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 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.
When organizations move to public cloud computing, they can effectively offload a host of efforts, everything from hardware procurement and application development to OS patch management. In the excitement surrounding cloud computing, it is important to keep in mind that, in spite of all the tasks offloaded, some key responsibilities still remain with the enterprise customer—chief among those areas is service level monitoring.
Saas, Paas and IaaS: Making sense of your Cloud options. (Part 2)
Each public cloud alternative presents its specific monitoring requirements and challenges. The sections below provide background on each of these approaches, and outline the specific monitoring requirements organizations need to ensure optimal service levels.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): When signing up for IaaS services, organizations outsource the hosting and administration of their entire computing infrastructure. Sample service providers in this category include Amazon Web Services and Rackspace Cloud Server. Rather than purchasing and maintaining servers, software, data center space, or network equipment, clients can effectively rent those resources as a service, which can yield significant savings in capital and personnel costs. IaaS is typically billed on a “utility” computing basis, meaning customers pay for the amount of resources consumed during a given billing period. This pricing model offers organizations the benefit of only paying for what they use Further, IaaS customers have greater flexibility to accommodate fluctuations in demand without investing the time and resources needed to scale their infrastructures.
IaaS does present some monitoring challenges. For all the potential benefits promised by IaaS, customers can’t simply sign up and walk away—this external infrastructure needs to be monitored and managed like any other system, with proven IT operations and procedures. To fully leverage the benefits of IaaS, the customer’s IT team needs to ensure end users and customers enjoy a reliable, optimally performing business experience.
Further, to optimize the cost savings of IaaS, organizations need to weave IaaS monitoring into their existing monitoring processes and infrastructure. As with any IT resource, it is all too easy to sign up for more IaaS computing resources than actually required. To avoid this “over buying”, it is prudent to monitor actual usage and adjust resource levels accordingly.
Platform as a Service (PaaS): Like IaaS, PaaS offerings enable organizations to outsource the hosting and administration of the entire infrastructure—all the underlying network devices, hardware, operating systems, etc., that comprise the computing infrastructure. Unlike IaaS, PaaS also delivers an additional layer of intelligence that facilitates the development and deployment of applications. Two of the leading providers in this group include Google App Engine and Microsoft Azure.
PaaS offers the benefits of IaaS, namely the cost savings and flexibility of offloading infrastructure investment and administration. For organizations that are building new applications, PaaS delivers the added benefit of speeding time to market and boosting the ROI of those applications.
Paas also presents unique monitoring requirements. Once an application is deployed on PaaS, its performance and availability must be monitored and managed like any other business service. Beyond the challenges of monitoring a remote, dynamic, externally hosted environment, PaaS also presents an additional layer of application abstraction, which can create additional complexity when setting up and administering monitoring.
Continued in Part 3
Software as a Service (SaaS): Representing the vast majority of cloud deployments to date, SaaS represent a culmination of the cloud’s opportunity for businesses, where not only the infrastructure, but the development, deployment, and maintenance of the entire business application is outsourced. Salesforce.com, RightNow, and NetSuite are a few of the most recognized SaaS vendors.
Saas, Paas and IaaS: Making sense of your Cloud options. (Part 3)
Compared to traditional software deployments, SaaS delivers tremendous advantages in speed, where deployment can literally take just minutes. Plus, like other cloud options, SaaS can eliminate the upfront investment in hardware, software, and administration required by traditional application deployment. Finally, SaaS typically offers pay-as-you go pricing, so organizations only pay for the capacity they need, for example for the number of users or amount of storage used, nothing more.
Typically, the SaaS provider’s cloud infrastructure is comprised of a set of servers within datacenters, which may be located around the globe. Particularly as SaaS deployments grow in size and importance, it becomes increasingly critical to ensure users are receiving optimal performance—and that administrators are notified immediately if they are not. SaaS customers need to gain the visibility they need into these complex, dynamic cloud infrastructures, so they can ensure optimal delivery of these vital business services. However, these remote datacenters have appeared as a “black box” to customers and their legacy monitoring tools.
