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

Decoding Barcodes: IQMS Welcomes 2D Barcodes to the Shop Floor

Posted by Jason Slater on Thu, May 19, 2011 @ 09:26 AM

Recently, we’ve seen new barcode standards emerging. Almost everyone is familiar with UPC barcodes (found, for example, on the containers of grocery items), that have reduced the amount of manual data entry and increased the amount of data that can be accurately transferred between systems. We’re all familiar with how quickly a person can tally up an entire cart of food; it sometimes reminds me of a slot machine in Las Vegas. 

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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, IQMS, EnterpriseIQ, Inventory Control, Barcodes and Labeling, eCommerce/EDI, Warehouse Management

Take Charge of Your Vendor Sales Orders with EDI

Posted by John Asi on Fri, Mar 18, 2011 @ 09:37 AM

Many manufacturing ERP software users understand the benefit of using electronic data interchange (EDI) to facilitate communication with their customers. EnterpriseIQ's EDI/eCommerce module provides functionality to receive orders and acknowledgments and send shipping notices and invoices, plus many other transactions needed in regular day to day operations. This process provides your customers the ability to maintain the open orders they have with your company and allows you to notify them of shipments and required payments in an easy manner. Within EnterpriseIQ, this functionality can be automated in the eServer module, resulting in a hands off setup.

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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, IQMS, EnterpriseIQ, Automation, ERP, eCommerce/EDI

The Right People For The Manufacturing ERP Job

Posted by Shannon Holloway on Thu, Mar 03, 2011 @ 04:27 PM

Prior to three weeks ago, if asked what I do at IQMS, I would have given a detailed job description of my position.  If asked today, however, I would say I am a professional interviewer.  I interview potential employees, that's it... all day, every day.  Now, I would be exaggerating slightly, but it certainly feels that way. I have given the same interview spiel so many times over the last few weeks that half the time I can't remember whether I am repeating myself to a particular candidate or if that was the morning candidate. 

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Tags: IQMS, Training, eCommerce/EDI, Implementation

IQMS User Group 2010: Wow!

Posted by John Asi on Mon, Dec 20, 2010 @ 12:46 PM

It is now well over a month since the IQMS Users Group 2010 kicked off and ended.  Sitting here thinking back on the experience there is only one word that comes to mind.  WOW!!!!  I think that covers it pretty well.  This being my first full blown Users Group to participate in, I was not exactly sure what to expect.  The experiences that followed over the three days in Las Vegas ranged from heart wrenching to incredibly rewarding and will live with me for the rest of my life.

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Tags: IQMS, IQMS News, User Group, eCommerce/EDI, Community Server

EDI for the Manufacturing Industry Is Dead. Or Is It…?

Posted by Daniele Fresca on Tue, Nov 23, 2010 @ 09:48 AM

This article is from guest blogger, EDI Supervisor, Raimond Kranenburg.   Originally this subject was discussed by IQMS EDI Manager John Asi earlier this year. However, this is a new view on the evolvement and usage of EDI. 

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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, IQMS, eCommerce/EDI

Manufacturing ERP and Technology Spending

Posted by Glenn Nowak on Thu, Oct 14, 2010 @ 05:49 AM

With all the talk of the double dip recession that is expected to hit and the reporting of lower than expectation sales numbers by Manufacturing ERP and technology companies blamed on the down economy, we at IQMS are still seeing strong demand from existing customers and new customers coming on line. What this means to me is that the strong companies who have invested in solid technology are doing well and the weaker companies are being weeded out by the down economy.

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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, EnterpriseIQ, IQMS News, ERP Selection, Automation, Quality Management, ERP, eCommerce/EDI

Diversions and Reflections...That Circle Back to EDI

Posted by John Asi on Fri, Jul 16, 2010 @ 12:31 PM

Over the last couple of weeks, the lives of all of my family took a diversion from the normal routine of work, raising kids, paying bills, etc.  We found ourselves in a daily struggle trying to come to grips with the possibility of losing someone very important to the family.  My father, because of some serious heart related issues, had been taken to the hospital for observation and it was later determined that extensive surgery would be needed in order to correct his heart function.

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Tags: IQMS, eCommerce/EDI

Alas, Poor EDI, I Knew It Well

Posted by John Asi on Tue, Jun 01, 2010 @ 01:23 PM

Okay, so that is not how the line from Hamlet went (in more ways than one), but what is happening with traditional EDI in the industry these days.  For a standard that has been around for quite some time without much change, is it still relevant in the modern day world of the Internet, Web 2.0, XML, Web Services, etc.

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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, IQMS, EnterpriseIQ, ERP, eCommerce/EDI

EDI in the Lean Supply Chain

Posted by John Asi on Fri, May 07, 2010 @ 01:13 PM

Successful companies have always been on the search for ways to streamline their business processes and run their daily operations as efficiently as possible.   These companies know that their success as a business relies on how efficiently they interface within the supply chain and adapt to demand as needed.  The brutal economy that crippled companies around the world last year and the slow recovery that has followed has forced many companies to evaluate how they operate within the supply chain and find ways to increase their productivity while keeping the cost of doing business down.  EDI is a powerful tool in streamlining business processes and providing cost savings in the right environment.

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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, IQMS, EnterpriseIQ, Supply Chain, ERP, Automotive ERP, eCommerce/EDI