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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Continuous Testing is growing, but technology and team structures must improve for organisations to gain a competitive advantage

Continuous Testing is growing, but technology and team structures must improve for organisations to gain a competitive advantage

Capgemini and Sogeti, part of the Capgemini Group, has released a new report on Continuous Testing, in collaboration with Broadcom Inc.’s Enterprise Software Division.

Celebrating 30 years of the World Wide Web

Celebrating 30 years of the World Wide Web

The invention of the World Wide Web marked its 30th anniversary on 12 March 2019, with Sir Tim Berners-Lee, its creator, and leading figures in Britain’s technology sector coming together to celebrate at Downing Street.

Almost a third of SME manufacturers ‘moving supplier base from EU to UK’ – according to new research

Almost a third of SME manufacturers ‘moving supplier base from EU to UK’ – according to new research

The latest quarterly insight into the SME manufacturing sector from SWMAS and partner Economic Growth Solutions, the UK SME Manufacturing Barometer, shows how the challenging economic and industrial climate is pushing UK manufacturers to carry significant risks as they move their supplier base out of the EU and invest precious cash reserves in stockpiling raw materials.

New release of DocStar enterprise content management platform offers DocuSign Signature Integration

New release of DocStar enterprise content management platform offers DocuSign Signature Integration

Epicor Software Corporation, a global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth, has announced its latest release of DocStar ECM, offering comprehensive support for eSignatures.

Interview with Barrie Timson, Business Systems Manager at Raleigh UK

Interview with Barrie Timson, Business Systems Manager at Raleigh UK

Barrie Timson has worked at Raleigh UK Ltd since 1989 and has held his current role since 2003. In this interview, Barrie discusses how he and his team worked with BEC to create and implement a new scanning and voice-enabled data capture solution designed to improve the company’s mission-critical processes, whilst bringing their picking, packing and despatch accuracy up to 99.9%.

HMS Software rolls out new time management system

HMS Software rolls out new time management system

Global time management solutions provider HMS Software – publisher of the TimeControl timesheet system – has released TimeControl version 7.4.1, described by the company as a first-of-its-kind system targeting medium to large enterprises and their mobile workers.

Safety in numbers - The benefits of clustering for manufacturers

Safety in numbers - The benefits of clustering for manufacturers

Emperor penguins huddle together to share warmth and protect each other during the intense winds of the harsh Antarctic storms. Fortunately, it’s not just penguins that can benefit from huddling together. Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of obsolete industrial parts supplier EU Automation, explains why manufacturers form clusters around the world.

Leading global beauty and cosmetics producer Amelia Knight acquires UK manufacturing business Pascalle Cosmetics

Leading global beauty and cosmetics producer Amelia Knight acquires UK manufacturing business Pascalle Cosmetics

Amelia Knight Cosmetics, provider of private label and branded cosmetics for global fashion retailers and brands, has announced a strengthening of its R&D and manufacturing capabilities in the UK with the acquisition of Pascalle Cosmetics.

Postmodern ERP – What it is and how it benefits the enterprise

Postmodern ERP – What it is and how it benefits the enterprise

By Mark Hughes, regional vice president UK and Ireland, Epicor.

The introduction of Industry 4.0 technologies is changing expectations around what insights and capabilities ERP software should deliver to the enterprise.

Manufacturing activity weakens - CBI

Manufacturing activity weakens - CBI

Manufacturing output growth slowed in the quarter to February, while order books improved slightly, according to the latest monthly CBI Industrial Trends Survey.

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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