Choosing Manufacturing Solutions

There are many software providers out there. Some giant applications that come with some common functions that can be configured to suit your business needs. This is a broad-based application that aims to serve a variety of industries and verticals. However, there are also many software providers for the manufacturing industry that provide specific solutions to suit industry-specific business needs. Whichever you choose, here are some general purpose implementation of software solutions in a manufacturing environment:

  • Reduce cycle time,
  • Integrate the supply chain,
  • Manage the shop floor,
  • Support an expanding number of distribution channels, and
  • More efficiently use capital.
  • Leverage a robust manufacturing technology to save time and money.

To be more competitive, producers need to integrate processes and workflows from the warehouse to the shop floor to the loading dock so they can reduce production costs while ensuring product quality. Manufacturing software vendors allow their customers to meet the unique needs of business and manufacturing technology by integrating IT assets into more open and adaptable business systems.

Manufacturing software vendors offer the manufacturing solutions and business applications that help companies efficiently design, build, and market products. Manufacturers can swiftly deploy proven applications to accelerate time-to-market while driving down production costs and more efficiently integrating the supply chain.

Many manufacturing solutions includes an integrated set of flexible solutions developed by manufacturing experts to improve production, more efficiently utilize capital assets, and integrate manufacturing with other business processes. The flexibility of the software platform is rather important. Simple and specific software solutions allows you to rapidly deploy software to improve business processes with little need for customization. Large and complex application software may cost you millions of dollars to acquire and implement and the time taken be several years before you can realise the benefits. These large applications require a large IT team to support and implement. Whereas small niche manufacturing solutions allow you to implement them quickly and very low cost and rip the benefit within 3 to 6 months. Many of these small applications are simple and can be easily implemented even without much IT professionals’ help.

For small and medium size companies with short product life cycle and competitive environment, my preference is to go for smaller, more specific solutions which can be implemented with 3-4 months without customization (expect some reporting). Solutions that should be running on standard Relational Database Management System (or commonly known as Database) and open technology in which data can be accessed for analysis easily.

Implementing smaller applications allows you to choose best-of-breed packages and integrate them together. With the availability of Web Servers and various open standard for integration, this dream of best-of-bread is easily realised (with little money).