There's no argument that fully integrated manufacturing ERP system is the way to go. It is very interesting that so many of the top ERP systems advertise that functionality such as Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), Warehouse Management (WMS), Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Preventative Maintenance (PM), Quality Statistical Process Control (SPC), to name a few, are "integrated" into their ERP system. When you get under the covers you might find that "integration" means another company's products running on a different database with periodic batch transfer or no data sharing at all. They then fall back on the "Best of Breed" argument that allows them to point to a different solution that can "integrate" to theirs with hardly any work; after all they support Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) which allows any system to be integrated to our system. Not so fast.
IQMS Blog for Manufacturing ERP Expertise
As we all know, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas...
Unless you are a manufacturing ERP professional attending the IQMS User Group Meeting, in which case you will want to take back to your manufacturing facility all you've learned about new EnterpriseIQ ERP and Manufacturing System functionality (plus all the neat promotional items you'll pick up - way better than just a hangover!).