According to the online dictionary, the word pragmatic is defined in the following way:
"dealing with things sensibly and realistically in a way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations"
Isn't that how you want to deal with your company assets? Pragmatically.
Consider your personal vehicle. You get the oil changed, rotate the tires, and keep up with basic maintenance on the vehicle, not because you enjoy spending your money on vehicle maintenance, but because it is pragmatic when considering the life of the vehicle and how long you intend to keep it. Read More
Up....Down.....Up.....Down.....NO..UP! This is the rhetoric that has been plaguing the manufacturing sector for years. Are media sources so desperate for something to say about American manufacturing that the roller coaster of negative and positive is created, or do we have a basic misunderstanding of how to measure manufacturing growth? Read More
For many of these athletes, this is the biggest competition of their career. Surely, they tested the suit.....right? Why would you spend all the time, effort, and money without testing the suit? Read More
Not too long ago, in a galaxy far away, we talked about the ERP demo process, and how not to get dazzled by a great demo that really doesn't address any of your needs.
Truly, ERP software selection is in need of a good healthy dose of common sense. Recently, Capterra released the results of their 2013 Software Buying Trends survey and it caught my attention. Why? Because it included some good old fashioned common sense. Read More
So you've tried low-carb diets but they didn't work. Armature investing was a bust and warm milk before bed isn't cutting it anymore now that the ulcer has decided to put down roots. If you are wondering how others are getting things done without having to sacrifice their well-being, you may need to look no further than the tools they employ. Read More
Realizing that some of the perceived leading enterprise software in the marketplace is rigid and has experienced very little true innovation in the last decade, you probably have connected the dots on some of the high-profile implementation failures and the need for flexibility. Recent research from Panorama Consulting underscores the complexity and typical delta between expectations and actual results in modern ERP requirements. Read More
IDC Manufacturing Insights recently held a web conference featuring the top 10 predictions for the year ahead (2014) in manufacturing. Several senior industry analysts we featured and provided organizations with insight and perspective on long-term industry trends along with new themes that may be on the horizon.
Bob Parker, group VP of IDC Manufacturing Insights research, said, "Large manufacturing firms are enjoying a healthy recovery. Consumer confidence may be igniting a virtuous cycle for performance, but manufacturing firms must completely rethink their approaches to IT governance in order to create a line-of-business-centric 3D value chain." Read More
As software and manufacturing technology has become more advanced in the U.S. there is a clear path to bringing production home. According to reshorenow.org, the top four reasons to reshore are 1. Bring jobs back to the USA 2. Help balance U.S., state, and local budgets 3. Motivates recruits to enter the skilled manufacturing workforce, and 4. Strengthens the defense industrial base.
So, as manufacturing continues to see steady growth, will that translate into a need for skilled labor? Yes, but maybe not the kind of labor you are thinking. Read More
Enterprise software like ERP (enterprise resource planning) and EAM (asset management) are critical systems for corporations, however, many companies are reluctant to upgrade aging software, arguing that a change could compromise efficiency. The truth is, old or overly-modded software systems present serious risks, both to security and to a business's bottom line. Older systems, once customized or modified extensively, are a real problem to upgrade - even to the next version of the same package. So inevitably, you keep slapping lipstick on the pig until one day you realize the Frankenstein your system has become is a serious competitive risk. Read More
For years enterprise software companies have offered on-premise OR SaaS, but usually not both. And certainly not with mix-n-match style options that let you have ultimate control. If you are responsible for the software environment in your facility, you may not be keen on radical change within your current structure. So, what's the answer? Read More
Over the years, Software Advice has spoken to thousands of manufacturing
software buyers. As a point of reference, they thought it would be
helpful to provide potential buyers with an overview of past clients'
pain points and reasons for switching to a new software system. Key
questions analyzed by the report include:
+ What method do you currently use to track manufacturing processes?
+ What are the top reasons for a manufacturing software purchase?
+ What is your top application requirements?
Your Business is Disjointed, Reactive & Complex
If your business data resides in separate systems, you depend on people to manually create the necessary bridges between those systems in order to manage your business. Sales managers, plant managers, VPs of operations and finance, and supply chain executives are forced to trade spreadsheets and manually manipulate data to forecast sales, respond to proposals, manage inventory and production schedules, and determine product pricing. Read More
Unless you are part of the manufacturing industry, you probably have a
misconception that manufacturing is an archaic dinosaur that is on the
verge of extinction. Here are six examples of the positive impacts that manufacturing has on our fragile economy today: Read More
What you may not know is that Inforce is capable of Multi-Company, Multi-ERP, Multi-Accounting Entities, and an ERP Mix.
ONE CRM IMPLEMENTATION to support EVERYTHING else.
Some companies have embraced it, some are still playing catch-up, but
the fact remains that this one module can transform your company's
offered buying experience, reduce margins, streamline selling and
increase win rates the day after you install it. Read More
While a three month winning streak may not seem all that compelling, one must consider that this is the highest that the index has been in 2013, and the most significant jump it has taken in almost two years. Emerging is a manufacturing industry vastly different than that of the last century; it’s highly productive, producing sophisticated products through technology-intensive processes. Read More
Chances are, if you’re like most business people, you think that running
non-mission-critical, non-real-time processes on the cloud makes sense.
Things like back-office operations, HR, and sales force automation all
seem like worthy candidates for the cloud. Read More
The smoke has cleared from a dazzling software demonstration and as the
presenters exit the room taking the last of the smoke with them, your
team says, "Wow! That was Amazing!". But was it really? Read More
The automotive industry continues to face one of the most demanding market environments in history. Although prospects for growth are huge in emerging economies, automakers and their suppliers are suffering from aggressive competition, shrinking traditional markets, increasing production costs, and chronic overcapacity. Read More
Infor EPAK gives forward moving organizations a single platform, with
consistent formatting and messaging, for all of their process and
software evaluation documents, as well as the tools they need to
increase employee productivity. Read More