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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BREXIT: Major challenges for Businesses’ IT Systems to be ‘BREXIT Ready’

BREXIT: Major challenges for Businesses’ IT Systems to be ‘BREXIT Ready’

BASDA (‘The Business Application Software Developers Association’) and the Institute of Directors (‘IoD’) have voiced their concerns that core business systems may not be fully ready for 1st January 2021 despite all the industry’s best efforts.

UK Manufacturing calls for a deal to end uncertainty and save thousands of jobs

UK Manufacturing calls for a deal to end uncertainty and save thousands of jobs

Comment from: Stephen Phipson, CEO of Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation; Stephen Kelly, CEO Manufacturing NI; and Paul Sheerin, CEO Scottish Engineering.

Become a smart factory with ERP

Become a smart factory with ERP

By Uwe Kueppers, Manager Consulting Service, EMEA of Kalypso, a Rockwell Automation company.

Traditionally, businesses would make do with manual processes such as spreadsheets for keeping a record of the company’s financials, supply chain, operations, and human resource activities.

Manufacturing companies should heed the wellbeing lessons of lockdown

Manufacturing companies should heed the wellbeing lessons of lockdown

Helping teams maintain the healthy habits formed while working from home during the pandemic should be part of HR leaders’ wellbeing strategies in 2021, according to workplace wellbeing experts, Westfield Health.

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Could other threats hit business while Covid-19 continues to dominate the risk agenda?

International risk management and assistance firm, Healix International, believes the all-consuming consequences of the pandemic could leave governments and employers exposed to other risks in 2021. The annual Healix Risk Oracle report has identified key areas of risk – besides the continued impact of COVID-19 - that it believes need to be recognised by risk managers in 2021.

Boosting manufacturing resilience in times of uncertainty

Boosting manufacturing resilience in times of uncertainty

By Ian Richards, Head of Manufacturing, Board.

It is hard to see anything positive on the horizon. At every turn, there seems to be a negative counterpoint to a potential positive, a constant theme for 2020.

46% of UK manufacturers say Covid has adversely impacted their planning

46% of UK manufacturers say Covid has adversely impacted their planning

New research from Lockton, the privately held, independent insurance broker, highlights the devastating impact of Covid-19 on UK manufacturers’ Brexit preparedness.

In its survey of 500 UK manufacturers, almost half (46%) admitted their supply chain plans have been negatively affected by the Covid-19, with 25% stating they have not made appropriate arrangements with just six weeks left of the transition period.

Wipro’s Annual State of Cybersecurity Report finds increasing adoption of AI in cybersecurity to tackle advanced adversaries

Wipro’s Annual State of Cybersecurity Report finds increasing adoption of AI in cybersecurity to tackle advanced adversaries

Wipro Limited, the global information technology, consulting and business process services company, has released its annual State of Cybersecurity Report (SOCR) that presents changing perspectives of cybersecurity globally.

From machinery to MES software: Pharma companies in UK and Ireland benefit from Körber’s unique offering of integrated solutions

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The new subsidiary of Körber’s Business Area Pharma in Dublin enjoys growing demand for its integrated solutions for pharmaceutical and biotech production in the UK and Ireland.

Transformation a priority for majority of manufacturing leaders

Transformation a priority for majority of manufacturing leaders

Four in five UK manufacturing executives (86%) are planning to transform their business in the next 12 months, according to a new report from Parseq.

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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