Share on Pinterest
There are no images.
Share with your friends










Submit

Why Aerospace and Defense Manufacturers Need Manufacturing Cloud ERP, Not Typical Cloud ERP

Why Aerospace and Defense Manufacturers Need Manufacturing Cloud ERP, Not Typical Cloud ERP

In his column “Ten Ways Cloud Computing Is Revolutionizing Aerospace And Defense,“ Louis Columbus on Forbes.com reports, “Synchronizing new product development, supply chain, production and Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) strategies across Aerospace and Defense (A&D) manufacturers while reducing costs continues to make cloud platforms a viable option in A&D… As one aerospace executive told me recently, the industry sees cloud computing as solution to what many call “silos of excellence” that slow down progress.” However, when selecting a Cloud ERP solution, it’s not enough for the ERP to be only on the Cloud because most Cloud ERP software is created from either an accounting or customer relations viewpoint. They are manufacturing light. Aerospace and Defense Manufacturers needs a Manufacturing Cloud ERP. Only then can they – · Gain better visibility on project schedules and costs, · Compare actual costs versus budget by project in real time, · Capture complete serial and lot traceability through the entire Product Life Cycle, · Provide ‘as maintained’ versus ‘as built’ versus ‘as designed’ view of the entire BOM Tree Structure, · View the project impact of capacity on the shop floor and · Run Material Requirements Planning on a project Basis. Manufacturing Cloud ERP software for Aerospace & […]

Why High-Tech and Electronics Manufacturers Need Manufacturing Cloud ERP, Not Typical Cloud ERP

Cloud computing, more commonly known as “the cloud,” is all about delivering computing resources such as data and applications on demand over the Internet. The cloud uses a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage and process data. Extremely large amounts of processing power and storage are instantly available anytime and anywhere and the ability to scale up or down as needed is a big advantage to manufacturing firms. The high-tech and electronics industry has been among the first to gravitate to the benefits that come with cloud computing. “1st Light Energy is a very fast-growing company that is a leading installer of custom-designed solar energy for residential, commercial and public sector applications,” says Trey Lackey, director of IT and logistics at 1st Light Energy. “We have offices on both coasts and thousands of successful installations from Hawaii to Massachusetts. There is no question that we would not be as successful as we are without switching to a Cloud Salesforce AppExchange manufacturing ERP.” There is a word you might have skipped over in Lackey’s quote – “manufacturing.” Most Cloud ERP software is designed from an accounting or customer relationship focus. Lackey knew his company’s software needed […]

If It Doesn’t Have Shop Floor Control, It’s Not Manufacturing Cloud ERP

There are many Cloud-based ERP alternatives available but very few of them provide the shop floor control software that manufacturers needs. That’s because most Cloud ERP software is created from either an accounting or customer relationship background. Manufacturing Cloud ERP solutions are in the great minority. Here is what to look for from a shop floor software aspect to determine if the ERP software you are reviewing is, indeed, Manufacturing Cloud ERP. Does the Shop Floor Control manage the life cycle of the work order and the routing that is used as a basis for defining the steps or processes that are required in the assembly and/or manufacture of the item on the shop floor? Verify that the ERP also has Scheduling and Capacity Planning software contained in a separate module as it will be needed in conjunction. Shop Floor module capabilities should include Routing Maintenance, Work Order Add and BOM Explosion, Work Order Firming, Work Order Release and Operation Extract, Work Order Pick, Work Order Operation Time Booking, Work Order Operation Quantity Recordings, Work Order Receipt and Backflush, Work Order Cost, Rework Work Orders and Refurbishment Work Orders. Here’s why. Routing Maintenance Before defining the Routing, the labor grades, departments, […]

Soon, Cloud ERP Users Will Be Surfing the Wave

by Chuck Olinger, COO and Executive Vice President Rootstock Software For those that wonder if analytics will become one of the major tenets of an ERP system, consider this. It is getting almost impossible to read an article on ERP that doesn’t have at least a paragraph on analytics. One of the best attended presentations/demonstrations at Dreamforce was presented by Rootstock COO and Executive Vice President, Chuck Olinger. It was on Wave Analytics, the first cloud analytics platform designed for every business user, making it easier than ever for anyone to explore data, uncover new insights and take action instantly from any device. Olinger demonstrated how Rootstock ERP Performance Dashboards would extend the power of the Salesforce Wave Analytics Platform to help every business user monitor measure and analyze the enterprise’s company performance, profitability and efficiency from any device. That’s because the data used in the ERP can be a gold mine. With ERP Performance Dashboards, customers are able to capture and manage this valuable data quickly across departments and facilities. When built on the Salesforce Wave Analytics Platform, access to this data is supercharged to allow organizations to quickly adjust to their markets by drilling into insights and discovering […]

Why Manufacturing Cloud ERP Users Need “Power of Choice” in Financial Packages

With the rapid growth of the Salesforce ecosystem, more and more companies are considering independent software vendors’ cloud applications for that platform. This also applies to those companies looking for cloud-based ERP solutions. Many manufacturers and distributors that have their CRM and other software on that platform are now considering an ERP created just for them that is written on Salesforce. This means the company can leverage their investment in the Salesforce platform and integrate their manufacturing and/or ERP seamlessly with their other Salesforce cloud apps. But, such integration doesn’t stop at with the manufacturing ERP. IT management will want to continue to promote a ‘best of breed’ approach to Financial Applications. Present and future manufacturing customers will want their Receivables, Payables, Ledger and Reporting software from a Salesforce partner so that they can continue to easily integrate that partner’s financials with Manufacturing Cloud ERP in the same manner as those seamless connections exist today. Leveraging “power of choice” options, Rootstock is integrated with other apps on the Salesforce platform such as Avalara for sales tax compliance and ZenKraft for shipping integration for Fedex and UPS. For their accounting functions, one may want to explore Financialforce, Intacct, Sage Live and […]

