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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K3 BUSINESS TECHOLOGY GROUP ("K3") ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF MICROSOFT BUSINESS SOLUTIONS SUPPLIER, ALPHA LANDSTEINAR

The total consideration for the acquisition is 7.2m, payable in a mix of cash and shares. The initial consideration is 3.25m in cash and 2.9m in shares, of which 2.55m of cash and the 2.9m in shares is due on completion with 0.7m deferred for two weeks. The balance of 1.05m payable in cash due within the next twelve months.

Epicor Announces Significant Enhancements to Leading Enterprise Service Automation Solution

New Functionality Includes Contingent Workforce Management, Advanced Customization Capabilities and Rich Project Portfolio Management.

Lean manufacturing IT supports auto parts maker

Demand Stream leads demand driven manufacturing momentum in theautomotive industry.

One of Denmarks biggest retailers invests with Geac to help it compete with major global fashion brands

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) system will enable rapid new product introductions via coordination of global partners for Dansk Supermarked Gruppen.

Rexel chooses IBS software for 12 countries in Europe

IBS has signed an agreement with Rexel for IBSsupply chain focused ERP-suite ASW. The agreement covers installation in 12 European countries with up to 2000 users.

PEAK Technologies helps Airbus crack stock auditing nut

PEAK Technologies helps Airbus crack stock auditing nut

To keep pace with overall market demands for cost efficiency and value and also to protect itself from fluctuating exchange rates, wing designer and manufacturer Airbus UK has introduced a programme which examines all of its processes and procedures to find productivity gains and realise cost savings by 2006.

Lean manufacturing, business intelligence and workflow products are the focus for Lilly Software at the CIM Show

A new module to streamline workflow, a business intelligence module and a system to support lean manufacturing operations, complemented by suites for manufacturing, warehouse and supply chain management, are products being highlighted on the company's stand at the CIM Show.

PeopleSoft and JDA Software Partner to Deliver Enterprise Solution for Retailers

Integrated Solutions to Improve Financial Control, Reduce Costs and Speed Information to Retail Executives.

European software solutions provider, VcsTimeless, heads for China

VcsTimeless signs a partnership agreement for the distribution and support of its retail software solutions in China with Hong Kong-based company, Bedford Technologies Ltd.

Tess chooses IBS business software for more efficient supply chain management

IBS has signed an agreement with the Norwegian industrial group Tess for the supply of a new solution for more efficient supply chain management and improved processes. The agreement includes software, professional services and hardware.

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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