For each of the public cloud models outlined above, effective, efficient monitoring is a critical mandate for organizations. It is only with robust monitoring that organizations can validate the quality of service their cloud providers are really delivering. Timely, accurate monitoring is the only way to gain visibility into potential issues, and mitigate their business impact. To monitor cloud deployments effectively, organizations need the following capabilities:
Comprehensive infrastructure coverage. As organizations move to cloud services, they won’t abandon their internal infrastructure overnight, if ever. Consequently, organizations need monitoring capabilities that span both the cloud and the internal data center—and all its network devices, databases, applications, virtualized systems, and more—so they can monitor all business services from a single console.
Zero-touch setup and remote administration. By their nature, public cloud services will reside in an external facility, more likely a number of remote locations. Organizations need to have the ability to monitor these remote infrastructures. Further, given the dynamic, virtualized nature of cloud environments, monitoring setup needs to be effortless, and automate such tasks as data collection, aggregation, alerting, and more.
Scalability. As cloud services deliver dynamic scalability, organizations need monitoring solutions that can accommodate fast, dynamic growth, both in terms of the number of metrics collected, and the number of disparate systems monitored.
End user response monitoring. Regardless of the location and type of the underlying infrastructure, organizations need a way to accurately measure the actual performance end users are receiving.
Open API support. As companies adopt cloud services, they’ll need monitoring solutions that support automation and integration with various cloud service providers’ APIs.
With monitoring platforms that offer such characteristics as comprehensive coverage, easy setup, scalability, and flexibility, an organization’s IT management team can gain the insights they need to maximize the return on their cloud investments.
When it comes to financial management and accounting software today, companies enjoy more choices than ever before, typically falling into three major categories:
On-Premises Software – The traditional implementation where you purchase software and run it on your own servers – on-premises software deployment – remains a viable option for some companies who have the IT infrastructure, investment capital, and expertise to support and maintain major software applications. However, for small and mid-sized organizations, the high capital and operating expenses associated with deployment, operations, support, customization, integration, maintenance, and upgrades have become too great to sustain.
Time to Run Your Finances in the Cloud? (Part 2)
Hosted Software Solutions – In a hosted environment, the software physically resides at a remote data center operated by an expert third-party hosting provider. Users access the software – a unique “instance” of the financial system ff over the Internet, usually using a product like Citrix that allows them to see the screens that are being generated at the hosting provider. This eliminates the responsibility of maintaining a hardware infrastructure. But companies still face the same customization, upgrade, and integration headaches and support and service that drive up costs. Because with hosting, you are still running that same old 1980’s era software with all the headaches that it implies – you are just accessing it remotely.
Cloud Computing – Also known as “software as a service” (SaaS), cloud computing represents a new breed of business applications specially designed for the Internet age. Here, the application vendor develops a shared, scalable system that users access over the Internet – just like Google, Amazon, WebEx or on-line banking. The client does not need to buy, license, operate, or manage the underlying hardware, software, or networking infrastructure. Upgrades are performed regularly by the cloud vendor. Even more, these systems are based on new technology that ensures that even if companies make extensive changes to the system, customizations will automatically continue to work across upgrades.
Cloud computing-based service is typically provided on a per-user/per-month subscription basis – so there are no upfront fees, capital investments, or longterm commitments. Solid cloud applications can be provisioned immediately and are upwardly and downwardly scalable. ROI is usually higher and more rapid with cloud-based applications than with either hosted or on-premises software.
IDC estimates that global revenue from public cloud computing services is growing at five times the rate of traditional software. Although IT spending for cloud offerings in 2014 will reach 12 percent of the amount invested in traditional IT technologies, it will account for more than 25 percent of net-new growth in traditional IT products. The reasons for this rapid investment curve? The cloud offers compelling and unmatched advantages for deploying business software, and particularly financial applications that have led many organizations to adopt this model.
With cloud financial solutions, organizations can achieve “anytime, anywhere” accessibility. With the cloud, finance staff can work any way they prefer – in the office, at home, or on the road – any time of day – using only a standard and secure Web browser and an Internet connection. That eliminates the “management by spreadsheet” problem or the limitations of single-user systems like QuickBooks that trap information in desktop silos.
Continued in Part 3
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.
