I was talking with a CIO recently who said his company has implemented Lean manufacturing several years before implementing an SAP ERP. He outlined a few of the ways that the ERP system helped bolter his company’s Lean efforts, but they were very specific to his business processes.
So it got me wondering how other companies see ERP as suppporting their Lean manufacturing efforts. Are there specific Lean processes that are improved with either the overall integration brought about by ERP or specific ERP applications and modules? I’d love to hear more. If your company has an example, feel free to post as a reply here. The more unique or industry-specific the better.