3D Printing: A Revolutionary Game Changer?

3D Printing is one of the most remarkable new industrial technologies now and possibly for years to come.  Believe it or not, the technology has actually been in use since the 1980′s when it was referred to as Rapid Manufacturing.  The terms Additive Manufacturing and Stereolithography have not been added to the mix, although they are simply just more complex names for similar tools. According to a recent article in Forbes Magazine, 3D Printers have evolved to the point where they can assist manufacturers in building an object in three dimensions. This is accomplished through multiple...

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What are the challenges to installing supply chain software?

  1. Gaining trust from your suppliers and partners.  Supply chain automation is uniquely difficult because its complexity extends beyond a company’s walls. Employees will need to change the way they work and so will the people from each supplier that a company adds to its network. Only the largest and most powerful manufacturers or retailers (i.e. Wal-Mart) can force such radical changes without repercussions.  Most companies have to sell outsiders on the system first. Moreover, one company’s goals in installing the system may be threatening to their suppliers. For example,...

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Supply Chain Cost Reduction is Manufacturing’s Top Priority

Reducing overall supply chain cost is manufacturing’s number one supply chain priority in the coming year, according to IDC Manufacturing Insights’ 2012 U.S. Supply Chain Survey of 350 companies. 80% of respondents gave that answer, while nearly 55% suggest supply chain agility is second and 52% suggest improving product quality and safety is the third most important priority. When asked to rate the level of importance of new technology areas, big data/analytics came out on top, followed by mobility, cloud computing/software as a service and social business tools. While manufacturers face...

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What is Supply Chain Management (SCM)?

Supply chain management (SCM) is the oversight of materials, information, and finances as they move in a process from supplier to manufacturer to wholesaler to retailer to consumer. The goal of any effective supply chain management system is to reduce inventory, while maintaining product availability.  As a solution for successful supply chain management, sophisticated software systems with Internet interfaces are competing with Web-based application service providers (ASP) who promise to provide part or all of the SCM service for companies who rent their service. Supply chain management...

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10 FAQs about Cloud ERP Software

In 2010, the use of the term “Cloud” was expanded to include a broad set of applications and software deployment models.  ERP software that is deployed into a cloud environment becomes “Cloud ERP Software”. Most (if not all) Cloud environments are built using virtualization and load balancing technology that allows applications to be deployed across multiple servers and database resources. Many IT industry analysts believe that ERP software stands on the verge of a cataclysmic shift away from on-premise, hosted solutions to solutions hosted in the “cloud.”  While...

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