Manufacturing and Supply Chain

How EPM Supports Your ERP

Some people mistake enterprise resource planning (ERP) as being the same as enterprise performance management (EPM). However, both these business tools are distinct and encompass a set of different functions that are equally essential to business organizations. To begin with, enterprise resource planning involves the automation of business processes and the collection of pertinent data …

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Dashboards and Data Visualization for Manufacturing

When it comes to the manufacturing sector, data visualization primarily focuses on operations and may be of immense value not only to leadership but also to middle managers and supervisors. In other words, these are the teams that are tasked to oversee a company’s manufacturing processes. However, one common challenge among businesses operating in this …

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Post-Pandemic Future of Mid-Market Companies

2020 was an extremely tough year for some business verticals regardless of their actual size. However, since they are smaller and tend to be less hindered by bureaucracy than bigger companies, mid-sized organizations (such as manufacturers) have had more opportunities to adapt better to the market changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, when …

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4 Ways to Stay Compliant with ISO 9000

Quality matters across a wide range of industries. But, without a standard, the definition of quality can vary from business to business. That’s why the Geneva-based International Standards Organization, better known as ISO, exists: to create a standard for all companies across all industries to live up to. ISO 9000 standards are well-known and designed …

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How Results Software Supports Client Results in Manufacturing

I was talking to Jim Clark, one of our senior delivery consultants about the challenges facing the US-based manufacturing industry. Especially when it comes to global competitiveness, profitability, and employee engagement. I made the point that these appeared to be three very tall hurdles for most companies and Jim reminded me that one of our …

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Jim Clark Shares a Manufacturing Success Story

I want to introduce you to Jim Clark, one of Mass Ingenuity’s high-energy senior consultants. Jim is responsible for several of our large public sector customers and several commercial ones. He is a master of creating high energy with executives and quickly driving results. Jim likes to say, “Measures are the currency of your Management …

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6 Major Trends Impacting Manufacturing In 2021

If there was an industry that felt the impact of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, it was the manufacturing sector.  The industry had already spent much of the last few years attempting to shift its structure and response to meet increased global competition – while simultaneously working with increased global tariffs from the Trump administration. These …

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Manufacturing Strategic Planning Trends for 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic will hopefully be soon behind us and many manufacturing executives are now understandably heaving a sigh of relief considering the havoc the health crisis wrecked on their operations. The more savvy ones have now begun to initiate new strategic planning initiatives to effectively prepare for the new normal. The economic challenges that …

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7 Key Considerations for Manufacturing Planning in 2021

Manufacturing remains a huge industry in the United States and around the world. And, in the past year to 18 months, the manufacturing industry has experienced a pair of industry-rattling trends that are decidedly different.  First, manufacturing companies have gained access to the most advanced technologies ever available in the industry. These technologies have the …

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