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Transforming Relationships with Customers, Trading Partners, and Competitors in the Context of Industry 4.0

By | 2017-05-23T14:42:43+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Azure, Chemical Manufacturing, Dynamics 365, ERP, Industry 4.0, Manufacturing|

When you take your Industry 4.0 initiative to customer relationships and the product portfolio that you offer, you benefit from your sharpened focus on customer value and the insights gleaned in your proof-of-concept project. Until Industry 4.0 becomes the de facto standard in the specialty chemicals industry, you can enjoy the distinction of digital leadership. That gives you a unique position to launch product and service innovations that rely on the strategic, connected use of digital technology. Own digital leadership The transition from an internal focus of Industry 4.0 to turning the spotlight to customer relationships can be gradual. The operations of many production companies in the specialty chemicals industry are similar to their customers’, and there will often be significant commonalities in the challenges businesses need to address. If, for instance, you successfully use live data from the internet of [...]

Preparing Your Specialty Chemical Manufacturing Operation to Benefit from Industry 4.0

By | 2017-05-23T14:42:24+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Chemical Manufacturing, ERP, Industry 4.0, Manufacturing|

For specialty chemical manufacturers, Industry 4.0 offers the promise of wide-ranging enablement more than a disruption of their business. In bridging digital systems and physical entities and processes, they can find new ways to create value for customers, become more competitive by launching digitized products and services, and optimize their processes and operations. Most specialty chemical manufacturers already own at least some of the building blocks that make an Industry 4.0 initiative feasible. They typically rely on ERP systems to manage their operations, run complex production machinery with at least some digitized controls, and use business insight and analytical tools to better understand their markets and take control of their supply chains. A practice, not a product Technology vendors and analysts sometimes claim that a certain product or practice is transformative and gets companies moving toward Industry 4.0. Many newer [...]

Dynamics 365’s Digital Landscape Offers New Ways to Move Your Business Forward

By | 2017-05-17T17:16:31+00:00 May 9th, 2017|Cloud, CRM, Dynamics 365, ERP, Office 365|

No matter the industry, companies within are looking for ways to better improve their relationships with their customers, whether it's from reshoring or simply updating their business systems to better serve their customers. Many of these companies already have a type of CRM or ERP software system in place, but these are often older systems that are siloed, overly complex, and quite outdated. To free businesses from these constraints, Microsoft developed Dynamics 365 to connect companies to all parts of their operations seamlessly via the cloud. Since this system does operate through the cloud, businesses can start with as little as they need for operations and grow as the business grows. Microsoft reports that since they rolled out Dynamics 365 in July 2016, they've had HP, AccuWeather, Ecolab, Helsana, and the Renault Sports Formula One Team "transform their businesses" with Dynamics 365. Of [...]

Scalable Cloud Analytics Bring Wide-Ranging Insight to Your Reshoring Initiative

By | 2017-05-09T16:52:51+00:00 May 9th, 2017|Azure, Business Intelligence, Cloud, Cloud Clarity, CRM, Dynamics 365, ERP, Office 365, Power BI, Reshoring|

Globalized industry conditions affect manufacturers in multiple ways. Emerging competitors from almost anywhere can rapidly enter your market and go after your customers. A complex, cross-border supply chain network of existing and potential trading partners may offer better economies than doing business with companies in your region alone, but you may need to take some extra steps to ensure that deliveries happen on time and the quality of the goods meets your standards. On the other hand, even after you reshore operations to be closer to customers in North America, you might still position at least a subset of your product portfolio to an international audience. Strategic initiatives require intelligence Reshoring may intensify the already demanding requirements for manufacturing intelligence, because you undertake a business-critical project that may be unique in the life of your company. At the same time, [...]

Modern, Mobile ERP in the Cloud Helps You Build a Workforce That Aligns With Your Goals

By | 2017-05-09T16:50:19+00:00 May 9th, 2017|Cloud, Dynamics 365, ERP, Manufacturing, Reshoring|

Many reshoring manufacturers have ambitious goals for their transition. For them, it’s not primarily about saving costs or simplifying logistics and compliance processes. They want to get closer to their customers through greater responsiveness and direct collaboration. They aim to profit from fast-moving, high-value innovation. An educated, motivated workforce is essential in achieving these goals. For some manufacturers, that will mean learning how to attract and retain the best people. In many offshore locations, economic necessity and the relative scarceness of good jobs may make it easy to recruit outstanding professionals. In the reshore operation, that may be more of a challenge. The people you want expect you to provide contemporary technology to help them succeed Mid-career professionals as well as younger workers will expect you to provide a professional work environment that helps them grow in their careers and [...]

