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Material Requirements Planning (MRP) software manages and oversees material requirements for manufacturing processes. MRP tools, also known as Manufacturing Resources Planning (MRP II) systems, enable more efficient business process management for production planning and inventory control, ensuring that materials are readily available to meet production demands. MRP applications are related to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software, Manufacturing Execution Systems and Production Scheduling software. Browse our MRP systems list to find the best material requirements planning software in Canada for your organization.

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Katana's cloud platform offers live inventory, production, accounting, and reporting for businesses to make the right decisions. ​ Learn more about Katana Cloud Inventory
Katana Cloud Inventory Platform offers a centralized view of your inventory to maintain optimal stock levels and avoid stockouts. Bring sales, purchasing, production, and accounting into a single platform for an overview of your daily operations and performance. Manage orders from all sales channels and track products available for sale in real time. There’s also a Shop Floor App to work remotely with your team, batch tracking for total traceability, and automation for resources and reorders. Learn more about Katana Cloud Inventory

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Efficiently plan and schedule material requirements to balance supply and demand with NetSuite MRP. Learn more about NetSuite
NetSuite MRP provides visibility into inventory levels and availability to accurately plan for required stock levels. Automatically determines which materials, machinery, and labor are required, when, and where in order to meet demand based on the bill of materials (BOM). Use hypothetical scenario planning so planners can see the impact of potential changes before committing to them. Allocate inventory and planned inventory to future builds to ensure availability. Learn more about NetSuite

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MRPeasy is a powerful cloud-based MRP system purpose-built for small and medium companies (up to 200 employees). Learn more about MRPeasy
MRPeasy is a cloud-based manufacturing ERP system for small manufacturers (up to 200 employees). Combining affordability and ease of use with powerful production and inventory management functionalities, MRPeasy is a manufacturing resource planning powerhouse. Production planning and production scheduling, intricate bill of materials (BOM) control, comprehensive inventory, procurement, and order management, manufacturing CRM, full end-to-end traceability, shop floor control and reporting tools, and much more. Always know your production costs and lead times, calculate material requirements in a few clicks, keep stock optimized, create accurate quotes in minutes, stay compliant with industry regulations, and expand your use case with built-in integrations for e-commerce, fulfillment, financial, and other business apps. Gain complete control over your manufacturing operation with MRPeasy. Start your free trial. Learn more about MRPeasy

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Rootstock Software® is a leading Manufacturing ERP for companies looking to digitally transform on a next generation cloud platform. Learn more about Rootstock Manufacturing ERP
Since inception in 2008, Rootstock Software has been a global market leader in Manufacturing Cloud ERP Solutions. It is purpose-built for manufacturing with MRP not only built in, but integral to Sales and Service workflows for automatic ordering. It can be tailored to suit your processes and people for greater productivity. Rootstock Manufacturing ERP gives you 360° visibility both internally to all of your customer information as well as externally to monitor your entire supply chain. Learn more about Rootstock Manufacturing ERP

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Seamlessly connect your shop floor operations, real-time data, and inventory management on one, cloud manufacturing platform. Learn more about StartProto
StartProto is a cloud-based manufacturing solution that helps businesses streamline quoting, routing & product scheduling operations. StartProto seamlessly integrates with your existing workflows. From quote to cash, modernize all your manufacturing processes and optimize your operations with our lightweight but powerful software. Connected Sales Process - Manage shop workflows by creating quotes that seamlessly convert to orders and costing breakdowns. Manage Complex Assemblies - Facilitate the execution of assembly across many parts of the shop. Track Job Progress - Track progress of orders and jobs. Keep tabs of what is in make-to-stock and make-to-order. Document and Comment - Document and distribute real time feedback and insights from the shop floor. Track Inventory Levels - Track inventory levels in real time with automated consumption calculations. Inbound & Outbound Flows - Create shipments and receipts for all of the items that come in and out of the shop. Learn more about StartProto

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A comprehensive web-based and 100% paperless shop management system for small to medium manufacturing companies. ERP/QMS/MES and more! Learn more about ProShop ERP
A comprehensive web-based and 100% paperless shop management system for small to medium manufacturing companies. Built to manage the complex manufacturing environment better than anything else on the market - by an order of magnitude. Never before has there been a system that gives you such insight into every detail of your manufacturing company. ProShop is 100% paperless ERP/MES and QMS software. We typically replace 3-6 other software systems with ProShop for managing your whole company. Learn more about ProShop ERP

