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context, the term “legacy” refers to solutions that have been discontinued, or for whatever the reason might be, are no longer being updated or supported.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…

Microsoft Dynamics 365: A Cloud First, Mobile First Solution for Modern Manufacturing

Question: Is there room in an already crowded market for yet another manufacturing software solution? Answer: When the new kid on the block is Microsoft Dynamics 365, the answer is emphatically yes. Pause for a moment to consider how long it has been since a brand new manufacturing software system has entered the market. Here’s…

How and Why to Leverage Custom Software Development in a Manufacturing Setting

Having specialized in every aspect of manufacturing software solutions for 25+ years, we know pretty much everything there is to know about it. From design to development, migrations, implementations, integrations, configuration and customization. One truth has been a constant. No out-of-the-box software will get you 100% of the functionality desired to run a shop floor…