5 Ways ERP Supports Efficiency & Helps Create Manufacturing Jobs

Aug 31, 2011 12:00:00 AM

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At the most fundamental level, the funding of a job is dependent on one thing: the funding being available. As such, for a manufacturing company to be able to fund new – or bring back recently eliminated – positions, the funding must be in place to support such an initiative.

While there is no magic pill that can be offered that will create this funding out of thin air, I can help illustrate – via the list below – how Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and manufacturing technology can help support an efficient environment in which new jobs can be created:

1. Reduces The Risk of Costly Mistakes Manufacturing mistakes, whether related to data entry or misinterpretation of direction, can lead to mistakes that are costly in terms of both time and money.  The risk of these mistakes, in fact, are cited by some as a primary reason against Industrial Equipment Manufacturing (IEM) off-shoring.

The implementation of ERP, and integration with Product Life-cycle Management (PLM) systems, can reduce the risk of costly mistakes – both at granular level (a recent demo I shared illustrated how Microsoft Dynamics and Siemens Teamcenter Integration led to a 70% reduction in data entry errors) and a global level (ie system integration helps ensure project visibility and real-time communication – on a planetary level.)

2. Allows Job Growth To Become A Focus Once such critical and granular focus is no longer necessary, manufacturing organizations are free to focus on more expansive initiatives.  And for many, this means job growth.

A recent Microsoft Dynamics video case study I shared illustrating the success of Met-Pro, a global provider of pollution control and fluid handling application solutions, illustrates how the integration of ERP software is helping the company place a sharper emphasis on R&D, creating new products – and, yes – putting more people to work.

3. Minimize Software & Technology Budget Outlays This may sound counter-intuitive to the title of this post, especially considering any new manufacturing technology or ERP solution will require budgeting.   But the costs for the right solution are likely far more minimal than most manufacturing companies realize.

In addition to sharing how ERP can help support an environment that puts more people back to work, the Met-Pro case study I link to above describes how Microsoft Dynamics stands up to a competitor that charges nearly eight figures.  And if you are an existing ERP customer, you likely qualify for upgrades that can have a significant impact on your efficiency – for low to minimal cost.

4. Eliminates Uncertainty Take the solar manufacturing industry, for instance. In this new and emerging market, defined in part by higher shipping costs, early margins could be razor thin.

Ensuring the ERP software or project planning systems are in place, prior to expanding into these markets, can help ease this uncertainty – helping support the case for a greater investment in necessary jobs.

5. Ease Global Expansion As our business expands, it is very likely that this expansion will spread through multiple locations throughout the globe. This means more positions to fill – on a global level.  And fundamentally – you will need a system that allows for both rapid implementation and training in these new markets.

How do you feel that ERP and manufacturing technology helps support manufacturing jobs? I welcome your feedback.

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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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