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Total ETO is an ERP/MRP, providing better collaboration, efficiency, and accuracy for Custom Machine Builders. $7,500/year for 5 seats. Learn more about Total ETO
Total ETO is a Totally Better ERP/MRP, providing better collaboration, efficiency, and accuracy for Custom Machine Builders. We integrate with popular accounting and CAD systems, which saves your team from paperwork and double entry. In fact, you’ll LOVE working with our Dynamic BOMs! Total ETO is easy to implement and use, affordable, and backed by a team of industry experts with a passion for the success of every client. $7,500/year for 5 seats, including implementation and training. Learn more about Total ETO

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Manufacturing software provider for make to order manufacturers and job shops in many industries. Offering Total Shop Floor Control. Learn more about REALTRAC
Realtrac Shop Management System is a software company specializing in manufacturing software for machine shops, job shops and make to order manufacturers. The company was founded in the heart of a machine shop and has served the manufacturing industry for over three decades. The program is used by thousands of users across North America. The Real Time Software is very easy to learn and use and boasts the lowest total cost of use software on the market. Operational in Days, Not weeks or Months. Learn more about REALTRAC

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An flexible and affordable yet comprehensive ERP solution for use in most manufacturing and distribution-based businesses Learn more about ERP123
ERP123 is an innovative and comprehensive ERP software solution designed for implementation in small to mid-sized manufacturing and distribution companies. Built by IntegrateIT, ERP123 is the result of our mission to continually reduce the delivered cost of ERP systems while improving the results. With a wide breadth of industry experience, our team of professionals will support the implementation of ERP123 within your business, thereby ensuring your success. Get to know the ERP123 difference Learn more about ERP123

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MRP software made easy. 100% cloud-based platform. ISO & FDA quality management integration. Get a free product tour. Learn more about QT9 ERP
MRP Software Made Easy. Flexible. Scalable. Multi-Site Compatibility Included. Auto-Generate PO's. Breakdown Demand and Manage Scheduling with Real-Time Data Analytics. Automated Email Alerts for Minimum Stock Levels & Soon to Expire Inventory. Visibility to Safety Stock. Digitally Transform Workflows with FDA 21 CFR Part 11 Electronic Signatures, Electronic Batch Records, Design History Records, Email Reminders & Dashboard views. Includes Lot & Serial Number Traceability. Schedule a live demo today. Learn more about QT9 ERP

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User friendly, flexible, customizable, general-purpose ERP solution featuring robust toolsets which support a wide range of industries. Learn more about ALERE
Designed as a general-purpose ERP package, ALERE seeks to solve day-to-day usability issues to allow organizations to run more efficiently. Infinitely flexible, with high levels of process automation and a user-friendly interface, ALERE provides a means to monitor an organization's workflows in real time to provide the best possible data for decision-making while minimizing redundant data entry. ALERE's manufacturing and inventory toolsets are second to none in the industry. Learn more about ALERE

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A complete ERP system for Job Shop/Made to Order Manufacturers including Batch processing, Hazardous Ingredient SDS report integration. Learn more about Manufacturing Vision
A complete ERP system for Job Shop / Made to Order, Discrete or Process Manufacturers. Includes Custom Quotations, Estimating, Order Entry, Invoicing, Inventory Management, Purchasing, Production Control and Costing, MRP, CRM, A/R, A/P and G/L. Examples of Special Features: MSDS report integration, Consignment Inventory, Internet Order processing, Custom programming. Pricing starts at $14,500.00 complete. Learn more about Manufacturing Vision

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Odoo is a fully integrated, user-friendly solution to MRP, Quality, Maintenance, and everything related to PLM. Learn more about Odoo
Odoo¿s multi-level intuitive BoM tracking ties in seamlessly with a user¿s whole inventory and product catalog. Organize production through operations, work centers, and detailed steps. Manage cost analysis, time-tracking, and lot serial number traceability with real-time reporting. Use barcodes to speed up manufacturing operations: lot or serial number scanning, start/pause/stop stopwatch, trigger a maintenance request, move to the next step, and more. Learn more about Odoo

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A fully integrated ERP manufacturing software system with Sales & CRM, Manufacturing, Job Costing, Inventory/Warehouse and more. Learn more about Pilot ERP
A fully integrated ERP manufacturing software system with Sales & CRM, Manufacturing, Job Costing, Inventory and Warehouse management, Accounting, Data Collection, Web Portal and more. Competitively priced and designed for Manufacturers, Job Shops, Engineer to Order and Distributors. Learn more about Pilot ERP

