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Sage business solutions provide exceptional financial, supply chain, and manufacturing operations management, so you can focus on growing your business. Are you keeping pace with technology to better support you in an increasing competitive market?

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Manufacturing industry challenges

Manufacturers are continually looking for ways to grow their business and increase profitability. These goals can oftentimes seem mutually exclusive because growth can require a significant infrastructure investment that will reduce profit for a number of years. There are solutions that can help manufacturers reach their goals.

Read how technology is being adapted by your peers to ramp up business growth.

Manufacturing Solutions for Strategic Growth

Business challenges . . . solved

IDG Research asked what goals small and midsized manufacturers have for their business. Here’s what they had to say:

Automate for efficiency and profitability

Streamlining and standardizing your business processes can reduce costs, improve cash flow, and connect every department with real-time access to data—helping your business prevent mistakes and optimize operations.

Powerful information systems automate data-intensive routine operations, so you can focus on critical decisions and strategic initiatives.

Get everyone on the same page

Managing supply chains is a constant challenge for manufacturers. In addition to staying on top of the key factors—costs, demand forecasting, production downtime, and inventory excess—supply chain partnerships are continually changing.

Business solutions with business intelligence capabilities enable you to be proactive and access supply chain data anywhere, anytime, so management gets actionable information on inventory, financials, and processes—no matter where they are.

Make better business decisions

Manufacturers who lack complete, accurate, and up-to-the minute data face significant challenges to making timely decisions. Collecting the right information can help you better manage inventory levels, control costs, improve customer satisfaction, and operate more efficiently.

With today’s technology, management can get critical insight information on inventory, financials, and processes no matter where they are.

Key capabilities for manufacturers

With flexible and scalable business management solutions, available on-premises or online, Sage can help address your specific challenges to run your manufacturing business better.

Reduce costs:

  • Improve production planning to maximize plant efficiency and reduce labor costs.
  • Combine operations management, financial software, and customer-facing solutions for one view of the business to reduce costly errors and improve customer satisfaction.
  • Improve supply chain visibility and collaboration.
  • Collect business insights (for example, profitability, batch costs, customer data) to drive decision making.

Make better decisions

  • Integrate new technology with legacy systems to have a single view of the business.
  • Reduce complexity and achieve transparency through centralized information.
  • Access information in real time using easy-to-absorb dashboards with the ability to analyze and drill down to details as needed.
  • Be able to identify and react to constant shifts in customer buying trends.

Increase efficiencies

  • Automate and standardize business process and procedures, including product issues such as recalls.
  • Integrate e-commerce and mobile access with ERP and other business management software. Use mobile technology to make sales and customer service more efficient.
  • Respond immediately to product recalls or product compliance issues.
  • Connect transactions and data with other locations, companies, or countries.

Manage growth

  • Rapidly analyze and connect business insights to drive decision making, including how to create better economies of scale.
  • Leverage information on customers such as past transactions to optimize the best new sales opportunities.
  • Run production and order materials using accurate forecasts and decisions.
  • Continually focus on new ways to innovate to stay competitive, including tracking and managing sales and marketing efforts.

For more information, read the manufacturing brochure or call us at 866-530-7243.

"71% of best-in-class companies have the ability to track product costs, 78% of best-in-class companies have the ability to do demand planning and forecasting, and 43% of best-in-class companies are more likely to have a unified view of labor costs and workflow data."

ERP in manufacturing, The Aberdeen Group

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Manufacturing segments


Process manufacturers face a unique set of challenges in managing their business, from operations and compliance to supply chain to reporting. Companies within process manufacturing face common operational challenges, like ensuring quality when raw materials fluctuate in potency, whether it is food ingredients or chemical raw materials, and face unique challenges, like recall requirements for food and beverage or global harmonization for chemical companies. What all companies need is a solution that combines the specific needs of their industry and the unique requirements of their business while providing access to the tools that best-in-class companies use to differentiate themselves from the competition.

Food and Beverage

Food and beverage

Are you looking for a complete solution that meets your operational, supply chain, and financial needs? Complying with FDA, USDA, CFIA, and state regulators can seem overwhelming, but Sage has a solution to manage recalls and provide lot traceability plus help you manage your business by controlling costs and managing quality, inventory, and your financials so you can grow your business with confidence.



