Integration is an important part of the manufacturing process. Getting all of of the processes properly coordinated and working in sync is necessary for a good production outcome. And that’s where enterprise resource planning and ERP manufacturing essentials play a major role.
ERP Manufacturing Essentials to note
This software system can put the pieces of the manufacturing puzzle together from the outset, coordinating sales, job quotes, the planning of materials and supply chain management, project scheduling, shop floor management and quality control, coordination with outside suppliers, financing, human resources, shipping and distribution and customer relationship management. All of these processes play a role in ensuring that the manufacturing project is carried out successfully. In order to do that it takes a clever software management. That is exactly what the enterprise system provides. It links all of these processes together on one integrated platform. This same platform is also automated, so that all tasks are processes and transmitted quickly and efficiently. No other software system can match the cohesiveness of this system which operates with the type of visibility that can be monitored and tracked in real-time. The enterprise software system started out as a platform for manufacturing and today it can cover an entire business.
A manufacturing project requires proper execution from beginning to end. It has to be analysed and tracked every step of the way, from the opening quote to the finished project. The customer must also be kept informed throughout the production process. In this article we look at five building blocks that are essential to the manufacturing process. These include Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), Quality Management Systems (QMS), Supply Chain Management (SCM), Executive Information Systems (EIS) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM). All of these come together to bring the project to full fruition.
The Manufacturing Execution System is about reducing the costs of labor, inventory and materials. It also involves proper scheduling of materials and management of the shop floor. Executing the manufacturing process also calls for real-time visibility throughout the production cycle and is a strong component of ERP manufacturing essentials. The Quality Management System refers to maintaining proper standards for quality production and compliance. Standards such as ISO, QS-9000, TS-16949, AS-9100, etc. QMS also concerns inspections, proper documentation and process management. It also includes supplier/vendor performance and audit management. Supply Chain Management covers all of the materials required for manufacturing production and also includes supplier performance, electronic data interchange, purchasing, logistics, shipping and warehouse management.
The Executive Information System is where management coordination comes into play. It covers such things as human resource management, financing, job cost, business intelligence, monitoring, tracking and overall management of the manufacturing project. Finally, Customer Relationship Management, is all about the customer experience and how it is managed. With starts with the sales process and is monitored throughout the process to ensure that the customer is being properly served. Some of the components include lead/contract management, sales process management, performance tracking, shipment tracking and customer service.
These five building blocks are ERP manufacturing essentials that should be considered as part of any manufacturing process.
Running Governmental Operations and Related Business Activities in Conjunction with Manufacturing and/or Distribution Processes through Highly Efficient ERP Manufacturing Software Solutions which are Engineered ‘For Speed’ and have Multiple Applications that can be Employed for Multiple Market Purposes or for Activities in Different Industrial Sectors (Part III) Other Participants in the Industrial ERP Cluster that Merges the Interests of National, State and local Governments with Manufacturers, Suppliers and Distributors and how ERP Manufacturing Software Solutions can Accelerate Connectivity Among them
Industrial ERP Cluster
Other participants that play a similar part or share an affinity of interests with Government and Manufacturing/ Distribution, are financial sponsors, aero space companies, private or government and academic contractors; manufacturers of high-tech products as well as components for developing efficient and fully deployable military and air defense systems. Intelligence and counter in intelligence operations conducted by the Department of Defense, the Central Intelligence Agency, the FBI and the National Security Agency/ Department of Homeland Security, of course, also require manufacturers and suppliers for the production and shipping of any possible materiel needed for specific operations.
This industrial cluster of corporate and government and military interests, due to its nature and character, and especially because they are effectively linked or rather interlocked through a system of mutual, advantageous reciprocity, exemplifies the need for high inter-connectivity among multiple industrial interests from all over the globe. Bureaucracy, as is evident in all these cases of interlocking interests, is the number one burden which ERP technology – and especially ERP manufacturing software solutions - can help resolve by offering business solutions via an Enterprise Resource Planning central database which effectively merges the functions of all company departments through an ERP online-based platform fully accessible in real time and 24/7 by every employee and administrative personnel or managerial department as well as by the company's customers, providing 100% visibility and transparency into the decision-making activities of the management and CEO or Board of Directors.
Ultimately, the integration of online and Internet applications to manage manufacturing and distribution processes is not only a plus for any ERP software vendor or manufacturer in general, but it is also indispensable for every business engaged in any industrial activity; since it is clear that even in the ERP or Internet and information technology sectors, components , hardware and parts are always needed and always involve manufacturing and distribution/shipping processes in one way or another; whether these be intended for delivering microchips, high-tech circuitry boards or components for electronic equipment and fiber optic computer technology to vendors of ERP systems (or providers of specific ERP manufacturing software), or for delivery to their partners and affiliates and customers who operate in different industries, both locally and nationally or internationally to promote their own business interests.
Moreover, because the production of ERP and information/Internet technology products logically necessitates the implementation of diverse combinations of both Discrete and Process goods (the latter specifically involving the refinement of chemical substances and raw materials such as carbon and fossil fuel resources, silicone for developing electronics and high-tech products including online Internet software solutions that are packaged and shipped) - it is clear that business operations in any such industry therefore require the use of ERP manufacturing software solutions which may not be solely designed for implementation exclusively and only by manufacturers and distributors of specific, Discrete and/or Process goods, but are also aimed at solving the business issues of any company that utilizes the Internet to promote its products through the use also of highly efficient tools such as the popular social media networking sites - like Facebook and, now more frequently, Twitter in particular.
