- August 11, 2011
Following these expert tips will help keep manufacturing IT projects on schedule and manageable.
- August 09, 2011
Centralization and analytics are keys to realizing costs savings and efficiencies from IT governance and portfolio management.
- August 05, 2011
Mobile devices are giving manufacturers more data for predicting consumer demand and making their supply chains more responsive.
- August 01, 2011
MES software helped an engine manufacturer get its sprawling network of plants on the same page while empowering plant engineers to customize the MES for their needs.
- July 29, 2011
Most manufacturers find their analytics stale and unreliable and are missing opportunities to improve operational decision making, Ventana Research says.
- July 27, 2011
Analysts offer insights into the challenges of managing multiple cloud computing environments in manufacturing. Plus: choosing deployment options.
- July 26, 2011
In this podcast for business or IT-focused SAP professionals, learn more about how sales order management technology works and the available deployment options.
- July 22, 2011
IT governance needn’t be complex or reserved for the largest enterprises. Today’s frameworks offer practical tools for all types of companies.
- July 22, 2011
Backing up IT governance practices with project portfolio management and asset management software can help manufacturers align IT with business goals and reduce costs.
- July 20, 2011
New technologies are making ERP and other enterprise applications more efficient and manageable, according to a new Forrester report outlining how to make the most of the changes.
- July 15, 2011
As social media tools elbow their way into enterprises, IT is struggling to figure out where they’ll do the most good -- and the least harm.
- July 14, 2011
Deploying a sustainable supply chain can pose even more challenges than were involved in defining the program. Learn field-proven techniques for getting the job done.
- July 08, 2011
Fueled by technology such as demand signal repositories and POS, the demand-driven supply chain can respond quickly and effectively to customer demand.
- July 07, 2011
There are a multitude of IT systems for defining, tracking and managing the sustainable supply chain. A consultant explores their pitfalls and best practices.
- July 06, 2011
PRTM says supply chain collaboration “levers” helped some manufacturers absorb shocks caused by natural disasters and the worldwide recession.
- June 30, 2011
For small or cash-strapped manufacturers, Platform as a Service can provide a low-cost, low-maintenance infrastructure.
- June 28, 2011
Motivating suppliers to participate in a sustainable supply chain means changing the behavior of both the manufacturer and supplier. These techniques can help.
- June 23, 2011
Analysts say the Microsoft ERP flagship could take its customizable user interface and model-driven vertical applications into enterprises now dominated by SAP and Oracle.
- June 17, 2011
Extended supply chains demand new quality control software workflows that resolve quality issues at the onset of product development.
- June 17, 2011
New technologies like cloud computing and social networking promise to deliver much-needed, real-time visibility and closed-loop integration to manufacturers with global supplier networks.
- June 16, 2011
Apple and Dell hold the top two spots in the research firm’s annual list.
- June 15, 2011
EHS software can help manufacturers build a safer workplace and record incidents when they occur.
- June 13, 2011
Supply chain sustainability is placing new compliance and reporting demands on both manufacturers and suppliers. Here’s why it’s critical to have a solid strategy in place.
- June 09, 2011
Integrating the plant floor into the enterprise IT infrastructure for global plant visibility can help manufacturers achieve more effective quality control.
- June 07, 2011
Web “screen scraper” cleverly fills an application integration niche for companies like Pitt-Ohio whose workflow is heavily Web-driven, analysts say.
- June 03, 2011
Today’s global and extended supply chains are putting a strain on traditional quality control systems, causing new challenges for manufacturers.
- May 27, 2011
IT managers who have been there say Microsoft SharePoint collaboration can go haywire without a firm foundation for governance, architecture and development.
- May 24, 2011
Manufacturers can gain new profits and mitigate risks by implementing a better rights management process.
- May 20, 2011
Before manufacturers can analyze the latest supply and demand trends with supply chain analytics, they need a strategy for integrating large volumes of data from multiple sources.
- May 17, 2011
More manufacturers are building Microsoft SharePoint collaboration systems, often with ERP integration, according to analysts.
- May 13, 2011
To boost its document visualization capabilities, the communications equipment maker integrated Oracle AutoVue with Agile PLM. But seamless integration remains a work in progress.
- May 10, 2011
By applying workflow tools and analytics and making warranty management a priority, manufacturers could save millions, but few even have the metrics to gauge performance, says IDC.
- May 09, 2011
Although the number of vendors continues to dwindle, a new Forrester report finds more ERP options, spurred in large part by the increasing popularity of cloud computing.
- May 05, 2011
The best data warehouses for manufacturers are built on a foundation of clear business goals.
- May 04, 2011
The leader of 3M’s manufacturing enterprise data warehouse (EDW) project shows how to do a financial analysis of the supply chain management and manufacturing BI benefits.