Small and midsized businesses are increasingly making the transition to enterprise resource planning. Those that are best placed to succeed are the ones who have gained ERP knowledge. That’s the first step towards implementation of the enterprise software system. Gaining insight into ERP is an important first consideration when planning to implement the software system.
It’s best to gain ERP Knowledge first
Quite often, small and midsized firms depend too much on the software vendor to make everything go right, without even making proper preparations on their own end. This just brings about problems when the implementation of the software system goes wrong. Ehen you have done your research, reviewed software vendors, seen demos and talked to those who are utilizing the software system, you will have a much clearer idea of how it works and what it can do for you. Add to that, how well you are prepared for moving ahead with the software and you will be on your way to a successful implementation of this popular software system. And you will be in a much better position to work hand in hand with your enterprise software vendor of choice.
Smaller firms are fortunate, today, to have the option of Web-based ERP. This is online, on-demand, software as a service (SaaS). Traditionally installed ERP takes place at the headquarters of a business, and yours has to be a well endowed large company in order to afford the expensive cost of installation, which can rise up into the hundreds of thousands and even millions of dollars. This involves installing software, servers and storage, on-site. Web-based ERP, on the other hand, is a service. You don’t need to purchase software, servers or storage. You pay a subscription fee for usage. This fee is based on the number of users and the amount of time they spend accessing the software system. This point of access to enterprise software has become the hottest software market today. Even so, you still need to be knowledgeable about it if you expect to experience success working with it.
A good implementation of enterprise software is often backed by ERP knowledge of the software system. The more you know in advance, the better off you’re going to be. Getting an understanding of your basic needs and desires and applying that to a system platform, will make it much easier for your software vendor to help you successfully implement ERP. Gaining an understanding of enterprise software will also go a long way towards establishing a good working relationship with your software vendor. Learning of application modules and how they work will help you to understand how to place them more effectively. You will know whether to set them up as stand alone, or bundled, and the benefits of such placement.
There are associated tools that come along with this software system that will help you to diagnose, report, analyze and provide business intelligence to management, which will help them to better forecast business objectives. The best way to move to enterprise software successfully is by gaining ERP knowledge. This will put you in a much better position to experience success going forward.
It took a while to happen, but you’ve got to just know that with the Internet, online, it’s going to catch up with you sooner or later. And that is the case with on-demand ERP. This is the Web-based version of enterprise resource planning. The major difference being that this option is offered as a service, as opposed to on-site installation at your place of business.
On-demand ERP is here
It costs a lot of money to go that route, hundreds of thousands of dollars, or more. And it involves installing software, servers and storage, and then tweaking it all until ijt works right. But with online, on-demand, software as a service (SaaS), it is a much simpler process. And you don’t have to purchase any software. You can lease it on a subscription basis. Talk about convenience. This is the new, creative way of accessing software. And you can forget about upgrades too, because this software system always supplies the latest applications. It’s a service that many in the industry thought wouldn’t take off, but it has, in leaps and bounds.
This sis enterprise software. That means all of the software you require to run your business. The software is integrated, so that it all works in concert, just like an orchestra. It is also automated so that you get business processes transmitted quickly and with real-time visibility. This is a great advance in software distribution and acquisition. And it means that small and midsized businesses can now experience all-inclusive, distributed software from just one platform. It’s all you need to effectively operate your business, internally as well as externally. This is something you won’t get out of a box of packaged software. Your payment for this service is based on the number of your staff users, or “seats” who have access to the software. And note, that these are per user charges, not one charge for the business. If you have 10 enterprise software seats, you will pay based on that number of user seats, accessing the software system.This is why some businesses have “designated users,” so that not all staff have access. But you can assign these seats as you wwish.
on-demand ERP offers a business the type of flexibility you won’t find in any other software program. And certainly nothing you will get out of a box. Ready or not, this software system is here and now. And you need to discover how you can use it to re-define your business. This is enterprise software that communicates. Get a demo, test it and see what it can do for your business.
You owe it to your business to find out about enterprise resource planning. You can do that without paying anything, so why not take a look? This software represents a different, more intelligent way of working and it is user friendly, too.
Now you can work both quicker ans smarter with software that makes you more productive. It is ERP on-demand, and the word is spreading fast.
The software industry has gone through some big changes over the past decade. It has gone from out of the box purchasing to online subscribing; and from various software programs that don’t communicate to enterprise resource planning (ERP), that does. As a result, small and midsized businesses now have the opportunity to work on an extended software platform.
Welcome to the Extended Software Platform
The World Wide Web has again come to the rescue, offering up software as a service (SaaS). This is software that you don’t have to purchase; you can subscribe to it online, for a fee. It’s always updated so that you are working with the latest applications. What’s more, this enterprise software system integrates all of your software into one database or you can call it one platform, which is all-inclusive and distributed. But wait. As if that weren’t enough, this same platform is also automated. That means that all of your processing tasks, information and data, are transmitted swiftly. I know what you’re thinking, integrated, automated software. Yes, that’s exactly what I’m talking about.
If you have spent years, like many small and midsized firms have, working with packaged software, then you can really appreciate where I’m coming from. This is where software is today and this enterprise software system, ERP, represents the largest software market for small and midsized businesses. And, that’s significant. There was a time when smaller firms couldn’t get their hands on this software system, because it was so expensive. It had to be installed on-site, at your place of business and that meant putting in software, servers and storage space. The whole process cost big bucks, hundreds of thousands of dollars and even into the millions. But now, an online version of ERP is available and it’s no longer business as usual.
So, today, when someone asks what type of extended software platform are you working on, it won’t seem so unusual. Yes, there are still businesses that are working with out of the box software and some of them may appear a little confused, but a great many of them will respond in kind; we’re working on an enterprise platform. Software as a service is changing the way companies and other organizations do business today. And they are getting more done, saving time and being more productive, in the process. Who would have thought that you wouldn’t have to purchase software anymore, not unless you really want to.
An enterprise software platform can take your business to another level. It can help you to share, collaborate and communicate information and data to others, within and without your business. And this information and data is quickly transmitted with real-time visibility. This software system is a game changer. You can use it not only to enhance your business, but to grow it as well. It’s smart to take the opportunity to learn more about it and to see a demo of the system in action, if you haven’t already done so yet.
The extended software platform is here and it’s ERP. Isn’t it about time you found out about it?
Small and midsized businesses that are just getting acquainted with enterprise resource planning (ERP) are asking questions about application modules, what they do and how they work. they are more used to working with software programs that work differently than enterprise software. Some of them ask if these modules are something that you can download like apps for your smartphone, or games.
What are Application Modules?
These are questions that come about before they have had an introduction to the software system and had an opportunity to see demos of the system in action. It just goes to show that many smaller businesses that are considering transitioning to ERP are still in the learning process. But that’s a good thing because they need to know in advance what this software system is all about and how it can benefit their business. Software application modules play a big role in administering an enterprise platform. They cover such tasks as accounting, manufacturing, sales and marketing, distribution, retail operations, supply chain management, and much more. They fuel the enterprise platform and are a very significant component of it.
These application modules communicate with one another to process business tasks. They are integrated onto one platform or into one database in a stand alone or bundled arrangement. The platform is unified and it is automated as well. The automation means that all processing of business, information and data, is performed swiftly and with real-time visibility. This is a software system that allows for sharing of information and data and makes it easier to collaborate on and communicate information to others. The modules can cover operations across the entire enterprise, as well as link to outside partners, suppliers and customers. This integrated, automated system is all-inclusive and distributed, which means it has great reach. The system is accessible from one convenient location, which acts as the repository or communications hub.
With packaged software programs you are working with programs that address tasks such as accounting, word processing, spread sheets and other programs. With ERP you get much more. Indeed with this system you get all of the software you need to effectively run your business and you don’t need any added-on programs to get the job done. As mentioned above, it is all-inclusive. And what’s great about this system is how the application modules work together to process business tasks. No other software communicates like enterprise software.
With this software system you can see what is taking place as it happens. The processing of business tasks are administered in real time. Everyone who has a “seat” at the table, as it were, can see what is happening as it happens. These seats are assigned to users and only employees or users of the system, can get a seat. this also represents part of the cost of the enterprise system; pay per seat.
So, when someone asks you about application modules, they will have to assume that you are working with enterprise resource planning and its application modules. This is the progressive software trend today and more small firms are moving to it, by way of the Web.