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context, the term “legacy” refers to solutions that have been discontinued, or for whatever the reason might be, are no longer being updated or supported.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

Selecting the Software Program that Best Fits Your Manufacturing Processes: MTO, ETO

I’m going to let you in on two carefully guarded secrets, the things that most software providers won’t tell you. Implementing new business management, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software is not for the faint of heart. No out-of-the-box software program will meet 100% of your needs. These two facts are especially true when it comes…