- May 02, 2011
Product recalls can do serious damage to a manufacturer’s business. Traceability technology helps prevent them by tracking products throughout the supply chain.
- April 29, 2011
Infor's acquisition of Lawson brings in applications that fill gaps in the company's product line. But the long-term implications for Lawson customers are unclear.
- April 28, 2011
Actionable analytics starts with underlying discipline and the right manufacturing data management tools and best practices.
- April 25, 2011
Many companies prefer smaller ERP packages because of the specialization they can offer, according to a new report by Panorama Consulting Group.
- April 22, 2011
Experts say manufacturers must build data models that capture all their trading partners' information for supply chain analytics tools to be effective.
- April 20, 2011
Experts offer advice on matching business intelligence and supply chain analytics tools with the specialized needs of users, from operations to finance and the executive suite.
- April 15, 2011
Effective business intelligence systems need a steady diet of clean, up-to-date, and reliable information.
- April 13, 2011
Supply chain analytics and BI could soon transform planning and execution, thanks to cloud-based mobile analytics and real-time data, experts say.
- April 12, 2011
When Arby's merged with Wendy's, the two realized it would take longer to merge their application infrastructures than to flip a burger or put Horsey Sauce on your roast beef.
- April 11, 2011
With the next major release of each of its ERP products, Microsoft will offer a cloud-based option, the company announced today.
- April 08, 2011
Disaster provides stark reminder that supply chains can respond to almost any disruption if they are agile and flexible.
- April 06, 2011
But DIRA Framework is really nothing new- - and advocates say that’s the point.
- April 04, 2011
Manufacturers can use GPS technology to track shipments and containers well beyond the walls of the warehouse.
- March 25, 2011
Analysts and hiring managers say manufacturing has an IT recruiting problem, but they find hope in playing up leading-edge factory automation and working closely with educators.
- March 18, 2011
Panorama Consulting’s new survey of ERP implementers suggests customization may be key to ERP satisfaction -- if expectations are properly calibrated upfront.
- March 11, 2011
At its annual conference, research firm IDC compared social media-driven mobile data to the 1980s rise of the PC and advised companies to make the leap now.
- March 10, 2011
While social networking has become a part of daily life for many people, manufacturing organizations have been slow to add social media to their businesses.
- March 08, 2011
RFID and barcodes are still the most effective warehouse data-capture systems for gaining real-time views of inventory. But picking one over the other is sometimes tricky, according to experts.
- March 07, 2011
SaaS providers and proprietary 3PL networks are helping manufacturers ship goods across borders while gaining real-time visibility into their inventory around the world.
- March 04, 2011
Motion and control tech manufacturer Parker Hannifin needed to improve its S&OP and rein in its global operations. The company’s deployment of Logility Voyager Solutions 8.0 has helped.
- February 25, 2011
Avoid the cost drains and change-management pitfalls that can dilute the ROI of mobile computing devices.
- February 22, 2011
Manufacturers can avoid mobile computing devices running amok by focusing on these three key areas.
- February 18, 2011
Though Cellular Specialties' CRM and ERP are both from Sage, the systems can’t talk to one another, and that leads to tedious workarounds and data issues for the make-to-order company.
- February 17, 2011
Deciding where tablets and smartphones fit best in a manufacturing environment can be daunting, especially with all the recent rollouts of fancy new gadgets. Here are some pointers on choosing the right mobile computing devices.
- February 11, 2011
Foote Partners quarterly report shows strong pay increases for some vendor-specific ERP skills, including SAP Production Planning and Oracle Enterprise Applications.
- February 09, 2011
Support for mobile devices and SaaS workforce management could expand the use of workforce management software and help position it as a core enterprise platform.
- February 07, 2011
Manufacturers might want to put the brakes on mobile mania until they get a good look at the new tablets and smartphones that are expected in the months ahead.
- February 02, 2011
To get the most from workforce management software, manufacturers should secure stakeholder support and maintain a strong focus on labor rules.
- January 31, 2011
Business users at GFI Group were having a difficult time with the complexity of the Oracle E-Business Suite financial reporting tools, so the company went to an Excel-based tool called GL Wand.
- January 28, 2011
Having a long-term vision and knowledge of industry requirements and business processes will steer manufacturers to the best platform for their workforce management needs.
- January 26, 2011
Using “IT for green” is a far trickier strategy than green IT, but the environmental and economic payoffs could be huge, say two manufacturers that are attempting it.
- January 21, 2011
In a Q&A, Schumacher Group CIO Douglas Menefee discusses the medical services firm’s rollout of a new budgeting system based on SaaS corporate performance management software.
- January 17, 2011
Despite making sustainability a strategic priority, many manufacturers will struggle to choose from more than 120 niche products and sustainability software suites in the coming year.
