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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Context identifies new AVIVORE threat group behind recent aerospace supply chain cyber attacks

Context identifies new AVIVORE threat group behind recent aerospace supply chain cyber attacks

The Threat Intelligence and Incident Response Team at Context Information Security has identified a new threat group behind a series of incidents targeted at the aerospace and defence industries in the UK and Europe.

Rockwell Automation Acquires MESTECH Services

Rockwell Automation Acquires MESTECH Services

Rockwell Automation has acquired MESTECH Services, a global provider of Manufacturing Execution Systems/Manufacturing Operations Management, digital solutions consulting, and systems integration services.

Acorn Recruitment sees a third more people applying for Summer temp jobs across the North in 2019

Acorn Recruitment sees a third more people applying for Summer temp jobs across the North in 2019

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Calabrio accelerates contact centre freedom by introducing agent self-scheduling technology

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Organisations with Cloud Contact Centre Technology report 18 percent higher customer satisfaction

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NICE inContact, a NICE business, has announced per the latest findings of its second annual global research study, the 2019 NICE inContact Customer Experience (CX) Transformation Benchmark, that companies with all of their contact centre technology in the cloud report 18 percent higher customer satisfaction (CSAT) based on service experience compared to companies with on-premises contact center technology.

Fontestad enhances productivity with Datalogic camera technology

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How to combat the skills deficit in the manufacturing industry

How to combat the skills deficit in the manufacturing industry

By Dave Johal, ManpowerGroup.

For over two centuries, the manufacturing industry has been a crucial growth engine for the UK economy. Even now it’s responsible for 45% of the country’s exports, totalling £275bn and making the UK the ninth largest manufacturing nation in the world.

Research from Forescout and ICIT identifies ‘disruptionware’ as emerging cybersecurity threat

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Tripwire launches next generation of Tripwire Connect with enhanced reporting capabilities and new SaaS option

Tripwire launches next generation of Tripwire Connect with enhanced reporting capabilities and new SaaS option

Tripwire, Inc., the global provider of security and compliance solutions for enterprises and industrial organisations, has announced the next generation of Tripwire Connect, which consolidates data from both Tripwire Enterprise and Tripwire IP360 to provide a single view of security and compliance states, and can be deployed both on-premises and as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) application.

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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