You Can Create a Better Customer Experience When Reshoring Builds on Cloud-based ERP and CRM

By | 2017-05-09T16:50:24+00:00 May 9th, 2017|Cloud, CRM, Dynamics 365, ERP, Office 365, Reshoring|

In North America and Western Europe, many companies have reshored call centers, support functions, and inside sales operations because the customer experience was abysmal. Operators in the offshore locations often did not understand the mentality of demanding customers and may have lacked the training and product knowledge that would have made them more effective. Offshoring savings in terms of labor costs translated into expenses when customers left or broadcast negative reviews on social media, or when managers had to commit to expensive next-day shipping or other remedies to retain a dissatisfied customer. Reshoring manufacturers have rarely made those kinds of experiences. Most of them long ago worked out any kinks and inefficiencies in their supply chains and logistics to meet customer expectations. As long as offshore operations could be held to clearly defined product specifications and measurable quality standards, they [...]

Cloud-based ERP Makes the Lives of Reshoring Manufacturers Easier

By | 2017-05-16T19:36:25+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|ERP, Industrial Equipment Manufacturing, Manufacturing, Reshoring|

When manufacturers think about reshoring operations to North America from an offshore location in another region, business management technology may not always be treated with the priority it deserves. In addition, some manufacturers do not give enough strategic consideration to reshoring and its opportunities for creating a leaner, more customer-centric, more innovative business. As a consequence, companies may replicate the technical environment, workflows, and processes of the offshore operation in their reshoring initiative, including inefficiencies and bottlenecks. Avoiding high technology costs and process inefficiencies in reshoring One outcome of poor reshoring planning is high spending on software solutions and hardware systems, with uncertain results. Companies implement complex, expensive ERP and other systems at the same time as reshoring is underway, bringing disruption to an already challenging undertaking. Traditional ERP deployments that are concurrent with reshoring projects have a high likelihood [...]

Reshoring: One of the great manufacturing success stories

By | 2017-05-02T15:33:43+00:00 April 19th, 2017|Cloud, CRM, Dynamics 365, ERP|

What happens in reshoring? Reshoring is when Manufacturers and other production companies move their formerly offshored operations from China, India, Latin America, and other regions back to North America. Initially, shortly after the turn of the millennium, while other companies still offshored with gusto, a handful of specialty manufacturers realized that offshoring did not enable them to deliver the product quality and supply chain control that they required to ensure the long-term viability of their businesses. Around 2010, some of the largest brands in the industry began to transition manufacturing back onshore when they saw what a difference reshoring could make in their ability to meet changing customer needs and spur innovation. When business conditions in the offshore countries changed—increasing costs, more complex regulation, and risk to intellectual property all greatly contributed—many more manufacturers initiated reshoring initiatives. Certainly, other reshoring [...]

Build Competitive Advantage with Dynamics 365 Cloud-Based ERP

By | 2017-04-14T13:45:46+00:00 April 14th, 2017|AX, Cloud, Dynamics 365, ERP, Industrial Equipment Manufacturing|

Success for all manufacturers, especially industrial equipment manufacturers (IEMs), starts with lean production and real-time order tracking, on top of providing superior products and customer service. The necessary component to this success is data, which is often out of reach due to data silos and disconnected systems. Centralize data within a cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution and achieve the productivity and profitability improvements a digital transformation delivers. Disparate software and legacy systems are simply unable to support businesses in this digital era. Managers can’t quickly or easily access the data needed to make decisions about inventory, production and customer services. According to “Future of Manufacturing: How Industrial Equipment Manufacturers Build Competitive Edge through Cloud ERP,” many IEMs are taking the next step toward building a profitable future by replacing outdated systems with modern technology. Build a Profitable Future With [...]

ERP Comparison Event – Boston – 5-18-17

By | 2017-04-12T15:08:36+00:00 April 6th, 2017|Comparison Event, Dynamics 365, ERP, ERP Comparison, GP, NAV, NetSuite|

ERP Comparison Event - Boston, MA Boston Marriott Newton (2345 Commonwealth Avenue, Auburndale, MA 02466) Thursday, May 18 | 7:30 AM - 12:30 PM   4 ERP Solutions. 1 Location. 1 Afternoon. 365 GP NAV Cloud ERP “The overview helps narrow down solutions for a deep dive later in the decision making process.” “I found the demonstration very useful since we have been using the same software for the past 15+ years.” Reserve Your Seat Sponsored by: Still not convinced? Learn More “Thank you for putting on this seminar! As I move forward, this information will be quite helpful!” “I [...]

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