IDC Manufacturing Insights' latest research, conducted on behalf of Infor, indicates that the manufacturing sector continues to struggle with the impact of overly complex market conditions, business operations and IT infrastructures. Understand why modernizing IT architectures and business applications to better support new customer driven models has become a necessity across the entire manufacturing sector.
Managers try to increase productivity by squeezing more outputs from the same inputs (employees). But it’s not effective. If you want to sustain productivity gains for your company, look in the mirror and figure out what you can do to help your people be the best they can be. Coach instead of command; four management principles will help you reach this goal.
This white paper provides high level definitions, opportunity identification, and future potentials for: Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Anytime, Anywhere Availability, Mobile Devices, Web 2.0, and Report Cards or Balanced Scorecards as a Business Intelligence (BI) capability. It is a foundation for becoming more valuable to an organization by being able to generate a Return on Investment when applying the latest capabilities to the real world.
In recent conversations with manufacturing and service industry leaders, one of the key problems lean managers face as they work to advance operational excellence in their organization is the lack of real engagement with top leadership. This white paper will give several pragmatic approaches lean leaders can follow to counteract these problems while working within the purview and scope of their improvement efforts.
A compelling read that at times is light hearted and funny, 7 Habits of Quality Obsessed Manufacturers is written for top performing quality professionals that want to give their company an edge. The ebook takes a closer look at: • How to brag about quality • What successful manufacturers have in common with Einstein • Who plays the starring role in your company • How to not make easy hard • Making the cloud your answer to supply chain visibility • How to choose between "do something" and "do nothing" • Giving data an afterlife
This free white paper, 5 Must Have Strategies for Enterprise Quality, shows how quality can take a more prominent, enterprise-scale role. Learn more today about • The trend towards centralizing quality data • Best practices for collecting and integrating multiple data sources • How to monitor and analyze quality real-time • Workflow management to ensure data integrity • Reporting needs of users at all levels
Download this white paper to learn how workforce management technology enables your organization to apply Lean principles to your back office by automating manual activities to reduce waste and by giving you visibility into labor productivity so you can remove inefficiencies from your labor utilization. As a result, your organization can improve productivity and control labor costs throughout your back-office operations.
Maximizing uptime of ERP, MES and other business-critical applications is a top priority for today’s manufacturers. After all, when your systems go down, you could face production delays, idle equipment and workers, lost transactions, customer dissatisfaction, and even brand damage. Few businesses measure the total cost of application downtime, and if they do, chances are they aren’t factoring in all the direct and indirect expenses involved. Without a complete understanding of your organization’s downtime costs, it’s difficult to make sound investments in data center technology and availability protection. Download “The Cost of Critical Application Failure: Make Better Technology Decisions by Understanding Your Cost of Downtime ” to learn more.
Learn to identify the key areas of your service organization that can benefit most from improvement. Learn how to calculate the total cost of your service problem and the risks associated with delaying change. Learn how to estimate the revenue you can gain through savings and how to project the timeframe required to recover your investment. Get more with Infor10 Service Management Business
This is a report on the findings of a recent IndustryWeek and SAS survey targeted to top global manufacturers. The objectives of the survey were to determine concerns about quality among manufacturers; investigate the tools used to measure quality; and examine how using enterprise wide analysis on quality data could improve performance. Read the results and learn about how quality data can be elevated to a strategic enabler and competitive differentiator.
Considering replacing your existing ERP application or upgrading from spreadsheets? By understanding the key functions and architecture of a process-oriented, formula based ERP application, you will have a better foundation for choosing a solution that best suits your company and type of manufacturing.
Collecting data is the critical first step. But you can quickly be overwhelmed. Knowing how to use data is what will give a company a strategic advantage – market intelligence, innovation, and use efficiencies to drive higher quality and higher productivity.
Considering replacing your existing ERP application or upgrading from spreadsheets? By understanding the key functions and architecture of a process-oriented, recipe based ERP application, you will have a better foundation for choosing a solution that best suits your company and type of manufacturing.
Is your mission critical manufacturing system vulnerable to a single point of failure? Read this insightful report to learn how to protect your virtualized applications from downtime. Download now!
Read this white paper, “Server Virtualization: Do’s and Don’ts for Business - and Mission-Critical Manufacturing Systems” to learn the best practices to put in place as you virtualize your mission critical manufacturing applications. Download now!