless you understand the data you’re being shown, there is no value in AI for you. You need to make sure your existing report writers can read the reports. Look for an ERP solution that has a tool similar to a report writing tool that will allow you to bring AI type functions to the user interface.”

SYSPRO states that manufacturers should understand there will need to be some upskilling of staff, as it is a new paradigm of thinking. Current reports tell you about the business as it is. AI will tell you what the business should be like in order to be profitable. Typically, a lot of expensive resources are needed for people to start using AI. These include data scientists who will make sense of the volumes of information generated.


SYSPRO is a global, independent provider of industry-built ERP software designed to simplify business complexity for manufacturers and distributors. Focused on delivering optimised performance and complete business visibility, the SYSPRO solution is highly scalable and can be deployed on premise, in the cloud, or accessed via a mobile device.

SYSPRO’s strengths lie in a simplified approach to technology, expertise in a range of industries, and a commitment to future-proofing customer and partner success. SYSPRO has more than 15,000 licensed companies in over 60 countries across six continents.

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