Manufacturing Business Technology (MBT) recently surveyed its readers to understand their ERP usage and needs. This report looks at those results and includes industry insights and trends from ERP systems and software vendors including: where these solutions are today; how companies prefer to have their systems hosted; the biggest challenges for ERP systems; and where the systems are headed.
Read these 3 customer cases to see how supply chain professionals can have complete visibility and control of the supply chain and alignment with the overall strategy. Learn how to gain visibility and control through: • Aligning Supply Chain Processes with Business Strategy • Allocating Resources • Effective Planning and Decision Making
Manufacturers have traditionally outsourced production to control costs. But today, countries typically known for low-cost production are under growing pressure to increase workforce wages, and political leaders are pushing to keep and create jobs in their own countries, often at a higher cost. Download Outsourcing Isn't About Low Labor Cost Anymore to learn how human resources and operations are being forced to rethink the way they manage their workforces in order to stay competitive.
If you're like many other manufacturing organizations, you have already reaped the benefits of Lean production practices in your manufacturing operations. Wouldn't it make sense to apply the same Lean techniques to your back office, too? Download this whitepaper to learn the challenges of extending Lean to the back office - and how to overcome them.
Most manufacturers are familiar with Lean as it applies to equipment and processes, but did you know you can apply Lean principles to improve the way you manage your workforce? In chapter one you’ll meet an operations executive who must reduce his company’s product unit cost by 10% in a year or risk moving operations overseas. The story is interwoven with ideas for motivating cultural change and techniques for applying Lean principles to workforce management.
Attitudes toward cloud are rapidly changing, and discussions about the potential downsides of cloud deployment are quickly evolving into evaluations of the risks associated with not making the move. Take a look at 5 risks you face by not moving to the cloud.
As products, customer demands and global market pressures increase, manufacturing processes are also becoming more complex. In a recent survey, nearly 90 percent of manufacturing executives named complexity as one of the top three issues to be addressed. This whitepaper provides insights on complexity and five ways modern ERP solutions help you streamline and simplify processes, no matter how intricate the configuration or how many highly engineered components are involved. See more survey results and how high-achieving peers are mastering the complexity in their plants.
This complimentary, half-day event features presentations by Bosch and Verizon about how the Internet of Things impacts the manufacturing industry and how manufacturers can improve their business performance leveraging the IoT.
How to plan and build an effective collaboration platform for the stringent demands of manufacturing. Learn how business collaboration is different from social media and how integrated collaborative tools serve as a knowledge management platform and help manage transactional data, speed decisions and support proactive attentions to issues.
The use of social media concepts in business environments is growing rapidly: but to many executives, the applications and benefits are unclear. In this white paper, we'll examine how social media and social business differ, how social business is being used, and why companies should care.
Good lighting is critical in industrial buildings. These facilities support important tasks from picking to light assembly and even office work. Since multiple functions are often performed in the same area, lighting should adapt to different tasks. Learn the strategies that are proven to improve energy savings, occupant comfort and building management.
Design and manufacturing companies can improve time to market, quality and cost—while improving collaboration and maintaining security and control. Read this CIMdata white paper to learn how remote access and virtualization enable access to 3D applications on any device and address a variety of complex business issues.
Mobilizing high end 3D designs is transforming how many designers and engineers work. Learn how four leading design and manufacturing organizations are using virtual CAD desktops to provide their distributed workforce with access to centralized and secure apps and data from any location, on any device – while improving remote collaboration.
Design and manufacturing companies need to accelerate time to market by enabling global collaboration around design and product data—while maintaining security and control. Read this white paper to learn how the centralization and virtualization of 3D apps and workstations help companies meet the demands of today’s business environment.
A surprising proportion of ERP implementations in operation today were purchased by managers with worries about the Y2K bug in the late 1990s. This paper discusses how the rapid rate of change in technology, business and culture requires forward-looking ERP solutions that don’t shackle your business to the past, but prepare you for the future.
You've heard the analysts and blogging pundits point to the manufacturing industry and expound on the new technologies reinvigorating the outlook for growth. This is the definitive whitepaper on where the manufacturing industry is going, how IT solutions support the endeavor and the journey you need to take to adapt and thrive. If you are going to read only one whitepaper this year, this is the one.
While the benefits of server virtualization at the corporate data center are receiving a great deal of attention, its ability to address lifecycle management issues may make virtualization even more compelling at the manufacturing plant. Along with the advantages, however, come additional challenges and risks. This paper offers best practices you can use to benefit from server virtualization today, while avoiding mistakes that could affect the availability and performance of business-critical manufacturing IT.
Typically New Product Development (NPD) projects are recognized for their rigorous gated process. In conjunction, at the heart of every successful NPD project lies a talent pool that is responsible for driving this process. Consequently, it is crucial that the project activities and input of the project team and stakeholder’s are aligned with the overall vision of the project. In this paper, I will be focusing on the impact people have on the successful launch of a new product and the important role the effective planning of these people can impact a new product’s final acceptance in the marketplace.
Successful new product development (NPD) projects start with a great idea and are executed with the right plan. Prototyping, more than any other stage in the lifecycle of a NPD project relies on the people and talent behind the product to validate theories and execute on activities that will lay the foundation for a product’s successful market launch. In this paper, I will be focusing on the impact resources have on the prototyping stage in new product development projects and the future role project stakeholders can have on the final results of a new product’s success or failure.
Product development organizations live and die by the product development projects they select. Prioritizing and selecting the best projects are as important to these organizations’ success as the products themselves. Although most organizations are diligent in building a framework to evaluate a product's viability, many fall short on the human element ultimately responsible for successfully delivering a product to market. In this white paper, I will be focusing on the impact resources have on new product development projects and the critical role project and portfolio management plays in providing complete visibility when deciding on your next great product idea.