When speaking with prospective customers we occasionally hear of the organisation’s existing ERP solution as a possible reason not to invest in DRAMS. This viewpoint betrays a misconception regarding what exactly a bespoke distillery management solution does, and how it works within the overall operations management framework.
The truth is that as valuable as ERP systems are, they lack the detail essential for the accurate bulk stocks management required by the spirits industry. Generic ERP systems do not provide distillery managers with access to centralised cask level information, so don’t provide visibility of location, content and value for every cask in the warehouse. They do not hold the level of detail required to support the complex processes necessary for distillery operations. As a result, tasks take longer than they should, and costly mistakes can easily occur.
ERP systems of course have their place, but they are no substitute for a specialised bulk inventory and distillery warehouse management solution.
If you have an existing ERP system and wish to improve warehouse operations, the best approach is to invest in a complementary solution designed to meet the unique requirements of maturing spirit producers and in particular can facilitate the complex process involved in the movement, maturation and storage of a bulk spirit inventory.
Ideally that system will be fully integrated with your ERP, with information seamlessly flowing between the two.
DRAMS is a tried and tested solution and has proven results in the Whisk(e)y, Rum and Tequila sectors. It integrates with most major ERP systems, including SAP, JD Edwards and IFS Applications. Our experience creating custom integrations mean that you benefit from a solution designed specifically for the mature spirits industry, while still providing the wider business with access to crucial performance data.
In one of our more recent articles, we consider the role of an ERP system in a modern distillery with greater detail by evaluating the merits of bespoke ERP development and how these compare to the out-of-the-box distillery and record management solution provided by DRAMS. You can read it here.
Alternatively, download our Solution Sheet to learn more about the DRAMS bulk stocks and inventory system.