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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Commenting on the past 12 months and predicting the key trends for 2005, Ivor Canavan, European VP at Computer Sciences Corporation, said: "...As we look ahead to 2005, there are four key developments that have captured my attention - the ERP vendor landscape, future acquisitions and consolidation, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and RFID.

Effective scheduling in the bag at Smurfit Ward

Effective scheduling in the bag at Smurfit Ward

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UKs Largest Truck Body Builder Installs Exel ERP System...

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Computer Associates selects SAP and Accenture for worldwide enterprise resource planning transformation

The transformation process, which begins immediately, will be driven by CA in collaboration with Accenture.

Parity Launches Solution to Issues Facing Food Manufacturers: Parity Consulting

Parity Corporation launches Parity Consulting. In a day and age where streamlining and reducing costs, while maintaining as well as improving quality and accuracy is critical for food manufacturers, Parity Consulting offers solutions.

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I.M.S. Ltd Chooses Epicor Manufacturing Software

I.M.S. Ltd Chooses Epicor Manufacturing Software

I.M.S. Ltd Turns to Epicor Vantage as an Ideally Suited Solution to Serve its Mixed-Mode Manufacturing and Complex Accounting Needs.

Novasoft cuts retail ERP implementation times by up to 50 per cent

Novasoft, a leading retail systems specialist, has launched novaRetail, a ready-made software solution for small to medium-sized retailers, which is based on SAP R/3 for Retail, and which will significantly cut implementation times and make deployment into the business much easier.

Elucid Software Triggers Eight-Week Payback for Axminster Power Tools

To help improve efficiency and customer service, the company invested in K3 Business Technology's Elucid multi-channel software and recovered the cost in just two months.

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Cost control and six-sigma management software specialist, Cognition Europe has won two major contracts to supply its Enterprise Cost Management (ECM) software to both the US and French navies.

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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