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Manage your production floor with Fusion Operations by Autodesk. Eliminate unnecessary costs, and speed up time to market. Learn more about Fusion Operations
Fusion Operations by Autodesk is a Manufacturing Execution System for all levels of production, giving you the solution you need for keeping on top of production. Gain insights to predict machine downtime, track production progress, identify bottlenecks and eliminate waste through a fully digital and automated operations tool. Track orders and shipping, schedule and manage your production, all with real-time production visibility from any device. Learn more about Fusion Operations

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Fishbowl is a complete manufacturing and inventory management solution that includes material requirements planning (MRP). Learn more about Fishbowl
Fishbowl Manufacturing and Inventory Management software automates and simplifies the manufacturing process, so you can save time, reduce costs, and improve profitability. Fishbowl’s inventory management includes advanced work orders, material requirements planning (MRP), bills of materials, barcode scanning, and much more. View real-time data to help you make informed decisions while reducing costs. Learn more about Fishbowl

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JobBOSS², formerly known as E2 Shop, promotes the profitability of scaling job shops by delivering a seamless quote-to-cash solution.
JobBOSS² promotes the profitability of scaling job shops, make-to-order manufacturers, and contract manufacturers by delivering a seamless quote-to-cash solution. A combination of JobBOSS expertise and the E2 Shop software, JobBOSS² has been helping five thousand shops increase profits by eliminating waste and streamlining operations. With an intuitive cloud-based solution and set of native mobile apps, JobBOSS² has all the tools and integrations you need to easily run your shop floor and back office operations. Easily manage the daily demands of your job shop • Take back valuable time with JobBOSS²s job shop • Get real-time visibility into job profitability • Gain accessibility, security, & efficiency with the cloud • Become an ITAR/CMMC-compliant shop Home-made compliance leaves companies more vulnerable to violations. Our JobBOSS² ITAR/CMMC solution is monitored by dedicated data custodians working around the clock to help you. Learn more about JobBOSS²

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Incorporate materials requirements planning (MRP) into Core inventory management and accounting with supply chain management features.
Incorporate supply chain strategies into Cin7 Core inventory management with MRP and supply chain management features. Consider demand from sales and supply from stock on hand, transfers, production, assembly and suppliers to generate supply management suggestions. Use MRP to compare actual and forecasted sales demand with available and potentially available stock supplies and determine when products should be produced in-house, bought from suppliers, and delivered to distribution centers. Learn more about Cin7 Core

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The secret powering small businesses in 90+ countries worldwide. Track stock, manage sales, pick and ship orders, and more,
inFlow Inventory is the easiest way to run your wholesale, distribution, manufacturing, or ecommerce business. Track stock across any location and manage purchases and sales—all from one app. inFlow helps you manage any order or process from start to finish, with full pick/pack/ship support, BOM and assemblies, and connections to over 35 different ecommerce platforms. We offer in-house support via live chat, email, and callback. Click Visit Website to start your free 14-day trial now. Learn more about inFlow Inventory

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ERPAG is an ERP cloud service that covers all business processes for small or mid-sized companies.
Get your orders from different sales channels and launch Work orders based on BOMs. FEATURES: Reordering. Order fulfillment.Label printing.Inventory tracking (Barcode, Serial, Lot).Multilevel BoM. Gantt charts.Multiple warehouses.Multi-language interface.Composite products(BOMs, Kitting, Variable items). User-level management. Integrated invoicing and purchasing module>Shipper integration(UPS, USPS, FedEx) Learn more about ERPAG

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Sage 100 is an ERP platform for growing and medium-sized sales and manufacturing companies.
Sage 100 is the right ERP solution for your industry. Sage 100 is an ERP platform for growing and medium-sized sales and manufacturing companies. It is the ERP solution for medium-sized companies that want to design their business processes individually. Sage 100 offers you integrated applications for every company area, which you can easily put together individually. Learn more about Sage 100

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Scalable, real-time manufacturing ERP software with MRP functionality developed especially for mid-market manufacturing companies
DELMIAWorks (formerly IQMS) ERP software provides discrete and process manufacturers with a single solution to manage and monitor the entire manufacturing process. The comprehensive solution allows for a modular and scalable approach while eliminating data silos. DELMIAWorks end-to-end manufacturing ERP system for mid-market manufacturers increases cross-department visibility and efficiency with comprehensive functionality from finance to production to quality assurance to supply chain. Learn more about DELMIAworks

