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 a 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.
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
Implementation and Global Deployment of ERP Manufacturing Software Solutions
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).
Using a Powerful Multipurpose ERP Manufacturing Software Solution like Infor10 ERP Enterprise as an Example to Measure the Reasons for and Level of Involvement of Various and Diverse Multiple Industries in the ERP/ Manufacturing and Distribution Sectors (Part I) – Infor’s High Level of Diversification as Exemplified by the Multi Varied Character and Prestigious Market Reputation of its Large Customer Base and Clientele
Infor’s High Level of Diversification
Infor, one of the most important vendors of ERP software solutions on the scene that was studied in the previous article series, “Other Modules and applications of an ERP Manufacturing Software System like Infor10 ERP Enterprise that Integrate ‘Built for Speed’ Internet Applications to be Combined with Manufacturing Processes and Which Demonstrate the Company’s High Level of Innovation and Internet Proficiency: Product Lifecycle Management” (Parts I & I), has been shown to deliver a highly functional and multi purpose ERP manufacturing software that is widely used across a large number of diverse and multiple industries: Infor10 ERP Enterprise.
Its unparalleled degree of customization, diversification, compatibility with the most diverse country specific multi- platform and server support systems, as well as its high quality level with respect to other ERP manufacturing software solutions currently on the market, has enabled the company to diversify its operations into the most varied and different areas of industrial activity, and is amply demonstrated by its position on the international stage as the third largest provider of ERP solutions for multiple business sectors operating in more than a dozen industries, and servicing more than 70,000 customers in over 164 countries.
The high level of success that this software exhibits is based on its high degree of adaptability as well as customization potential for specific single, or multiple, market oriented business ventures and for operating diverse manufacturing processes in multiple target market industries, to be run simultaneously on multiple assembly lines, all at the same time, while combining different industrial processes (or combinations of Discrete goods, industrial Process products, and even combinations of both Discrete and Process products for simultaneous retail and wholesale distribution at the same time, assembled along inter- linked assembly lines with warehouse, office and shop- floor facilities developed and housed in the same location or geographical zone in order to save on ERP cost and all the expenses associated with large-scale global ERP deployment operations (which are deemed necessary for businesses to expand in the global market in order to capture multiple foreign audiences and potential new customers).
The main and primary advantage is that this process is effected by having an efficient mechanism that connects multiple feeder lines (those which provide product parts, components and needed materials for Process/Discrete manufacturing to the main or primary assembly line - or multiple assembly lines) to the primary assembly line, in real-time and through a centralized ERP database that ensures the highest level of lean manufacturing potential possible, in order to eliminate any risk of Work in Progress (WIP) procedural delays which may arise along with the resulting danger of high inventory and back logging levels which would consequently inevitably lead to loss of customers and prestige, not to mention falling behind the competition in an already saturated buyer’s market, an event which would make it very hard for the company to recuperate.
Using a Powerful Multipurpose ERP Manufacturing Software Solution like Infor10 ERP Enterprise as an Example to Measure the Reasons for and Level of Involvement of Various and Diverse Multiple Industries in the ERP/ Manufacturing and Distribution Sectors (Part II) - Why ‘Built for Speed’ Applications and Suites Integrated into an Efficient ERP Manufacturing Software Are What Attracts the Interest of and their Use by Multiple Business/ Industrial sectors that are not Directly Related to the Manufacturing or Distribution Industrial Sectors
Efficient ERP Manufacturing Software
Because the applications that manage manufacturing and distribution processes in an ERP manufacturing software are engineered or “built for speed,” they ensure faster research and development, manufacturing and delivery to the customer in the shortest amount of time possible – and, in the process, even enabling the manufacturer to meet customer delivery deadlines well ahead of schedule, through the high connectivity and inter- connectivity that is provided by the ERP manufacturing software, thus allowing the vendor/ provider (assuming that they maintain a loyal customer base and business clientele) to bring in higher profits and quotas in the short as well as the long- run by capitalizing on this particular modus operandi.
