Sage Intacct & SAGE X3

Process manufacturing

Improve efficiency with Sage process manufacturing ERP

Minimise costs with process manufacturing ERP software

In a Global CEO Survey on manufacturing competitiveness, Deloitte identified “cost, availability of labour, materials, cost competitiveness of materials, and availability of raw materials” as the third most competitive driver for manufacturers. So, it’s crucial to understand how much your process manufacturing business is spending each week, month, or quarter.

Improve efficiency with Sage process manufacturing ERP

Achieve 75% faster process cycle time and 57% faster inventory turns in your process manufacturing business.

Ageing infrastructure, high costs, reduced lead times and a need for improved visibility continue to make the environment a tricky one for process manufacturers. In recent years, the industry has also been affected by the introduction of environmental and safety standards that require additional management and controls, not to mention the pressure to improve customer satisfaction.

Maintaining quality and meeting safety standards

A key requirement for all process manufacturers is the ability to keep up with new environmental and safety standards, and successfully achieve compliance with new regulations, such as the UN Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). 

Navigating this maze of global laws and restrictions can be a huge challenge, and failure to comply can be extremely costly in financial and reputational terms. The good news is that process manufacturing businesses can overcome these challenges with the right enterprise management software.

Key challenges faced by process manufacturing businesses

Out-of-date infrastructure

A major concern for many manufacturers. If you want to stay ahead of the competition, you need manufacturing software that can help you raise the productivity bar, break new ground, and ensure compliance.

New product launches

Manufacturers need to be lean and highly flexible in order to keep pace – those restrained by rigid processes and inefficient systems could be left behind.

Cost control

It’s crucial to understand how much your process manufacturing business is spending each week, month, or quarter. This ensure you remain competitive within your market place.

Which sage product is best for my business?

Sage X3

– 50+ employees
– Turnover £20m+

Sage Business Cloud X3 manages your entire manufacturing operation faster and more effectively – from procurement and scheduling to shop floor, inventory, sales and financials – and provides better insight on quality and costs to promote strategic collaboration and improved operational efficiency.


Distribution, Manufacturing, Process Manufacturing,  Chemicals, Food & Beverage and Services,

Sage Intacct

– 20+ employees
– Turnover £3m+

Sage Intacct Manufacturing provides a cloud native solution that helps manufacturers gain real time visibility into their entire chain of operations from purchasing, production, inventory to sales. By combining Sage Intacct Manufacturing with Sage Intacct you can comprehensively manage financials and accounting, manufacturing, and operations though a single solution.


Service based industries including Professional services, Finance, Distribution/Wholesale, Manufacturing

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Challenges faced by manufacturers today

Challenge #1 No real-time view
It goes without saying that you want the most up-to-date information possible when forecasting or making important financial decisions.


Automating manual, error-prone financial tasks such as expense filing while processing data as soon as it becomes available for real-time insights.
Challenge #2 Siloed data
To unlock insights from this data and compete effectively in today’s markets, the ability to combine different datasets for analytics purposes is essential.

Switching to a ‘data-first’ model opens significant opportunities to adapt to the buying habits of your customers while identifying overarching trends for long-term strategic development.
Challenge #3 Poor visibility
Knowing where orders and deliveries are in the supply chain is vital for maximising revenue, reducing slowdowns and improving customer experience.

Cloud tech, on the other hand, offers useful insights across global supplier networks. Supplier quality management features offer real-time updates on the latest shipments, reduce costs, guarantee quality and increase customer satisfaction.
Challenge #4 Inventory control
A major challenge for many manufacturing businesses is the lack of visibility into inventory levels, caused by data silos and real-time updates – and the poor customer experience this causes.

ERP provides the capability you need to keep on top of what inventory you have and what you’re expecting. Using one system for all warehouse locations avoids data silos, so you know what you truly have in stock at all times (and don’t miss out on opportunities to sell because inventory isn’t universally accessible).
Challenge #5 Technology
Manufacturers suffer due to legacy systems that silo data, reduce collaboration and can’t provide real-time visibility into key design and production processes.

Cloud-based predictive maintenance uses Internet of Things (IoT) sensors to collect data on your equipment. By doing so, it can alert you in advance of potential breakdowns so you can fix issues quickly. This can save hours or days of unexpected downtime and keep the production of new products efficient.
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