The world we live in now is a very different place to that in which most of us grew up. It’s a more interconnected and real-time world, in both our professional and personal lives. We’re connected to our devices for most of our waking hours and have all forms of information at our fingertips. Today is a time of instant gratification – how often do we hear “I need it now” or receive a reminder to answer an email that was sent less than an hour earlier?

Over the last two decades the E-Max team have seen a huge increase in our customers’ need for accurate real-time business wide information. Companies are becoming ever more dependent on accurate time sensitive data for decision making. We know that this data is mission critical for the efficient running of their business and their long-term prosperity.

At E-Max, we take great pride in working closely with engineering and manufacturing companies and anticipating their evolving expectations. That’s why E-Max not only provides flexible enquiry to invoice functionality but includes a built-in dynamic activity Dashboard integral to our ERP system. This is an easy-to-read visual representation of key business performance metrics displayed on a single screen.

E-Max ERP’s Dashboard provides information that is:

  • real-time
  • user specific
  • process specific, and
  • department specific

Every individual can simply customise their own ERP dashboard and tailor it as often as they want. Multiple metrics are available, ranging from all internal datasets, such as tasks, sales orders or live works orders to external apps like weather, raw material prices and GPS tracking. Users can set reminders, highlight danger areas and follow performance against target.

We regard our ERP Dashboard as a ‘personalised canvas’ – available to display on one screen whatever user defined KPIs, parameters and key issues regarding work and performance our users want.

Users can also drill down on the data displayed on the Dashboard to get more information to help with real time decision making.

 

Tailoring an ERP Dashboard for specific roles:

 
Businesses will often set up and display a Dashboard in a central location, like the shop floor, so every member of staff can see how the company is performing against its key metrics. This can, and should be, continued to individual level.

One of the many strengths of E-Max ERP’s Dashboard is the option for every employee to have their own key metrics displayed on their personal screen. By creating role based Dashboards for all personnel, the key areas that impact their day to day operations can be shown. This means less time spent looking at irrelevant data and more focus on the KPIs that impact them. All personnel are then focused on performance. In cases of sensitive data, management teams can decide who can have access to specific reports and set security parameters appropriately.

 

Example content for role-based Dashboards:

 
ERP Dashboard - KPIs to include

 

A well planned Dashboard offers many benefits

 
It brings a company together on one simple screen as the action of one person can trigger or request actions from others.

In engineering and manufacturing supply chains, where there are demanding contracts and targets in place, the ERP Dashboard enables companies to track and measure key data to enable continuous process improvement. The Dashboard provides an easy visual analysis of a company’s performance metrics and a feedback loop to enable changes to be made.

Paperwork is much reduced, with the information required updated live on screen throughout the working day.

By displaying only the relevant KPIs, every level of the company stays focused on performance. Decisions can be made on the real time data that is presented. By synchronising interconnected processes, it improves project management, collaboration and communication.

Ultimately, the ERP Dashboard helps a company improve its performance and customer satisfaction, whilst enabling users to stay focused on the tasks that matter.

 

To find out more about how you can use E-Max ERP and its Dashboard functionality to help your business become more efficient and grow, speak to one of our experienced ERP consultants on 0808 109 2035 or send us a message. If you’d like to see E-Max ERP in practice and how easy it is to build a comprehensive customised dashboard, then we can schedule a short demonstration of our software at a time convenient to you.