We are starting a small plastic goods manufacturing company which will start with 2 molding equipment and a small warehouse (around 7 employees to start, growing to potentially 22 if we run full time). Our process will include bringing in different types of raw material for storage and processing, producing either standard products or customized (with customer logo extruded), then final goods will be stored for shipping or delivery. Excess produced material will be regrind and mixed in with raw materials.
So basically we will need a system that enables tracking and management of raw material, equipment and their maintenance schedule, customer orders (and customization), a decent MRP, management of final products, and some aspects of quality control (will need to conduct some tests for each batch), and the financials. This will be our first exposure to ERP in such an environment.
With that in mind, and given our size:
- is ERPnext a suitable system to consider for our needs, or would you suggest alternatives (especially given the limited availability of technical resources to oversee implementation). I hear of Odoo, as well as Plex, Fishbowl and at the high end Dynamics but not sure how they’d compare.
- Also, is it best to start with an ERP from the get go, or to have some manual (Excel or SharePoint based) processes in place to streamline the work flow until we grow to a certain size?
- is there good documentation available on the associated ERP business/ops workflow for me to look at?
- to get into all this, what resources would you recommend I get acquainted with, and what deployment patch would you recommend (self host, or some well established web host, etc).
- finally (and this is out of curiousity), as we will be primarily using office 365 business premium, can data out of erpnext be integrated with SharePoint, PowerBI, or other O365 tools?