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.
In February, I had the great opportunity to speak at and participate in QUMAS’s Global User Conference, Connect 2014. Filled with a variety of life sciences professionals, the conference addressed major quality management challenges faced by the industry today. Particularly, much focus was on the rising use and complexity of global partner networks and third-party vendors, and the need for better collaboration capabilities.
Manufacturing strategies need to be adapted and tuned based on several factors. What do your customers care most about? How large is your company’s operation? How many different plants and systems do you have? How large and diverse is your product line? In which industries do you operate? The answers to these and other questions will likely uncover your optimal software strategy for managing manufacturing operations.
There’s a set of high-level best practices to the implementation of Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) software and processes across the manufacturing industries at large. Generally, it makes sense to integrate MOM, enterprise/business systems, and industrial automation applications in order to foster areas of communication throughout the value chain, and eliminate information disconnects wherever possible. It is also typically a best practice to roll-out a solution over time, beginning with a single plant to ensure operational effectiveness and prove ROI.
Over the course of the last several years, cloud solutions in the arena of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) software have gone from a pool in which few wanted to dip their toe, to a place where many are comfortably swimming and enjoying the lifecycle benefits the architecture provides. Initial concerns about security and safety still exist, though vendors have advanced their offerings and showed enough social proof in the marketplace to quell the foremost worries.
Looking at some of the most widely used metrics and key performance indicators by manufacturers—overall equipment effectiveness, scrap, yield, etc.—one variable that consistently impacts each is quality. If products or processes are out of quality specification, those measurements will be negatively impacted. For years, manufacturers have overcome such non-conformances by initiating corrective and preventive action (CAPA) procedures, often managing them with log books, spreadsheets, or other homegrown solutions.
As time marches forward, new technological capabilities often reach a point where their affordability and benefits make them approach a level of indispensability. In the developed world and beyond, cell phones have reached this status for most consumers when it comes to communication and, for most of us, it’s hard now to imagine our lives without them.
As time marches forward and competition increases, manufacturers around the globe are taking a more modern approach to operations. Like other business areas, this means new technologies and methodologies need to be adopted to reach the higher branches. Over the past decade or so, one of the ways this has manifested is in the form of Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) software applications that help organizations to optimize end-to-end business to manufacturing processes.
There's a constant drive to improve in manufacturing. And Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) software is becoming an indispensable tool for that, enabling organizations to elevate operations to a new level as the scope and breadth of applications in the space evolve.
Are you striving to improve key metrics in your manufacturing operations? Of course you are. As a leader in your organization, you need to find new ways to continuously improve, while much of the low hanging fruit from years past has long since been picked. In today’s hyper-competitive market it’s important for professionals to look toward innovative best practices of processes and technology in order to find new methodologies for sustainable success.