Enterprise resource planning, or ERP, can be far-ranging software that spans all of your business processes. Depending on the size and type of your business, your ERP solution could touch every department from accounting to human resources to product distribution to warehouse management.
Enterprise relationship planning, or ERP, is notoriously complex to implement. Horror stories abound about failed installations, unresponsive vendors, and wasted investments. As daunting as ERP can be, many organizations can’t operate without it — ERP brings together different aspects of the back office for greater efficiency and insight into business processes.
Enterprise resource planning systems, or ERP systems, have become much more accessible to midsize and even smaller companies in that past three years. Standard features have matured, eliminating much of the guesswork of software selection, while the systems have become easier to deploy and use.
Engineer to Order (ETO) companies can in fact use enterprise software to implement eCommerce strategies to improve customer service, reduce waste and increase profits. This whitepaper outlines the ways that enterprise resource planning (ERP) software can facilitate ETO eCommerce by opening portals to suppliers, project collaborators and customers.
ERP software is often criticized for being complex and difficult to use. Learn how to evaluate ERP software for usability.
The first question generally asked about machined springs is how they compare with wire wound springs. These comparisons will provide descriptions and a decision matrix that can be useful when deciding which of the two spring forms will be most appropriate for a given application.
Whether it is a weak, recovering or strong economy, the fundamental strategies for surviving and thriving remain the same for discrete manufacturing organizations. Many desire to boost revenue through new customer acquisition, new sources of demand from overseas, or through new tactics such as aligning innovation with business strategy, inventory optimization, intelligent supply chains or technology gains within their business. Combined with these strategies, globalization, product proliferation and elongated supply chains have created ever-increasing complexity, not to mention strong downward pressure on pricing and rising input costs.
Understand the hidden challenges of environmental footprint management in manufacturing, and learn the hard questions to ask green ERP vendors.
Four tips for lean supply chain improvements in manufacturing operations and six technology tools to automate these best practices.
The manufacturing industry (consumer goods and life sciences) tries to manage production through a key methodology: OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness), and the key principal is tracking metrics from machines/ lines between:• Availability: measures productivity losses from downtime - events which entirely stop production,• Performance: measures losses from slow production cycles - processes not working at maximum speed, and• Quality: measures losses from production not achieving established quality levels.
In any human activity, handling cannot be ignored. Moving and transporting goods are part of the daily life of each individual.In manufacturing and distribution activities, it is very often the bottleneck where can focus many problems.Indeed, handling has an influence on the machines productivity located upstream and downstream, it has an impact on the work-in-progress and thuspresents a capital investment.
Developing complex interactive games requires some serious face-to-face interaction. The only problem for Atari is that their executives are scattered around the world. Learn how Polycom video conferencing systems help Atari streamline their frequent “green light” meetings.
Although UniFirst is dispersed across North America, their video conferencing network allows them to not only reduces costs and travel time, but also nurture the small company culture the company was built on.
As a global mobile accessory manufacturer,Targus delivers products that are comfortable, convenient, and can be used anywhere. With Polycom collaborative video solutions, Targus is able to apply this same approach to their operations while collaborating with teams throughout the world.
Aside from being a leader in high-end office automation services, Ricoh Australia is a leader in corporate social responsibility and environmental management. With Polycom solutions they are able to continue to meet their green initiatives as well as increase sales and decrease operating costs.
For manufacturers, time to market pressure has never been more extreme. You can't manufacture time. You can however, buy some. Get critical insights on the ways collaborative video and voice solutions can increase operational efficiencies, reduce costs and streamline product introductions.
The manufacturing industry has not gone unaffected by the economy over the last several years. Yet, research suggests that companies investing heavily in advanced analytical capabilities outperform the S&P 500 on average by 64%. If you’re wondering how, this Harvard Business Report has some interesting insights. Tom Davenport and Jeanne Harris, co-authors of Competing on Analytics and the follow-up Analytics at Work, discuss the process by which companies evolve through five stages of analytic maturity to compete better, improve their decision-making capabilities and make decisions with confidence.
Growing amounts of data about materials, suppliers, processes and competitors does not necessarily translate into useful information for manufacturers – unless it can be analyzed for valuable insights that improve decision making. This special report, featuring analytics experts such as Jim Goodnight, Tom Davenport and Thornton May, is filled with extensive research and case studies regarding the impact business analytics has on how to solve complex business challenges with confidence. Read about organizations that are putting analytics in action to gain competitive advantage, improve performance, drive sustainable growth through innovation, anticipate change and balance risk.