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Exact Unveils Major Software Architectural Change

Exact Macola, a developer of business software for small- and medium-size companies, has unveiled a new release of its flagship Macola enterprise resource planning product that emphasizes greater usability, including its use on tablet computers.
Declaring its most significant software architectural change in the last 20 years, Exact's Macola division, a developer of business software for small- and medium-size companies, … http://gill-events.gilcommunity.com/blog/exact-macola-unveils-major-software-architectural-change/

Manufacturers Push for Open, Interoperable Control Systems

Now is the time for manufacturers to band together to force providers of real time control systems to replace their closed, proprietary technologies with distributed control systems and programmable logic control systems that are open, interoperable, and …
Now is the time for manufacturers to band together to force providers of real time control systems to replace their closed, proprietary technologies with distributed control syste… http://gill-events.gilcommunity.com/blog/manufacturers-push-open-interoperable-control-systems/

QAD Reaches for the Cloud

The road to progress with every new generation of technology is paved with two things – a leap of faith and a lot of stamina. So it was with mainframes to minicomputers, from minis to personal computers, from PCs to client-server computing, and so it is n…
The road to progress with every new generation of technology is paved with two things – a leap of faith and a lot of stamina. So it was with mainframes to minicomputers, from mini… http://gill-events.gilcommunity.com/blog/qad-reaches-cloud/

Why It Makes Sense to Integrate ERP, MES, and Scheduling Systems

Much is made these days of the Global, Interconnected world we live in, from Social Media to Smart-phones, but how interconnected is your own shop? Does purchasing know that Sales booked a bluebird, and materials are not available? Can the shop floor pe…
Popular Discussions The Benefits of an Integrated, ERP, MES and Scheduling Systems Much is made these days of the Global, Interconnected world we live in, from Social Media to … http://gill-events.gilcommunity.com/discussion/benefits-integrated-erp-mes-and-scheduling-systems/

CAD in the Cloud? Sorry, It’s Not Happening

Now that many manufacturers are finally embracing cloud enablement of a wider range of systems and data—including salesforce automation, HR, procurement, even ERP—can a migration of core product data and CAD applications to the cloud be far behind? Yes, …
Popular Discussions Now that many manufacturers are finally embracing cloud enablement of a wider range of systems and data—including salesforce automation, HR, procuremen… http://gill-events.gilcommunity.com/discussion/cad-cloud-sorry-its-not-happening/

How Do You Know When It's Time to Replace Your ERP System?

How many years have you had your ERP system? Maybe people are telling you that there's some great new software out there. Maybe you feel like you're just not getting the information you need to make good decisions. Maybe your current vendor has been hi…
Popular Discussions How many years have you had your ERP system?  Maybe people are telling you that there's some great new software out there.  Maybe you feel like you… http://gill-events.gilcommunity.com/discussion/how-do-you-know-when-its-time-replace-your-erp-system/

The Business Value Marketplace

The move from Plan, Build, Run IT operations to a Demand Supply IT - organization, is not a strategic move; it represents the complete commoditization and consumerization of IT. Beyond instituting an ERP system specific to running IT, there exists one mor…
The move from Plan, Build, Run IT operations to a Demand Supply IT organization, is not a strategic move; it represents the complete commoditization and consumerization of IT. Bey… http://gill-events.gilcommunity.com/blog/business-value-marketplace/

The Great Transformation - The Era of Demand Supply IT Begins

The Enterprise IT organization is about to transform, into a services organization. Not by its choice, but because the business is forcing its hand. Business units are engaging cloud services with or without IT’s involvement. The decision making power …
The Enterprise IT organization is about to transform, into a services organization.  Not by its choice, but because the business is forcing its hand.  Business units are… http://gill-events.gilcommunity.com/blog/great-transformation-era-demand-supply-it-begins/

App Stores for Enterprise Software?

App stores, such as Apple's online store for downloading iPhone apps have changed the way consumers find and buy mobile applications. Are manufacturers about to make a similar transition in the way they purchase ERP and other enterprise applications?
App stores, such as Apple's online store for downloading iPhone apps have changed the way consumers find and buy mobile applications. Are manufacturers about to make a similar tra… http://gill-events.gilcommunity.com/discussion/app-stores-enterprise-software/

The Global View: How Small Manufacturers Can Swim With the Big Fish

Over the past weekend, I was a speaker at a UCLA Strategy and Operations Management Association (SOMA) event. One question came up regarding the risk for a small vendor dealing with a larger manufacturer. What if something goes wrong? How can a small vend…
Over the past weekend, I was a speaker at a UCLA Strategy and Operations Management Association (SOMA) event. One question came up regarding the risk for a small vendor dealing wi… http://gill-events.gilcommunity.com/blog/global-view-how-small-manufacturers-can-swim-big-fish/

Is the Cloud a Wise Choice in Developing Countries?

