ERP Manufacturing Software Systems in Current Events: How ERP Technology and ERP Manufacturing Software Solutions are Exposing Corporate and Political Scandals thanks to the Maximum Visibility and Transparency into Company Operations that are Provided by their Multiple Applications and Suites (Part III)
How ERP Technology and ERP Manufacturing Software Solutions are Exposing Corporate and Political Scandals
Why YouTube is the Best and most Essential Social Media Networking Site For the Needs of Manufacturers in Terms of Product Promotion and Enhancement of Market Visibility; for Attracting Newer Internet User/ Potential Customer Audiences from Around the World, and for General Advertising Purposes/ How On- line Anti- Piracy Legislation Would Sever the Ties of Affiliated Business Interests Between the Internet Social Media - whose Services Employ ERP Manufacturing Software Technology - and Multiple Industrial Sectors involved in Manufacturing Which Employ their Services for Promoting Business Growth and Market Potential
Since YouTube, perhaps more than Facebook or Twitter, is one of the popular social media networks that is fast becoming one of the principal tool of promotion for businesses of every sort and which are involved in every possible kind of industrial activity, which have started their own Company YouTube channels - and due to the fact that YouTube also runs on ERP technology and ERP manufacturing software applications- it is inevitable that such online anti- piracy legislation of the type proposed by organizations like SOPA or PIPA, if passed, would drastically reduce the market presence and visibility of businesses from multiple industries the world over, leading ultimately to a domino- like effect, which would disrupt the inter- linkage of interests that unites the diverse businesses from multiple industries through ERP manufacturing software technology (from manufacturers of different types to vendors of IT services and ERP manufacturing software solutions), and end with the result of affecting every entity from small business to big companies and conglomerates.
A particular point of interest needs to be addressed here, as it shows circumstances which affect particularly manufacturing businesses. In fact, YouTube is the best media among the social networks (and also affiliated and connected with the respective accounts of its competitors) for delivering on- line audio and visual content with detailed information and data. The primary function of YouTube is to promote the dissemination and sharing of videos among audiences from all over the world. A large percentage of the videos uploaded by users are in fact, instructional videos on how to operate or create a software, or even assemble a product, and provide company or product information about a business to customer audiences and interested buyers.
It is used by the most various -and almost every- industry; from robotics (to provide videos on how to assemble mechanical parts, devices, electronic components and so on, to create a product) to molecular biology (for delivering academic instructions or guidelines for laboratory procedures, product monitoring of manufacturing processes that are industry-specific and industry compatible, and for the development of Process products or Discrete goods (including combinations of the two) and by many others with different specifications. Consequently, its ERP/ Internet applications offer services which are of vital importance to manufacturers of any kind and thus also to the distribution/supply industry, which as we know is inextricably linked with the manufacturing sectors.
Whether or not the recent actions by hacker groups responsible for exposing corporate and political scandals (such as Wikileaks or the dreaded Hackers Anonymous group) are at all legitimate is a factor open to speculation and a matter of public debate. But, the thing that is clear is that these hacker organizations appear to be extremely knowledgeable in the multiple aspects of ERP technology, and are using them to reform society and business practices for the better.
Vision for a ERP Utopia. What customers want is less complexity, more focus. Solutions that relieve their worry, instead of create it. And a relationship with a software and services partner who they can trust to keep them competitive, improving the efficiency of the one industry that means the most to our customers, and to us: manufacturing. That’s what we’re best at, so that’s where we remain focused.
What will ERP Utopia Look Like for SMB Manufacturers? (Part 2)
The powerful and proven lean manufacturing principles rapidly gaining stature in today’s most efficient manufacturing companies can equally be applied to every link in the supply and demand chain and every part of a manufacturer’s enterprise.We also believe that accelerating every business function is critical. Procurement. Inventory. Logistics. Warehousing. Transportation. Distribution. Such acceleration demands automation of the complex web of transactions, both financial and informational, that link these functions into a seamless whole.
