dlechleitner

Taming the Complexity and Cost of Manufacturing Operations

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Like it or not, the global economy brought higher pressure and thinner margins right to your doorstep. Nobody feels this as keenly as the production managers and shop foreman in the small manufacturing operation. These key individuals must constantly pace the shop floor to eyeball the process and look for problems, shepherding workflow and throughput through a mix of first-person viewpoint, second-hand information, and a variety of tracking systems. These methods can include disconnected spreadsheets, phone calls, emails, face-to-face conversations, and the good old scheduling whiteboard, which is frantically updated as demands and challenges change. Tracking money, time and materials  

lpayne

The Peril and Potential of an ERP Upgrade

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At KeyedIn, we deal a lot with the subject of ERP upgrades and we’ve heard our share of horror stories (as well as positive experiences).  But to get a better handle on the scope of the issue, I searched Google for the term “Problems with ERP upgrades” and received 2.2 million results. Searching for two more terms returned the following: Negative ERP upgrade experience:  46.4 million results. Positive ERP upgrade experience:  2 results. While no means a scientific study, these are frightening statistics. When it comes to software implementations, people are more likely to talk about their negative than positive  

rsuerken

How Small Manufacturing CEOs Can Contain Risk in the Cloud

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 Many CEOs and owners of small- and mid-size manufacturing operations are guardians of family-grown businesses, keeping a close eye on day-to-day operations while trying to control costs and seeing where the future holds opportunities and threats for them and the working families that help their enterprise grow. Technology that speeds estimating time and accuracy, improves workflow and brings more profit and happy customers is always a part of the CEO’s or owner’s field of vision. But getting to those benefits can be painful. While large manufacturing enterprises have big budgets they can throw at fancy new ERP and SCM systems,  

khilyar

Myths of SaaS

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A hot topic in the technology world today revolves around SaaS vs. on-premise. What type of solution deployment is best to fit your business’ needs, and why you would select SaaS vs. on-premise? There are many conflicting views or myths that follow SaaS based solutions. Let’s first start by defining what SaaS means. SaaS, or Software as a Service, is a software delivery model in which software and storage are provided in the cloud. An end user accesses the software via an Internet browser, not on a local server or computer, as is required for on-premise software. This means you