How Can Manufacturing Business Software Help Maximize Capability?

Posted in Operations Improvement on July 16, 2013

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In today’s recovering economic environment, capacity doesn’t matter; it is capability that’s paramount.

An article on the Supply Chain Digest website says more countries are developing their manufacturing bases. Post-recession, governments have wisely noted that strong manufacturing economies, such as Germany and the U.S., had less of a downfall than those with a service-sector focus. More countries now want to increase the percent of their gross domestic product that comes from manufacturing, which they can do by leveraging technology through manufacturing business software.

This is an interesting article that goes back to the reality of business: Your current clients and customers are your best future clients and customers. Manufacturers must initially look at how they can be flexible to meet the needs of their clients rather than the needs of their business. By looking through the eyes of their clients, they’ll be better suited to make sure their company is the best place for those clients to continue doing business.

This is a call for manufacturers to assess their mission going forward. To stay relevant, a manufacturer must become agile for all of its key clients, and technology can assist here — especially today’s low-cost cloud solutions and services. Manufacturing business software can help businesses stay efficient in a changing industry.

Analysts at IDC Manufacturing Insights say manufacturers “are going back to basics, to their manufacturing roots.” They are focusing on production operations and using their production knowledge, which “fosters innovation and improves customer service.” The capacity is there; however, the capability, which can be managed through manufacturing business software, is needed to fulfill customer needs.

Here are two ways manufacturers can maximize capability.

  1. Be flexible: Instead of investing in multiple plants, enable a single plant to produce your products.
  2. Think globally: Factories are not isolated buildings but part of your international supply chain network that services customers globally.

Source: Supply Chain Digest, June 2013

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