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.
Case Study: Arkadin delivers cost-effective, remote collaboration solutions for Bemis Manufacturing’s global teamsJanuary 3, 2011 11:08 am | by Arkadin | Comments
Learn how Bemis Manufacturing’s global teams boosted productivity and lowered costs using Arkadin’s remote audio & web collaboration solutions as a highly effective virtual meeting environment.
Manufacturer’s Guide: Top 5 Evaluation Criteria for Selecting a Remote Collaboration Solution ProviderJanuary 3, 2011 11:01 am | by Arkadin | Comments
An increasing number of Manufacturers are investing in remote collaboration solutions to support leaner processes that accelerate time to market. Learn the top 5 evaluation criteria that your manufacturing business should utilize when selecting a best-fit remote collaboration solution provider.
Field service teams are a huge asset, and yet many still operate with inefficient paper-based processes for work orders, inventory and parts management, as well as customer billing and payments. Download Transforming Field Service Operations: Drive costs down and service levels up with mobility to learn how to increase performance in ways that resonate throughout your enterprise—affecting everything from customer retention to profitability. Start delivering greater customer service while generating significantly more revenue!
Lean manufacturing practices apply equally well to the quality function, but you can amplify their effect with mobile capability. Download our white paper, Eliminate Seven Wastes from Your Quality Processes with Mobility, to learn how you can achieve higher quality standards with reduced staff—only a sample of the benefits manufacturers can expect from a mobile and lean quality function!
Mobility helps the distribution supply chain address some of today’s most challenging issues: thin margins, rapid product life cycles, and increased customer expectations. Download our white paper, Synchronizing the Distribution Supply Chain with Mobility, to see how empowering workers with the ability to capture data in real time — right at the point of work—can shave wasted time and errors out of business processes throughout the distribution supply chain, including warehouse, transportation, the yard, and labor management.
Gain a greater understanding of how mobile solutions practically eliminate the seven hidden wastes of manufacturing and increase your profitability. Download Mobility in Manufacturing: Achieve a new level of lean—and a new level of profitability to see the real-life applications that discrete and process manufacturers across industries are using to decrease cycle times, reduce errors, and increase yields. You’ll also get deep dives into mobility’s role in a range of industries—aerospace, automotive, CPG/food and beverage—as well as details on the benefits of a unified voice and data architecture.
IDC Manufacturing Insights recently conducted on behalf of Infor and IBM a worldwide study of over 700 small and medium-sized enterprises in the discrete manufacturing industry across four sectors and in eight countries. We discovered that for European and North American manufacturers achieving operational excellence has become more complex, the pressure to reduce costs and improve productivity as ever top priorities, and perfecting the customer experience from bid to fulfillment a critical business need.
It’s never easy to adopt new enterprise technology. It is important to understand the value that the technology brings to each department and the enterprise as a whole. Enterprise applications that complement each other like PLM and ERP play a key role in supporting and improving product development and achieving bottom line operational benefits. Recognizing the distinctive features offered by ERP and PLM as well as the benefits of creating an integrated environment will help manufacturers maintain their competitive edge. Adoption of a PLM system to work in conjunction with ERP greatly enhances a manufacturer’s product development performance. The result is the ability to deliver higher quality products in less time and maintain a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
Minimize your risk–protect your profits and prosper in an uncertain economy. Protect your company's bottom line – a changing economy doesn't have to impact your profits. Ensure that the success of your business depends on its operations and not unpredictable economic factors and volatile currency rates. Find out how to manage your company's currency risk. • Clear up the top three myths associated with currency hedging • Learn how to identify and mitigate your company's foreign exchange risks • Discover the key elements for a successful foreign exchange risk management strategy • Protect your company from changes in an uncertain economy
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems can seem like giant beasts when you realize how integrated they can be with nearly every function in your business. From the Sales and Quoting process through Material Planning, Procurement, Scheduling, Shop Floor Control, Quality Management, Outside Services, Shipping & Logistics, Customer Service, Finance and Human Resource Management, an integrated system can be tied into nearly every function.This FREE research brief will help you understand how the functions link together, simplify the complexity of the many ERP features available and highlight where you can realize the most value.
Which ERP solution best fits your unique business situation? Focus has the answers with our in-depth comparison of the top 17 ERP solutions, including offerings from Oracle, SAP, Sage, Epicor, Netsuite, IFS and Microsoft. Whether you’re just looking for basic features such as accounting, CRM, finance and HR or need a robust solution with a full suite of add-on modules for your company, you’ll be able to evaluate the appropriate vendors with this guide.This FREE comparison guide lets you compare important features and functions side by side, including:• Basic features such as inventory management, CRM, financial management and HR• Intermediate features like e-commerce tools• Advanced features including business intelligence and supply chain management• Deployment• CostsPlus many, many more. Download your free Comparison Guide now!
This paper defines the SaaS model, and describes the short-term and long-term benefits the model delivers when implemented within the manufacturing enterprise.