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Manufacturing Roundups

How to Bulletproof Application Downtime & Maximize Availability

Determining the total of hard and soft downtime costs is not easy, which is why it’s often not done well if at all. Highly integrated systems can push the effects of downtime on the production line to administrative functions upstream and down, into the supplier pipeline, to customer order fulfillment and product delivery. Downtime can invoke financial penalties if contract conditions are breached, or if regulatory requirements are violated. Customer relationships get damaged and reputations tarnished. With Competitive and economic pressure bearing down, no manufacturer can afford to risk its business to downtime. And you do not have to! Read Now!


Manufacturing in the Cloud

While the basics for manufacturing industry success are a constant—minimize costs, maximize flexibility, and keep your systems current—it's increasingly important to be able to adapt to rapid shifts in business and technology. To ensure that your ERP project is not seen as a one-off project, but the beginning of an ongoing improvement program Read this ebook now!


Plant of the Future

Manufacturers will face in the next 5 years a period of the "most transformative, most disruptive" change in recent memory. This transformation will be fueled by massive changes in demographics, IT systems and factory automation. Manufacturers are experiencing two key challenges in the behavior of consumers. Mass customization presents manufacturers with the need to move from the old Henry Ford concept of "one size fits all" manufacturing to offer personalized products. At the same time consumers want instant gratification. Discover what the plant of the future will be like and how to prepare now.


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