WBSP378: Grow Your Business by Understanding ECi M1's Capabilities, an Objective Panel Discussion

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ERP systems get a bad rap for being biased toward manufacturing. So manufacturers must feel comfortable using the mainstream ERP systems out there. Right? Well, at least that's not true for job shops. Job shops are unique in the way they think and work. They have a tendency to feel that they have unique business processes and workflow that require them to use a unique ERP system. But if you review the ERP systems that job shops typically appreciate, you will begin to notice a trend. That these ERP systems were created because the job shops were not willing to change how the other manufacturing businesses run. And that's probably the reason why most job shops very rarely cross the inflection point of $25-50 mil of lifestyle businesses. And one software that is extremely popular in the SMB job shop community is ECi M1, which promises a lot for them. But it's so unique and different that you might face migration issues if you ever grow to cross the inflection point.

In today's episode, we invited a panel of industry experts for a live discussion on LinkedIn to conduct an independent review of ECi M1's capabilities. We covered many grounds, including their strength of functionality for job shops and why these capabilities were born to support the broken processes that job shops are not willing to change and streamline. Finally, we reviewed their screens, workflow, and key features such as scheduling, job manipulation, and BOM structures.

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