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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International SAP Conferences on Extended Supply Chain and IoT - November 3-4, The Hague, Netherlands.

International SAP Conferences on Extended Supply Chain and IoT - November 3-4, The Hague, Netherlands.

6 Events, 1 Venue, 600 Attendees. Join us at the International SAP Conferences on Extended Supply Chain and IoT, the first event of its kind, bringing together SAP’s entire Extended Supply Chain solution portfolio across six events in one location

9 simple steps to creating a smart manufacturing plant

9 simple steps to creating a smart manufacturing plant

Agility and managing product assortment is the name of the game in modern manufacturing, enabling you to respond to rising costs and customer demands, beating your competition to the finish line without upsetting your stakeholders. It's a tall order but not an impossible one.

Industrial Internet Consortium and Plattform Industrie 4.0 drive digital transformation forward

Industrial Internet Consortium and Plattform Industrie 4.0 drive digital transformation forward

More than 300 manufacturing, communications, and technology experts met at SAP headquarters for the second working meeting of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and Plattform Industrie 4.0 recently.

Orchestra selects PLM from Centric Software

Orchestra selects PLM from Centric Software

Orchestra, European provider of children's fashions, maternity wear, nursery and childcare products, will industrialise its product development process with Centric PLM

Harnessing lean manufacturing in the factory of the future

Harnessing lean manufacturing in the factory of the future

Global manufacturing supply chains face regular challenges: rising material and energy costs, smaller, local competitors offering lower prices and, studies now show, $900 billion lost in waste. In order to survive, manufacturers need to shift their mind-set, adapting existing processes to work with greater efficiency and precision.

Epwin Group implements Epicor Mattec MES to help improve productivity and plan for further company growth

Epwin Group implements Epicor Mattec MES to help improve productivity and plan for further company growth

Founded in 1976 and employing more than 2,500 people in more than 30 businesses across the UK, Epwin Group is a supplier of low-maintenance, sustainable, and energy- efficient products to the new build, social housing, DIY, retail, and trade sectors. This includes the manufacture and supply of windows, doors, and roofline products.

30 years of EDI development

30 years of EDI development

As leading EDI (electronic data interchange) solutions provider, Data Interchange, celebrates its 30th year, it continues to look to the future.

Aspect Software recognised by Frost & Sullivan as the Workforce Optimisation Industry 2016 Global Company of the Year

Aspect Software recognised by Frost & Sullivan as the Workforce Optimisation Industry 2016 Global Company of the Year

Aspect Software, provider of fully-integrated consumer engagement, workforce optimisation, and self-service solutions, has been awarded the 2016 Global Company of the Year Award in the Workforce Optimisation Industry by Frost & Sullivan.

No business is an island

No business is an island

Today, no business operates alone. In order to be successful globally, every business has to rely on an ecosystem of partners – suppliers, factories, logistics providers, financial institutions and others to efficiently serve customers and to find new ways to deliver value. The supply chain has transformed into a supply network – from linear to multidimensional.

Naylor Farms to grow its Cabbage Patch with Linkfresh ERP

Naylor Farms to grow its Cabbage Patch with Linkfresh ERP

Linkfresh, the provider of supply chain solutions for the fresh food industry, has announced Naylor Farms has chosen to deploy the Linkfresh ERP solution.

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.