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Unleashed Software provides a powerful platform to accurately manage your inventory in real-time.
Unleashed Software is a powerful cloud-based platform for all your inventory management needs. Unleashed lets you easily and accurately track stock in real-time across multiple locations. Get visibility on all inventory management processes and transactions across warehouses globally. With total inventory oversight your businesses can make better, data-driven, decisions. Unleashed also integrates with multiple eCommerce software platforms to provide a holistic business solution. Learn more about Unleashed

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Cloud based all in one shop operation solution with quoting, business intelligence, job board, and more for sign, print and apparel co.
ShopVOX is a comprehensive web-based, easy to use management solution for custom fabricators. Our solution includes everything you need to run your shop - sales lead tracking, quoting, work orders, purchase orders, job management and scheduling, online proof approvals, Quickbooks integration, business intelligence, online credit card payments through Authorize.net, and much more. Perfect for - Sign companies - Printing companies - Apparel companies - Custom manufacturers - Job shops Learn more about shopVOX

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Deltek Costpoint is an ERP and accounting solution for leading Government Contractors.
Deltek Costpoint is an ERP and accounting solution for Government Contractors with 98% of the top 50 firms trusting Costpoint for project accounting, contracts management, real-time analytics and reporting. Costpoint provides a means to implement Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and DFARS compliant financial accounting and procurement process including support for MMAS requirements and DPAS ratings, ensuring streamlined DCAA or DCMA audits. Learn more about Deltek Costpoint

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MRP Software Buyers Guide

Material Requirements Planning (MRP) software is essentially a computer-based inventory management system that improves the productivity of a business by reducing inventory management errors and making data relating to stock easier to access. The system works by starting at a finished product and working backwards, converting that product into a list of assemblies, parts, and materials, along with an estimated schedule. This allows businesses across Canada to instantly see realistic timeframes for producing a particular product, and understand what will need to be bought and manufactured to create that product.

Several features are key to what an MRP system does. This includes producing a bill of materials—essentially a complete list of the materials needed for a given product, complete with quantities, unit costs, total costs, and wastage. It also includes the ability to produce a master production schedule, which is a statement of planning that includes current capacity and predicted delivery times for materials or parts that need to be ordered. An MRP system should also be able to maintain records of inventory so that the immediate capacity to produce a particular product can be quickly checked.

An effective MRP benefits users by making the process of planning a production run more efficient and accurate. It allows a business to know—to a high level of detail—how long they can expect to take for a production run, what materials they will need, how much those materials will cost, how long the production run will take, and how much of the required materials are already in stock.

A typical MRP system focuses on several areas, including billing and inventory management. Indeed, some solutions will incorporate MRP and the aforementioned types of software into one system. Furthermore, others rely on interfacing with the relevant systems to get the data it needs and update those systems when needed.

When considering a new MRP solution, a business needs to factor in whether the feature set of a particular solution will meet its needs, and whether there is sufficient compatibility with existing systems if it is to work alongside them. The technical skill level of the employees using the software should also be considered, as well as the cost of training if needed. To be included in the MRP software category, a solution will usually include the following features:

  • The ability to keep track of existing stock in the form of complete products, parts, and raw materials, making it easy to quickly determine the feasibility of meeting deadlines
  • The functionality to automatically create a detailed Bill of Materials (BoM) that includes a detailed breakdown of the materials in a project, unit costs and projected times
  • Being a company-wide system that can act as a single point of authority when it comes to information about stock and ongoing projects
  • An ability to perform “what-if” scenarios to show different ways of doing things
  • The ability to set up locations so that the software can distinguish between local materials and materials on the other side of the planet when dealing with global companies with many locations

What is Material Requirements Planning Software?

Material requirements planning software allows for the production process to become more efficient. It is a type of software used to keep track of things like current stock, production times, wastage, and unit costs so that an accurate Bill of Materials (BoM) can be quickly produced when needed. This cuts down a lot of time in the estimating and quoting process and reduces the possibility of errors, such as under-quoting a job or factoring in materials that aren’t available.

When set up correctly, MRP software can act as a single point of authority for available resources. This is especially crucial for large Canadian businesses with several locations where it would otherwise be very easy to accidentally double-book resources for different projects. Using this software, resources can essentially be locked out so that, until otherwise stated, those resources can’t be claimed for anything else. An MRP system can automatically output purchase orders, work orders, and reports, ensuring that the necessary materials and work are booked or ordered and that the relevant parties are kept apprised of the ongoing progress of a project.

