3 keys for creating value with manufacturing ERP

Nov 2, 2017 9:15:50 AM

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Most manufacturers aren’t satisfied with the status quo. They aim to innovate and find better ways to meet their customers’ needs while running efficient manufacturing operations for standard products.

With today’s robust cloud-based manufacturing ERP systems, you can accomplish both of these goals, and more. Let’s consider three ways ERP can help you run a competitive, innovative, and profitable manufacturing company:

1. Set the Business on a Connected Foundation that Supports Your Strategy

A modern ERP system serves as the basis of your operation. Using a powerful ERP platform in the cloud gives you decision-driving visibility and functional capabilities.

Cloud-based analytics and purpose-built manufacturing ERP product suites for discrete and process manufacturing connect your operation and streamline production. You should also connect your PLM (produce lifetime management) and other critical systems to the same ERP foundation.

An integrated manufacturing ERP environment fulfills a basic business need by feeding all your roles and processes. From back-office financials and R&D to production and distribution, you get accurate business information and can unite behind company objectives. You can immediately eliminate duplication of effort and process misalignment anywhere in the operation.

With such a foundation, it’s easier and less costly to manage change, innovation, and business growth.

2. Accelerate Innovation and Improve the Productivity of Manufacturing

Whenever business activities take place, you generate data. A wealth of financial, transactional, engineering, production, customer, vendor, and other information layers on top of the historical data already in your systems. In the cloud, data storage is practically unlimited.

However, not all data is actionable, and not all real-time data is meaningful.

With the right analytics and data management tools working in conjunction with your manufacturing management software, you uncover critical information, such as insight into production and supply chain management. You can also add market and competitive intelligence. Armed with understanding, you can make sound planning decisions that benefit the business today.

In a connected ERP environment, you structure your workflows based on data insight and ensure timely action. Real-time production data or data evidence immediately becomes available to the people responsible for production, procurement, engineering, and maintenance.

A data-driven integrated manufacturing ERP environment enables engineers to review information from the field, use that information to improve or customize their product designs, and pass the designs on to production without stopping any processes.

Shorten the time it takes to launch innovative products to your markets, and streamline new product testing to quickly advance from prototypes to full-scale manufacturing.

3. Bring Greater Efficiency to Engineering, Manufacturing, and Supply Chain Management

If you manufacture heavy equipment, industrial machinery, or any products that share a purpose, manufacturing ERP with centralized information and strong attribute management functionality works to your advantage. It’s easy to standardize and reuse designs, BOMs, or even packaging.

You can thereby simplify the engineering design of products while increasing their performance or durability. Innovation, production, and distribution benefit from better economy and efficiency.

Once you consolidate certain parts, components, or materials that are used over and over in your production, you can bring new efficiencies into your supply chain management.

You might be able to reduce your required parts inventory, sourcing fewer items at better terms or shorter lead times. Lowered costs and improved product designs directly impact business outcomes, resulting in a better customer experience and higher margins.

Standardizing certain parts and components may also give you a better selection of qualified vendors. Give your business to those companies that reliably deliver items of the quality you want. You might also be able to reduce the number of vendors you deal with by sourcing from the most dependable companies.

Gain all these advantages with a connected, modern manufacturing ERP platform. The right solution will give you a solid footing for transformative growth.

To find out more about what you can achieve with today’s manufacturing management software, download our whitepaper Manufacturing the Future

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Luciano Cunha

Luciano Cunha

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) For Luciano, being responsible for To-Increase’s global sales and marketing means unleashing the company’s insight, innovation, and creativity to tell our story and help customers achieve their goals. On the road much of the time, he travels the world to meet with customers, understand their challenges and ambitions, and find the most effective ways to help them advance. Luciano develops and mentors our marketing and sales team, and creates strategies to help the To-Increase worldwide partner channel thrive and grow.
Making Customer Needs the Main Business Driver Luciano and his team have daily conversations with the To-Increase research and development organization to bring customers’ requirements and concerns into the road maps and design of our solutions. Luciano brings his insight to the marketing group to make sure the company’s communications resonate with customers and speak directly to their experience.
“I’m awed by customers’ innovative spirit in taking business management technology past its limits and by their generosity in letting us participate and empower them. I hope to transform our organization to become even more customer-centric than we are today. That means making more resources available to spend productive time with both our customers and partners, so we can ensure that we place into customer businesses effective solutions that fit the evolutionary stage of their operation and the way their people and processes work.”
Empowering a Global Channel
Because To-Increase only sells through partners, readying the channel to be successful in helping customers is a business-critical effort. Luciano aims to meet partners where their interests are. Partners who consider the relationship with To-Increase strategic can rely on our industry specialists to work with them as they plan their growth and serve customers. If partners prefer a less collaborative relationship, they still receive the rich To-Increase expertise and resources to ensure they win the business, perform a successful deployment, and retain a satisfied customer. In working with partners and their customers, Luciano brings to bear his experience of many years of creating successful, customer-focused business development and marketing strategies in many of the world’s countries and regions.
Enabling Customer Success in Challenging Business Environments
Looking into the near future, Luciano expects that customers will continue to expect To-Increase to help them make business sense of unfolding trends and technologies. For example, the internet of things (IoT) will thoroughly revolutionize manufacturing, engineering, and supply chains. Big data will be meaningful and valuable when decision-makers can use technology solutions to transform it into actionable business intelligence that supports key roles and business processes. Mobility will help companies become digital enterprises and move business processes forward from any location, at any time. Team To-Increase harnesses innovation to help customers translate the promise of these technologies into business results.
Before his current role, Luciano for several years was one of To-Increase’s global industry directors, responsible for our industry solutions. His experience also spans more than 17 years in IT and manufacturing management roles. These positions took him into various areas at IBM Brazil, serving as product manager for several software development companies, and included working in senior management at a manufacturing organization in the U.S.
Luciano is married with two young children. Away from work, he enjoys participating in a soccer class together with his son and daughter as well as taking relaxing walks in natural environments with his family.

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