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OptiProERP Named Among the 24 Best Manufacturing ERP Platforms for 2019

OptiProERP Named Among the 24 Best Manufacturing ERP Platforms for 2019

Designed to scale as your business grows, in the cloud or on-premise, OptiProERP allows you to focus on managing your business instead of your business managing you.

LAGUNA HILLS, CA Solutions Review, a collection of technology news sites that creates and curates the best content within leading technology categories, has selected OptiProERP as one of the 24 best manufacturing ERP platforms for 2019.

In their comprehensive annual review of manufacturing ERP platforms, Solutions Review provides key information to help you choose the best manufacturing ERP solution for your business, and indeed the benefits of implementing such a system.

They canvas the 5 questions you should be asking when evaluating an ERP solution:

  • On-premise vs Cloud
  • Support and training offered
  • Sticking to the budget
  • Meeting our needs
  • Eliminating what you don’t need

Also included are 4 key functional capabilities to consider before you select an ERP system, but keep in mind the 5th question above.

The main part of the report is in-depth profiles of the 24 manufacturing ERP platforms they have selected as the best to consider for 2019. OptiProERP is delighted to be included in this definitive list.

They were not ready for the influx of business. It was the middle of 2017, right at the height of the season, when they realized their current legacy system was completely insufficient to run the operation.

HendRx Farms business is about cloning. They have a greenhouse setup in which they grow on what they call the ‘Mother’ plants, which are the different genetic lines. They take cuttings from the mother plants and bring them into a lab area where they can do a lot of high-density propagation. That lab is almost a pharmaceutical lab, pressurized, and with water-proof walls so they can spray down and keep it all hygienic. From cuttings, they also have a tissue culture partner that they work with who will take genetics for them so they can enter them into a clean stock program and then bring them back on site. They then do cloning off those mothers. So far, the industry hasn’t fully evolved to bringing in tissue culture to a large scale, so they hope to be able to parallel their business partner and expand into that realm in the next couple of years.

They were using a mixture of Excel, and hard-copy analog systems – just clipboards and manually recording everything, then entering that data into excel. They used QuickBooks really basically, just a patchwork of solutions.

The legislation changes were the trigger for needing a new business management system. When they opened their doors, they were one of the few that really put themselves out there with a strong advertising campaign. That was a double-edged sword. Their phones started ringing off the hook, but that put massive strains on their production line. They were not ready for the influx of business. It was the middle of 2017, right at the height of the season, when they realized their current legacy system was completely insufficient to run the operation.

They were using a mixture of Excel, and hard-copy analog systems – just clipboards and manually recording everything, then entering that data into excel. They used QuickBooks really basically, just a patchwork of solutions. Travis Poe, HendRx Facility Director/Founder, said “This led us to start looking for a new solution and we had a business advisor who was a supply chain guy from Boeing. He came in to give us a hand and looked at our inefficiencies. The number one thing he said was, to get a system that will give you visibility. For everything else, the data will set you free. We really took that to heart, and started looking for the right solution.”

Travis Poe HendRx

This led us to start looking for a new solution and we had a business advisor who was a supply chain guy from Boeing. He came in to give us a hand and looked at our inefficiencies. The number one thing he said was to get a system that will give you visibility.
– Travis Poe, Facility Director/Founder, HendRx

The search was interesting, because there are a few legislative things that came through that required ‘Track & Trace’, so with the passage of Proposition 64 it made them realize that regardless of what they were used to doing, or even were comfortable doing, the State was going to make sure that they did it in a specific way.

That got them looking at some Cannabis-industry specific, Seed to Sale applications – Trellis, Mary Jane Freeway, Proteus 420 – and they came to know about these through the main information supply chain that exists in the cannabis space, in that bubble, from industry events and such. Travis noted, “They were all startups, essentially. They came in promising the world, we sat with these reps and talked about our best case scenario: what do we want, and it was all ‘Yes, yes, yes’. We signed up with Proteus and spent probably a couple of months banging our heads against the wall until we cancelled that.” They started talking to a friend who was an accountant for one of the bigger lumbar companies near them. She was using Fishbowl so they initially got excited about Fishbowl, and its integration with QuickBooks.

At that same time they spoke to OptiProERP, from a list they had generated of different options in the market. “OptiProERP being an SAP-based product was for me a good thing, I have had experience with SAP platforms,” Travis said. They chatted to the OptiProERP team about their entire operation. Travis said, “They were very clear about what was possible and were really good at explaining the analogy to their background in discrete manufacturing. They came at it from the understanding that it didn’t matter what you were producing, there are proven ways to track production and implement those. That really is what got us turned on to OptiProERP.”

The starting points were the requirement for Track & Trace, and the fact that they actually grow their inventory – they buy raw goods and create products out of them, but their main raw good just grows. That was one of the bigger challenges. A lot of the cannabis solutions they were offered were really just focused at the crop level, i.e. the Finished Good level, tracking finished units through the supply chain to the retailer. There was no comprehension of HendRx’s manufacturing model that takes sunlight (natural and artificial) and nutrients to grow plants into a thing that they cut from and turn into a product.

Travis Poe HendRx

They were very clear about what was possible and were really good at explaining the analogy to their background in discrete manufacturing. They came at it from the understanding that it didn’t matter what you were producing, there are proven ways to track production and implement those. That really is what got us turned on to OptiProERP.
– Travis Poe, Facility Director/Founder, HendRx

The advantages HendRx found with OptiProERP were:

Currently, HendRx’s primary focus is solely in producing plants for other growers. They also do genetic breeding, targeted breeding for specific traits that are hot in the marketplace, or certain chemo types that have therapeutic value. So there’s a whole breeding side of the business which they are excited about implementing in OptiProERP’s tracking as the second phase.

In community outreach, HendRx are hoping for changes to allow them to resume a previous program that is prohibited by recent legislation. This season (before the legislative change was made) they donated in the realm of 350 high CBD plants to a partner farmer down in Mendocino County. Those plants are just now being harvested and donated through the Sweetleaf Collective in the Bay Area. Sweetleaf is an organization that provides free medical cannabis to more than 150 low-income terminally ill patients in the Bay Area region. HendRx hopes they can do that again next year, depending on the next round of legislation.

About OptiProERP

OptiProERP is an end-to-end manufacturing ERP that combines financial management, supply chain, CRM, and industry-specific manufacturing and distribution solutions in one seamless system. Built on the world-class SAP Business One platform, OptiProERP gives small and midsized manufacturers the foundation to scale and compete, without the complexity and cost. www.optiproerp.com

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John Houltham, jhoultham@optiproerp.com

OptiProERP Manufacturing

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