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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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.

Aruba fundamentally redefines enterprise core switching for mobile, cloud and IoT demands

Aruba fundamentally redefines enterprise core switching for mobile, cloud and IoT demands

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, has announced a new enterprise core and aggregation switch and the industry's most advanced operating system, ArubaOS-CX, designed for modern mobility, cloud, and IoT requirements.

The revision of ISO 22000 on food management moves one step further

The revision of ISO 22000 on food management moves one step further

Revision is ongoing for ISO 22000 on food safety management systems, which has just reached the Draft International Standard (DIS) stage. The revised standard will incorporate a new core structure as well as recognised key elements to ensure food safety at every step of the food chain.

More businesses to manage data on hybrid cloud

More businesses to manage data on hybrid cloud

Gartner reports that half of all enterprise content will be machine authored, as well as managed on hybrid cloud systems by 2018.

IT and business compete for the Digital Transformation crown, finds CIF research

IT and business compete for the Digital Transformation crown, finds CIF research

IT directors believe that cloud adoption in their organisation is driven principally by their IT function as part of a technology strategy, rather than the need for change driven by business decision makers. This is according to the latest research from the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF).

Global Shop Solutions simplifies and optimises manufacturing with Cloud ERP

Global Shop Solutions simplifies and optimises manufacturing with Cloud ERP

Global Shop Solutions, an international producer of ERP software for the manufacturing industry, has announced its continual efforts to promote efficiencies on the shop floor with top performance through the use of Cloud ERP.

Pyramid Analytics ranks as Overall Leader in Customer Experience and Vendor Credibility in 2017 Dresner Wisdom of Crowds Business Intelligence Market Study

Pyramid Analytics ranks as Overall Leader in Customer Experience and Vendor Credibility in 2017 Dresner Wisdom of Crowds Business Intelligence Market Study

The business intelligence company earns perfect score, demonstrating improvements across all categories

Why are businesses still in the dark about their data?

Why are businesses still in the dark about their data?

By Paul Evans, Managing Director at Redstor.

Among the vast amount of challenges that modern IT teams have to deal with on a daily basis, the risks posed by unstructured data can be critical. As well as opening environments up to the threat of data breach, organisations could be missing out on valuable insights by not knowing what data they have and where it sits.

My1Login cited as Global Leader in Identity Management, according to leading analyst group

My1Login cited as Global Leader in Identity Management, according to leading analyst group

My1Login, the UK provider of next generation Identity and Access Management solutions, has been cited by highly respected analyst and technology sector research group, CB Insights, as one of the world's leaders in the Identity Management space.

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.