iBASEt recently held its annual Excelerate conference in Newport Beach California, a destination sure to attract a broad and engaged audience to 90-degree heat in October. And there was plenty of reason to be engaged.Read More
Some contrasting this week in terms of mergers and acquisitions. While the industrial space, particularly within automation, has seen a marked decline in M&A activity in Q1 of 2015 compared to Q4 of 2014--both in number of transactions and market value. While this may point to a trend moving forward in this market sector, there was news this week of a notable EHS software acquisition--with Enviance acquiring Remedy Interactive. More details below in the round-up, along with opinions on the state of green business and what's needed to enable the Industrial Internet of Things to push forward the next industrial revolution.Read More
Tags: Manufacturing Operations
As recently as two or three years ago, nobody in the business world fully understood what cloud computing meant or why they should care about it. But cloud technology has made significant advancements in the past few years and, along with virtualization, is rapidly transforming the way new applications are being deployed. These advancements are making their way into the manufacturing operations software category.
Monday, June 3, Siemens announced the purchase of Preactor, a privately held UK-based provider of Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) software for a broad range of manufacturing industries. In addition to providing Preactor access to the German solutions company’s wealth of resources, the acquisition will extend and add depth to Siemens’ already diverse portfolio of manufacturing operations management offerings.
For obvious reasons, most companies have a central focus on growth. The more sales closed, in combination with improvements to operating margins, the better. As a manufacturer, you have control over a variety of the operational aspects of this strategy and can employ process improvements, technology, and metrics to help deliver these results.
I had the opportunity to attend the Plex Systems user event, PowerPlex Conference, from June 3-5 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Ohio. This was the first PowerPlex Conference since the $30 million strategic investment from Accel Partners last December and the change in leadership at Plex Systems, which includes the new CEO, Jason Blessing, and VP of Strategy, Jim Shepherd.
It's interesting to consider the diverse Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) IT landscape that can be found within a single organization. Given advancements in technology as well as the growing complexity of manufacturing operations over the past decades, it comes with little surprise that companies have implemented a wide variety of solutions in each plant that span from the shop floor to the top floor, and this number grows exponentially when we account for the applications portfolio of a manufacturer with a global footprint.
Before discussing the future of manufacturing software, it’s imperative to first understand where it’s evolved from. Over the years, organizations have implemented countless purpose-built systems and applications, generally to resolve a specific set of issues. Given the breadth and complexity of today’s manufacturing operations, it’s common for there to be hundreds of disconnected solutions in a given company, each dealing with a specific functionality such as scheduling, quality, production execution, maintenance, and so on.
Manufacturing may be known as the place “where the rubber meets the road,” but that doesn’t necessarily mean that organizations are getting the most out of their production operations. In fact, as I discussed two weeks ago, a considerable number of operations have difficulty with realizing the full potential that manufacturing can generate. While this can happen for a multitude of reasons, in my experience a main culprit can be a misalignment of detailed goals between manufacturing and a company's broader business objectives.
In the first post of this series, which was written on Apriso's Manufacturing Transformation Blog, I described a common problem many manufacturing companies face today, the lack of a robust IT platform for orchestrating end-to-end business processes. As was shown in my real world example, many companies have some maturity in areas like ERP or PLM, but this does not necessarily extend across the entire value chain. In fact, there are often major gaps in manufacturing, quality, distribution, sales, and service.