Chemical companies require a lot from their business management software because chemicals are a complex business. Managing the supply chain and meeting increasing federal regulatory requirements—including global harmonization—is enough to keep any business busy. Include unique operational needs like labeling, formula management and optimization, quality, and safety, and the need for a system that can truly help your business succeed becomes clear. Let Sage show you what that solution looks like.

Life Sciences

Life sciences

You are in the business of making people’s lives better. Let us help make your business better. From pharmaceutical to medical device companies, your business is complicated by regulatory compliance, an increasingly complex marketplace, and competitive pressure. You need a solution that helps you manage operational needs like compliance, traceability, potency, recalls, and testing along with your finances and supply chain. We have the solution.

Sage has solutions for other process manufacturing businesses. Contact us to learn more or request a demo and we will show you how we can create a solution to meet your business challenges and help your business grow.


Discrete manufacturing

Discrete manufacturers face a variety of business challenges in their operations, ranging from inventory management to production scheduling to regulatory requirements. Along the way there is the constant pressure to reduce production cost, which starts in operations and extends into the finance department. Software solutions can help these discrete manufacturers gain efficiencies by allowing for better handling of inventory, managing production costs, analyzing product line profitability, or streamlining operations.

Fabricated Metal Products

Fabricated metal products

Metal fabrication companies operate in a highly competitive market that is dominated by fluctuating metal and energy cost and global competition. Mastering these challenges while producing high-quality metal products to exact specifications can be overwhelming, and manufacturers in this sector need the tools to manage resources, production schedules, and customer orders and to tie them into the company’s financial systems.

Industrial Machinery

Industrial machinery and equipment

With over $400 billion in domestic and foreign sales, the machinery and equipment manufacturing industry is vital to the U.S. economy. Thousands of foreign and domestic companies compete in this market, which makes optimizing profitability essential for U.S. manufacturers in this sector. Business management systems can help these companies to reap savings from enhanced inventory control and more efficient staff and asset utilization.

Instruments and Related Products

Instruments and related products

Because of the industry's technology-intensive products and shorting product lifecycles, manufacturers in this industry must ensure that their capital investments are optimized to return revenue to the business within a short period of time. Access to detailed information about every aspect of their business process is essential to reduce costs, improve cash flow, and gain a competitive advantage. Manufacturers in this industry need integrated business management systems that can support them in making timely decisions based on complete and accurate data.

Sage has solutions for other process manufacturing businesses. Contact us to learn more or request a demo and we will show you how we can create a solution to meet your business challenges and help your business grow.

How can you use technology to compete?

Manufacturing companies that leverage modern technology to run their business increase their visibility around customers, products, and operations and make smarter decisions. They can also increase efficiencies across their business, whether through optimizing their warehouse or going mobile.

Sage has been helping manufacturers for over 35 years. Let us help you.

Why manufacturers upgrade to modern ERP

Solutions for manufacturing companies

See how Avon Rubber uses Sage solutions

“Our revenues have grown substantially over the past several years. This type of growth would not have been possible without the efficiencies that Sage ERP X3 provides."

John Deradoorian, president
Allied Metals Corporation

"We’ve been able to reduce our inventory carrying costs by 30 percent; that represents nearly $500,000 in cash freed up."

Rich Sade, vice president and COO
S&S Hinge Company

“Our production planning capabilities are greatly improved thanks to the robust manufacturing resource planning (MRP) capabilities in Sage ERP X3. We are notified when we run low on the raw materials necessary to meet our real and projected demands."

Edith Lauzon, director of finance and operations
Avmor Ltd.

Manage your entire manufacturing business

Over the past 30 years, Sage has helped nearly 48,000 small and midsized manufacturing companies grow their business with comprehensive ERP and business management solutions. Learn more about our solutions.

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Additional resources

Conducting a cost-benefit analysis for ERP

Impact of data effectiveness on business outcomes

Process manufacturing: Worldwide customer insight

Expert guide: Automated workflows in manufacturing

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