Gain Cost Savings and Time With ERP and PLM Integration

Mar 8, 2012 12:00:00 AM

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Imagine manually entering data into your manufacturing system and planning to shell out more funds and allocate more time for manual data entry. Sounds crazy? For some manufacturers, it’s still a very real scenario.

What’s needed to break out of this unsavory situation and take back control of your product lifecycle? Integration of ERP and PLM, that’s what. With a simple handshake of systems, you can gain more efficiency in your operations and that leads to other benefits.

What benefits? Let’s take a look at some major ones:

Managing a More Efficient Product Lifecycle

  1. Fewer mistakes and costs – Manual entry of critical data is a pain and before the integration of PLM and ERP, this caused larger headaches for manufacturers. With the huge potential for mistakes and time required to enter data, there was a significant cost. This included a rise in funds and resources to accommodate the entry of information.Now, with a seamless integration, those costs decrease as the need for dedicated resources to data entry does – with up to 70% fewer entry errors. This results in a surplus of funds and resources that can be moved to other areas to speed up the product lifecycle.

  2. Faster times to production – Going off of the previous point, we now have less errors and less time consumed than manually entering data. In turn, this gives us more resources for the entire product lifecycle, including faster times to production.After all, manufacturing relies on speed to keep up with customer demand. With more speed to handle that demand, you can create more product and speed production for more profits.

  3. Faster time to market – Just as my last point mentioned, an integration of PLM and ERP gives us less errors, increased resources and funding, along with speed. Although you want quality, you must include speed in the product lifecycle equation.Speed in production results in faster time to market – this is what brings in revenues. The amount of time it takes to go to market tells us how we will manage the next product lifecycle and if it’s efficient enough or needs adjustment.

A handshake is what it takes for your manufacturing operation to go from inefficient to highly efficient. That handshake of ERP and PLM integrates data processing and offers speed, accuracy and cost reduction – everything you need to make more products faster and increase your bottom-line.

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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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