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Stop Trying to Integrate Your Shop Floor MES and ERP Solutions

  
  
  
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It seems like one of the recent trends in ERP software functionality is a renewed focus on shop floor control. This trend has prompted many ERP companies to begin selling third-party shop floor systems that are "integrated" with their ERP software.

A Quick Overview of Common Cloud Services Options

  
  
  
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The term "cloud" has evolved over the years from a vague collection of computer systems interconnected for research and collaboration to a multifaceted and lucrative service platform used to host anything and everything that one can imagine. In addition, there isn't just one cloud anymore, there are now many clouds in existence, both public and private. To go even further, these cloud computing platforms provide different levels of service depending on client needs. Let's take a look at some of the options when talking about cloud services.

IQMS User Group 2014 - The Day 1 Experience

  
  
  
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Hellllooooooo, Las Vegas! I have been waiting weeks for the arrival of User Group 2014 and finally, after two years in the making, it is here! And let me tell you, Day 1 did not disappoint - It was a whirlwind of networking, learning and fun. If you were unable to attend User Group 2014, let me give you a quick peek into what you missed today:

5 Tips to Being a Better Buyer with EnterpriseIQ - Part II

  
  
  
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In Part I of this two-part series, I discussed three different tools available when using the EnterpriseIQ software to assist with the purchasing process

Are You Getting the Most Out of Your ERP Machine?

  
  
  
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We at IQMS get the pleasure of dealing with manufacturing businesses on a daily basis. My whole career has been dedicated to the manufacturing industry and I have always enjoyed walking through a busy plant. Getting high utilization and maximum efficiencies out of constrained resources has been a lifelong goal of mine, regardless of what product is being produced.  

Ditch Your Manual Filing System for Automatic Document Control

  
  
  
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When we all started school as young children, we were given the same speech about keeping our binders nice and tidy. We all had to go to the local office supply store, buy the colorful subject dividers and begin the year on a good note by placing every piece of paper in its proper spot. But if anyone saw those same binders at the end of the year, they would see an exploding paper basket in place of the once neat and tidy Filofax.

What Qualities Do You Look For in Your QA/Testing Department?

  
  
  
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I recently read an article written by the CEO of LinkedIn, Jeff Weiner. His tone and opinion on the people he enjoys working with resonated with me. It got me to thinking about the qualities and traits of the ideal Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist. My observations come from working with some of the best QA Specialists in software.

Is Money the Most Important Factor in Choosing Your Next Career?

  
  
  
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“Show me the money!” – Rod Tidwell (Jerry Maguire)

How Proper Label Controls Can Help Your Manufacturing Plant

  
  
  
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I am fortunate to be able to call myself the Mom of a beautiful baby girl named Avery. Upon meeting her for the first time, many acquaintances compared her name to the label and office supply producer of the same moniker. Some even followed this parallel with a joke along the lines of: Well, that's a name that will "stick!" And even though I groaned at these jokes, they did later get me thinking about labels.

How Can Prospective Businesses Tell If You Are Good at Manufacturing?

  
  
  
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How do you find and win new business for your manufacturing plant? Do you rely on sales people making cold calls, a strong website with inbound marketing and SEO or customer referrals? When you are prospecting new companies, how do they know that you are a better manufacturer than your competitor four states away?

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