What makes IQMS different from other ERP and MES providers? The fact that we put everything you need into one single-source, extended manufacturing ERP solution! With a core ERP software system, but also comprehensive extended functionality (such as CRM, MES, quality, preventative maintenance, eCommerce and warehouse management) all from one set of programmers, you gain everything you need to run every aspect of your business from a central provider.
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I recently sat down with IQMS’ RealTime™ Product Manager, Neil Gow, to chat about how IQMS utilizes the EnterpriseIQ Return Material Authorization (RMA) module. Unlike many other ERP vendors, IQMS prides itself on using the software that we sell every day. EnterpriseIQ runs our business, just as it runs our clients’ businesses. And while RMAs are not something that any company enjoys, they are sometimes unavoidable, and you need a traceable, consistent way to handle them.
What is a wiki and why do you need it? The description is easy: A wiki is a website developed collaboratively by a community of users, allowing any user to add and edit content. Why do you need it in the system of record (such as enterprise resource planning software) for your company? The answer to this question requires a short in-depth explanation.
All medical device manufacturers who use software in the production of medical devices (including manufacturing ERP systems) must validate the use of the software. The validation process should take place during the initial implementation and after each major software update.
… And do you want Document Control with that?
Ordering up the right information when you need it, in the format you need it, with the confidence you expect to have, can be challenging in the breadth of a manufacturing environment. A good manufacturing ERP software system provides the key performance indicators you need, the executive dashboard you want and the information processing required to run an efficient organization from sales to shipping. But what about all those associated documents? Material data sheets, CAD renderings, human resources information, sales contracts: no one enjoys looking at rows of binders and manuals or locked drawers, pawing through miles of files, trying to decipher someone else’s naming convention or filing methodology.
With all of the regulations put upon the different manufacturing industries, one important consideration when selecting manufacturing ERP software is user traceability. Regulators not only want to know that there is traceability on the manufacturing of the product, but they also are enforcing accountability. There are several requirements to keep in mind regarding your ERP system's user traceability functionality and here are just a few of them:
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?
Every Monday morning, I participate in a tried and true 15 minute practice for increasing communication in any type of workplace - whether you are a manufacturing plant or a software development company. Our communication exercise is simply titled, Weekly Highlights. My Highlights are a brief summary of what my department, Quality Assurance, and I achieved the previous week and what we look forward to accomplishing in the upcoming week. This takes about 15 minutes to write and then I submit it for compilation by noon. By about 2 p.m., I receive the compiled IQMS version.
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.