5 Ways PLM / ERP Integration Makes Our World A Better Place To Live

May 27, 2011 12:00:00 AM

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The manufacturing industry represents both one of the foundations of our economy – and the heart of our society.

As such, when solutions arise that improve manufacturing – improvements don’t just appear in the everyday workflows of manufacturing professionals – they quickly start to appear in our everyday lives. And one of the more compelling solutions to arise recently and improve the world of manufacturing is Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) integration.

Below, find five ways PLM / ERP integration can make our world a better place:

1. Greater Efficiency Means Greater Recovery

In regards to cuts in both budget and headcount, the Industrial Equipment Manufacturing (IEM) industry was perhaps the industry hardest hit by our recession.   Consequentially, most IEM companies are striving to provide an equal or greater level of service with significantly lesser resources.  And a smaller team simply cannot provide the same level of service if more time is spent frantically searching for project or customer details in disparate software systems.

With PLM / ERP integration, manufacturers are able to find all details pertaining to projects or customers in a single system – and these details are visible globally.  As manufacturing climbs towards recovery, with our economy on its back, this efficiency is absolutely vital.

2. Lower Costs For Manufactured Goods

One of the most lucrative possibilities of greater manufacturing efficiency is the potential for lower costs on manufactured goods.

Because PLM / ERP integration enhances project efficiency, it reduces the amount of time needed to manufacture products, reducing costs and increasing output.  And this back of the napkin supply and demand equation can potentially translate into lower overall consumer costs for major manufactured goods.

(Please note – I am not meaning to suggest that the potential for increased output is the only factor impacting the costs of major manufactured goods.  Only that lower production costs and greater production capacity is a critical part of the equation.)

3. Faster Time to Market Means We Get Our Products Quicker

Who in their right mind appreciates the phrase back-order?  Or rain check?  The efficiency manufacturers gain through PLM / ERP integration can translate into both greater production output – and correspondingly faster time to market.

This can help to ensure the availability of manufactured goods is far less subject to the back-orders that could cut into consumer spending.

4. More Time for Research & Development

We don’t just count on manufacturing to produce what we need today – but to help build what we’ll need for tomorrow.

The greater efficiency that can come about with PLM / ERP integration means manufacturing companies can focus on much more than just today’s products – namely, the Research & Development so important to creating the products that will shape the world we live in tomorrow.  And for purposes of this conversation, of course, these changes will be for the better.

5. Fewer Project Data Entry Errors

Let’s selfishly take a micro-look into the everyday lives of manufacturing professionals for a moment.  Every day, manufacturers work on dizzyingly complex projects – and must keep track of an equally dizzying amount of data.  And this means data entry.

When PLM and ERP are integrated, information must only be entered once – and by some accounts – this can account for a nearly 70% error reduction.  And anyone who has ever felt frustration of manual data entry errors knows the type of negativity this can compel them to carry into the world after 5pm.  In that sense, isn’t our world that much better when so many of us are now free of this burden?

Have I left anything out?  If so, please leave your thoughts for why PLM / ERP integration makes the world a better place via a comment below.

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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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