ERP software systems are typically holistic in nature. However, most generic ERP systems typically won’t meet all the specific needs of a brewery. Therefore, it is critical to perform a gap analysis to identify what functions are required that are not native in the generic ERP application. Custom development or the purchase of additional bolt-ons are often required to fill these gaps. These additional “bolt-ons” can greatly increase the total cost of the solution.
Buyer Beware, No Guarantees
There is no guarantee that the myriad of Bolt-ons will work as expected once “Bolted-on” to the base ERP software system. Additionally, the Bolt-on’s user interface may be so different from the base ERP system that it may mean having to learn two independent pieces of software to manage your brewery. Be aware of your specific needs before you consider purchasing a generic system that meets “most” of your brewery’s needs. Sometimes the bolt-ons needed to customize a generic system to meet your specific requirements end up being more expensive than the base platform itself.
Another point worth noting is with multiple Bolt-ons, keeping your system updated can be challenging if not impossible. With so many generic ERP systems in the market place, 3rd party Bolt-ons are not maintained to work with the most up-to-date version of the ERP software system.
Bolt-ons Increase complexity, reduce reliability
Lastly, as the number of generic “Bolt-ons” increases, the overall integrity, stability, and usability of the ERP software system will decrease and be less than desirable.
Integrated Add-On Solutions
An improvement over a generic Bolt-on is an integrated Add-on Solutions. Some ERP software solutions consider add-ons to be integrated based on technology or how well the systems interact with each other on a technical level. Other ERP software solutions have formal partnerships where full integration is achieved with add-ons that enhance the performance, creating what is considered an integrated solution
Although an integrated add-on solution is better than a generic Bolt-ons, it is far from a true all-in-one ERP brewery management software solution. Most integrated add-on solutions are designed to meet basic needs of a horizontal manufacturing business but may fall short when trying to meet the specific needs of a craft brewery.
OrchestratedBEER™ – Going where no Bolt-on has Gone Before
OrchestratedBEER™ is currently the only true craft brewery specific ERP software solution in the marketplace. OrchestratedBEER™ is not a Bolt-on. OrchestratedBEER™ is not simply a solution that integrates with other ERP software platforms. It is built inside of the ERP platform (SAP Business One) within the Application Programming Interface (API) through the the ERP platforms Software Development Kit (SDK), while following the ERP platform’s development requirements and extending the ERP platform to meet the specific needs of a craft brewery. OrchestratedBEER™ is a complete industry-specific brewery management software solution built within the SAP Business One platform.
What does this mean?
1. No need to manage multiple Bolt-ons.
This decreases the overall cost of the software solution as well as increases its ease of use.
2. Seamless user interface experience.
OrchestratedBEER™ looks, feels, and functions just like SAP BusinessOne.
3. Guaranteed upgrade compatibility.
Since OrchestratedBEER™ is built within SAP Business One, it is guaranteed to work whenever the system is upgraded.
4. Continued commitment to innovation.
SAP and Orchestra are dedicated to continued innovation and strive to bring new technology to the forefront of the craft brewing industry. OrchestratedBEER™ creates a bridge between complex technologies and brewing great beer.
5. Increased Stability.
Because OrchestratedBEER™ is a complete solution, it is much more stable, which follows the “checks and balances” of the ERP platform, increasing the integrity of the overall solution. Please see the video below for a brief overview of how ERP brewery management software called OrchestratedBEER™ can help your brewery run better: