Manufacturers Are Embracing the IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things): Find Out Why

I could say: It’s all about connectivity. And this would be the shortest blog post ever written. But of course, it doesn’t end there. It’s a topic that demands more than four words of explication. What Is the IIoT? This definition provided by rti is perfect. “The Industrial Internet of Things (Industrial IoT) is made…

New eBook Answers 12 Frequently Asked Questions about Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems for Manufacturers

Published by the ERP experts at Strategic Systems Group, this eBook was spawned to address the most common, and the most critical, questions we receive from executives about their organizations’ ERP systems. These questions touch on topics ranging from software selection to implementation to ongoing support issues. The answers will benefit business owners, CEOs, CFOs,…

It’s Here: Quality Support for Your Microsoft Dynamics GP Manufacturing Solution

Why are we announcing the availability of quality support for Dynamics GP? Don’t you already have a Microsoft Dynamics partner who provides that for you? The answer is: Maybe not. Here’s why. Consolidation There has been a great deal of consolidation over the past few years in the Microsoft partner channel. I’ll explain what that…

Hot Topic! Cybersecurity: Helping our Manufacturing Clients Avoid Viruses, Trojans and Ransomware

The WannaCry virus infected more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries. The Equifax breach compromised the personal data of 143 million Americans. Experts estimate that more than 14 million small and medium U.S. companies are at risk. How can you avoid becoming a statistic? It starts with common sense. Don’t open any emails or attachments…

Hot Topic! Disaster Recovery: Helping our Manufacturing Clients Prepare for the Worst Case Scenario

The disaster could be anything: hurricane, tornado, flood, fire, snow storm. The question is, what happens to your data when disaster strikes. Do you have a disaster recovery (DR) plan in place? Do you even have a reliable data back-up (BU) solution in place? In the industry we call this BU/DR. And the sad fact…

Lifecycle Solutions for Manufacturers: The “Cradle to Grave” Approach

“Cradle to Grave.” It’s a business concept. Also referred to as Womb to Tomb, Whole-Life Cost, Lifecycle Cost, or Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). It’s far from a new concept – dating as far back as the early 20th century – and yet it’s often overlooked when companies are making major purchase decisions. Selecting an…

What Would Watson Say about the Role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Manufacturing?

For years, IBM’s Watson was the “face” of Artificial Intelligence (AI). “He” could play chess and Scrabble; compete on Jeopardy … and win. Watson was the personification of a future where AI would change our world for the better. AI would solve problems that mere humans could not solve. We could almost forget that it…

If You Need Support for Your “Legacy” Manufacturing Systems – Infor Manman, MK, Baan – You’ve Come to the Right Place

It’s not easy to find support for what are known in the software industry as “legacy” systems. In this context, the term “legacy” refers to solutions that have been discontinued, or for whatever the reason might be, are no longer being updated or supported. Once a software package has been discontinued, the number of providers…