Topics: Manufacturing

Seven Essential Lean Manufacturing Guidelines: Part 1

All manufacturers know that lean manufacturing is an essential component of manufacturing excellence. The drive to remove waste has streamlined operations, eliminated idle inventory, and helped ...

Topics: News, Automotive

MCA Connect Wins 2021 Microsoft US Partner of the Year for Automotive

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MCA Connect Wins 2021 Microsoft US Partner of the Year for Automotive Microsoft Recognizes MCA Connect for Dedication to Automotive Success July 12, 2021 (Denver, Colo.) – MCA ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics, Automotive

4 Ways Data Estates Enable Operational Excellence for Auto Suppliers

Auto suppliers are facing multiple operational challenges these days, and one of them is advancing their journey towards operational excellence. One critical step to help with this journey is data ...

Topics: Manufacturing

Using IHS Data with Sales and Operations Planning for Better Automotive Supply Demand Forecasting

If you’re an automotive manufacturer, you may be asking yourself, “Why is it so difficult to get an accurate demand forecast?” Lots of reasons. First of all, demand forecasting is inherently ...

Topics: Manufacturing

2 Ways Manufacturers Maximize Inventory Management for Improved Return on Assets

As a manufacturer, inventory problems are likely top of mind for you these days from the spikes or drops in levels of order demand, or at new levels never before seen, with a new product mix. Or, to ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics, Manufacturing

Data Lake vs Data Warehouse

The Modern Data Estate: Data Lake vs. Data Warehouse A modern data estate should provide multiple methods of ingesting and storing the various data that businesses generate. Data comes at us fast and ...

Topics: ERP

What are the major ERP products of Microsoft Dynamics?

Microsoft's ERP solutions have gone through several name changes over the past decade. When Microsoft acquired Axapta, this ERP solution was first called Microsoft Business Solutions Axapta. That ...

Topics: News

MCA Connect, LLC Proudly Announces David Willis as Newest Board Member

DENVER, Colorado, 2021 -  MCA Connect is pleased to announce that David Willis, former Microsoft Corporate Vice President, has joined its Board of Directors. David had an illustrious career at ...

Topics: Manufacturing

How Smart Manufacturing is Revolutionizing the Industry

I'm sure you've heard of "factories of the future," which has been a well-discussed philosophy among manufacturing leaders for decades. The idea of using cutting-edge technology to revolutionize ...

Topics: Manufacturing

How to Overcome the Challenges of S&OP for Equipment Manufacturing

Succeeding at Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) is hard for most manufacturers but doubly hard for equipment manufacturers.

Topics: ERP

Goodbye AS/400, Hello Microsoft?

Can a technology platform that's been around since 1988 still provide business value? If you are old enough to recall 1988, you'll remember that the average person didn't have a cell phone, email, or ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics

Budgeting – FP&A After Microsoft Forecaster

Microsoft Forecaster was a great tool for companies with relatively simple budgeting and forecasting needs. It was popular with users who primarily had been trying to manage these processes with ...

Topics: ERP, Manufacturing

It’s Time to Upgrade from MAPICS

Why would you stay on MAPICS? MAPICS was created by IBM more than 35 years ago as an operational control system for manufacturing and accounting information. In 2005, the product was purchased by ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics, CRM, ERP, Manufacturing

Key Technology Trends for Equipment Manufacturers

As equipment manufacturers find themselves in the midst of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, one thing is certain: Change is an undeniable constant. The industry continues to experience change across ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics

Data Estate Defined for Automotive Manufacturers

There’s been a lot of talk for many years about the significant value of data to the corporation, specifically to automotive suppliers. So much so that we often hear experts state how data is the new ...

Topics: CRM

Power Apps: Solving One Business Challenge at a Time

Power Apps is a tool used to create, connect and extend your internal business applications – including Dynamics 365 and Office 365 – but also 200+ other applications. The beauty of Power Apps is ...

Topics: Manufacturing

How to Build a Resilient Supply Chain in 2021

Have you recently discovered new gaps in your supply chain? Over the last decade, global supply chains have seen a significant increase in disruptions for many reasons, from natural disasters to ...

