5 Things Modern Manufacturers Do Differently to Run Their Business
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5 Things Modern Manufacturers Do Differently to Run Their Business

Manufacturing is evolving right before our eyes. This evolution is being spurred by the need for better automation, visibility, and collaboration. Modern manufacturers have connected their machines, processes, and people. They...

Considering Cloud ERP? Learn from the Manufacturing Pros Who’ve Done It
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Considering Cloud ERP? Learn from the Manufacturing Pros Who’ve Done It

When it comes to selecting the ERP system that will run your business, you want to talk to someone with experience—specifically, a manufacturing professional grappling with the same challenges you face, and one who has been...

IIoT: Three Surefire Steps to Success
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IIoT: Three Surefire Steps to Success

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is an enormous opportunity for manufacturers. It fuels greater productivity and agility by increasing data communication between systems, people, and processes. For example, machine data...

Manufacturing Cloud ERP Enables One View – Including Mobile Users
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Manufacturing Cloud ERP Enables One View – Including Mobile Users

Many manufacturers still grapple with the disconnected nature of the systems that run their business. To quickly respond to customer demands and make information-based decisions, everyone in the manufacturing enterprise needs...

Mobile ERP: A 2-Way Experience That Provides Real Manufacturing Intelligence
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Mobile ERP: A 2-Way Experience That Provides Real Manufacturing Intelligence

Cloud ERP is the great enabler when it comes to manufacturing mobility. Enterprise data—from all plants, all users, and all geographies—are kept in one central database. This means there is one source of truth that all users...

Success Story: How One Manufacturer Capitalized on Cloud ERP in Uncertain Economic Times
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Success Story: How One Manufacturer Capitalized on Cloud ERP in Uncertain Economic Times

A common strategy during an uncertain economy is to hunker down and “weather the storm.” Many manufacturers decide to limit technology investment until the chaos subsides, then attempt to time necessary technology improvements to...

Oracle’s Acquisition of NetSuite: 4 Considerations to Keep in Mind
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Oracle’s Acquisition of NetSuite: 4 Considerations to Keep in Mind

On the heels of Oracle’s announcement of intent to buy NetSuite for $9.3 billion, analysts are weighing in with varying opinions on what this means to Oracle and the ERP market. At the end of the day, this acquisition is about...

3 Ways a Connected Plant Floor Improves Top Floor Decisions
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3 Ways a Connected Plant Floor Improves Top Floor Decisions

All manufacturers need accurate and timely data to manage performance. Complete integration of real-time operational data, collected from the plant floor and made available to the top floor, is key. Hatch Stamping Company is a...

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Companies Leading in the Cloud: Firstronic

Many manufacturers share these goals – optimize time-to-market, maximize quality, and minimize costs – and Firstronic LLC is no exception. Firstronic, an electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider serving a variety of...

Thinking Lean:  Four Keys to Trim Manufacturing
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Thinking Lean: Four Keys to Trim Manufacturing

Lean manufacturing isn’t something manufacturers can achieve overnight; and it’s certainly not a one-and-done process executed in a vacuum. To the contrary, waste elimination is achieved through enterprise-wide “lean thinking”...

The 3 Most Common Production Planning and Scheduling Headaches—and How to Get Relief
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The 3 Most Common Production Planning and Scheduling Headaches—and How to Get Relief

Managing a fine balance between customer demand and available capacity and resources is a complex process—especially while maintaining high customer service levels. Manufacturers know what can go wrong in the production process...

Quality Management: The Art of Manufacturing Success
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Quality Management: The Art of Manufacturing Success

Without the right processes in place manufacturers face daunting challenges: Inaccurate order information, shipping delays, and incorrect inventory amounts, to name a few. Caltherm Corporation, a manufacturer of thermal and...

Data Consolidation: Taking the Shop Floor to the Cloud
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Data Consolidation: Taking the Shop Floor to the Cloud

Manufacturers make things that matter every day, but garnering meaningful data from these processes can be a challenge. Cloud ERP is the answer to this problem, allowing manufacturers to consolidate operational and shop floor...

How the Cloud Fosters Smart, Connected Manufacturing
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How the Cloud Fosters Smart, Connected Manufacturing

Industry 4.0, Industries 4.0, or the fourth industrial revolution, is the automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies, creating what many refer to as a "smart factory.” Although analysts claim that less than one...

Do You Know What’s Happening on Your Plant Floor?
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Do You Know What’s Happening on Your Plant Floor?

Today, tying the machines on your plant floor to management on the top floor for a real-time glimpse of production status isn’t just convenient—it’s critical to remain viable in a competitive market. Incorrect, untimely, or...

How Connectivity Enables Manufacturers to Make Smart Manufacturing a Reality
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How Connectivity Enables Manufacturers to Make Smart Manufacturing a Reality

The constant hum of excitement about the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is becoming louder and more intelligible every day. It is now clear that we are well past the initial hype, and opportunities for forward-thinking...

How Manufacturing Intelligence Leads to More-Informed Decisions
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How Manufacturing Intelligence Leads to More-Informed Decisions

Analytics and business intelligence (BI) give manufacturers the ability to break down the silos that separate departments, divisions, and processes, and galvanize their business around customers. Here are just a few ways...

Declare Independence From Legacy ERP
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Declare Independence From Legacy ERP

You are no longer beholden to an ERP system that doesn’t meet your manufacturing business requirements—having to apply patches, customizations, or fixes to get it to work the way you require. No longer do you need to budget time...

How Cloud ERP Provides Visibility for Lean Manufacturing
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How Cloud ERP Provides Visibility for Lean Manufacturing

Lean manufacturing tools have been around for more than 25 years, and they continue to deliver value to manufacturers. In fact, lean is essentially a focus on value-add across the product lifecycle and results in rigorous efforts...

Cloud Manufacturing ERP Helps You Grow without Breaking the Bank
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Cloud Manufacturing ERP Helps You Grow without Breaking the Bank

Many small to mid-sized manufacturers are discovering a secret about cloud manufacturing ERP: they can access the same tools, infrastructures, and software capabilities that many large-scale enterprises enjoy—without breaking the...

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