In comparison to other areas like sales, marketing, and service, in the past manufacturing executives have not been particularly savvy when it comes to implementing emerging software on the plant floor. But over the years we've been watching companies like Plex Systems’ change that, moving forward the capabilities and adoption of cloud-based manufacturing solutions. The hundreds of manufacturers at the PowerPlex user conference last week were a testament to that forward progress.
Earlier this month I attended the Infor Innovation Summit 2014, an event focused on highlighting the company's improved enterprise solutions portfolio. In this article we will review Infor’s technology stack and its strategy of developing micro-vertical-based applications, a new technology interface, and cloud-based solutions.
For executives competing in today’s socially connected world, there has never been less room for error. These pressures to perform coupled with the globalizing economy and others have urged many executives to look at quality in a new light. It’s not that quality wasn’t important before, but for cost, risk, compliance, and reputational reasons ensuring quality earlier in the value chain has become much more of a top-of-mind issue for leaders.
The New Year is a time for reflecting, but it’s also a time to look forward and think about the future. At LNS Research, we’re doing just that. We’ve developed an aggressive 2014 plan to provide you with the research needed to make real progress toward your Operational Excellence goals.
Implementing and executing on a global quality management initiative is a challenge faced by many of today's leaders, and the same can be said for quality management at the local level. This article discusses the main reasons why local quality initiatives fail to take hold.
If it takes a village to raise a child, then it takes an entire organization to raise an operational metric. As a leader, there’s no doubt you spend a lot of time thinking about goals and how to achieve them. Though, whether your focus is on profitability, energy or manufacturing efficiency, product quality, or customer service, the reality is that those high-level objectives are only attainable when everyone in the company is doing their part.
Developing and implementing point solutions can drive operational improvements, but the reality is that it’s a shortsighted strategy. Ten or 15 years ago, that might not have been as true, but today’s comprehensive solutions across manufacturing operations management (MOM), industrial energy management (IEM), and enterprise quality management software (EQMS) are making a pretty strong case for enterprise-wide implementations that interoperate with other business systems. Companies adopting this strategy are realizing unforeseen cross-functional synergies and reaping massive benefits because of them.
Today, it’s common to have a fragmented quality process model across the value chain, making it difficult to effectively and globally communicate and collaborate on quality issues. In contrast to this traditional model, however, many companies are now exploring the emerging solutions category of Enterprise Quality Management Software (EQMS), which is why we felt it important to address EQMS as the focal point of our second Global Quality Advisory Council (GQAC) meeting.
Most people think quality's all about compliance, but it delivers operational benefits as well. From our research, it’s apparent that companies that have taken an integrated, holistic approach to quality with technology such as enterprise quality management software (EQMS) considerably outperform others in key quality performance indicators.