Topics: Manufacturing

How Manufacturing Leaders are Adapting Their Business in 2021

In order to understand the future of manufacturing, it's important to understand the industry's current situation and how leaders are positioning their companies for future growth. We surveyed 50 ...

Topics: Manufacturing

What Every Manufacturing Executive Should Know Going into 2021

Even pre-pandemic many manufacturers around the globe were grappling with immediate challenges like keeping workers healthy, maintaining productivity, and inventory issues, while also considering ...

Topics: Manufacturing

Top Challenges Faced by Electronics Manufacturers

The global marketplace is constantly evolving. No other industry experiences more change than electronics. New technology becomes available at an alarming rate. In order to remain competitive in the ...

Topics: Field Service

Remote Assist for Mobile vs. HoloLens: What Are the Benefits?

The coronavirus pandemic has reshaped how companies operate and as it becomes more and more necessary for Field Service teams to find solutions that enable them to collaborate virtually and ...

Topics: News

MCA Connect Achieves the 2020/2021 Inner Circle for Microsoft Business Applications

MCA Connect is honored by Microsoft for achieving outstanding sales achievement and innovation. MCA Connect, a Microsoft Gold Partner, has achieved the prestigious 2020/2021 Inner Circle for ...

Topics: Manufacturing

4 Key Technology Trends for Discrete Manufacturers

Discrete manufacturing technology is evolving quicker than ever. Increasing availability of industry solutions and advancements in enterprise systems empower manufacturing companies to maximize the ...

Topics: Manufacturing

Top 3 Manufacturing Digitization Challenges and How to Overcome Them

Artificial intelligence (AI)-powered robots, 3D printing, the Internet of Things (IoT)...there’s a whole world of advanced manufacturing technology and innovation just waiting for manufacturers who ...

Topics: Manufacturing

Master Planning Does Not Work for All Electronic Manufacturers

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance has some valuable improvements coming for the performance of the existing master planning engine. However, it is somewhat disappointing that it is not addressing the ...

Topics: Business Transformation, CRM, ERP

How Technology Supports Our New Virtual World

The ongoing spread of COVID-19 has changed how many companies operate. Encouraging employees to work remotely is probably the biggest change for those companies, thus making our world even more ...

Topics: CRM

How Technology Can Drive Your Customer Service Transformation

As a result of the recent global pandemic, digital transformation is becoming more and more popular among companies to adapt to our new market reality. What’s interesting about this is, however, is ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics

Steps to Migrate Your Legacy Data to Dynamics 365

Harvesting enterprise data is central to how organizations compete, and even survive, as industries transform digitally. Yet, as companies grow and technologies shift, managing data has become an ...

Topics: Manufacturing

Modern Technology for the Industrial Equipment Manufacturing Team

With the modern technology available today, industrial equipment manufacturers can take advantage of new manufacturing opportunities by connecting business systems that give them a better view of all ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics, Manufacturing

Where’s My Stuff? How ManufacturingCONNECT for Logistics Can Help Manage Your Global Supply Chain

If you’re a manufacturer in a global supply chain and you order a finished product or components from across the globe, then you know there is about a month of time where you really don’t know the ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics

The Modern Data Estate: Data Lake vs. Data Warehouse

A modern data estate should provide multiple methods of ingesting and storing the various data that businesses generate. Data comes at us fast and in many forms. These different forms can include ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics, Manufacturing

Reduce Supply Chain Disruption with IoT and Analytics

Reducing the risk of supply chain disruptions As the threat of disruption has increased recently, companies are pressured to ask if their supply chain is ready for the next event, pushing them to ...

Topics: Manufacturing

Why S&OP is Critical for Manufacturing COVID-19 Recovery

We understand the recent health crisis makes for uneasy times and has already impacted many manufacturers in one way or another. Most businesses are wondering how big of an impact this will have on ...

Topics: Manufacturing

How to Build a Future-Ready Strategy for Manufacturing

From rapid changes in technology to ever-increasing consumer demands, every industry is trying to keep up with the pace of change and reinvent processes for a more sustainable future. When a ...

Topics: CRM

Are These Pitfalls Preventing You from Maximizing Your CRM Investment?

