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As mobile devices gain more capabilities and become more cost-effective, they are a driving force for change on the manufacturing floor. Mobile interfaces have enabled manufacturers to add new services and cut costs. Advancements in technology have allowed for greater innovation and efficiency. Workforce mobility is a top priority among manufacturing companies. In fact, best-in-class manufacturers and distributors are 119% more likely to provide mobile access to their business systems than their counterparts. (See How Do Your Business Systems Compare to Best-in-Class?) Mobility is impacting all areas of the manufacturing process including order management, inventory management, material and asset tracking, labor tracking, and field sales and service. Mobility is a key enabler of lean automation by increasing productivity, accuracy, and communication. It enables mobile business intelligence through more devices on the factory floor collecting, transmitting, and using data. Integrating mobile technology in your manufacturing solution will bring significant benefits to your business. Better Business Intelligence: Using mobile devices to capture real-time data on the manufacturing floor enables business managers to make better decisions with more accurate data. They are able to manage any process from any location, making decision-making more agile, as managers are not tied to an office but […]

Last week, we talked about the new crop of challenges that have arisen in manufacturing management and strategies to address them. (Navigate the Challenges in Manufacturing.) We saw that marketplace changes have required that your business model change to remain competitive. Now let’s look at how your enterprise software should support you in this industry transformation. Technology and market conditions are changing faster than ever. The transition from an industrial marketplace to an information-intensive one has brought dramatic changes. Decisions have become more complex with the growth in technology, increased regulations regarding safety and sustainability, the blurring of industry boundaries, and the globalization of businesses. In order to remain competitive in this changing marketplace, many manufacturers have reacted with flatter organizations that are more decentralized, enabling them to be more flexible and agile. Functions within businesses have been blurred with more collaboration and decentralization on processes and decisions. Your enterprise software should help you manage change. Your enterprise software should help you manage change rather than impede change. A big part of that response is whether your business management software can easily adapt to change and even help you adjust easily. Technology should provide you with the flexibility and adaptability […]

Manufacturing management can be challenging. Just when you think you’ve solved one problem, the next one raises its ugly head. Not only does it seem that you are always solving the next problem in manufacturing—the problems are arising faster than ever. It isn’t just your imagination—changes are happening more quickly than ever. Rapid changes in technology are transforming consumer behavior, customer demands, technical capabilities, and even legislation. This means that manufacturers need to change their practices to continuously innovate and streamline. How the market is changing: Technology innovation cycle is shorter. Technology improvements bring about many opportunities to add new services and cut costs. Advancements in technology enable greater manufacturing automation, new products, and service options. The problem isn’t advanced technology; the problem is how fast the technology is changing. It can be difficult to keep up. Product life cycles are shrinking. Rapid changes in technology mean that product life cycles are shrinking. Think about the lifecycle of a mobile phone. New features and functionality are added every few months—a three-year old phone is considered ancient. This mentality is permeating nearly every manufacturing industry segment. What was new last year, is now old. The world is getting smaller. Being competitive […]

Are you getting the most out of your business intelligence software? Are you able to pull the data and information you need to make better business decisions? There’s nothing more frustrating than investing in a business solution only to have it not produce the results you expected. Using a tool like Sage Enterprise Intelligence integrated with your enterprise software can transform your business when it is used correctly. Companies can use business intelligence to strategically influence every part of the organization and transform key data and information into actionable insights to help businesses grow and respond to change. Both small and large companies can use business intelligence to gain a thorough understanding of their operations and form strategies to improve their future performance. While many companies view business intelligence as simply a data analytics tool, it is so much more than that. Business intelligence is a business solution capable of providing you with the answers you need to form strategic processes to support your plans for growth. While it can definitely help you analyze your data and understand patterns, it can also help you assess your current performance, forecast the future, and spur business action. Business intelligence tools can help your […]

Be More Productive with Sage Enterprise Intelligence Integrated with Your Enterprise Software We are always looking for ways to save time in our daily activities. Time is one of our most precious commodities, so it is wise to use it well. Here is a simple way to eliminate busywork and add more time to your day so you can focus on more important activities. Using a business intelligence solution integrated with your enterprise software can improve the reporting process and give you the information you need in a fraction of the time. An Aberdeen study suggests that using business intelligence can reduce time to notification of a significant event by 5.5 hours. Sage Enterprise Intelligence can extract essential information from large volumes of data stored in your enterprise software, such as Sage 300 and Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3), and reduce time to decision. Eliminate manual reporting time Intelligent financial reporting enables employees to use time more productively by removing the manual element of data analysis. In turn, this allows for certain expenses or specified data sets to be pulled up in the blink of an eye instead of requiring hours of manual collection and data processing. Improve […]