Delivering a product before a scheduled customer deadline is also central in eliminating high inventory and back- logging levels, but its special quality is that it also has the great benefit of maximizing customer satisfaction and ensuring enduring customer loyalty with respect to overall company performance, efficiency, and the quality of its services – in the end, increasing the reputation of the vendor, which is ultimately reflected in a positive light across the gamut of industry professionals, trade publications, and in the process allows for further business opportunities and partnerships, or mergers with bigger enterprises around the globe.
How the Term “Built for Speed” is Synonymous with “Technologically innovative”
Another aspect that needs attention within the present context, is that the very term “built for speed” naturally denotes a high level of technological advancement, but, most importantly, it reveals the vendor's capacity for the continuous and adaptable regular integration of innovative technologies into the ERP manufacturing software to maintain all its applications and suites running up to speed (literally) within the fast evolving Internet/ERP and Information technology world.
By this, it is intended that if they are engineered for speed, to ensure faster Internet connection speed for the faster running of company activities in all its various departments along the supply chain cycle - from Research and Development and design, manufacturing, payment and accounting processing and distribution to the end user (as well as for the continuous and ongoing monitoring of the product’s evolution in the market and for measuring changes in customer preference or satisfaction over time thanks to the 24/ 7 customer service and technical support system, including 24/7, around the clock payment processing for transactions with customers located in different geographical time zones, for gauging the overall productivity and quality levels of the company along with its performance over time) the vendor/ provider must by necessity continuously keep up to date and integrate the latest new technologies that enter the market at a frequent rate and which are developed mostly by small innovators, who for the most part, by the way, do not have the adequate investment capital needed to enhance their market presence and visibility and make their innovative products available to the large public.
OK, so now we have the outlines of a mobility management plan taking shape. All mobile devices need to be managed, but your security plan may differ according to the job title of the user; in addition, employees with different duties likely will receive different ERP applications.
Ready or Not, It’s Time to Go Mobile. (Part 8)
Think first about what and who needs active management. You also need to decide whether mobile device use within your enterprise is open (virtually anything employees want to use is allowed) or restricted (where the company creates an approved list of supported devices). An open acceptance policy is the more logocal choice, simply because controlling what devices employees bring to work for personal and professional use is pretty much impossible. Besides, the right management tools make an open environment easier to manage than you may think.
Although an open device strategy (also referred to as an agnostic strategy) may seem more complex, with the proper tools in place, you can manage virtually unlimited platforms and provide users with a more flexible and personal experience.
Next, think in detail about your device management policy and write it down. Decide, for example, which mobile devices you will support, whether employees may use their own smartphones or tablets, how you will track devices and applications, and your approach to security. Make sure at least your key managers understand the direction you’re taking, and devise a schedule for publishing the plan and for employee training. These two steps are key to successful mobility deployment and management. If you and all employees know where you’re trying to go and why, it’ll be easier to get there.
Consider a centralized document management system for your policy distribution and other file maintenance. These systems track document versions, record details on changes, and help you manage distribution.
Finally, choose the hardware and software tools you need to achieve your goals and execute your plan. Will you need additional servers for application deployment and security management, for example? What about backup and redundancy concerns?In general, your mobility planning should:
✓ Support a range of back-end systems. Plan to mobilize a variety of back-end systems including database, legacy systems, applications, and web services.
✓ Support a range of mobile devices. Include support for multiple and major mobile smartphone and tablet device form factors in your plans.
✓ Assess your resources. Evaluate your organization’s current and desired infrastructure, as well as in-house developer talent.
✓ Define application priorities. Define the types of applications your organization needs and prioritize them.
✓ Strategize for success. Determine application needs and wants, and then begin with one that will provide immediate return on investment (ROI) for internal success and support.
✓ Mobilize the enterprise. Deploy applications that connect both internal and external stakeholders to conduct better business.