Let’s consider this - an organization invests in business applications to modernize its Customer Relationship Management. The business case promises everything and more: excellent efficiencies, ...

Topics: CRM, Manufacturing

How to Better Manage the Automotive Bid Response Process

As a company that frequently works with automotive supply manufacturers to implement technology solutions, we find that while some manufacturers have mastered the production process, very few have a ...

Topics: Energy

6 Challenges in Oil and Gas and How to Solve Them

The oil and gas business operates within complex global and national frameworks. Expansion into new geographical regions and environments can create new opportunities for revenue growth, but it also ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics

6 Best Practices in Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A)

Most CFOs are not happy with their Financial Planning and Analysis process, believing it delivers too little value and can eat up too many resources. As a result, they often ask “what best practices ...

Topics: CRM, Manufacturing

5 Benefits that Explain the Importance of CRM in Manufacturing

To gain a competitive advantage these days, exceeding your customers’ expectations is key. It turns out that CRM software for manufacturing has revolutionized many businesses as it gives a holistic ...

Topics: ERP, Energy

Why Oil & Gas Companies Need Joint Venture Accounting Software in 2020

One of the complexities of the oil and gas industry is handling the accounting and communication between multiple land owners, especially for Exploration and Production companies. They have many ...

Topics: ERP, Energy

Oil & Gas Buzzing about Rental Management Software

The main thing about industrial equipment for oil and gas exploration is that it’s HEAVY – literally and financially. It’s expensive to manufacture, expensive to move, and expensive to maintain. And ...

Topics: ERP, Manufacturing

Looking to Upgrade from MAPICS? You're not alone.

There are many manufacturing companies that are still running on legacy ERP systems like MAPICS, also known as Infor XA. Many of these companies have the mind set of ‘if it’s not broken, don’t fix ...

Topics: ERP, Manufacturing, Manufacturing ERP Guide

Enterprise Resource Planning: An Introduction

An Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system can revolutionize many types of business operating within a wealth of verticals. ERP platforms allow different systems to communicate, integrate, and ...

Topics: ERP, Manufacturing, Manufacturing ERP Guide

How Are Microsoft’s ERP Systems Different?

Microsoft has developed a powerhouse system in the form of Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations. If you’d like to learn about the functionality from more of a top level view, take a look ...

Topics: ERP, Manufacturing, Manufacturing ERP Guide

Are You Ready for an ERP Upgrade?

Auditing readiness for an ERP upgrade can seem like a daunting task. If you feel like you’re caught in the technological dark ages, you’re not alone. Many companies make the assumption that an ...

Topics: ERP, Manufacturing, Manufacturing ERP Guide

Choosing the Right Partner

Choosing the right manufacturing ERP partner can be the difference between a smooth, functional process and a downright tedious process. We have put together a handy checklist for selecting an ERP ...

Topics: ERP, Manufacturing, Manufacturing ERP Guide

Unique Aspects of ERP Solutions for the Manufacturing Industry

Microsoft’s ERP solution can be customized to manage many types of business processes. Building a custom system form fit to the manufacturing industry, then customizing for your direct needs, ensures ...

Topics: ERP, Manufacturing, Manufacturing ERP Guide

Common ERP Implementation Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Utilizing all of the sections above to create a comprehensive upgrade/implementation strategy helps things run smoothly, but there are some major risk factors to stay away from when you are looking ...

Topics: ERP, Manufacturing, Manufacturing ERP Guide

Develop and Execute an Implementation Plan

Gaining internal buy-in from the implementers as well as your executive team is a linchpin when implementing a manufacturing ERP system. We have put together a handy guide for a successful ERP ...

Topics: ERP, Manufacturing, Manufacturing ERP Guide

Training Employees and Gaining Buy In

While we mentioned the importance of training the users who will be utilizing your software, we want to devote a section of this guide to training users properly as this is an item that can derail ...

Topics: ERP, Manufacturing, Manufacturing ERP Guide

Case Studies

Dell Dell is among the most well-known technology brands in the world. They were one of the first to sell computer products directly to consumers. Dell needed solutions to match their high-volume, ...
  

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