- January 10, 2011
Gartner Magic Quadrant reveals a midmarket ERP industry that is stable, innovative despite recession
In a new report on midmarket ERP for product-centric companies, Gartner says SAP, Microsoft and Epicor rose to the top of an industry that remained remarkably stable through a tough economic year.
- December 30, 2010
Analysts predict that embedded analytics, business intelligence and cloud-based collaboration will help manufacturers cope with longer, more complicated supply chains in the coming year.
- December 20, 2010
2010 was a busy year for manufacturing technology, with companies struggling to balance tight budgets with their ongoing need for up-to-date software. For a comprehensive picture of the past year, check out these top manufacturing IT trends of 2010.
- December 10, 2010
Manufacturers need to understand their control and complexity requirements before deciding how to integrate ERP cloud computing with on-premises systems, analysts say.
- December 07, 2010
Three-dimensional visualization, social networking and the cloud are transforming product lifecycle management from an engineering-centric tool to a companywide platform for better decision making.
- December 03, 2010
Apple’s groundbreaking device spawns a new category of tablets that has some manufacturers looking to replace desktop and notebook PCs. Plus, Samsung Galaxy Tab takes on the iPad.
- December 01, 2010
Manufacturing experts offer advice on balancing the risks and rewards of today’s cloud-computing services.
- November 29, 2010
Inventory optimization software can balance inventory levels and help with everything from postponement to customer service, according to Altimeter Group’s Lora Cecere.
- November 23, 2010
IDC’s new report on the top MES software vendors provides manufacturers with criteria for selecting an MES package.
- November 18, 2010
C-level sponsorship, cross-functional teams and the right tool choice will ensure PLM becomes a truly cross-enterprise initiative.
- November 15, 2010
Years after falling out of favor, vendor-managed inventory (VMI) is drawing attention as a labor-efficient route to better control over orders and inventory. But like before, VMI implementation has its skeptics.
- November 08, 2010
Manufacturers and SRM experts say the biggest savings come from using e-procurement software as a platform for supplier innovation.
- November 05, 2010
Software suites that integrate e-sourcing with supplier performance and contract management work best, but only if procurement is first on-board with business goals.
- November 03, 2010
Companies have many reasons to go mobile, but some analysts say the true benefit is better ROI from your existing ERP package.
- October 29, 2010
Navigate the confusing landscape of vendors, software, and deployment options by mapping your procurement strategy to four main product categories.
- October 25, 2010
Avoiding a few common ERP project management mistakes will help project leaders run a smooth implementation.
- October 20, 2010
Integration has matured from one-to-one APIs to general-purpose web technologies like SOA. That's good news for manufacturers struggling to connect their shop floors with ERP.
- October 18, 2010
Experts recommend the best software for managing an ERP project plan across the organization.
- October 15, 2010
Make everyone a project manager -- or, at least, make everyone think like one -- to apply proven project management techniques to your ERP implementation.
- October 14, 2010
Experts say manufacturers don’t need to hire certified project managers to put controls on their ERP implementations. But it doesn’t hurt.
- October 07, 2010
Best of breed vendors JDA and Logility join ERP heavyweights Oracle and SAP in Gartner’s Leaders quadrant for supply chain planning software.
- October 05, 2010
Incorporating software into a lean project can be challenging. CSCMP 2010 attendees learned about the variety of lean technology options available and how to use them to boost supply chain visibility and efficiency.
- September 28, 2010
SaaS and pure-play vendors topped a recent Gartner CPM customer satisfaction survey.
- September 24, 2010
Beyond the technical challenges, cultural change management is the biggest obstacle to integrating PLM for cross-functional collaboration.
- September 22, 2010
Start with high-level requirements and work your way down through project management, architecture design and data cleansing, say these ERP integration experts.
- September 17, 2010
Some manufacturers and suppliers are using supply chain finance platforms to lend and borrow against invoices that have been approved for payment.
- September 10, 2010
Oracle holds respectable leads over SAP, however, in on-time implementations and benefits realization, according to Panorama Consulting Group study.
- August 30, 2010
ERP hosting providers are adding new cloud computing and subscription options to provide alternatives to Software as a Service (SaaS) ERP.
- August 24, 2010
Some SMBs large enough to benefit from CPM but not in a financial position to purchase on-premise software are turning to SaaS CPM.
- August 16, 2010
Warehouse management systems provide the information needed to efficiently control the movement of materials. Today’s WMSs work with RFID and voice recognition, and can be integrated with ERP and transportation management systems. But adding a new ...
- August 09, 2010
E-sourcing software is not just for putting cheap commodities out to bid. It’s an entire platform that manufacturers can use to collaborate with suppliers to save money and improve quality.
- August 03, 2010
This FAQ has expert answers on how to plan, execute, and test an ERP upgrade for maximum ROI and minimum disruption to business processes.