Even manufacturers that are embracing public cloud-based ERP and MES applications are thinking twice before rolling out the technology in some global locations. Why? The unpredictability of basic infrastructure such as electricity and Internet access stil…
Even manufacturers that are embracing public cloud-based ERP and MES applications are thinking twice before rolling out the technology in some global locations. Why? The unpredict… http://gill-events.gilcommunity.com/discussion/cloud-wise-choice-developing-countries/

Danone’s Global Sustainability Strategy

Between rising oil prices and carbon footprint regulations, manufacturing executives have made energy management a priority in their organizations. But is it a strategy? According to Deloitte Consulting, energy prices will continue to rise as global deman…
Between rising oil prices and carbon footprint regulations, manufacturing executives have made energy management a priority in their organizations. But is it a strategy? Accord… http://gill-events.gilcommunity.com/blog/danones-global-sustainability-strategy/

Sir James Dyson, Nalco Co., and Chirch Global Manufacturing Win Top ML100 Awards

PALM BEACH, FL -- Three manufacturing leaders who distinguished themselves by forging innovative new business models and advocating forcefully for their industry were recognized last night with top honors in the eighth annual Manufacturing Leadership 100 …
PALM BEACH, FL -- Three manufacturing leaders who distinguished themselves by forging innovative new business models and advocating forcefully for their industry were recognized l… http://gill-events.gilcommunity.com/blog/sir-james-dyson-nalco-co-and-chirch-global-manufacturing-win/

Staking a Claim on Innovation Leadership

Can a company that has pursued a strategy based on acquisitions, efficiency, and sales-driven customer retention flip a switch and suddenly start competing successfully as an industry innovator? I found myself pondering this question after spending a coup…
Can a company that has pursued a strategy based on acquisitions, efficiency, and sales-driven customer retention flip a switch and suddenly start competing successfully as an indu… http://gill-events.gilcommunity.com/blog/staking-claim-innovation-leadership/

Is Kanban Replenishment Always the Right Answer?

Current common wisdom has it that lean-based replenishment techniques based on Kanban systems are always preferable to Min/Max replenishment approaches traditionally supported by ERP/MRP systems. Min/Max is said to favor larger, less frequent orders and h…
Current common wisdom has it that lean-based replenishment techniques based on Kanban systems are always preferrable to Min/Max replenishment approaches traditionally supported by… http://gill-events.gilcommunity.com/discussion/kanban-replenishment-always-right-answer/

The Rise of Two-Tier ERP

A recent blog posting at www.business2community.com points out that cloud-based ERP use is accelerating faster than research firm Gartner had predicted it would. Most of this growth is in the small- to-medium-business (SMB) segment – companies with fewer …
A recent blog posting at www.business2community.com points out that cloud-based ERP use is accelerating faster than research firm Gartner had predicted it would. Most of this grow… http://gill-events.gilcommunity.com/blog/rise-two-tier-erp/

Innovation at the Core

For several years now, I’ve noticed a disconnect of sorts between manufacturers and the companies that provide the ERP and other software suites on which most businesses run. Increasingly, the software vendors like to talk about the innovations they are b…
For several years now, I’ve noticed a disconnect of sorts between manufacturers and the companies that provide the ERP and other software suites on which most businesses run… http://gill-events.gilcommunity.com/blog/innovation-core/

Rethinking the Factory of the Future

Tomorrow's factories will focus on customer fulfillment, workforce engagement, and advanced technologies that speed up decision-making and transform production approaches.
Tomorrow's factories will focus on customer fulfillment, workforce engagement, and advanced technologies that speed up decision-making and transform production approaches. Form… http://gill-events.gilcommunity.com/blog/rethinking-factory-future/

Have you heard of operational intelligence software?

Manufacturers are in need of new ways to reduce waste, avoid downtime, and cut costs.
Manufacturers are in need of new ways to reduce waste, avoid downtime, and cut costs. As a result, many operations management and enterprise intelligence vendors are delivering so… http://gill-events.gilcommunity.com/discussion/have-you-heard-operational-intelligence-software/

People Make the Difference: Optimize Your Workforce

Manufacturers are increasingly recognizing the enormous impact that their people can have on efficiency and growth, and are launching initiatives to optimize their workforce. By Pierfrancesco Manenti
Manufacturers are increasingly recognizing the enormous impact that their people can have on efficiency and growth, and are launching initiatives to optimize their workforce. B… http://gill-events.gilcommunity.com/blog/people-make-difference-optimize-your-workforce/

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