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Manufacturing Roundups

ERP- Going Mobile to Work Where You Do
Manufacturing's evolving workforce has introduced both challenges and opportunities to the manufacturing industry. With the increasing penetration of smartphones and tablets in the workplace, manufacturers are seeking ways to leverage their newly-connected workers to enhance the impact of the enterprise network and adapt to the needs of its employees and customers. Download this free ebook now to learn how deploying mobile collaboration technologies adds unparalleled value. Read Now!


Demand-driven Forecasting and Planning: Take Demand Responsiveness to the Next Level

The results are in – and they’re striking. Nearly 90% of manufacturers say their revenue would jump by up to 10% if they had better demand forecasts. The obvious questions: With all that revenue at stake, why don’t they have more accurate forecasts? What are they doing about it? And what can you learn to improve your own?

This free report, Demand-Driven Forecasting and Planning details how companies are using more advanced ways of forecasting to identify demand changes faster. And it puts hard numbers on the benefits: increased sales, reduced inventory and better service. It’s time to really work on sensing and shaping customer demand. Read Now!


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      Manufacturing Connectivity and Data Integration

      Today’s manufacturers can take advantage of a new era of connectivity promising greater productivity, improved utilization of assets, and better decision-making...More
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      7 Reasons “Enterprise Labeling” is Vital to the Manufacturing Supply Chain

      As manufacturers continue to focus on global growth strategies, the complexity associated with continuously improving business processes—including labeling—is a bigger challenge than ever before. Robotics, the Internet of Things (IoT), and increased automation on every level of manufacturing is demanding higher accuracy and increased speed, prompting industry experts to describe the way goods must be distributed from now on as the “new” supply chain....More
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      The Future of the Manufacturing Supply Chain — Networked, Mobile, and Collaborative

      As we move through 2015, the subject of the future of the supply chain has come back into focus.What does the future supply chain look like, and what do we expect some of the essential characteristics to be? Although this requires a degree of speculation, there are also some trends and technologies that clearly are having, and will continue to have, an enormous impact on the supply chain....More
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      Why CFOs Choose mcaConnect and Microsoft Dynamics AX

      Successful CFOs leverage technology and business transformation to mine hidden profits and power bottom line results. In today’s business environment, the only constant is change. The approaches that worked in the past are inadequate to carry a company into a viable future. To survive and thrive, companies need to be agile. They require technology solutions that are not just better and faster, but also have been built and architected with the future in mind....More
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      Mobile ERP: Taking ERP ROI into Your Own Hands

      This report, based on a survey of over 200 organizations, examines the top pressures that organizations are facing in business management, uncovers adoption rates of mobile ERP, and illustrates the benefits that mobile access can provide....More
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      Manufacturing Cybersecurity Guide

      According to this report, web application attacks made possible by credentials stolen through email phishing scams are by far the most widespread types of production loss. Criminals are “getting better and faster at what they do, more quickly than organizations can address the threats.” Read this informative white paper to learn more & to discover a solution!...More
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      The Rise of Mobile Access to Your ERP Data

      Today, with how advanced technology has become, manufacturers need to stay in control—even on the go. With mobile user access to ERP, it allows businesses to push past their competitors and access their priorities whenever and wherever they are. View this whitepaper to learn how incorporating modern mobile ERP provides a measurable influence on quality and efficiency for manufacturers....More
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      Mobile Applications Add Flexibility for Manufacturing

      As competition grows, it is vital to not only decrease time-wastage, but to also increase profitability, efficiency, and positive customer relations. As mobile access grows, the benefits that manufacturers can achieve are game-changing. With real-time updates and on-hand access, mobility provides huge advantages for manufacturers. View this whitepaper to see how manufacturers utilize mobility, and what to ask before investing....More
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      Essentials of the Connected Enterprise

      Today’s production systems already throw off data at an unprecedented rate. But the sheer volume of data—coming as it does from isolated, disparate sources...More
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      Unlocking the Promise of Demand Sensing and Shaping Through Big Data Analytics

      At the core of demand and supply alignment is an organization’s ability to acquire, interpret and use data that improves a decision maker’s vantage point and that supports profitability and growth. Find out how to apply high-performance analytics in your supply-chain....More
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      See the Possibilities with Data Visualization

      Quickly Visualize Data on Mobile Devices and the Web Today, all organizations – regardless of their size – are inundated with data. It pours in from every conceivable direction: from operational and transactional systems, from scanning and facilities management systems, from inbound and outbound customer contact points, from mobile media and the Web. It is structured and unstructured; it is messy and overwhelming, flowing in at greater speeds than ever....More
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      Revolutionizing Manufacturing with 3D Printing: An Introduction

