This is the fourth in our industry focus series in which we will highlight the customer successes in a specific industry or niche manufacturing segment. We’ll focus on the relevant capital equipment ERP functionality that an industry or market requires and how an ERP solution can address the unique needs of each of those industries. For our fourth edition, we thought we would focus on a bit of a broader segment, that being capital equipment. In particular, we’ll focus on custom capital equipment; machinery used in the production of other commodities.
One topic that was discussed during this year’s conference is Industry 4.0. This is one blog post in a series of several that will discuss Industry 4.0 – what it is, how you can achieve it, and how an ERP solution such as Visibility helps you achieve it. Our first post will discuss Industry 4.0 at a high level so you understand where it came from and the principles behind it.
So what exactly is Industry 4.0? Industry 4.0 is defined as having visibility into the real-time status of your company’s manufacturing processes. It has also been described as the “fourth industrial revolution”. This idea originated from a project in the high-tech strategy of the German Government, which promoted the computerization of manufacturing.
For those of you from the Boston area, happy Marathon Monday! For those of you not from Boston, today is the day of the Boston Marathon. It is a day of remembrance as we remember those who were lost and injured during the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. It is also a day of pride and celebration throughout the city of Boston as we line the streets to cheer on the runners.
So what do ERP implementations and marathons have in common? More than you might think!
Visibility has just released a free infographic download on Quality Management in ERP. Our infographic highlights our Quality Managment solution's product highlights, features of the solution, a look at what Quality Management in Visibility looks like and more! Be sure to click on the button at the bottom of this blog post to download our free infographic.
Before you decide to download our Quality Management infographic, here's a brief introduction on Quality Management in ERP and why it's so important:
We're going to California! Join us this April 5-7, 2017 in Newport Beach for 2 full days of educational sessions, networking and more.
The Visibility Customer Conference season is upon us! We have compiled a list of the top reasons why you should join us in Newport Beach this April:
While we are spending time with our customers, we gain valuable insight into BI and ERP goals and objectives. One topic that has been of critical importance as we start 2017 is the continuing evolution of Manufacturing Business Intelligence. As a developer of manufacturing ERP and BI solutions, we rely on our customers to guide us and help to shape those solutions. But it also gives us a vision of where our customers see trends and patterns when it comes to data analytics and the consumption of information. Sure, it’s “big data” but our focus is on how to mine that big data and then what to offer our customers in terms of tools to work with those results. For 2017 we wanted to get a sense of goals, objectives and trends.
Topics: Business Intelligence
Some ERP vendors can implement in a matter of months, while others can take years. A lean implementation method will ensure that your company is up and running on the new system and seeing a return on investment as soon as possible.
Remember, not all vendors implement and train customers the same way. What methods of training will be the most successful for your team? On-site? Over the web? With documentation? Or a mixture of all of the above? Here are some of the benefits of each of the ERP implementation methods listed above:
Have you ever wondered what your favorite fall holiday and ERP implementations have in common? Whether you have or haven’t, these two things have more in common than you might think!
- There are many choices on the table. Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, green beans to name a few of the many choices offered on Thanksgiving day. When it comes time to search for an ERP system, you are also faced with many choices. There are many ERP vendor choices out there and each vendor has many options when it comes to choosing an ERP system and tailoring it to your company’s needs.
- It brings people together. Thanksgiving brings family and friends from near and far together much like an ERP system brings together people within a company. This can be done in two ways. First, the ERP implementation process requires people from all departments to work towards the common goal of implementing a new ERP system (much like a family comes together to prepare a Thanksgiving dinner). Second, an ERP system allows for a business that may have been running several smaller systems concurrently or running a different ERP system at different locations, to come together on a single business system. Now a manufacturing plant with 3 locations in 3 different states, can be tied together in real time through the ERP system.
- It takes time and patience to prepare. If you’re an impatient cook, Thanksgiving dinner is probably not something you should be hosting! A large turkey can take hours to roast in the oven, and whipping together the various side dishes also takes time, patience, and planning. Similarly, if you are an impatient team leader, you’re best to not be on the ERP implementation project. From choosing an ERP vendor to creating an implementation plan to training your employees on the system, an ERP implementation does not happen overnight and it requires hard work and dedication to get through the challenges you may face.
- You should focus on a mix of staples and unique add-ons to meet your needs. A Thanksgiving dinner requires the “staples” such as turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce. However, not all Thanksgiving dinners are exactly alike as every family has their own unique traditions, much like ERP systems. Yes, you have the “staples” such as Accounting, Inventory, Purchasing, and more. But when it comes to optional modules, every company has unique needs and priorities. Are analytics important to your business? Then business intelligence might be the add-on you choose. What about being able to capture information in real time from the shop floor? Then a Warehouse Management System might be your top priority.
- When it’s done right, it’s very satisfying. There’s nothing better than a delicious Thanksgiving dinner in my opinion. For a business, there’s nothing more satisfying than finding and implementing an all-in-one ERP solution that increases productivity and improves efficiency across all aspects of your business. It might take a little time, patience, and dedication, but when you see the return on investment there's nothing quite as satisfying.
Maybe this is your company’s first ERP implementation, or maybe just your company’s first ERP implementation in a very long time. Are ERP implementations a trick, or a treat? Well it depends on who you ask. Depending on how you approach an ERP implementation, it can be a trick or a treat!