Manufacturing Software, ERP, MRP

Manufacturing software systems are important tools for the automation and management of production processes. A wide range of manufacturing companies covering many different vertical sectors rely on manufacturing software to better manage the sourcing and use of material or parts quantities, scheduled production timelines, inventory management and the planning for future order demand. One commonly deployed example of a manufacturing software system is an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution, designed to better manage information concerning orders and materials, finance, Customer Relationship Management etc. over the whole organisation.

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Helium tackles the connectivity problem in IoT

Helium tackles the connectivity problem in IoT

Helium, a provider of simple, secure, scalable IoT connectivity, has announced the launch of its latest product suite, a comprehensive low-power, long-range solution for IoT devices.

UK & Ireland SAP User Group announces merger with SuccessFactors User Group UK

UK & Ireland SAP User Group announces merger with SuccessFactors User Group UK

The UK & Ireland SAP User Group (UKISUG) and the SuccessFactors User Group UK have announced a merger between the two organisations.

New release of WITNESS Horizon help businesses tackle digital disruption

New release of WITNESS Horizon help businesses tackle digital disruption

Lanner, a provider of predictive simulation software which delivers the certainty to empower smart business, has announced details of the latest release of WITNESS Horizon version 21.0.

EEF outperforms UK customer satisfaction index five years running

EEF outperforms UK customer satisfaction index five years running

EEF the body that represents and provides essential services to industry across the UK has received a top accolade for its customer service for the fifth consecutive year.

New K3 Syspro partner portal provides insight to help businesses make the best software buying choices

New K3 Syspro partner portal provides insight to help businesses make the best software buying choices

A new partner portal has been launched by K3 Syspro to help customers of the tech company review products and suppliers before they enquire to buy. The portal will also allow K3 to share information and best practice for that particular software ecosystem.

Technology issues in IT and Telecoms identified as contributor to the UK's productivity gap

Technology issues in IT and Telecoms identified as contributor to the UK's productivity gap

New research released from Managed 24/7 has revealed that the average employee in IT and Telecoms who uses IT loses more than 20 minutes per day of productive time due to technology issues.

UK Office workers lose a third of their work time to admin according to independent research

UK Office workers lose a third of their work time to admin according to independent research

Unit4, provider of enterprise systems for services organisations, has announced the findings of an independent multi-national research study into global productivity and the time office workers spend on primary work.

UK businesses should trust local sourcing to combat political unrest, says Crimson & Co

UK businesses should trust local sourcing to combat political unrest, says Crimson & Co

Olivia Xu, Consultant at Crimson & Co, the end-to-end supply chain consultancy, comments on the current political climate and how it's time to trust local sourcing.

EEF Chief Executive receives CBE for services to industry

EEF Chief Executive receives CBE for services to industry

EEF, the manufacturers' organisation has announced that its Chief Executive, Terry Scuoler, has been made a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen's birthday honours.

A closer look at Industry 4.0

A closer look at Industry 4.0

By Arno Ham, Chief Product Officer, Sana Commerce.

Industry 4.0 or the Fourth Industrial Revolution has been tabled as a radical change ahead for the manufacturing and production sectors. It'll be brought through the integration of the Internet of Things, cloud computing, data integration and other 'game changing' technological developments as the new 'beating heart' within production and manufacturing systems.

Manufacturing software systems

Manufacturing software systems provide the automation and computational support for complex manufacturing processes. Manufacturing companies leverage manufacturing software systems to carefully manage the timing, types and quantities of materials they purchase in order to ensure that they are able to meet current and future customer demand while at the same time achieving the lowest possible cost and inventory accumulation.

 

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems integrate internal and external management information across an entire organization, embracing finance/accounting, manufacturing, sales and service, customer relationship management, etc. ERP systems facilitate the flow of information between all business functions inside the boundaries of the organisation and manage the connections to outside stakeholders.

 

Manufacturing resource planning (MRP II) addresses operational planning in units, financial planning, and has a simulation capability to answer "what-if" questions and extension of closed-loop MRP.

 

CRM or Customer Relationship Management concerns the relationship between an organisation and its customers. The scope of CRM which can vary drastically as it can be used by management, salespeople, people providing service, and even customers could directly access information to find out information.

 

Cloud computing can be defined as the set of hardware, networks, storage, services, and interfaces that combine to deliver aspects of computing as a service. Cloud services include the delivery of software, infrastructure, and storage over the Internet and is based on user demand. Cloud Computing  is the latest stage in the Internet's evolution, providing the means through which everything , from computing power to computing infrastructure, applications, business can be delivered to you as a service wherever and whenever you need.

 

Cloud computing has some essential characteristics: scalability depending on requirements, offers a way to increase capacity or add capabilities on the fly without investing in new infrastructure, eliminates the need for on-site personnel to maintain computer equipment. No up-front CAPEX (capital expenditure) required, as billing is a pay-as-you-go model, access to the very latest application programming interfaces (APIs).

 

SaaS (software as a service) is a type of cloud computing delivering a single application through the browser to thousands of customers using a multitenant architecture. On the customer side, it means no upfront investment in servers or software licensing; on the provider side, with just one app to maintain, costs are low compared to conventional hosting. SaaS is emerging to provide service to all aspects of an organisation`s activities in the areas of Manufacturing, ERP, Demand Forecasting, Advanced Planning, S&OP, Supply Chain, Warehousing, Transport Management and HR (human resource).

 

Business intelligence (BI) is a set of theories, processes and technologies that convert raw data into useful information for business purposes. BI can handle large amounts of information to help identify and develop new opportunities to gain market advantage over competitors. The amounts of data that are now being gathered as a result of because they are increasingly being gathered by a growing range of diverse and ubiquitous information-gathering devices.

 

These data sets become so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using on-hand database management tools or traditional data processing applications. The trend to larger data sets is due to the additional information derivable from analysis of a single large set of related data, as compared to separate smaller sets with the same total amount of data. The current challenges of BIG DATA include the capture, storage, search and share capability, transfer, analysis, and visualisation. Every day, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data — so much that 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone. This data comes from everywhere: sensors used to gather climate information, posts to social media sites, digital pictures and videos, purchase transaction records, and cell phone GPS signals to name a few. This data is big data.

 

It is estimated that the world's technological per-capita capacity to store information has roughly doubled every 40 months since the 1980s. The challenge for large enterprises is determining who should own big data initiatives that straddle the entire organisation and how this data can be used as a source of revenue and to gain competitive advantage.