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All business leaders want to take their organizations to the next level. In an effort to do so, many have invested heavily in ERP implementations and have suffered through associated business disruptions. Notwithstanding their good intentions, most companies haven't come close to realizing the value achieved by those featured in various ERP case studies. Revenues haven't leapt 20 percent. Operating costs haven't been slashed by 15 percent. And on-time deliveries haven't reached record highs of 95 percent. So, what's holding them back?
InterWrap Industries manufactures and distributes plastic and paper products for packaging and industrial use. You may see its product wrapped around a stack of lumber, a hay bale or a roll of steel. The company has a reputation for relentless research and development, innovative value-added services, and the strategic adoption of technology. Its dynamic personality and commitment to continuous improvement have raised the bar in the industrial packaging industry.
With all of the recent marketing hype surrounding SaaS ERP, you might be surprised to learn that it only commanded seven percent of the 2011 global ERP market share by software sales. According to a July 2011 report by Gartner Research, this translates to a roughly $1.7 billion US slice of the $24.3 billion US ERP software pie.
Operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week with worldwide partners and suppliers, Avid, a creator of the technology that people use to make the most listened to, most watched and most loved media in the world - from award-winning productions, to music and movies made at home - needed to create a unified environment for its global product development teams to easily find and share product information in real-time.
Faced with shipping errors, inventory accuracy issues and weak supply chain management, Lakeside Plastics, a mid-sized Canadian plastic injection moulder, implemented Solarsoft iVP to solve its issues and strengthen enterprise-wide control.
Autodesk previewed a new solution designed to transform how manufacturers manage the entire life cycle of a product - from its conception, through design and manufacture, partner and supplier management, procurement, quality, compliance, service and more - at its Autodesk University 2011 conference in Las Vegas at the end of November.
Manufacturing AUTOMATION editor Mary Del Ciancio recently attended Autodesk University 2011 in Las Vegas. She and more than 8,000 customers, partners, media and employees gathered at the Venetian November 28 until December 1 to learn about the latest Autodesk offerings and industry trends.
Cosma International, a wholly-owned operating unit of Magna International, is one of the world's premier global automotive suppliers providing a comprehensive range of body, chassis and engineering solutions to OEM customers. Unsatisfied with the lack of functionality and support for its legacy business management system, Cosma’s operation in Victor, Iowa, searched for an integrated ERP system that allowed for real-time shop floor reporting and inventory management. In 1996, Cosma selected Solarsoft’s flagship ERP system for manufacturing and distribution, iVP, and has never looked back.
Whether businesses like it or not, they have to be agile to succeed. If managing extreme economic volatility wasn’t challenging enough, businesses also have to contend with shifts caused by natural disasters (e.g., the Japanese supply disruption), faster cycles of technological innovation and obsolescence, and structural shifts in the labour market.
Smart grid technology is being newly incorporated in all kinds of products and devices. Various software and integration methods are coming into play whereby new products can be brought to market faster and more cohesively to work with smart grid infrastructures. Cutting edge companies who have been able to utilize technologies such as PLM, SCADA and ERP early on to develop clean technologies for the smart grid have benefited from early adoption. In addition, the communication standards created for the smart grid have helped to make devices and products more relevant in this market.
Autodesk, Inc., a provider of 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, recently introduced Autodesk Cloud, a collection of more than a dozen web-based capabilities, products and services designed to enable customers to extend their desktops with greater mobility, new viewing and sharing capabilities, and more computing power.
The Company: On October 23, 2008, NASA caught the attention of the world by announcing the detection of snow on Mars. The discovery was made by Canadian-made lidar (light detection and ranging) technology aboard NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander, which touched down near the Martian North Pole on May 25, 2008.
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