Continued in Part 9
It is important for enterprises to proactively manage mobility, starting with corporate acceptance and active promotion of a diverse mobility environment. To manage such an environment successfully, you have to start early and you need a plan and direction. You can’t wait until everybody within the enterprise is already using whatever mobile device they want, and then realize it’s time to manage the network. If you’ve gotten to this point without a plan, you need to put a plan in place now. Right now. Your task will be a lot easier and a lot less painful for everyone concerned, however, if you start early and plan carefully.
Ready or Not, It’s Time to Go Mobile. (Part 5)
Your first and earliest decision is whether to accept the growth of an agnostic digital mobility environment. Not to decide is to decide. Your enterprise is going mobile whether you like it or not, but you can direct and guide the process if you get a handle on it early.
Either way, get control of your mobile network evolution before it gets out of hand. There are three basic aspects to consider:
✓ Security management
✓ Device management
✓ Application management
As you develop a plan, you should consider first the issue of device and data security. That’s step one.
Security management. If you’ve worked with computer networking at all, you already understand the need for security. We live in a world with just enough nasty and underhanded people to make things difficult for those of us who are pure of heart.
What mobile security is You’ve worked with user names and passwords for network and server access. You’ve insisted on virus protection ERP software on desktop and laptop computers. You probably know something about data encryption and regular backups. All these things are valid in the mobile environment, but they may be harder to achieve and enforce.
Besides, there are other issues you may not have considered so far:
Remote lock and data wipe: This makes it possible to remotely lock and wipe data from a lost or stolen device even if you don’t know where the device is. Some smartphone and tablet providers don’t offer this feature for lost or stolen devices. As a mobile enterprise, you need the ability to remotely disable any errant device. This way, even if you lose the hardware, your data, user name, and other critical information will be safe.
Data fading: A device can be configured to automatically destroy its sensitive information after it hasn’t connected to the network for a period of time. This feature is useful if the loss of a device isn’t discovered right away and no lock and wipe procedure is initiated.
Data encryption: Data encryption prevents interception of data as it’s transmitted over the air. If your data management includes credit card data or other sensitive customer information, you’re probably encrypting at least some information stored on servers. But are you encrypting data in flight — information stored in packets and stretched out over the Internet or a wireless connection?
Continued in Part 6
Initial resistance to new technology seeping into the once sacrosanct domain of IT is understandable. Companies change their attitudes about the mobile revolution, however, as the obvious benefits start to accrue. The benefits of going mobile are numerous, but the following are reason enough for any company to embrace the mobility trend:
Increasing return on investment. ROI is the corporate raison d’être. A direct return on investment isn’t always possible, of course, and some necessary corporate investments may be difficult to evaluate. Encouraging, supporting, and directing an enterprise-wide move toward more mobility can provide rapid and measurable positive returns.
Ready or Not, It’s Time to Go Mobile. (Part 4)
One reason for this ROI is improved productivity. Employees who must wait to make a management decision until they return to the office or start up a laptop simply aren’t as efficient as those who can do it anytime, anywhere, from a handheld device. Think about how your own tasks and those of your co-workers and folks you manage may go differently with and without efficient mobile connections. The productivity benefits of corporate-directed mobility include the following:
✓ Increased customer and business partner satisfaction
✓ Reduced sales cycles
✓ Streamlined workflow with added visibility
✓ Increased productivity and efficiencies
✓ Reduced operational costs
✓ Improved data collection and accuracy.
Considering employee satisfaction. Work life is hard enough without employees feeling they lose their personal freedom when they come to work. Personal handheld devices— whether smartphone or tablet — become an integral part of who you are, what you do, and how you do it. It’s your personal link to friends and family — life beyond the job — as well your corporate productivity tool.
To achieve maximum gains, companies need to loosen the reins on employee device selection, adopting “device agnosticism,” as it’s called. For employees lifestyle becomes work style. So, it’s important to support BlackBerry smartphones, iPhones and iPads, and Android devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab—and whatever comes next.