      With traditional manufacturing methods, it’s not practical to manufacture a single item or short run of products – it’s simply too expensive. But what if there was a way to fill those needs for far less expense?...More
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      Key Considerations for Operationalizing the Connected Industrial Enterprise

      How do you move from discussing and theorizing your connected enterprise to rationalizing and operationalizing it? Many factors need to be considered as you journey from concept to completion....More
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      Design Considerations for Securing Industrial Automation and Control System Networks

      The industrial control system represents the heart of production, and the security of information used for control, configuration and monitoring is critical...More
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      From Why to Why Not: Top 5 Risks of Delaying a Move to the Cloud

      Attitudes toward cloud are rapidly changing, and discussions about the potential downsides of cloud deployment are quickly evolving into evaluations of the risks associated with not making the move. Take a look at 5 risks you face by not moving to the cloud....More
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      IDC’s The Future of Manufacturing Report

      You've heard the analysts and blogging pundits point to the manufacturing industry and expound on the new technologies reinvigorating the outlook for growth. This is the definitive whitepaper on where the manufacturing industry is going, how IT solutions support the endeavor and the journey you need to take to adapt and thrive. Download your free copy now!...More
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      Stepping Up: How the CFOs of professional service firms are moving beyond traditional finance roles to support business strategy, execution and growth.

      This IndustryWeek management briefing examines how a growing number of CFOs and finance departments are taking business partnership roles in professional service firms....More
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      Network and Security Services Because Infrastructure Matters

      Manufacturing Convergence – merging IT and manufacturing systems – has created the need for existence and interoperability between what were traditionally separate functions and systems...More
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      In-House or Outsource?: Six Business Advantages of Owning an In-House 3D Printer

      The benefits of 3D printing and rapid prototyping are numerous and well recognized. Whether it’s design validation, functional testing or faster launch of new products, executives seldom need to be to be convinced of the benefits. Still, many businesses continue to outsource 3D printing because they believe ownership is cost prohibitive....More
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      Top 10 Recommendations for Plantwide EtherNet/IP Deployments

      With cyber security and network performance at the forefront, follow a plan to help ensure the best industrial network design for your plant...More
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      Physical Security Helps IT and OT Managers Improve Productivity and OEE

      Unlike the security methods of old that rely on isolation, a properly designed physical security platform unleashes the value of the Internet of Things in aggregating information from people, processes, data and things...More
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      Optimization of Process Integration

      Optimization of process integration (OPI™) enables a unified communication solution comprising standard unmodified Ethernet and Internet technologies that use EtherNet/IP in combination...More
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      Wireless Design Considerations for Industrial Applications

      Wireless communication in the industrial market has been practiced for many years, often targeted at point-to-point data transfer for supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) purposes...More
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      Are You Ready to Migrate Your Control Platform?

      Several years ago, the ARC Advisory Group published a white paper, "Automation System Migration for Increased Manufacturing Productivity." At that time, it was estimated that more than $65 billion worth...More
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      Plugged In: The Brave New World of Customer-Centric Manufacturing

      Find out how successful companies like Nike, Apple, Boeing and Coca-Cola are infusing analytics into their marketing to better engage customers throughout the buying life cycle....More
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      Social Business: From nice-to-have to necessity

      The use of social media concepts in business environments is growing rapidly: but to many executives, the applications and benefits are unclear. In this white paper, we'll examine how social media and social business differ, how social business is being used, and why companies should care....More
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      Market Trends and IT Innovations for Manufacturing Verticals

      Product and industry experts outline their predictions for the evolving market trends in manufacturing and how IT solutions will change in order to meet new demands. The predictions offer valuable insights on vertical industries and point to future growth opportunities for manufacturing companies. The whitepaper will help you envision pending market changes and how software innovations will impact your operational potential....More
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      The Connected Industrial Enterprise

      Learn how unlocking data can enable you to build a connected enterprise, vital to the future of manufacturing...More
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      Selecting ERP for Engineer to Order (ETO) Manufacturing

      Most enterprise resource planning ERP software was not designed for a project-oriented environment like ETO. How do the needs of ETO manufacturers differ from more traditional manufacturers?...More
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      Treating Maintenance as an Asset, not an Expense

      In today’s competitive manufacturing environment, everyone from top floor to shop floor is being asked to do more with less. That expectation is requiring companies to explore new approaches for maintaining lower operating budgets while increasing efficiency....More
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      Manufacturing Velocity: Positioning Your Auto Manufacturing Operations to Keep Pace With Market Demands

      There’s no slowing down in the automotive industry. A customer base with a range of differing priorities for new-vehicle purchases – including safety, fuel efficiency, performance, design and options – means you’re producing more vehicles in more variations than ever while also undergoing more frequent design refreshes....More
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