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Getting comfortable in the cloud: why manufacturers are making the move

Thinking about moving your manufacturing business to the cloud? You’re in good company. The need to differentiate and grow your manufacturing business is real—and so are the benefits of embracing the cloud. It’s a system everyone in your organization can access from anywhere, that's far more reliable and economic. In fact, with smart manufacturing solutions, the move to the cloud is as simple as working from the cloud.

Download this ebook to understand what we mean by “working in the cloud” and discover the top 10 reasons leading manufacturers choose the cloud to differentiate and grow their business.

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3 Technology Traits to Consider for Future-Proof Manufacturing

Wherever your manufacturing business is on its digital transformation journey, there’s a lot to consider. For some it’s easy for paralysis to set in. Before that happens, consider that manufacturers who are successfully driving digital transformation and growth have one thing in common—they move forward in small, smart, incremental steps.

Read the whitepaper for advice on the three technologies that should drive the next steps in transforming your business into a factory of the future.

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Technology Traits to Consider for Future-Proof Manufacturing

Wherever your manufacturing business is on its digital transformation journey, there’s a lot to consider. Businesses that successfully drive digital transformation and growth have one thing in common—they move forward in small, smart, incremental steps.

Read this ebook to discover three key trends shaping the future of manufacturing, and identify the technology traits needed to transform your business into a factory of the future.

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Push Past Common Manufacturing Challenges

When things go wrong, there are so many complex steps that must happen for a part to get in the hands of a customer. Sometimes it can feel like you’re fighting a never-ending series of fires, but tech can help. See how IIoT, analytics, and cloud hosting can allow you to break through and prosper.

  • See how to do more with less and better enable your staff to navigate the skilled labor shortage.
  • Learn how to utilize IIoT to keep shop equipment running smoothly.
  • Discover all the benefits the cloud offers.
  • Take a quick quiz to see what Industry 4.0 tech can best help your business.

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Data is the Next Frontier for Manufacturing

Data and analytics have changed the game in ways that almost seem impossible. These days, the world’s most valuable resource isn’t something that can be formed into a shape. Well, not exactly.

This eBook takes a deep dive into how data can serve your manufacturing business.

  • Learn about the three types of analytics.
  • See how data can bridge communication gaps within an organization.
  • Reimagine your research and development.
  • Create more links to your supply chain.
  • Integrate analytics with smart factory capabilities.

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How to Choose the Best Distribution ERP

How do you know the ERP software you’re evaluating is right for your organization? This white paper offers a pragmatic framework for answering the key questions in your evaluation process:

  • What are your strategic priorities and how will the ERP system help with execution?
  • What are the outcomes or goals you want to achieve and measure through an ERP system, and will the ERP software provide the right outputs to achieve these goals?
  • How do you prepare for the change required with new technology from a people and process perspective?

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Digital Transformation for Distributors

Despite its clear benefits, Digital Transformation can seem overwhelming for distributors. This playbook breaks down the Digital Transformation journey into key components for planning the work and working the plan.

  • Clarifies what it is, what it is not, and why it is more important than ever for distributors
  • Walks you through a crash course on six enabling technologies that can unlock new possibilities
  • Explains the Three Lenses for Going Digital - technology, people, and strategy – that, together, create more successful digital initiatives
  • Shows how to sequence your digital roadmap, starting with today’s improvements and eventually taking on tomorrow’s transformations

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5 Best Practices to ERP Implementation Success 

When "We've always done it this way" is just not working out.

As a manufacturer, maybe you've used the same software for years. There are issues and problems that slow production and you’ve found your best workarounds.

Still, productivity is not where it could be. An effective enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is within reach, but the thought of switching from your legacy system is daunting.

The implementation of ERP software doesn’t have to be difficult. Built by manufacturing experts, Kinetic (new name for Epicor ERP) will change the game, so you can stop running the problem and start leading the pack.

Download this white paper for five best practices to successfully implement your next ERP system— and start getting better visibility to grow your business.

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Manufacturing Industry - Turning Trends to Your Advantage

In make-to-order (MTO) manufacturing, the challenge has always been to profitably address a market of one with a customized product. Now the future of manufacturing is being re-shaped by several key trends: mass customization, lean manufacturing, the Amazon effect, globalization, and digital transformation.

To turn these trends to your advantage, you need end-to-end visibility of your manufacturing business and its value chain, so that you can:

  • Deliver a great customer experience
  • Make operations as efficient as possible
  • Drive business growth and profitability

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Operational Efficiency Depends on Insight

In the low-volume, highly competitive MTO marketplace, operational efficiency is a must. 

Like any other manufacturing businesses, you're under pressure to optimize manufacturing capacity and ensure accurate capable-to-promise calculations to meet delivery deadlines. To do that, you need:

  • Centrally managed production schedules to maximize machine efficiency
  • Real-time insight into order progress and machine performance and usage
  • Productivity-enhancing tools, such as easy-to-use interfaces, mobile access to information, and social networking

An enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution designed for MTO manufacturers will provide the capabilities and insight you need to make operations as efficient and effective as possible.

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Digital Transformation Powers the Future

How to drive MTO growth through greater visibility and insight

In a dynamic landscape, the right enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution can give you the visibility and insight to respond to new customer demands, improve operational efficiencies, and drive business growth and profitability.

In the whitepaper, we unveil the best practices of first-rate MTO solutions

  • The key benefits that will drive growth and profitability of any manufacturing organization
  • 5 trends of MTO to make a bigger impact in customer experience
  • How data analytics achieves digital transformation in manufacturing

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Putting Customers First

Today's business buyers demand a more customer-centric experience than ever before. They expect MTO manufacturers to be as easy to do business with as any digital platforms. To meet those expectations, manufacturing organizations need:

  • End-to-end visibility of your customer relationships
  • The ability to respond rapidly to customers at any time
  • Digital capability that lets customers place and track and access data digitally and seamlessly

Manufacturing organizations gain the visibility and capabilities that need to put customers at the center of their business when the right enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution is done right.

Learn from our eBook today, discover how to respond to the dynamic landscape and shape your industry and market.

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