Posted in Cloud ERP on February 28, 2013
Research shows most companies are underusing their manufacturing ERP software by not taking advantage of common end-to-end process management like order-to-cash and procure-to-pay. A column on the Ventana Research website found simple automation tasks are ignored because few companies want to change their ERP systems once they’ve been installed.
Posted in Subcontract Manufacturing Trends on February 27, 2013
Manufacturers take years to develop and deliver new products. An article on Manufacturing.net describes the symptoms of losing focus and not meeting schedules for new product offerings. The key is to develop an in-house engineering team tasked with innovation or take the subcontract manufacturing route and outsource production and development.
Posted in Operations Improvement on February 26, 2013
Manufacturers are operating in a “new normal” post-recession business environment that’s drastically different than it was a decade ago. An article on TedMag.com explains how companies are surviving by investing in green supply chain management. They’re lowering costs through operational efficiencies and working with suppliers to improve processes.
Posted in Reporting, Analytics and Business Intelligence on February 25, 2013
The Big Data market is growing. In fact, companies will spend $16.9 billion on Big Data technology and services by 2015. Analyzing data is one of the factors aiding a U.S. manufacturing revival, according to an article on ThomasNet.com. Manufacturing ERP software can help manufacturers capture and analyze Big Data.
Posted in Subcontract Manufacturing Trends on February 22, 2013
The U.S. is embracing a green lifestyle. An article on the Reuters website reports that U.S. carbon emissions are at their lowest level since 1994 and energy use has declined 6.4 percent since 2007. The green movement bodes well for manufacturing, which is enjoying cost-saving benefits from green supply chain management.
Posted in Subcontract Manufacturing Trends on February 21, 2013
Technology will play a major role in addressing core business issues this year. Manufacturing resource planning software is one of the six technologies to look out for, according to a blog post on the Ventana Research website. Through new technology, more tasks are automated and cross-departmental functions are executed quickly.
Posted in Subcontract Manufacturing Trends on February 20, 2013
Is manufacturing on the upswing again? Dare we say, maybe even cool? According to an article on the Modern Distribution Management website, yes, manufacturing is cool again. High-tech innovations, green supply chain management and global growth are changing stereotypes, making the industry more appealing to young workers.
Posted in Cloud ERP on February 19, 2013
Cloud computing is becoming mainstream. More organizations are embracing the many benefits of the cloud, according to an article on the Digital Manufacturing website. Manufacturing ERP software runs faster in the cloud, and employees can access company data anytime, anywhere through a manufacturing cloud dashboard.
Posted in Subcontract Manufacturing Trends on February 18, 2013
An article on the Harvard Business Review blog highlights three forces dominating the manufacturing industry. International demand is shifting, while innovation and data planning are presenting new opportunities. Manufacturers need manufacturing resource planning software to prepare for the new era of manufacturing.
Posted in Subcontract Manufacturing Trends on February 15, 2013
Manufacturers should not view 3-D printing as a threat to the industry. It is unlikely people will start mass-producing objects from home. However, as an article on The Week Magazine website reports, subcontract manufacturing businesses can benefit from this technology by printing products themselves and producing products faster.