How can such a policy be successful with all the disparate platforms, operating systems, and user interfaces? It can, with proper planning and the right management tools. And, of course, technology is emerging to manage this issue, with specific add-on functionality to ERP systems to manage and integrate mobile platforms.
Attracting new worker talent. Current college graduates, and the next waves of graduates, as well have grown up in the digital world. They don’t know life without digital music, digital photography, digital games, and smartphones. The new term for these new entrants to the workforce is digital natives.
Do you think that digital natives can thrive in a work environment where digital immigrants (those who grew up in a pre-digital world) are unnecessarily restricting their access to the digital technology they feel they need in order to be productive? Unlikely! Digital natives are mist at home in the umber-connected, Face book/ Linked In/Twitter world of Smartphone’s, and are able to make their greatest contribution to the corporation by leveraging these “native” technologies.
A company’s acceptance and fostering of a diverse and digital-rich work environment helps ensure that it will be able to attract some of the best, most desirable talent to join its team.
Continued in Part 5
Other Modules and applications of an ERP Manufacturing Software System like Infor10 ERP Enterprise that Integrate “Built for Speed” Internet Applications to be Combined with Manufacturing Processes and Which Demonstrate the Company’s High Level of Innovation and Internet Proficiency: Product Lifecycle Management.
Product Lifecycle Management (Part I)
An additional multipurpose module integrated into the ERP manufacturing software provided by Infor is “Product Lifecycle Management.” This application works to ensure the development of detailed product information and making it easily accessible to all employees from all company levels, with the objective of shortening the gap between product research and development, engineering, manufacturing and final product purchase and delivery to the end user.
Thus, it helps in cutting ERP costs, especially, along with the time- risk factor, and does away with high inventory levels by eliminating procedural delays as well as the need to resort to work in progress processes, since it improves lean manufacturing production capacity as well as the overall productivity levels of the organization through real-time control over all company operations.
Its efficiency is further complemented by employing - as is usually the case with ERP software systems - all the benefits of a user friendly screen interface, which displays simultaneously all company information pertaining to the functions of each department and employee performance, directives, exchange of ideas, project data and enabling the manufacturer to monitor any change in production and product efficiency along with their respective quality levels and the quality of services such as 24/7 customer service and technical support.
It therefore also gives the vendor an extra edge in the market by improving forecasting ability and oversight, by providing them with the opportunity to anticipate variations in supply and demand, or customer preference and loyalty. Also, the “built- for- speed” quality of these applications increases communicability and promotes the speed at which the dissemination of ERP manufacturing software solutions or other ERP software systems are effected with the participation of external parties such as business partners and the large number of varied affiliate interests along the wide gamut of industries employing enterprise resource planning technology for their business needs.
It promotes the exchange and interchange of ideas across multiple levels, both internally and externally for the company, and ultimately raises the potential for better and faster innovation, compatibility with the various standard server support platforms of the industry (whether they be local or in foreign countries), diversification and customization techniques, since it essentially accelerates the development and propagation of advanced technologies that combine Internet applications and services (including the social media sites which are being used ever more frequently for networking between employees and managers, and between them and their customers) with manufacturing processes that can be employed in the most diverse industries for multiple purposes.
Among its numerous pluses, an ERP manufacturing software like Infor10 ERP Enterprise facilitates the analysis of market data/ logistics and the future planning and execution of company projects and market ventures, to be carried out in stages, in order to increase market presence, investment and business opportunities, and facilitate the process of global deployment of ERP manufacturing software solutions for the customer, according to a predetermined course of action planned well in advance with the buyer.