We refer to our vision of this seamless whole as the “ERP Utopia.” It is the goal of our customers, indeed of all manufacturers in every industry; The ERP Utopia Ecosystem:
Building a Lean Community Achieving the ERP Utopia requires an open architecture, not unlike that of the Internet. And just as no one entity created the Internet, no one company can deliver the ERP Utopia. We believe that creating the ERP Utopia demands a collaborative effort—an “ecosystem”—based on a foundation of five central building blocks:
In the ERP Utopia, every transaction, from materials transfer orders to shipping notices to background financial transactions, should be seamlessly integrated into the production and distribution processes and broadcast to all relevant links automatically. Automating the flow of information enhances efficiency and reduces latency.
Automating the flow of information to enable the ERP Utopia demands connectivity using the open, standards-based approach of the Internet as well as de facto standards like supply visualization tools that facilitate easy sharing of data throughout the extended manufacturing enterprise.
The extended enterprise includes multiple links in the supply chain, and collaboration between and among those links is essential to the goal of the ERP Utopia. True collaboration requires electronically-mediated, system-to-system connections that enable diverse businesses to communicate seamlessly, automatically and in real-time.
The open architecture of the Internet has demonstrated the immense utility of standards-based computing, and an acknowledged set of standards will facilitate the creation and deployment of the ERP Utopia. Messaging in the context of the ERP Utopia will reflect current and prevailing standards. Perhaps more important, the tools manufacturers use should reflect an emerging set of standards that facilitate interoperability, connectivity and collaboration.
Achieving the goal of a real-time information flow to every link of the supply chain will require an architecture that links a company’s enterprise applications with those of its customers and suppliers: a flexible, interoperable and collaborative system that spans the complete, extended supply chain. In the ERP Utopia, such systems will improve visibility and facilitate productive decision-making—and, will reduce the chaos that reverberates throughout the supply chain in response to changes in demand.
Internet users no longer worry about the underlying technology that links their computers to the universe of the World Wide Web. In this vision of the Perfect
Lean Market, manufacturing enterprises won’t have to worry about integration and connectivity. Systems simply work, and they work together, dramatically improving the efficiency of people and processes. Achieving this goal within the broad manufacturing arena will require cooperation and collaboration on technology and processes.
The ERP arena, once a super-high growth industry, continues consolidating. Yet as the leading ERP vendors just get larger, some industry observers fear that true innovation is being sacrificed, putting customers’ businesses in peril. It sometimes seems as though the industry-wide shakeout has had casualties among the user base, and the wounded are on their own to heal them-selves. The best sales forces of the largest vendors sell mediocrity and status quo. They have to, as to be big is to be status quo and focus on the customer wallet not necessarily value share.
What will ERP Utopia Look Like for SMB Manufacturers? (Part 1)
Numerous other trends being driven by the larger, more traditional ERP vendors are likewise creating uncertainty and clouding software buying decisions among manufacturing customers today:
- o Mid-Market Encroachment: Gaining share in the SMB market is a key focus among large ERP vendors, many of whom also are now focused on the manufacturing sector.
- o Continued Consolidation: An increase in merger and acquisition activity is driven by vendors seeking opportunities to acquire and retain customers or extend their product portfolio as the ERP market matures.
- o Open Technology: The plethora of diverse prod-cts from M&A activity and market demands are leading vendors to invest in more flexible architectures and technologies to ease integration, but the going is slow, forcing customers to wait… and wonder.
- o On Demand: Many vendors are investing in “on demand” delivery or “software as a service” as an alternative purchase / delivery model for customers who aim to leverage the Internet.
- o Emerging BRICK Countries: ERP vendors are targeting emerging industrial regions as primary areas for growth. Brazil, Russia, India, China and Korea are common areas for expansion.
- o Partnerships: ERP vendors are viewing partnerships as a way to increase the velocity of the dollar as they seek to leverage partner channels to reach the mid-market faster.
