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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SMS full production lifecycle management – concept, creation, customer, consumer and beyond

SMS full production lifecycle management – concept, creation, customer, consumer and beyond

In our fast paced and connected world, the term EMS (Electronic Manufacturing Services) has become synonymous with high-volume, off-shore manufacturing. Enter SMS, a UK EMS company who offers low-volume manufacturing for high-mix applications.

Cooper Software to undertake further QlikView product for Butcher’s Pet Care

Cooper Software to undertake further QlikView product for Butcher’s Pet Care

Following on from the success of previous IFS, ACQUIRE and QlikView projects for leading independent pet food manufacturer, Butcher's Pet Care, Cooper Software has been selected to deliver a further QlikView project for the company.

Centric Software and Adobe deepen PLM-to-Illustrator integration

Centric Software and Adobe deepen PLM-to-Illustrator integration

Building on its commitment to continuous innovation, Centric Software has released version 3.0 of its market-driven product lifecycle management (PLM) Connector for Adobe Illustrator CC, the industry-standard vector graphics app for sketching, illustration, logo, icon and typography design.

68% of the manufacturing industry ‘is incentivised with gifts from suppliers’

68% of the manufacturing industry ‘is incentivised with gifts from suppliers’

Rewarding corporate clients for their custom and loyalty has always been big business, but new data has revealed that the practice is more common place in the manufacturing industry than any other.

Linkfresh ERP earns certified for Microsoft Dynamics accreditation

Linkfresh ERP earns certified for Microsoft Dynamics accreditation

Linkfresh has announced that its latest release of the Linkfresh ERP for Microsoft Dynamics NAV and specifically designed for use in the fresh food industry, is now Certified for Microsoft Dynamics.

Pyramid Analytics makes debut in BARC's 2016 Business Intelligence Score Report

Pyramid Analytics makes debut in BARC's 2016 Business Intelligence Score Report

Pyramid Analytics has announced BI Office's debut in BARC's 2016 Business Intelligence Score Report. Pyramid Analytics was recently recognized for outstanding performance by BARC in its 2016 BI Survey and achieved No. 1 rankings in several key categories.

Global Shop Solutions names Nick Knight Sr. Director of Customer Services

Global Shop Solutions names Nick Knight Sr. Director of Customer Services

Global Shop Solutions, a developer of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software simplifying manufacturing for 40 years, has named Nick Knight as the firm's new Senior Director of Customer Services.

Cooper Software extends partnership with IFS to become trusted reseller of IFS applications

Cooper Software extends partnership with IFS to become trusted reseller of IFS applications

Award winning Scottish technology consultancy, Cooper Software, has joined the IFS Partner Network, as a certified reseller of IFS in the UK.

UK automotive supply chain receives welcome boost with Nissan’s decision to build new models in the UK

UK automotive supply chain receives welcome boost with Nissan’s decision to build new models in the UK

Thousands of jobs in the UK automotive supply chain received a significant boost last week with the announcement by Britain's second largest car manufacturer that it will build two of its next generation models in Sunderland.

Anagram Systems unveils new cloud-based ERP system for UK small businesses

Anagram Systems unveils new cloud-based ERP system for UK small businesses

Anagram Systems (Anagram) has announced the launch of its new cloud-based version of Encore, the company's established Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software for small businesses.

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.