MRP systems are an effective tool for Canadian businesses to make detailed and efficient plans for production runs or other projects, though they do rely on other areas of the business for their accuracy. For example, MRP software can only accurately plan a project if the information about what is in stock is kept accurate. When used in conjunction with inventory management software—or as part of a larger software suite that includes both—it can allow for many benefits. For example, reducing the amount of stored inventory, and the overall manufacturing costs, allows businesses to offer their customers lower prices or increase profit margins.

What are the benefits of material requirements planning software?

The benefits of material requirements planning systems for Canadian businesses are mostly centred around making the process of producing a product or service more efficient while reducing the associated costs. This is achieved through refining the margins of error in the estimation process so that the capacity and schedule of a company can be seen without having to dedicate a lot of time and labour to working things out manually. Some of the more specific advantages of MRP systems include:

  • An assurance on the availability of materials and components: When used properly, an MRP system can give an organization the peace of mind that comes with knowing that the materials for a given project will be available once the project begins. The centralisation of this information also ensures that resources are not booked for more than one project.
  • Optimization of inventory management: An MRP solution will either form part of the inventory management system or plug into an existing solution. This allows for the solution to provide real-time information when looking at stock levels and ensures that those stock levels are immediately and accurately updated when a project is booked in and the associated resources times have been allocated.
  • Minimization of inventory levels and costs associated with storage: Having a more accurate grasp of inventory management will allow an organization to cut down its margin of error. This means the amount of stock that is needed can be reduced, in turn reducing the amount of financial commitment the company has to enter into without a specific return on the horizon. MRP also reduces the amount of work involved in keeping inventory records up to date.
  • Reduced customer lead times: MRP solutions allow for a more accurate grasp of inventory and scheduling, and can help to reduce the lead times of the projects to the customer. This is partly down to more accurate organization, but also because certain delays caused by things like having to order more stock are largely avoided.
  • Increased labour productivity: Canadian organizations using MRP systems generally enjoy more productive use of their time thanks to avoiding the aforementioned delays that can be caused by a lack of the right materials and resources. An organization can also plan its schedule across multiple projects better. For example, if a company knows one project is waiting for certain materials to arrive, it can schedule around this, and divert those idle resources to other projects in the meantime.
  • General improvement in overall customer satisfaction: All of the above—from reduced costs to shorter lead times—leads to a generally better experience for the customer, which in turn leads to better customer satisfaction.

What are the features of material requirements planning software?

The features of material requirements planning are focused on improving the efficiency of the manufacturing or service-providing process. The specific features may vary significantly from one solution to another, though the core features should be present in every MRP system. Here are some of the most common features of material requirements planning software:

  • Cost reporting: Reporting the costs of a given project can be a surprisingly time-consuming aspect of business once a company reaches a certain size and complexity. What would previously have taken many hours of checking and cross-referencing spreadsheets can be done in just a few clicks using MRP software. Furthermore, the resultant costing will typically be more accurate than equivalent cost reporting done manually, as the only way for the software to make a mistake is with inaccurate data.
  • Bill of materials: Producing a bill of materials is a critical part of production planning. It is a complete list of the raw materials, components, and assemblies needed for a project, complete with wastage numbers, unit costs, and the total cost of a given material. A bill of materials will be linked to a centralized data source, meaning the information will always be up to date.
  • Production control: Having real-time data about what projects are in progress and what materials are earmarked for a particular job allows an organization to make more informed decisions about the production process. Ideally, it allows an organization to prevent delays altogether with detailed planning. In less ideal situations, it allows an organization to make informed decisions about handling delays that crop up due to unforeseen circumstances and things out of the company’s control.
  • Capacity planning: There is more to planning a production run or project than checking if there are sufficient supplies in the warehouse. Human resources are a vital aspect of any project, and knowing what resources are available at a given time is essential in knowing what capacity a company can achieve. This also helps to prevent an organization from over-extending itself and, in turn, disappointing customers by not meeting deadlines or producing an inferior product.
  • Inventory control: Many MRP systems will provide an in-built ability to directly monitor stocks and inventory. This will grant an organization the ability to compare a particular project with the available inventory in real-time. This also allows for the ordering of new stock when needed, safe in the knowledge that the stock is needed at that time, and cutting down the time a project might be held up by the wait for ordered supplies.
  • Sales analysis: Detailed records of past projects can allow for in-depth analysis of market trends, essentially allowing an organization to more accurately forecast demand. Making accurate predictions about what products and services will be in higher demand allows an organization to make more efficient use of their inventory, only ordering what they know they will need.
  • Tool management: Materials, components, and labour are not the only things to account for when tallying up available resources. Tools are also an essential part of production and service providing, and no company has access to unlimited tools. With MRP systems, it is possible for an organization to factor in their tools—particularly rare and specialist tools—to make sure that a given tool will be available when it is needed for a project.
  • Warehouse management: Being able to manage inventory with a greater degree of precision will empower a business to make better use of its physical space. If less inventory needs to be stored thanks to more efficient inventory management, less space is needed to store that inventory, which can reduce costs or free up additional real estate for other things.

