When consulting with prospective manufacturers, a conversation about their preferred deployment method always arises. There are three common delivery choices available on the market today (on premise, hosted or a hybrid of the two), yet some of our prospects mistakenly answer: Software as a Service (SaaS). Since the question isn't how the customer prefers to license his software, but rather where he wants to store his data, I know that we need to have an in-depth conversation about what SaaS is, and what it is not. Because a hosted solution in the Cloud is not SaaS, even though they are commonly lumped together.
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Manufacturing is an ever-changing endeavor. The days of a manufacturer specializing in only one type of process (for example, machining, injection molding or stamping) have evolved into more solutions-based enterprises. IQMS customers are no exception. Despite the recent economic recession, our customers have seen growth in multiple directions as their product offerings and process expertise expands. Clearly, IQMS customers are not afraid of innovation.
You have invested in a new ERP system, endured the implementation process and have begun using the software to manage your business. But somewhere along the line, you start to lose momentum. Slowly, without realizing it, your employees begin reverting to their old ways and processes. Frustrations with the system surface and suddenly, you find that your ERP software is not performing as you had envisioned. As more time goes by, you realize that your ERP system is failing your needs. How did this happen?
My favorite element of the Olympics is the sense of brotherhood that the games impart. No matter a country's economic status, political conflicts or type of government rule, all issues are temporarily overlooked for two weeks when the world comes together in the spirit of friendship and respect (Well, mostly - this year does mark the 20th anniversary of the Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan ice skating soap opera).
The majority of IQMS customers have plant floors that resemble the Olympics. Rather than specializing in one particular process for one particular industry, our clients' manufacturing plants offer a variety of different flavors. While 40 to 50 percent of IQMS customers specialize in producing parts for the automotive industry and 30+ percent concentrate on the medical industry, a whopping 90 percent of our customers cross multiple industry segments. It is a case of multiple manufacturing processes, or "multifacturing."
Sturgis Molded Products Company (SMP) had two choices: replace or retrofit its dated, multi-system ERP software. After weighing the costs to retrofit the old ERP system and acknowledging the number of third-party vendors it would take to fulfill the company's growing business needs, SMP decided to replace its legacy software with a comprehensive, single-source solution from IQMS. The latest IQMS infographic highlights real operational efficiencies that were gained from EnterpriseIQ that directly benefited SMP's bottom line:
At IQMS, we are proud to support customer-driven design and development of our manufacturing ERP and MES software. The two-way dialogue and relationships we foster with our clients is a cornerstone of our company: Our manufacturers feel comfortable coming to us with their challenges and we welcome the opportunity to collaborate with them on solutions. But this doesn’t mean that we only develop based on client suggestions. We have a strategic product road map of where we want our comprehensive ERP and MES solution to travel, with the needs of our customers acting as a compass.
Today we continue our latest blog series offering a peek into the daily lives of IQMS’ directors. From human resources to testing and training to development, meet the key department leaders who are molding our company’s future and continually advancing the EnterpriseIQ ERP and MES software.
Today begins a new blog series offering a peek into the daily lives of IQMS’ directors. From human resources to testing and training to development, meet the key department leaders who are molding our company’s future and continually advancing the EnterpriseIQ ERP and MES software.
If someone gave you a week of time, what would you do with it? A whole seven days is exactly what Nicolet Plastics, Inc. is delivering its customers with its innovative Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) program. Through an enterprise-wide initiative that relentlessly emphasizes lead time reduction, Nicolet Plastics is revolutionizing time-based competition and make-to-order strategies to ensure manufacturing excellence (With impressive results - 2012 will be the best year in Nicolet Plastics' history, both in terms of revenue and earnings).
Selecting a new ERP software system used to be about fit and function. But today, prospective clients also have to perform an extensive appraisal of the method of deployment. There are two primary ERP software purchasing options: Software as a Service (Saas) and Traditional Purchased. What are the differences between the two and which software delivery method is best for you?