Is Your Vendor Committed to Your Industry? Key Questions to Ask

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Thu, Jul 09, 2015 @ 11:41 AM

As the spring season of automation and manufacturing software vendor events wraps up, it seems there is a recurring theme vendors are communicating to the marketplace at these events: We are becoming solution providers and we are focusing on the needs of industry. But how can you tell if this is real or rhetoric?

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Tags: Performance Management

Cloud or On-Premise? The Big-Company Benchmarking Conundrum

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Tue, Jun 30, 2015 @ 11:33 AM

Benchmarking is always a hot topic among our Global Executive Council members as well as survey respondents.

The Cloud deployment model is greatly increasing chances for new benchmarking and analytics capabilities; it's just a question of whether organizations choose to buy in...

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Tags: Performance Management

11 Tips for Stimulating Enterprise Software Adoption

Posted by Mike Roberts on Mon, Feb 02, 2015 @ 10:09 AM

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Tags: Manufacturing Operations Management, Manufacturing Software, Performance Management

Will Analytics Power The Next Wave Of Manufacturing Performance?

Posted by Mark Davidson on Wed, Dec 10, 2014 @ 08:52 AM

When we look across the landscape of software technologies that are being invested in by the suppliers of manufacturing operations and business/IT solutions, we are seeing a clear trend in the increased focus on applications of both Big Data Analytics and Small/Right Data Analytics.

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Tags: Manufacturing Operations Management, Manufacturing Software, Performance Management

Too Many Manufacturers Are Sending Information the Wrong Way

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Wed, Sep 17, 2014 @ 10:39 AM

Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence (EMI) has emerged as a key growth application with both new vendors as well as established ones in the space, all vying to give manufacturing executives insight into their operations. Almost every one of these EMI tools provides capabilities to not only look at the key performance indicators (KPI) of the enterprise, but also the ability to drill down to the very data that was aggregated to produce the KPI in the first place.

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Tags: Manufacturing Operations Management, Performance Management

Big Data: The One Question Manufacturers Really Want Answered

Posted by Mike Roberts on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 @ 09:20 AM

We don’t need to be the ones to tell you everyone’s talking about big data, because if you’ve got pairs of eyes and ears then you see and hear about it everywhere. What we will tell you, though, is that interest in the topic seems to only be accelerating.

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Tags: Manufacturing Operations Management, Big Data, Performance Management

Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) as a Metric—Don’t Misuse It

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Thu, Jul 10, 2014 @ 09:09 AM

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Tags: Performance Management, Asset Performance Management

Plant Managers: Which Metrics Are They Monitoring Closely?

Posted by Greg Goodwin on Tue, Apr 08, 2014 @ 09:36 AM

As a plant manager, you’re responsible for the day-to-day management and coordination of production, logistics, and maintenance in your assigned facility. Your position is one that’s hands-on and focuses on using all the resources at your disposal to maximize production accuracy and profitability while ensuring worker safety and government compliance in a particular unit of the manufacturing organization.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Manufacturing Metrics, Performance Management

Optimizing Your Manufacturing and Operational Metrics [Infographic]

Posted by Greg Goodwin on Mon, Mar 24, 2014 @ 07:44 AM

It’s the paradox of choice—the presence of too many options can make effective decision making more difficult. This isn’t just the case of a restaurant patron confronted with an extensive dinner menu or an online shopper perusing Amazon, it applies to manufacturers as well.

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Tags: Manufacturing Metrics, Manufacturing Operations Management, Performance Management

Last Chance to Take the Metrics that Matter Survey!

Posted by Mike Roberts on Fri, Nov 15, 2013 @ 12:55 PM

Over the past six weeks, we’ve learned a lot about what challenges manufacturers face in measuring and optimizing business performance. And we’ve gained valuable insight into which metrics, technologies, and processes are driving the most value for organizations today. We’d like to thank everyone who has given us their thoughts and opinions so far through participating in the Metrics that Matter survey.

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Tags: Manufacturing Metrics, Performance Management