Buyers Beware: Not All ERPs are Manufacturing ERPs

The saying, “a tree is a tree is a tree,” doesn’t apply to ERP. Contrary to what many providers may tell you, every ERP solution is not necessarily a manufacturing ERP solution. ERP customers need to understand that what you don’t know about an ERP suite is just as important as what you do know. Let’s consider a company that makes clothing apparel. They take raw material and turn it into a finished product in their 100,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. It’s a complex process that requires systems that fully comprehend and manage the complexity. What that company needs to understand is that an ERP for a manufacturing company like this is a very different product than the ERP being sold by many software vendors. In recent years, any company selling a financial-centric package with a few added embellishments like purchase orders and inventory are now assuming the mantle of ERP. However, ERP goes much deeper than that for a manufacturing company. ERP’s Manufacturing Roots The concept of ERP has its original roots in manufacturing. When ERP was described in 1990, it was depicted as the logical extension of MRP to MRPII to ERP. MRP dated back to the mainframes in the […]

Manufacturers are Looking to the Cloud: Part 5

Manufacturing ERP and Salesforce Manufacturers who have moved to cloud ERP have found that the access to big data on demand leads to improved business intelligence, and they can use this information to coordinate and collaborate with every department at every step in the supply chain. As the leading cloud platform, Salesforce provides a stable and growing cloud ecosystem for manufacturers looking for cloud-based ERP solutions. In most cases, manufacturers want to choose a cloud ERP system is designed specifically for the Salesforce ecosystem and is 100 percent native to that platform, which means that their software runs 100 percent within Salesforce. The cloud ERP solution should support multiple companies, multiple divisions and multiple sites, all within a single tenant on the Salesforce platform. A powerful cloud ERP solution represents every step in the manufacturing process, increasing efficiencies, controlling costs and, ultimately, increasing revenue. Check to see if the ERP has modules for sales order management, purchase order management, production engineering, inventory management, lot and serial control, scheduling and capacity planning, shop floor control, material requirements planning (MRP), manufacturing cost control and project control modules. Since the development of the Salesforce ecosystem, manufacturing firms can take advantage of such cloud-based […]

Manufacturers are Looking to the Cloud: Part 4

What to Consider When Looking for a Cloud ERP Solution Regardless of which model you choose, there are important things your company must consider when shopping for a cloud solution such as cloud ERP. Cloud computing enables speed, agility and innovation. You must move from the drawing board to deployment. Can your organization adapt? Choose a cloud computing environment that’s right for your organization. Is a private cloud, public cloud or a hybrid cloud solution best for your company? Which vendors offer these solutions and will they be in business a year from now? Security remains a critical factor in considering cloud ERP solutions. Are you ready to extend your enterprise security policy to the cloud? Customization has always been an issue with ERP systems. Manufacturing firms must spend time determining how easy it is to customize and add enhancements to cloud ERP systems. Public cloud platforms such as Salesforce, offer significant advantages for IT departments, allowing them to easily provide their own customizations to the written natively on the public cloud platform. Stay tuned for the Conclusion!

Manufacturers are Looking to the Cloud: Part 3

Major Players in Cloud ERP As cloud computing continues to dominate the discussion of manufacturing ERP, several major players have emerged, with Salesforce becoming the premier platform. It’s no surprise that Amazon and Google are both vying to become big players in cloud computing. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is an IaaS. NewsCorp plans to move 75 percent of its physical infrastructure into the AWS cloud over a three-year period. Info is one cloud ERP vendor based on AWS. Meanwhile, Google Cloud Platform is a set of modular cloud-based services that lets you to create anything from simple websites to complex applications. Google Cloud Platform’s list of products is smaller than AWS and focuses mainly on classic IaaS and PaaS services. Not to be outdone, Microsoft has released Azure, their cloud computing platform and infrastructure for building, deploying and managing applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. It provides both Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and supports different programming languages, tools and frameworks, including both Microsoft-specific and third-party software and systems. Some cloud ERP vendors are offered on Netsuite’s SuiteCloud platform, which offers customizability, but can be complicated and time-consuming to configure. […]

Manufacturers are Looking to the Cloud: Part 2

What the Analysts Say According to a recent study by Gartner, SaaS-based manufacturing and distribution software will increase from 22 percent in 2013 to 45 percent by 2023. Gartner predicts that the catalyst for much of this growth will be two-tier Cloud ERP system adoption. Gartner also predicted that, by 2016, “heavily customized ERP implementations will be routinely referred to as ‘legacy ERP.’ In its place will be a “more federated, loosely coupled ERP environment with much of the functionality sourced as cloud services or via business process outsourcers.” By 2018, at least 30 percent of service-centric companies will move the majority of their ERP applications to the cloud. The same study found that a total of 47 percent of organizations surveyed plan to move their core ERP systems to the cloud within five years, and 30 percent said that the majority of their ERP systems would be on-premises for the foreseeable future. Two-tier or hybrid cloud ERP solutions are attractive to companies who have invested great resources in their on-premise ERP systems. These firms see hybrid systems as a way to modernize their systems without abandoning their on-premise ERP system entirely – they can add compatible functionality or equip […]