Cloud Or No Cloud? It Depends On Your Department

Posted in Cloud ERP on October 31, 2012


Though most companies prefer on-premises software providers, that’s changing rapidly, according to Ventana Research. An article by the organization found software deployment preferences vary from department to department, not company to company. IT and finance departments support on-premises providers, likely because of security concerns.

Is Manufacturing Procurement Software Transforming Operations?

Posted in Financial Management on October 30, 2012


Whether defining procurement functions in your organization, making incremental improvements or maturing your company to a world-class level, there are several key factors to a successful procurement transformation. A Spend Matters article says procurement isn’t an area to cut cost if you want to run a profitable business.

How Is The Cloud Revolutionizing Manufacturing Business Software?

Posted in Cloud ERP on October 29, 2012


Cloud ERP solutions “stand as the backbone of a manufacturing organization,” according to a Smart Data Collective article. Integrated cloud solutions have great business value for the manufacturers. The anytime, anyplace, anywhere access allows for up-to-date, real-time figures on inventory, work in progress and finished goods.

Could Two-Tier NetSuite Manufacturing Software Help Subsidiaries?

Posted in Cloud ERP on October 26, 2012


A two-tier ERP system can help avoid the information silo that tends to happen with the subsidiaries of larger companies, according to an All Things D article. New software by NetSuite connects to Oracle’s E-Business Suite, an appealing move for larger companies and subsidiaries. These unite to run a mixture of ERP systems.

From Offshore Back On-Shore, Manufacturing Goes Local

Posted in Subcontract Manufacturing Trends on October 25, 2012


In a shift Industrial Supply magazine calls a “manufacturing renaissance,” more manufacturers are moving production facilities closer to their customer bases in the U.S. due to rising labor costs, transportation and energy costs, exchange rate fluctuation and availability of funding. To adapt, organizations must embrace technology.

What Is A ‘True’ Manufacturing Cloud ERP system

Posted in Cloud ERP on October 24, 2012


How do you get the best value out of cloud solutions? By combining cloud applications and cloud infrastructure, according to a Smart Data Collective article. Cloud applications are often defined as those that run as client-server applications in the cloud, but true cloud applications represent the easiest route when it comes to updating.

Should You Be Customizing Your Cloud Solution?

Posted in Cloud ERP on October 23, 2012


Does your cloud provider let you configure or customize applications? Both, if it’s a true cloud provider. A survey detailed in an InformationWeek article says more tech professionals want configuration options for cloud-based applications, but customizing apps through client-installed JavaScript files should still be an option.

5 Powerful Strategies Using Procurement Manufacturing Software

Posted in Financial Management on October 22, 2012


Do your purchasing employees spend each corporate dollar as if it was their own? That’s a strategy Supply & Demand Chain Executive says should be key to your procurement department. Using an ERP system will increase visibility across the entire business, vital since most departments don’t communicate.

How Is Technology Changing Manufacturing Entrepreneurship?

Posted in Subcontract Manufacturing Trends on October 19, 2012


Technology is moving manufacturing and entrepreneurship at a fast pace, changing the speed at which a company can get started, funded and turned into a competitive marketplace player. A CBS Detroit article says the future of the manufacturing industry isn’t in building more factories, but with twentysomethings who raise money through crowdfunding.

Are Robots The Future Of American Manufacturing?

Posted in Subcontract Manufacturing Trends on October 18, 2012


Will robots help or hurt the American manufacturing industry? The answer is unknown, according to a Time Magazine article. As manufacturing jobs come back to the U.S. through “reshoring,” robots could be used to perform the menial tasks outsourced to other countries. Companies can use robots to become more competitive and cut costs.

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