There are numerous accounting programs competing for market share today, but not all of them can effectively compete against an ERP accounting program. This is the software system that goes far beyond what packaged software can do. It is the only software system that can design a program that meets your specific needs. There are a lot of different details involved when it comes to accounting practices. You need to have application modules that can cover all of the accounting particulars as well as tools to assist with reporting, making analysis and monitoring and tracking various accounts. That’s what you get with enterprise software. It’s a system that covers every aspect of the operation and offers you quality control along the way. ERP can provide you with application modules that go beyond accounts payable and receivable, to include unit budgeting, multi-currencies, bank reconciliation, job orders, payroll, a general ledger and more. This is the only all-inclusive and distributed system that a business needs to succeed. It is one software system, but it seems to mimic many.
Working with your ERP Accounting Program
You can get a good ERP accounting software set up today without paying an arm and a leg for it. This is the system that is traditionally installed on-site at the headquarters of a business. It’s a cumbersome process and very expensive; so much so that only large corporations have been able to afford it. But now there is another option for enterprise software. You can get it online and you don’t have to purchase it. Welcome to software as a service. You can pay a subscription fee for the number of users and time they spend on their electronic dashboards. The is the route many small and midsized firms are taking today. It’s convenient, it’s easy and it is very cost-effective. You’ll get all of the software you need, but not only that. The ERP software will be integrated for better communications and the platform will be automated for speedy transmission of business tasks.
When you deal with a software program there are servers and storage to consider. With An ERP online accounting program that is taken care of as well. It’s all securely hosted. And when software programs are updated, you will always have the latest version of what you need to do business with. Packaged software can become outdated. With enterprise software you will always be current with the best software applications. You will also be able to interact with other areas of the business seamlessly. You’ll have application modules that connect you to other areas of the business, such as sales and marketing, human resources and manufacturing. These are real-time links with clear visibility of what is taking place within the enterprise.
This is teamwork software that will help your staff to work more efficiently. It will work for a staff of five people, just as well as one for five hundred. The information and data is shared across the enterprise, which keeps everybody updated on a real-time basis.
An ERP accounting program can make all the difference in the world. And you can get it online.
Time and money go hand in hand. How much of both are you applying to your accounting software solution? Are you still working with packaged software that can’t quite adequately cover all of the bases? Perhaps it is time you looked into a better accounting solution. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) can give your business the boost it needs. It’s just one software system and you won’t have to add on software from other programs. It all comes in one all-inclusive, distributed package that can be geared to your specific needs. This is the system that hooks you up across the enterprise and links all departments together as one. All of the software application modules are integrated as well as automated, so that the system offers an efficient means of conducting business without barriers. The information accounting needs from human resources is available by means of a common database and an electronic dashboard.The information and data are processed with real-time visibility so that every department is kept up to speed about what is going on and where.
Using ERP Accounting Software
Integrated, automated, software is enough to get one excited, but the efficiency and reliability of the software system is something to appreciate, as well. Quality control, the monitoring and tracking of business activity and workflow, sharing and collaborating on information and data - all of these plays a major role within this software system. You can track unit accounts across the enterprise in real-time and always keep an up to date accounting of expenditures and allocations, wherever they take place. You’ll also get a set of tools to help you diagnose your operations and provide business intelligence that can help you to grow your business. You will be able to more effectively report and make analysis, as well.
Getting a quality ERP accounting software system into place can be achieved much easier today than in the past. This system for a long time was mostly reserved for large corporations because of its expensive installation and the purchase of software, servers and storage. But there is now another way to experience ERP. You can get it on demand, online, as hosted software as a service (SaaS). Since making its way to the Web, this software system has changed the way businesses think about their approach to software. You don’t have to purchase this enterprise software; you can lease it. Just think about that for a moment. All of the software your business needs, all placed in one common database, and all easily accessible. And employees like the idea of working with automated software that helps them to work smarter and quicker.
Information and data can be pulled up at any time and it will be based on real-time workflow activity. Because this is a shared system, everyone has access to the same information. But you can determine who has access as well. You may wish only for designated employees to have access to the system, that’s up to you. The nice thing about it is that you won’t have to call around for information when you need it. That information will be visible through your electronic dashboard.
Maybe it’s time to switch your accounting software.