Topics: Manufacturing, Automotive

How Leading Automotive Suppliers Reduce Unplanned Downtime

As a leading automotive supplier, you are always looking for ways to improve processes, optimize costs, and expand margins. After all, auto suppliers represent roughly 70% of the industry’s costs ...

Topics: Manufacturing

How Leading Electronics Manufacturers Are Improving OEE Machine Availability by Combining Machine Data with Operator Insights

Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is one of the most vital metrics you can track as an electronics manufacturer; it’s considered to be the “gold standard” for measuring your effectiveness. OEE is ...

Topics: Manufacturing

How Leading Equipment Manufacturers Improve OEE Equipment Performance by Combining Machine Data with Operator Insights

As an equipment manufacturer, one of the most critical KPIs you need to watch is Equipment Performance. Equipment Performance is one of the three legs on the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) ...

Topics: CRM, Manufacturing

Thrive in Industry 4.0 with a Smart CRM for Manufacturing

Industry 4.0. Manufacturing 4.0. The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). These terms have gained a lot of traction over the past few years, but what do they really mean? There are many ways to answer ...

Topics: Manufacturing

Is the Cloud Secure Enough for Manufacturing?

Manufacturers around the world adopt cloud technology to drive efficiency, build resiliency, and improve productivity. However, concerns about cloud security remain. According to one survey, 93% of ...

Topics: Manufacturing

Seven Essential Lean Manufacturing Guidelines: Part 3

Welcome to part three of our blog series, ‘Seven Essential Lean Manufacturing Guidelines’. All manufacturers know that lean manufacturing is an essential component of manufacturing excellence. This ...

Topics: Manufacturing

Seven Essential Lean Manufacturing Guidelines: Part 2

Welcome to part two of our blog series, ‘Seven Essential Lean Manufacturing Guidelines’. All manufacturers know that lean manufacturing is an essential component of manufacturing excellence. This ...

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: 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: 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, 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: 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: 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: 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 Container Tracking 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, 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, 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, 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, ...

Topics: Manufacturing, Field Service, Energy

Field Service Delivery: Quality, Speed or Price?

There’s an adage that says, “You can have something cheap, fast or good. Pick two of the three. You can’t have it all.” The truth is that quality, speed and price are all important to customers. This ...

Topics: Manufacturing, Field Service, Energy

Are you Ready for Connected Field Service?

With most field service operations, a piece of equipment experiences a problem, and the customer calls. You dispatch a technician who goes to the site and runs diagnostics. If you’re lucky, all the ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics, Manufacturing

How IoT & Connected Devices are Changing the Manufacturing Landscape

The expansion of smart devices has reached a level that no one can ignore. Devices with wireless connectivity are more present in people’s homes today than not. But smart technology has some heritage ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics, Manufacturing, Field Service

Manufacturing Field Service: How to Increase Technician Profitability by 25%

The goals of field service software are to get the right technician, with the right tools to the right job at the right time. This will help increase technician efficiency and improve customer ...

Topics: Manufacturing, Field Service

Connected Field Service Solution Empowers Field Service and Manufacturing Companies

[DENVER, CO – MAY 2, 2019] - MCA Connect, a global systems integrator and Microsoft Dynamics Gold Partner, announces today the launch of their revolutionizing Connected Field Service solution for ...

Topics: CRM, ERP, Manufacturing, Field Service, Energy

Top 10 Reasons Why an S&OP Project Can Fail

The implementation of a successful Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) project can provide a game changing foundation to drive enterprise excellence for years to come in an organization and ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics, Manufacturing, Field Service

How Mobility and IoT are Transforming Field Service in Manufacturing

Internet of Things (IoT) and big data are transforming the way companies operate. Manufacturers that are willing to embrace modern technology, such as field service software, will transform the roles ...

Topics: ERP, Manufacturing

Why Modern Manufacturing ERP Systems are Critical

Manufacturing growth continues to boom and is forecasted to increase more than it has in a decade. According to the MAPI (Manufacturing Alliance for Productivity and Innovation) Foundation, because ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics, CRM, Manufacturing, Field Service, Energy

Connected Field Service: 6 Reasons Manufacturers Transition from “Regular” Field Service Software

What’s the difference between Connected Field Service and “regular” Field Service Software? The simple answer is Internet-connected (IoT) devices. These devices allow manufacturers to remotely ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics, Manufacturing, Field Service

The Difference Between Field Service & Connected Field Service

If field service is an integral part of your day-to-day business and optimizing your field service operations is a main responsibility, then connected field service should be the next step for your ...

Topics: ERP, Manufacturing

Manufacturing ERP Systems: The Top 5 Benefits

The manufacturing industry is complex, highly progressive, and competitive in nature. These factors make it essential for manufacturers to have integrated technology solutions that increase ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics, Manufacturing

Business Analytics in Manufacturing: Why it’s Critical

Recent years have seen an explosion of new business technologies, making it clear to us that we’re living in a digitally transformed world. This is particularly true for business analytics and ...

Topics: ERP, Manufacturing

Manufacturing ERP Implementations

What to know before taking a traditional implementation approach As a manufacturer, you have a lot of moving parts in your business.

Topics: ERP, Manufacturing

5 Critical Steps Before Implementing a Next Generation ERP System

Modern ERP systems, like Microsoft Dynamics 365, offer significant advantages over traditional ERP systems. Most next generation ERP systems are: