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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Epicor releases latest version of iScala to support global business growth

Epicor releases latest version of iScala to support global business growth

Epicor Software Corporation, a global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth today announced the general availability of its enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution Epicor iScala.

UK manufactured goods in demand with strong domestic and export performance - CBI

UK manufactured goods in demand with strong domestic and export performance - CBI

The UK's manufacturers have reported strong growth in orders both at home and from abroad over the first quarter of 2017, although costs and prices have also continued to rise at an elevated pace, according to the latest quarterly CBI Industrial Trends Survey.

Cyberbit’s new Endpoint Detection and Response release advances cybersecurity with adaptive, automated capabilities

Cyberbit’s new Endpoint Detection and Response release advances cybersecurity with adaptive, automated capabilities

Cyberbit has announced a new version of its adaptive Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) platform, which now provides advanced and semi-automated threat hunting, centralised response capabilities, and an improved Software Developer Kit (SDK) for detection customisation.

InfinityQS launches Enact – 'the future of manufacturing quality'

InfinityQS launches Enact – 'the future of manufacturing quality'

InfinityQS International, Inc. (InfinityQS) has launched Enact, a native-cloud Quality Intelligence platform that is claimed to revolutionise the role of quality, cutting through the clutter of data to deliver tailored, strategic operational insights necessary to improve competitive position and financial viability.

GE Digital releases comprehensive APM solution to help industrial companies reduce unplanned downtime

GE Digital releases comprehensive APM solution to help industrial companies reduce unplanned downtime

GE Digital has debuted the newest version of its comprehensive Asset Performance Management (APM) solution, an offering that combines the GE Digital APM portfolio with the solution offered by Meridium, acquired by GE in September 2016.

QAD announces Santa Rosa, solution enhancements and vertical segment solutions

QAD announces Santa Rosa, solution enhancements and vertical segment solutions

QAD, provider of enterprise software and services for global manufacturing companies, has announced the availability of enhancements to its QAD Cloud ERP and QAD Enterprise Applications solutions.

Epicor releases latest version of iScala to support global business growth

Epicor releases latest version of iScala to support global business growth

Epicor Software Corporation has announced the general availability of its enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution Epicor iScala.

MaxPoint enhances customer Catalyst CRM software with email address matching and profile-based list expansion

MaxPoint enhances customer Catalyst CRM software with email address matching and profile-based list expansion

MaxPoint has announced two major feature enhancements to its flagship CRM enrichment and matching software, Customer Catalyst.

Accelerating IT development - Renault Sport Racing

Accelerating IT development - Renault Sport Racing

Manufacturing & Logistics IT spoke with Pierre d'Imbleval, chief information officer, Renault Sport Racing, about how the organisation's IT estate plays a critical role in its success – covering everything from design and prototyping through to manufacturing, logistics and data analysis.

SuiteCRM releases Long Term Support Cycle

SuiteCRM releases Long Term Support Cycle

SalesAgility, the author and maintainer of SuiteCRM- the open source CRM applications, has announced the availability of SuiteCRM 7.8.3 Long Term Support (LTS) Edition for free download.

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.