The integrated management process known as Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) has evolved over three decades. In recent years it has taken a major evolutionary step for many companies that have realized the need for, and the benefits of, operating with one integrated management process. Integrated Business Planning is the name many companies are using to describe a strategic management process integrating all the functional elements of the business, picking up where traditional S&OP leaves off. This paper discusses the integrated management process known as Sales and Operations Planning and its more mature version, Integrated Business Planning. It is written to give management and leadership a quick synopsis of this integrated strategic management process.
In this free eBook, learn how product marketing departments are creating engaging tools to look 'under the hood' and gain far more knowledge and understanding of the capabilities and benefits of medical, telecom and industrial products. Whether it's a MRI machine, a server or large machinery, interactive 3D marketing solutions are creating powerful customer experiences proven to increase sales and excite customers.
A successful remote service solution has the potential to impact business processes in every part of a company. The perception of remote services will depend on each stakeholder’s own goals and perspective of where value is created.
Productivity and uptime are crucial drivers in the industrial equipment industry, where machine downtime can cost more than $1 million per day. With newer intelligent features and increased sophistication, the equipment has become more costly to service and repair. Manufacturers, and the equipment suppliers that support them, need to connect to a wide range of information sources - from discrete machines to process controls.
When a large manufacturer acquired a new product line, thedecision was made to upgrade its Emergency ResponseTeam’s (ERT) radios to MOTOTRBO digital technology to improve collaboration and facilitate enhanced response. MOTOTRBO not only meets the manufacturer’s stringent safety specifications required for its factory, the radios have helped ERT’s distributed staff members partner better and respond quicker. The dual mode radios also enable ERT to easily communicate with non-ERT analog radio users throughout the plant and allow the customer to cost effectively migrate all radios to full digital capability as the analog units reach end of life.
With noise levels that can reach 120 decibels, plant managers wanted a two-way radio system that could deliver clear audio without the background noise. MOTOTRBO digital radios with sophisticated background noise suppression capability delivers crystal clear audio, even next to a jackhammer.
Forecasts are never as accurate as you need them to be, and lots of forecasting consultants and software vendors are willing to take your money in exchange for unfulfilled promises. This white paper explores why forecasts are often wrong and some ways to improve them.
Many organizations are finding out that they have inadequate processes to handle demand planning, and traditional methods of predicting demand aren’t efficient in a fluctuating market. More than 180 forecasting managers, planners and supply chain executives participated in a study exploring the differences in processes, technologies and strategies between leading companies and those that are less successful.
This white paper focuses on optical character recognition (OCR) and its growing use in packaging lines for compliance with date and lot tracking regulations. Machine vision OCR helps manufacturers adhere to these mandates in an efficient and cost-effective manner, and can also improve line performance.
This white paper discusses some important considerations for A&D manufacturers in the context of enterprise information systems and how they can help in addressing five important areas of concern—compliance, control, communications, competitiveness, and cutting cost, waste and complexity. Enterprise systems are essential tools for running a manufacturing business effectively, but the demands of the A&D market are not easily addressed by one-size-fits-all products that are not specifically tailored to this environment.
An ERP system is your information backbone and reaches into all areas of your business and value chain. Replacing it can open unlimited business opportunities. The cornerstone of this effort is finding the right partner and specialist. Your long-term business strategy will form the basis of the criteria for your selection of an ERP system replacement. This white paper explains the 12 criteria that allow you to identify the solution that will meet these expectations.
Becoming lean has been a goal of most companies over the last few years. Lean delivers what companies really need in today's highly competitive world: shorter lead times, improved quality, reduced cost, increased profit, improved productivity and better customer service. This white paper outlines how the five lean principles are all supported by comprehensive information control and the management tools that an end-to-end enterprise software suite delivers.
This white paper describes how the software as a service (SaaS) model delivers financial, implementation and operational benefits to job shops and small manufacturers. It also describes how Epicor Manufacturing Express Edition, a comprehensive ERP system deployed in the SaaS model, meets the needs of job shops and small manufacturers. With Epicor Express, job shops and small manufacturers now have the opportunity to implement an ERP solution that can help transform their operations and business.
More than ever companies are reducing costs to remain competitive, while keeping an eye on further improving their responsiveness to customer demand. With fewer inventories in the system, we see that product assortment and the need to handle individual products in the most efficient manner possible is driving operating strategy. That is, slotting requirements are now as important as inventory storage. Learn how the development and selection of the appropriate strategic option forms the foundation for the entire slotting exercise.
Leading manufacturing companies have come to realize that to remain competitive, they must do more than just plan and act within the four walls of a plant. To offer the flexibility and increased responsiveness that customers so desire — and to meet their goals of cost containment and improved efficiency — manufacturers must connect across their supply-chains and derive analytical insights from data within.
Industrial equipment has always come with the stigma of being cumbersome and difficult to demonstrate, specifically at offsite meetings. Whether it's printing equipment or oil field machinery, learn how INDUSTRIAL MARKETERS are using INTERACTIVE 3D MARKETING solutions to create engaging SALES tools to look 'under the hood' and gain far more knowledge and understanding of INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS.
Numerous telecom companies are NOT shipping equipment to events or sales meetings. Rather, they’re weaving together virtual product demos, interactive flow diagrams, video, collateral and presentations onto interactive marketing platforms (iPads, laptops, touch-screens, websites) to crisply convey their complex messages and convert their marketing communication into SALES. A must read for all marketers!
Whether it's a MRI machine or a microscope, learn how MEDICAL MARKETERS are using INTERACTIVE 3D MARKETING solutions (on iPads, laptops, touch-screens, websites) to create engaging SALES and TRAINING tools to look 'under the hood' and gain far more knowledge and understanding of MEDICAL PRODUCTS.
Effective, clear communication is essential in every manufacturing environment. But when you have multiple locations trying to work in sync, communication becomes the foundation for a successful product. Read how Georgia Nut cracks the communication distance barrier with a digital communication solution that provides effective voice and data communications across facilities.
Buying a piece of automation can be a very long and difficult process. Here is a list of the 10 most common mistakes made when purchasing automation equipment.