Selecting new manufacturing management software can be one of the most important decisions a company will undertake in its growth cycle. The ERP software needs to do the job and answer the key issues surrounding your shop. It is also important that the vendor makes technical support just as important as implementation.
COSS Systems understands manufacturing. Unlike many manufacturer software vendors, who prefer to remain anonymous or unavailable after the implementation is completed, COSS offers support services for our ERP softwareusing live, well-trained software experts. We encourage you to contact our technicians with your questions.
Upon completion of the implementation, your Project Manager will transfer all pertinent information to the support team, including any concerns or special or custom requirements. This ensures a smooth transition from the training phase of your implementation to the live daily use of your new ERP software.
At COSS Systems, the Professional Services Group oversees the implementation of our manufacturing management software, ongoing skills development at our customer sites, and product and industry training.
The COSS implementation strategy is simple:
Develop an implementation methodology based upon a practical evaluation of your company needs and staff requirements.
Provide a wide range of ERP services and expertise from dedicated professionals experienced in the implementation, training and support of companies like yours.
Deliver resources and support that fit your organizational requirements, allowing you to stay on track and complete the implementation of your manufacturing ERP software as smoothly as possible
For each project we undertake we bring years of practical experience in various manufacturing and business organizations, detailed knowledge from the shop floor, and an understanding of the requirements of the executive offices. At COSS, we seek project management, analytical, and training staff that have implemented the software at other manufacturers, and know the issues your team face. The combination of expertise and experience is invaluable in ensuring implementation success.
While each implementation is unique, reflecting your operating conditions, the team you have to implement the software and overall timing and budget variables, we can provide a brief description of the services we provide:
Business Analysis: An organizational profile of your firm including detailed flow charts of your current operating procedures. It is produced after an interviewing process with key members of your organization.
Needs Analysis Documentation: COSS documents our findings in a detailed report. It is used as the basis of the implementation plan used by our team. This document ensures we are focused on the correct areas, and the expectations of both parties are matched. This document can be used by your company to identify and document policies and procedures.
Implementation Strategy: Identifying the areas in your company and how they may benefit most by the COSS Manufacturing software solution, we design a plan that is customized to your specific requirements and agreed-to objectives.
Implementation Manual: Creating and Building documentation of the decisions made while building the system. We produce detailed flow charts of the proposed information flow through your operation. This manual also forms a basis for upgrading your skills on the system or training new staff on the system.
Milestones: Defining measurable goals allow you to monitor the progress of the implementation.
Fast Track Implementation: Based upon your requirements we make recommendations to effectively organize your data. We save you the time and trouble of entering them into the system.
Once you are up and running on COSS’s ERP software, our technical support team takes over. They are there to assist clients with their day to day job planning operations. The support team fields calls regarding the operation of the manufacturing software, changes that need to be made or any technical issues that may arise. With an over 90% call answer ratio, our team is there when you need them… And if you require special after hours support during year ends, inventory counts or during upgrades, the COSS team is always on call for you.
COSS clients are more than welcome to give input into the development of the ERP software. The technical support team is there to assist you in defining your needs and will be your liaison for the COSS manufacturer software development team. This is just one way that COSS makes sure that you and our job shop software evolves, just as your manufacturing business does.
Many small manufacturers understand the need for an ERP software package but fear the unknown, and tend to push the decision off based on the budget of the system. They have heard horror stories of job shop software implementations that started off within a reasonable budget and ended up costing double what they thought. At COSS we understand this concern and take the guess work out. Depending on your company’s size, we offer fixed implementation packages, and work within that budget. You are then guaranteed by COSS to be up and running on your new ERP software within that budget. No guesswork, just happy customers.
COSS knows that a successful ERP software implementation is achieved only when we have transferred the knowledge to your staff and they are comfortable applying it to your organization’s procedures. This process doesn’t end and we strive to make sure that learning continues throughout the usage of COSSERP. At COSS, we provide many options to make sure we provide the training on your ERP solutions you need to continuously grow with us.
New Installs: Training services are provided using your data, at your offices, concentrating on your business processes. In this way COSS trains your team to provide real-world skills and practical applications. Training in all areas of COSS software is offered.
Ongoing Customers: COSS offers a series of formal services, as well as custom services. While existing customers are experienced users, there is always a need to bring new staff on-board, and train on new product features, or newly purchased modules.
Web Training: For customers who don’t require the scope of an all-day-training session, COSS provides web-based services for it’s manufacturing management software. Shorter in duration, and focused on one or two key areas, this training is easy to schedule and can be prepared quickly.
Microsoft Training Centers: COSS can train at your offices sending an expert trainer to work directly at your facilities. However if this is not practical, COSS has a strategic alliances with many Microsoft training facilities located throughout North America. These centers provide training on all COSS ERP and Microsoft products including Word, Excel and many more.