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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Syncron Service Cloud launched to help manufacturers to maximise product uptime and deliver exceptional after-sales service

Syncron Service Cloud launched to help manufacturers to maximise product uptime and deliver exceptional after-sales service

Syncron has introduced the Syncron Service Cloud, including several major updates to its core service parts inventory and price management solutions.

Manufacturers urged to join EEF in tackling productivity puzzle

Manufacturers urged to join EEF in tackling productivity puzzle

Manufacturers are being urged to help boost the UK's productivity performance and get manufacturing productivity growth back on trend by taking part in a major work programme being carried out by EEF, the manufacturers' organisation which will feed into the Autumn Budget Statement.

Staying ahead in a changing world

Staying ahead in a changing world

Our forthcoming departure from the EU may throw us some challenges. However, Simon Lewington managing director of Systems Assurance, isn't worried. He argues that with the right investment in IT there is plenty of opportunity for UK manufacturing to flourish.

Anniversary of Article 50: EEF conference addresses Brexit impact on manufacturing in the North East

Anniversary of Article 50: EEF conference addresses Brexit impact on manufacturing in the North East

A year on from the triggering of Article 50, EEF, The Manufacturers' Organisation, on 28 March hosted the Making Brexit Work – Preparing Manufacturers for Brexit conference in Newcastle.

Digital transformation is being held back by legacy technology, warns TmaxSoft

Digital transformation is being held back by legacy technology, warns TmaxSoft

Research from the Cloud Industry Forum finds that 9 in 10 businesses see legacy technology as a barrier to digital transformation

Colleen Langevin becomes new Chief Marketing Officer for Epicor

Colleen Langevin becomes new Chief Marketing Officer for Epicor

Epicor Software Corporation, a global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth, has appointed transformational technology marketing leader Colleen Langevin as the Chief Marketing Officer reporting directly to Epicor CEO Steve Murphy.

Latest oneM2M IoT standardisation progress to be showcased at MWC 2018

Latest oneM2M IoT standardisation progress to be showcased at MWC 2018

The outcome of the ever-increasing efforts to further advance the Internet of Things (IoT) will be revealed at Mobile World Congress 2018, as numerous oneM2M members demonstrate their latest innovations across multiple sectors.

GDPR could herald a 4% annual turnover loss, due to 1% of data

GDPR could herald a 4% annual turnover loss, due to 1% of data

Metadata discovery software vendor Silwood Technology has conducted research into five of the largest and most widely used application packages to understand the scale of the challenge encountered by their customers when locating personal data for GDPR compliance.

Manufacturing businesses report high levels of fraud, cyber and security incidents in 2017

Manufacturing businesses report high levels of fraud, cyber and security incidents in 2017

Fraud, cyber, and security risks continue to reach high levels in the manufacturing sector, according to senior corporate executives surveyed worldwide for the 2017/18 Kroll Annual Global Fraud & Risk Report.

Robots versus procrastination

Robots versus procrastination

Business owners are always trying to increase productivity in the workplace. They can introduce exercise breaks, have standing meetings and organise team-building days.

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.

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