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.
We woke up to some exciting industry news last Wednesday. Dassault Systèmes, a leader in the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) space, announced its plans to acquire manufacturing operations management (MOM) software provider Apriso. The acquisition intends to merge Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform’s existing capabilities with Apriso’s solutions for and expertise with solving complex global manufacturing challenges.
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.