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Management for Manufacturers
Green supply chains are hot because of mounting
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manufacturers document their environmental impact
including contributions of supply chain partners.
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Podcast: Manufacturers Need Serious Project-Based ERP, IFS Study Shows
In this month's edition of the IFS Radio
Network podcast, a look at exciting survey results that shed light on
how manufacturing in the western hemisphere has changed dramatically,
taking on a project-intensive business model that requires dramatically
different management techniques and business software.
Due in part to competition from overseas,
North American manufacturing can no longer be characterized by long
production runs or identical products. The study, based on a survey
conducted by a third-party research firm of 341 executives from
mid-market to large manufacturers, indicated that 77 percent of
respondents were with companies that were extremely reliant on projects
due to their focus on short-run, engineer-to-order, and highly regulated
manufacturing of high-value products.
However, respondents reported low levels
of integration between project management software and the enterprise
software like enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems used to run
their business. A full 59 percent said project management software was
completely separate from ERP, and another 29 percent reported varying
degrees of partial to full integration.
In this month's interview podcast, IFS
North American Vice President of Marketing Steve Andrew and IFS AB
Product Director for Project Based Solutions Kenny Ingram offer their
insights on these data points.
people haven't got integration between their
ERP and their project tools. The reason that
is the case is, probably in most cases,
their ERP system itself doesn't have the
right structure to allow it to be
integrated. So even if you spend a lot of
money trying to integrate a project planning
tool like Microsoft Project or Primavera
with an ERP system, unless the ERP system
understands what a project work breakdown
structure looks like and has the capability
to hold things like resources and activities
and progress and so on, then it becomes
impossible to integrate it extensively."
- Kenny Ingram Product Director for
Project-Based Solutions, IFS AB
IFS Ensures Project Success with Enhanced Project-Based Solutions 3.0
IFS launched its latest project-based solutions software, PBS 3.0,
designed specifically to
give organizations greater visibility and control of their
business-critical projects, helping secure competitive advantage as they
are ready for economic recovery. The solution has been developed in
cooperation with IFS' project-oriented customers and experienced IFS
consultants delivering Project-Based Solutions to customers worldwide
for many years.
The solution offers
project-driven organizations an application that incorporates all the
benefits of a fully integrated ERP suite with specialized functionality
for Project Control, Project Financial Control and Project Materials
Management. PBS 3.0, which can also be integrated with third-party
planning tools such as Primavera P6, dramatically improves customers'
ability to manage projects throughout their lifecycle and ensures vital
project data is captured at the heart of core business systems.
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New IFS Study Offers Snapshot of Manufacturing Industry and its New
Dependence on Project Management Software
This new IFS sponsored study was conducted
by a third-party research organization on the state of Project Based
Solutions (PBS) in the manufacturing space. This study is based on a
survey of 341 manufacturing executives from companies between $100
million and several billion dollars in revenue. Respondents
were asked to categorize themselves based on how project-dependent their
business was and the degree to which their project management tools were
integrated with their ERP solution. They also described their
capabilities in the important areas of risk management, their degree of
awareness about PBS and the benefits they expect or receive from PBS
solutions. Respondents also answered questions about how they plan to
ramp back up during the economic recovery, and the role they see for PBS
in managing that process.
"Many of these respondents commented about
the integration projects necessary to get project management and ERP
tools to talk to each other," IFS North America President and CEO Cindy
Jaudon said. "As project management becomes a more and more central
discipline for manufacturers of all types, we feel that project
management needs to be a built-in part of ERP. Custom integration
projects are expensive and risky, so implementing standard software that
meets project management needs with few to no modifications will be an
appealing option to our customers and prospective customers."
The survey data suggests that manufacturers
will be increasingly reliant on a new type of ERP software,
project-based solutions (PBS). PBS is designed to help manufacturers
gain real-time visibility and control of projects they are running, and
allows them to manage their entire business more like a project.
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