IQMS Blog for Manufacturing ERP Expertise

Shop Floor Automation - Manufacturing ERP's Next Frontier

Posted by Randy Flamm on Thu, Jun 30, 2011 @ 11:48 AM

IQMS was in the business of manufacturing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software long before it became known as ERP. In the 22 years that I have been in this industry, I have seen the footprint of ERP applications expand at a steady rate. It wasn’t that long ago that applications like Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Preventative Maintenance or even Forecasting were not part of the ERP landscape. There were (and in many cases still are) pure play vendors that provided these additional applications that were either stand-alone (islands of automation) or had dedicated interfaces to popular ERP systems. Today, the market is demanding that more and more of these necessary applications be included or available in the main ERP system for many good reasons, including built-in operability and reduced training and maintenance costs.
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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, IQMS, EnterpriseIQ, Real-Time, eCommerce/EDI, Machine Monitoring, CRM, Warehouse Management

Reliability & Security Valid Concerns when Manufacturing in the Cloud

Posted by Glenn Nowak on Thu, Jun 23, 2011 @ 01:25 PM

Lately, there has been a lot of hype regarding operating your business in the cloud. But is cloud computing the way of the future or simply a trend, like Beanie Babies or Air Jordans? Before hopping on the cloud bandwagon, there are two serious concerns to consider:

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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, IQMS, ERP Selection, IT/Data Services, Security

IQMS' Detailed Documentation Delivers Help Files to the Rescue!

Posted by Tina Jolicoeur on Thu, Jun 16, 2011 @ 02:35 PM

We recently acquired a new device in the Quality Assurance Department. It's a scanner with the ability to utilize both terminal (IQRF) based and WMS PDA (WMSIQ) based scanning. Prior to the new scanner, we had to test on separate scanners for IQRF and WMSIQ. Our old devices were adequate, but as the IQMS manufacturing ERP software grows, we need to keep up with technology to test the new features. I like the idea of the all-in-one scanner. I don't know that many of our customers would use this exact device, but it's convenient to be able to test an option in IQRF or WMSIQ on the same device, plus now we only need to keep track of one scanner instead of two. 

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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, IQMS, EnterpriseIQ, Technical Support, Warehouse Management

Successful ERP Implementations Require Managing Fear of Change

Posted by Neil Gow on Thu, Jun 09, 2011 @ 02:40 PM

Perception often exceeds reality. Such is life. For example: For me, the book is usually better than the movie. Why? I think it is because it is difficult to show people thinking and visually demonstrate what is going through their minds. It simply takes too long to relay thoughts and emotions in a movie compared to a book. However, technology has granted us some incredible, realistic visuals, so now the story can be told in ways that were not possible before. But still, it is rare for me when a movie out does the book.

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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, IQMS, EnterpriseIQ, Training, White Paper, Implementation

It's not Personal, It's just Business: Human Resource Tools from IQMS

Posted by Liz Alflen on Thu, Jun 02, 2011 @ 10:55 AM

Effective employee hiring, development and retention/termination are critical to the success of any business. As a high-tech software provider, IQMS moves at a fast pace and agility is key. Our people are world-class and need to have the ability to shift gears at high speeds. We are always looking for the right attitude, the right aptitude and a manageable skill set that can be developed. When hiring, we’re looking for candidates who match our needs, and in employees, we’re making sure that our relationships continue to be mutually fulfilling. It’s what we all want in our personal relationships, too, if we look at it that way. 

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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, IQMS, EnterpriseIQ, ERP, Training, Human Resources