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Production Management VS Production Execution Systems
Production Management VS Production Execution Systems
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Written by Gonçalo Fortes
Updated over a week ago

As a business owner, efficiency, profitability, and productivity are core priorities you want to achieve. To this end, it is expedient that you ensure seamless integration of digital processes so as to achieve your goals.

One key benefit of these digital processes is the ability to eliminate monotonous paperwork. A survey revealed that almost 20% of the total business time is spent looking through paperwork. This is just as good as missing one day of work weekly.

Fortunately, there’s a way out. These seemingly arduous processes can be automated, engendering real-time information which brings about better asset management and resource utilization. Two principal processes responsible for this are production management and production execution.

The dilemma, however, lies in selecting which solution method to adopt. To begin our analysis, let’s have a brief look at what they both mean.

Production Management

This involves the laid out plan and structure of the project. Due to the overwhelming work many projects entail, there’s a need to adopt an automated approach to the management. This usually involves a top-down planning, however, the process is often tailored to the complex nature of the project. 

Production management is usually carried out by Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems software such as Oracle ERP, Sage Enterprise Management, IQMS Manufacturing ERP and so on.

Benefits of ERP 

  • Efficiency is dramatically increased

  • Unnecessary downtime is eliminated

  • It enhances manufacturing production and performance

  • It improves the visibility of supply chain

Production Execution

A production often includes intricate processes which demand constant monitoring. Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) effectively controls the design, development, implementation, and maintenance of the entire production. This is achieved by tracking real-time data using sensors and in-built software applications. 

Benefits of MES

  • Production errors are dramatically reduced.

  • It ensures increased productivity in your organization

  • It improves quality compliance, substantially reducing quality losses.

  • It decreases dead time.

  • Production throughput is increased.

The Dilemma: Should I Adopt an ERP or MES System for my Business?

As earlier indicated, ERP and MES systems both offer their unique benefits. However, if productivity, efficiency, and more lean operations are your organizational objectives, MES is to be adopted.

Here is why;

Strategic planning without proper execution can as well result in failure, especially when an adequate MES is not in place.

While ERP ensures that the adequate strategic planning is made, MES is actually responsible for ensuring that execution goes rightly as planned. MES also ensures that we are able to get real-time data from the production floor that can be used to further refine the quality of our plans. As you can see, the importance of MES systems cannot be overemphasized.

Even if you have an established ERP system, you can still further improve your productivity by integrating an MES system.

Integrating MES with your ERP.

You might argue that you already have an ERP software in place, but check out the following ways through which integrating an MES system can further foster productivity;

MES is Best for Inception to Execution

Shop-floor production cannot be properly executed by ERP systems. By adopting an MES system, you integrate the whole process from planning to final execution. This seamless interaction equips you to match up to the dynamic demands from customers, suppliers or even internal workers.

MES Enhances your Supply Chain

With the fierce competition that exists in today’s market, every aspect of your business, even the supply chain must be optimized. This cannot be achieved by just strategic or commercial planning. Real-time data must be analyzed at every point in time so as to access accurate information that can enable your supply chain to operate effectively.

ERP defines “why”, MES defines “how”

While ERP can be used to make strategic decisions, only through MES can those decisions be executed optimally to ensure the desired result.

MES Facilitates Large-Scale Production

Strategic market change managed at the ERP level usually translates to about 10 times higher on the production level. As a result, a dedicated production management system must be in place in order to handle this larger scale of change at the production level.

Many more benefits include; Real-time production adjustments, accurate forecast of demands and improved quality and productivity.


From what you’ve learned so far, not adopting this sophisticated tool for project execution is as good as cheating yourself. Your business partners, investors, employees, and even principal clients stand to gain a lot when the right tools are in place. You can begin the journey by discussing with professionals who will guide you every step of the way: request a Prodsmart expert to contact you here.

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