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Robert Baran

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How Business Intelligence Reports Help You Manage Your Data

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Nov 16, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

On its own, raw data doesn’t tell you very much. After all, it’s just quantities and numbers stored on a computer. It needs to be analyzed and put into context before it can be useful. At that point, data is transformed into information. When placed into business intelligence reports, your management team can interpret the information and use it as the basis for sound decision making. To bridge the gap between data and information, your business needs a quality enterprise resource planning system (ERP).

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Topics: business intelligence reports

Manufacturing Innovation Crucial for Remaining Competitive

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Nov 02, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

Have you ever heard the saying that necessity is the mother of invention? If that’s true, then innovation is closely related to it. The global pandemic has resulted in multiple challenges (and opportunities) for manufacturers and distributors. Manufacturing innovation is the price of staying competitive now and going forward.

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Topics: manufacturing innovation

3 Reasons to Invest in ERP Upgrades Now

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Oct 19, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

It’s no secret that the modern marketplace presents significant challenges for businesses. Supply chains are disrupted, inflation is rising, and customer expectations around service levels remain high. To survive under these conditions, companies must have a solid foundation in tech. That foundation must provide the capabilities and insights needed to assist the company in effectively managing these obstacles.

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Topics: ERP upgrades

Manufacturing Quality Control Best Practices

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Oct 05, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

If your company produces multiple units of your products daily, you know the importance of manufacturing quality control. You'll see higher scrap rates if one part of your process is responsible for a product defect. If left uncorrected, your company's bottom line will suffer. Putting a quality control program in place is an effective way to resolve these kinds of issues.

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Topics: manufacturing quality control

Manufacturing Digital Transformation Is a Must Now

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Sep 21, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

What you need to know about manufacturing digital transformation to grow your business.

Manufacturers often fall behind other industries in embracing modern technology. This lag means missing out on potential cost savings, increased revenue, and greater profits. Manufacturing digital transformation can help manufacturers build their companies to meet modern challenges..

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Topics: manufacturing digital transformation

A Cost-Benefit Analysis of ERP Software for Your Business

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Sep 07, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

ERP software (Enterprise Resource Planning) has been around a long time, but technology and functionality have changed tremendously. That means companies must move to new, upgraded systems from time to time. However, businesses shouldn’t invest in new ERP software based on its functionality alone. There must be a financial benefit to the company to justify moving forward.

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Topics: ERP Software

Follow These Supply Chain Management Leaders’ Best Practices

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Aug 17, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

Gartner has recently released its annual Supply Chain Top 25 list and top performers include well-known companies like Bristol-Myers, General Mills, Johnson & Johnson, Nestle, and 3M. What do all of them have in common? All these companies were recognized as leaders in supply chain management. Gartner recognized them for best practices and emerging trends.

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Topics: supply chain management

Lean Manufacturing Not to Blame for Supply Chain Issues

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Aug 03, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

When faced with supply chain shortages and delays in getting raw materials and inventory, it’s easy to blame the problem on COVID-19. Over the past couple of years, the pandemic has been a handy scapegoat for all manner of business issues. Some people are blaming lean manufacturing for their supply chain issues. Is there any truth to this statement? Let’s examine it and find out.

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Topics: lean manufacturing

Got Supply Chain Disruption? ERP Can Help

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Jul 20, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

Supply chains are at risk from several factors, including:

  • A major cost-cutting drive to reduce costs by consolidating loads
  • Less efficient shipping routes
  • The United States-China trade dispute

Global supply chains continue to be at risk due to armed conflict and the resulting economic and geopolitical uncertainties.

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Topics: supply chain disruption

Cloud Manufacturing is the Best Option in Uncertain Times

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Jul 06, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

Uncertainty is nothing new to the manufacturing industry. There are always outside forces exerting influence on the company. It doesn’t matter if the company is a start-up or is a large manufacturer which has been doing business for years. The only thing business owners and managers can do is respond to situations as they arise and increase their operational flexibility. Cloud manufacturing is a great strategy for staying nimble in an uncertain business environment.

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Topics: cloud manufacturing