Another year end is rapidly approaching. In 2013 the IQMS Professional Services Group (PSG) experienced tremendous growth in personnel, capabilities and structure. Compared to 2011 the IQMS Professional Services Group (PSG) has grown close to 400%. These team members help new and existing customers implement and expand the use of EnterpriseIQ (EIQ). In 2013 alone, we more than doubled the PSG personnel through new hires and internal transfers.
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Now, more than ever, manufacturing companies are reviewing their budgets to identify areas where cuts can be made. All too often, employee training is among the expenses that fall "below the red line". However, those that consider training an investment, rather than an expense, realize that now is the time to develop employees and prepare for growth and better times to come. This is especially true when cuts have included personnel layoffs where remaining employees need the tools and knowledge necessary to efficiently do their job and take on new tasks as well.
What do you get when you combine a powerful ERP system with a full blown MES solution? The answer is an Enterprise Execution System (EES).
In today’s cost-conscious environment, many companies are looking to save money. Nowhere is that more true than in the manufacturing sector, where a combination of decreased demand, increased wages and offshoring operations have diminished traditional, U.S.-based operations. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems come under fire in this environment, and those controlling the purse strings look at manufacturing ERP software pricing as a final decision-making point.
Good report writing adds value to the success of a company. If data isn't extracted and presented in an easy-to-read manner, it's not worth any more than the data itself. As a report writer, you have to know who your audience will be, exactly what data needs to be displayed, where is it stored and how much data and detail to present to the user. A report writing program I'm very familiar with is Crystal Reports. It's easy to use and the savvy report writer has a lot of tools at his disposal while the rookie report writer can write simple reports in a matter of minutes.
As IQMS embarks on planning for our next User Group conference, I am struck by how many trade shows and events the company will be at between now and the end of the year. With the onslaught of social media and online networking, it got me wondering ... how much priority is set on face-to-face meetings nowadays?
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.
We all understand how hard it is to keep every finished good, material, person and machine straight on a daily basis. But have you ever stopped to think about the true complexity of a manufacturing environment when you add (or multiply) it all together? The opportunities for error are incredible. If you think about a simple operation with 10 machines that may run 10 parts per machine with one raw material per part, you have 200 items to manage. Now what if some of those parts can run on other machines, share raw materials, need to be assembled together and have to be packaged a special way? While I am not doing the math here, we can all understand that the complexity just went up exponentially. This is just a very basic example. How many of your shops are this simple?
Everyone likes to back up decisions we make and ideas we have with facts. It makes us feel that we did our due diligence, weighed options and made a commitment based on valuable reasoning. But what happens when the presentation of facts is out of context or hinders the meaning behind them? Instead of simply taking what is being said as the end-all-be-all, the trick of the consumer is to remember to look at the source for clues in differentiating germane from immaterial fact.
Is it what you know or how you know? Over the last two months, we here at IQMS have been interviewing for a number of positions within the company. Certainly, a high unemployment rate means there are quite a few people looking for work these days. So how do we find the right people for the job? It is a daunting task for sure.