• February 18, 2011 18 Feb'11

    ERP integration crossroad looms for tech manufacturer

    Though Cellular Specialties' CRM and ERP are both from Sage, the systems can’t talk to one another, and that leads to tedious workarounds and data issues for the make-to-order company.

  • February 17, 2011 17 Feb'11

    When mobile computing devices meet manufacturing, form still follows function

    Deciding where tablets and smartphones fit best in a manufacturing environment can be daunting, especially with all the recent rollouts of fancy new gadgets. Here are some pointers on choosing the right mobile computing devices.

  • February 11, 2011 11 Feb'11

    Pay premiums for ERP skills are on the rise, according to study

    Foote Partners quarterly report shows strong pay increases for some vendor-specific ERP skills, including SAP Production Planning and Oracle Enterprise Applications.

  • February 09, 2011 09 Feb'11

    Web-driven workforce management software branches out

    Support for mobile devices and SaaS workforce management could expand the use of workforce management software and help position it as a core enterprise platform.

  • February 07, 2011 07 Feb'11

    Wait and see what’s next before moving on mobile ERP

    Manufacturers might want to put the brakes on mobile mania until they get a good look at the new tablets and smartphones that are expected in the months ahead.

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  • February 02, 2011 02 Feb'11

    Know the rules: Workforce management best practices

    To get the most from workforce management software, manufacturers should secure stakeholder support and maintain a strong focus on labor rules.

  • January 28, 2011 28 Jan'11

    Tips for choosing workforce management software

    Having a long-term vision and knowledge of industry requirements and business processes will steer manufacturers to the best platform for their workforce management needs.

  • January 26, 2011 26 Jan'11

    Users share successes, challenges with manufacturing sustainability software

    Using “IT for green” is a far trickier strategy than green IT, but the environmental and economic payoffs could be huge, say two manufacturers that are attempting it.

  • January 17, 2011 17 Jan'11

    Manufacturers finding fragmented market for sustainability software

    Despite making sustainability a strategic priority, many manufacturers will struggle to choose from more than 120 niche products and sustainability software suites in the coming year.

  • January 10, 2011 10 Jan'11

    Gartner Magic Quadrant reveals a midmarket ERP industry that is stable, innovative despite recession

    In a new report on midmarket ERP for product-centric companies, Gartner says SAP, Microsoft and Epicor rose to the top of an industry that remained remarkably stable through a tough economic year.

  • December 30, 2010 30 Dec'10

    Manufacturing IT trends may aid global recovery

    Analysts predict that embedded analytics, business intelligence and cloud-based collaboration will help manufacturers cope with longer, more complicated supply chains in the coming year.

  • December 20, 2010 20 Dec'10

    Editors name the top manufacturing IT trends of 2010

    2010 was a busy year for manufacturing technology, with companies struggling to balance tight budgets with their ongoing need for up-to-date software. For a comprehensive picture of the past year, check out these top manufacturing IT trends of 2010.

  • December 10, 2010 10 Dec'10

    Which manufacturing applications are best for ERP cloud computing?

    Manufacturers need to understand their control and complexity requirements before deciding how to integrate ERP cloud computing with on-premises systems, analysts say.

  • December 07, 2010 07 Dec'10

    Advances in cloud computing, visualization aid PLM integration projects

    Three-dimensional visualization, social networking and the cloud are transforming product lifecycle management from an engineering-centric tool to a companywide platform for better decision making.

  • December 03, 2010 03 Dec'10

    iPad applications show some promise for manufacturers

    Apple’s groundbreaking device spawns a new category of tablets that has some manufacturers looking to replace desktop and notebook PCs. Plus, Samsung Galaxy Tab takes on the iPad.