Furniture has kind of become an obsession lately. Have you ever seen a piece of furniture that really caught your attention, and it seems so perfect for you - and you already have a spot in mind for it? In searching online for furniture, I came across a website that is a list of "The 12 Best Movie Furniture of All Time".
I have to confess that I knew most of the pieces that they profiled. Right down to the chairs from "Mars Attack!". It was fun and I enjoyed my little nostalgia trip. Read More
Did you ever watch the "The Jetsons" cartoon? If you watch it now, you may miss the imagination and innovation that were behind the cartoon that originally aired in 1962. Let that sink in a bit. 1962.
So, this space-age family lives in an apartment that is elevated above the clouds, and our hero, Geroge Jetson, works for Spacely Space Sprockets. Most everything they do is accomplished by pushing a button, they have a robotic maid, and a talking dog. Everything is convenient and time saving. Read More
Even if you aren't a William Shakespeare, or Hamlet fan, chances are you have heard that phrase. "To Be or Not To Be". But let's not be driven to madness, or conceive of murderous plots. Wouldn't it be nobler to keep our sanity, avoid prison, and get on with the "to be" part?
It may seem a bit dramatic, but the decision to implement cloud technology can play out in your head like a Shakespearean tragedy. "To Be or Not To Be, That is the question....." Read More
Are you afraid of becoming disorganized labor when it comes to your ERP implementation? Or worse yet, disorganized implementation.
It's a very valid concern.
So, how do you gear up for the implementation process without becoming disorganized?
According to Jennifer Lonoff Schiff, in her article titled, "13 Common ERP Mistakes and How to Avoid Making Them", there are several key items to address prior to implementation that will Read More
keep you from becoming disorganized and confused. Schiff points out the mistakes, but let's take a different view. Let's start from the beginning, so you can avoid some common pitfalls with implementation.
I know that there are manufacturers still out there using green screens. No judgement, just wondering why? The green screen had its time, but there is more, and it isn't quite the user nightmare that you think.
Now, I know that there are always the skeptics among you, but we are talking about investing in future growth. The skeptics talk about "this is how we have done it for years" and "it works just fine". The skeptic will spend hours telling you how you will lose all your data, or if you want to usher in an apocolypse, then change the software. Read More
Whether or not we want to admit it, tax season is upon us. So, you should start expecting to see those articles that will tell you the top ten mistakes that you can make on your tax return, or the latest changes to tax law that everyone needs to know. Tax season also brings out the people dancing by the side of the road beckoning you into their den of tax preparation and rapid refunds. Read More
For any college basketball fan, this time of year is when the season begins to hit a high note. Conference tournaments and the big dance are right around the corner, and the level of play (especially conference rivalry games) hits a season high. The coaches and players can smell it.....Selection Sunday is almost here, and the question is how to get noticed. Read More
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