What should be considered when purchasing material requirements planning software?

When purchasing material requirements planning software, it is vital to consider the value proposition this software brings for the specific company. Some MRP systems will be better suited to smaller companies with single locations, whereas others will be more well-suited to larger Canadian organizations with several locations. For very small businesses, an MRP system may not be necessary at all. These software solutions can come in both locally deployed and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) options, though the general shift towards SaaS in business as a whole remains true in this industry as much as anywhere. Here are some of the most important things to consider when looking to purchase an MRP system:

  • What are the key features of the MRP? The first thing to consider with any key software acquisition or subscription is the features included with the package. The more features a software solution includes, the more it will cost. Therefore, it makes fiscal sense to consider whether a company might benefit from looking at a less expensive solution with fewer features or whether it is worth it to the company to spend more money to get a solution with more features. It’s also worth considering the ease with which a business can upgrade. If a company doesn’t need certain features now but will need them in the future, a smooth upgrade path will be necessary.
  • What are the costs associated with the MRP? Naturally, once it is established that the feature set included with an MRP system covers everything a business needs, the next thing to consider is the price. This may affect the type of deployment, as locally deployed software tends to be more expensive upfront, whereas SaaS is more of a service than a software product and more immediately affordable. If the features the company needs are financially out of reach, it may be better to wait until those features can be afforded, as purchasing software that doesn’t meet the company’s needs will have limited benefits.
  • Can the MRP help the business achieve its goals? The next thing to consider is whether the software in question will help the company reach its goals. Generally speaking, any kind of efficiency improvement will bring a company closer to its ultimate goals, but it’s important to establish that the potential MRP system will actually improve the company’s workflow and productivity.
  • Is the MRP suitable for the size of the business? Some MRP systems are intended for larger businesses, such as ones that offer the ability to create distinct locations. This is important for larger businesses with multiple locations. Without it, a company could find itself in a situation where its MRP says it has the materials for a project, but it then turns out the materials are halfway around the world at another location. On the other hand, a small business with a single location does not need this kind of feature.
  • Is the MRP compatible with other critical software? An MRP solution will need to work with other software solutions to do its job. The most obvious examples of this are inventory control software and billing. Many of the benefits that an MRP system brings will be negated if the software can’t adequately communicate with other relevant software solutions, so it’s crucial to ensure a potential MRP solution is compatible with any other software in use.
  • Does the MRP make existing software obsolete or redundant? Following on from the last point, another thing to consider is if the MRP system in question might render any existing software unnecessary. A smaller company using a limited, locally deployed inventory management solution may be able to do away with that existing system entirely in favour of an MRP solution that handles those features.

The most relevant material requirements planning software trends focus on further improving the efficiency of a production environment, as well as providing deeper insights into the operation of a business. The most relevant trends within the field of material requirements planning are listed here:

  • Better supply chain resilience: As business becomes increasingly global, even at the level of small businesses, supply chains are becoming longer and more complex. One trend in MRP is the drive to make supply chains more resilient through MRP solutions being able to analyze potential disruptions and work around them automatically.
  • Deeper and smarter data analysis: The amount of data available to modern businesses is growing, but what is done with that data is the tricky aspect MRP will look to deal with going forward. MRP solutions will likely see a drive to analyze and interpret the influx of data from the many sources (such as suppliers, logistics firms, etc.) as well as past sales data and information on things like wastage and production time, and use that data to provide valuable insights going forward.
  • Self-reporting inventory: As much as an MRP system can improve the efficiency of a business’ production operation, human error is still a factor, and it’s one that MRP software developers are likely to attempt to eliminate through self-reporting inventory. From automated item picking to automatic logging of products leaving a warehouse, MRP solutions will look to remove all inaccuracy from the process, in turn making them more effective at what they do.

Sources

The features highlighted were identified based on their relevance and the percentage of products in Capterra’s directory that offer them. The following sources were used for this document:

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