Two-Tier ERP

Because one size does not fit all


Innovation at the Plant Floor: Where it Matters the Most

Your manufacturing plants need agile and modern ERP and manufacturing operations management systems to meet rapidly changing market requirements. Extending your legacy corporate ERP to manufacturing plants is just not the right strategy. Most businesses adopt a two-tier ERP strategy, using a purpose-built ERP for the manufacturing plants alongside the corporate-level ERP system.

At a Glance

Continue to leverage your investments in your current corporate-level ERP.

Consolidate financials from your plant operations with your corporate ERP software system for a comprehensive view and planning of the business.

Address your plant-level quality, traceability and plant floor control needs with a system purpose-built for manufacturing.

Solve for your plant-level manufacturing operations and real-time execution needs with lower total cost of ownership (TCO).

Rely on a more agile and flexible solution as your business changes – for your merged, acquired or newly opened manufacturing facilities.

Modernize your plant-level IT infrastructure with a cloud-based solution without disrupting your established headquarters infrastructure.

Introduce Flexibility and Agility to Your Enterprise Business and IT Strategy

Your business heavily relies on your ERP system to manage business operations, financials and even human resources. Your current system was probably just fine when you first installed it, but business conditions change. You have launched new product lines, expanded your global presence, opened up new production facilities and perhaps acquired other businesses. Market conditions are driving you to operate more efficiently, respond better to customer requirements, be more agile and at the same time stay profitable.

While your legacy systems may be providing adequate support at the head-office, they are probably not the ideal solution for every division and plant in your enterprise. Two-tier ERP is a business and an IT strategy that delivers the best of both worlds – a connected enterprise with a consolidated view of the business and an agile operations management system to runs your plants. A two-tier ERP strategy is an excellent choice for many reasons:

  • Your corporate ERP may not be the best solution for your operational business needs – too big, too complex, too expensive – just not the right-solution for the plant or division
  • You can preserve your investment in your corporate-level ERP system while deploying more appropriate technology at operational facilities with no disruption of enterprise-level processes
  • True manufacturing ERP at the plant has the in-depth functionality you need for real-time visibility and control of your production activities, material movement and inventory traceability
  • Your plants need a two-tier ERP solution that is purpose-built for their manufacturing needs and not a generic ERP solution that is focused on corporate management or attempts to serve a broad range of businesses with compromised functional depth
  • Your business needs a quicker implementation with faster ROI and minimal disruptions – found in an agile cloud-based ERP solution
  • Your production facilities are constantly changing in their quest for growth and profitability. A subscription-based scalable two-tier ERP system better fits functional and fiscal needs today and grows with your business

In summary, you need a tier-two manufacturing cloud ERP system for your production facilities that not only manages the usual (financial, supply chain and operational) needs of those plants but also runs your plant floor with utmost accuracy and quality, providing real-time visibility and control – so that you can meet your customers’ expectations and take better decisions at the manufacturing moment.

“Now that Plex is live, we can send financial data once a month to AAM’s Hyperion financial reporting system to map and consolidate. We tested this process and at go-live we had absolutely no issues, which was rewarding.” Michael Trathen, Senior Manager Lean Systems, AAM

Plex Runs Award-winning Plants

The Plex Manufacturing Cloud is trusted by modern manufactures to power and connect their global operations from the plant floor to the top floor. Plex has proven successful at delivering end-to-end ERP at the manufacturing plant and many Plex customers have replicated their success to multiple plants, such as American Axle and Floracraft.

Designed to suit the needs of discrete and process manufacturers, Plex has grown in functionality with features tailorable to the meet specific requirements of a facility through codeless configuration – not customization. Plex is the only “Manufacturing Cloud” SaaS offering in the integrated ERP market. Plex delivers value quickly with lower implementation and IT support costs.

Plex is uniquely able to stay up to date with the changing needs of manufacturing businesses through a “continuous innovation” model, where enhancements and upgrades are delivered continuously. The Plex Manufacturing Cloud stays up-to-date without the expensive and disruptive upgrade “release” process, typical of on premise solutions.

Plex MES (Manufacturing Execution System), integral to Plex ERP, delivers a real-time interoperable production control system that guides, initiates and reports shop floor activities as they occur, for optimized and responsive plant operations and processes. For every action in production, there is a transaction in Plex, so every bit of inventory is tracked for precise genealogy and traceability. Compliance with regulatory and quality standards is supported through an integral quality control and checkpoint system, minimizing waste and ensuring standards compliance, documentation and traceability.

Plex customers are often large multi-national corporations that deploy Plex at manufacturing facilities to control operations while communicating up to the parent enterprise, in a classic a two-tier implementation.

Explore the full suite of Plex Products to find out how a single unified platform can help you manage your plant operations and deliver a competitive edge to your business.


Two-Tier ERP

What is two-tier ERP? Should you consider a two-tier ERP as a strategy? Find out the answers to these questions and more.

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Customer Success Story

American Axle

Plex helps AAM drive innovation on its shop floors, streamlining processes with cloud ERP, and providing a single source of visibility.

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Customer Success Story


Find out how Plex helped FloraCraft, the world's largest maker and supplier of floral foam products, increase production and reduce costs.

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Why should you choose Plex?

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Plex is Built for Manufacturers

Manufacturing ERP software is not all the same. Historical ERP software solutions involve painful implementation projects followed by challenging periodic updates – often forcing companies to go years without updating their ERP system. Meanwhile, these same companies lose value day after day as new features and functions elude them, only implemented with the next painful ‘big bang’ upgrade.

Modern manufacturing ERP software from Plex takes a different approach. No more waiting. No more upgrades. New features are added daily to a single line of code, shared instantly with all Plex customers. Those customers not only realize renewed value daily, but share best practices real time with other peer Plex customers, all of which have access to exactly the same features, functions and capabilities enabled by a true, single ERP software code SaaS cloud offering.

ERP software solutions should truly be just that; solutions. Manufacturers are often tempted by ERP software vendors touting strong financial, accounting, and even retail ERP software solutions and systems. None of these, however, do the one thing they need particularly well – manufacturing.

Plex is different, offering the only ERP software solution built from the ground up in the cloud and focused exclusively on manufacturing. At Plex, we know manufacturing isn’t just part of the business: manufacturing is the business. The Plex ERP software solution is purpose-built to fit your manufacturing business needs, evolving with you while adding value daily.

Manufacturing ERP software is not all the same. Plex can help you be different. Find out how.

Manufacturers have moved beyond the need for non-integrated point solutions to solve their challenges – they require a true ERP system. Beyond individual, bolt-on products, an ERP system enables connectivity between companies, their customers and their suppliers.

An ERP system must fit the business needs of a given company, while offering a broad array of capabilities designed for that business. With an eye toward the future, the right ERP system gives companies the power to scale at their pace while adding constant value in real time.

Move your business forward with a true ERP system. Find out how.