In an effort to squeeze profits out of a shrinking industry, top revenue producers continue jockeying for the “#1” position in the business applications space. Yet by continuing to acquire more customers and/or technologies to stay ahead, the complexities of such consolidation are creating more headaches for customers, not less. In fact, these days it’s difficult to imagine any ERP provider as the harbinger of “efficiency.” Yet it’s nice to know there’s one global ERP firm who hasn’t been drinking the aggregators’ Kool-Aid
Manufacturing, Software and the “ERP Utopia”
Efficiency is crucial to the success of every enterprise. For manufacturing companies, the need to continuously improve efficiency—to be “lean” by reducing or eliminating waste in terms of time and materials—has never been more important than it is today. Over the last 25 years, successful manufacturers have made dramatic improvements in the speed and efficiency of production. But in a world of increasing global competition, shrinking margins and accelerating time-to-market requirements, the never-ending quest to be lean represents new and daunting challenges for manufacturing companies.Add to this the rapidly changing landscape in the global ERP industry, and it’s no wonder manufacturing companies are clamoring for more IT innovation, reduced applications complexity, better visionary leadership and far less swashbuckling from industry titans.
Continued in Part 2
Industry- Specific and Industry- Compatible ERP Manufacturing Software Solutions Designed for the Food Service Industry (Part III) A Detailed Analysis of the Specific ERP Manufacturing Software Technology and Main Modules Used for Operating a Restaurant Business
Compatible ERP Manufacturing Software Solutions Designed for the Food Service Industry (Part III)
The examples provided by Domino’s Pizza advertising strategies and Chef Ramsey’s Reality TV Show “Hell’s Kitchen,” both exemplify the mutual and reciprocal advantages of ERP manufacturing software applications for both vendor and customer in the restaurant industry and also for any industry which employs ERP technology, and demonstrate how the two become bound and inextricably inter- linked, to the point where (thanks to ERP technology) their chain of relations evolves into a unity of common interests which cannot - and must not - be broken because it ensures their respective survival on the market and in the industry.
This relationship, if promoted adequately and brought to higher standards of quality, is bound to lead to enhanced employee performance, consequently improving their rate of service delivery, and upgrading service and food quality through the regular interaction between the various departments (managers, kitchen floor, servers, bus boys, hosts, payments and accounting personnel and the other administrative office levels in the restaurant facility) that is made possible via the central online database, accessible in real time, of the ERP manufacturing software solution which the owner chooses to employ.
Additionally, distribution processes-including business transactions with suppliers of food- stuffs and beverages for regular delivery, are also handled by the ERP software, which, if it happens to be one that is a highly efficient, also integrates applications to monitor and process supply/ distribution needs for the restaurant. With regards to Chef Ramsey, considering how his reputation and input are highly valued in the restaurant industry -- and although his personality and methods may seem questionable and quite dictatorial in certain cases, as is evident by his outspoken reprimanding when something goes wrong in the kitchen or with the orders - it is no doubt clear that he knows how to organize an enterprise efficiently in order to successfully integrate a high level of interactivity between the restaurant employees, between them and their managers, and improving the relations of all of them vis-à-vis the customers who frequent their establishment.
All of above, as a matter of fact, are major components in the process of boosting the company's business growth, and process issues which the various applications of ERP manufacturing software solutions are specifically intended to solve. The basic theme of the show is that, for any business to be successful, there must be high connectivity and fluid communication between all the parties in the company if they are to create and deliver a product successfully and on – time to the end – user, to the maximum satisfaction of the customer, and if a company employee holds a grudge or represses his dissatisfaction, it may have detrimental consequences for the entire business.
The important part of the process in merging all company functions and internal as well as external relations through ERP technology, is based on the use of multiple applications to process orders and customer feedback through a central interactive, online computer database active in real-time, with a visual interface which enables every employee in the restaurant to access multiple features including a diagram of the internal organizational infrastructure and esthetic space of the restaurant; showing all the tables and the individual numbers with which they’re identified, including the position where they are allocated both on the main floor and the other upstairs/ downstairs dining rooms – a screen interface that is user friendly (if possible) and accessible by all parties; including the bus boys.