Running Governmental Operations and Related Business Activities in Conjunction with Manufacturing and/or Distribution Processes through Highly Efficient ERP Manufacturing Software Solutions which are Engineered ‘For Speed’ and have Multiple Applications that can be Employed for Multiple Market Purposes or for Activities in Different Industrial Sectors (Part II) – Lessening the Burden of Bureaucracy through the Implementation and Global Deployment of ERP Manufacturing Software Solutions
Activities in Different Industrial Sectors - Manufacturing Software
As we can gather from Infor’s list of important customers and clients examined in the previous article, a revealing aspect of primary importance and significance is that Infor’s ERP manufacturing software solution - with the related integrated suites and Internet applications - is employed by over 1,100 government agencies at the state and local level. This factor provides ample support for the high quality and efficiency of ERP manufacturing software solutions like Infor10 ERP Enterprise, especially due to the great advantages it offers in reducing bureaucratic hassles thanks to its high potential for extended connectivity and inter- connectivity, to encourage the free and open exchange of ideas across all company or organization levels and shift the decision-making process back and forth between administrative employees and agency or department directors.
With the bureaucratic process itself being a huge part of the legislative, judicial, and executive process, it is normal that local and state government agencies would choose to implement a powerful ERP software with multiple suites to be used for diverse governmental processes and functions, which also integrates all the required applications to monitor and manage manufacturing and distribution processes on a global scale.
To explain more clearly how any government agency also requires the use of either made-to – order ERP manufacturing software solutions, or the addition of external applications and suites to be customized and incorporated into the one which they currently use to run governmental operations and business activities for (or in conjunction with) manufacturing processes, a brief analysis is required so the reader can have a better understanding of the inter-linkage of wide and multiple, mutual industrial interests that ERP technology in general - and ERP manufacturing software solutions specifically - have the potential not only to bring together and merge, but also promote and expand locally, nationally, and on a global scale over the course of time through the implementation and deployment of ERP manufacturing software solutions (and this, by itself, is already a process that also aids in the large- scale international dissemination of basic and essential, or advanced ERP technological knowledge and technical expertise among new audiences and foreign markets / industries which have either never heard of it, or are just being introduced to Enterprise Resource Planning with all the benefits that go with it, as it were).
The Relationship of Mutual Interests that Exists Between the Local, State, and National Governments and the Manufacturing Industry: Some Significant Examples
To give some illuminating and concrete examples of how government departments are involved in manufacturing and distribution (even if only peripherally in some situations), the strict ties between the government and industrial sectors, as a matter of course, are inter- connected to the type of relationship that exists between multinationals and government interests (big corporations, of course, being the number one lobbyist group that can influence legislation, and the number one financial contributor for electoral campaigns; moreover, contractors employed by the government come especially from the manufacturing and distribution or supply industries).
Running Governmental Operations and Related Business Activities in Conjunction with Manufacturing and/or Distribution Processes through Highly Efficient ERP Manufacturing Software Solutions which are Engineered ‘For Speed’ and have Multiple Applications that can be Employed for Multiple Market Purposes or for Activities in Different Industrial Sectors (Part I)
Manufacturing Software Solutions
Partnerships Between Vendors of ERP Manufacturing Software Solutions, Private Manufacturers, Distributors and Small Innovative Enterprises are Extremely Beneficial to the Promotion and Regular Integration of Innovative Features into an ERP solution
It becomes obvious, at this point, that partnerships between vendors of ERP manufacturing software solutions and small businesses, in particular, since they are primarily responsible for developing innovative technologies, would be greatly valuable to manufacturers and distributors all over the globe and to any vendor of ERP manufacturing software (and other ERP systems in general), who would clearly gain enormous advantages by introducing innovative features into their products which are themselves based on these technological innovations.
It must also be remembered that these innovative products enter the market at such a progressive rate and in such large quantities that, since the majority of the international marketplace has already been so saturated with so many products that it has now effectively become a buyer's market, it is becoming increasingly difficult for vendors of new products and business solutions to maximize their presence on the local, national, and/or international free market scene.
The reality is that there are simply too many sellers/providers, too many products to choose from, which the majority of buyers and internet users may not even be aware exist – no matter how innovative and important to business or industry these technologies might be - and this reduces the chances of market visibility for any of these competitors, which vie to draw and capture the attention of foreign customers and clienteles. However, the marketing tools that are made available by ERP manufacturing software systems (and also via the world wide web and thanks to the social media networks, which include primarily Twitter, Facebook and YouTube), ensure that market presence and visibility will be given a jumpstart at the onset for any business that chooses to implement and deploy globally ERP technology; this is true especially for small businesses and startups.
The excellence of an ERP manufacturing software solution like Infor10 ERP enterprise can be gauged by the identity of the numerous and diverse companies that Infor caters to. Among these businesses we find nine of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies, nine out of the top 10 high-tech companies, eight out of the top 10 air space companies, 80 out of the top 100 automotive suppliers, nine of the top 20 electrical distributors, 19 of the top 35 retailers, six of the top 10 brewers, more than 1,100 apparel and footwear companies, over 3000 financial services businesses, more than 1,100 state and local government agencies, and more than 7,000 manufacturers of machinery parts and products.
Because all the applications, modules and suites, as already mentioned, are engineered for speed from the start, this factor, as recounted in detail in the Infor10 ERP Enterprise articles, is what gives impetus to the software's implementation by those major manufacturers and suppliers/distributors, retailers and wholesale businesses operating in multiple industries from around the globe that appear in the list above.