Why Project ERP Solutions Often Fall Short
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In a recent study conducted by IFS North America, where ERP manufacturing professionals of middle- to large-market manufacturers were asked about their ERP solutions, more than one-third of respondents indicated that they have no integration between their project management software and their enterprise system, even though the great majority consider the use of set projects to manage tasks and procedures to be a necessity. IFS's Charles Rathmann explains the study's key findings regarding existing issues in project management functionality in ERP systems, and how to use this information for making smarter ERP purchasing decisions.
Project Portfolio Management Versus Project ERP
What is project portfolio management (PPM) software? How does it deliver value to a project-driven enterprise in a way that is different from enterprise project management (EPM) or even a good project-driven enterprise resource planning (ERP) application?
This white paper looks at differences between PPM, EPM, and Project ERP, plus the possibility of uniting all three approaches with a single ERP application.
The Economic and Strategic Benefits of Cloud Computing
According to a Computer Economics survey, organizations that have fully or largely migrated to the cloud save on average more than 15 percent in IT spending as a percentage of revenue. Savings come not only from a reduction in data center spending, but also from lower IT personnel costs.
Because cloud-based systems reduce the effort needed for ongoing support, cloud users are able to devote a higher percentage of their IT spending to new initiatives. The cost savings, combined with strategic benefits in speed, scalability, and agility, argue in favor of organizations moving aggressively to the cloud.
The Rise of Mobile Access to Your ERP Data
Mobile user access to enterprise resource planning (ERP) and other back-office systems has become a core requirement as organizations seek operational efficiency and deepening customer engagement. Without mobile access, system users are disadvantaged by needing to return to a desktop, often after a job is completed, to enter data relating to that job and get information about other jobs. Frequently that information is not entered at all, which becomes a further hindrance to user adoption of your ERP investment.
Mobile users increasingly are looking for ease of access to ERP information to perform their jobs on any device at any time. This requires the mobile solution to handle:
In this age of “bring your own device” (BYOD), mobile devices are affordable, mainstream, reliable, secure, and scalable to run multiple applications. We are now able to prove return on investments from those organizations that have implemented mobile solutions and developed BYOD policies. In today’s environment, mobile solutions are seen as core drivers of organizations pushing to gain operational efficiencies over their competitors. According to a recent report from Aberdeen Group, “enterprise mobile apps in 2013 are no longer ‘nice to have’—they’ve become essential enablers of organizational transformation, by increasing operational efficiency, accelerating time-to-decision, deepening customer engagement, and streamlining workflow processes.”
- Different mobile devices and applications for different roles/jobs
- Ability to be used by staff with limited computer or language skills, in adverse conditions
Creating a Modern, Effective Manufacturing Environment with ERP
In today's manufacturing industry, enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions have become ubiquitous. In fact, Aberdeen's 2014 Business Management and ERP Benchmark Survey found that 97% of leading manufacturers use ERP, in comparison to 88% of followers. But just because an organization has implemented ERP, it does not mean that they are getting the most out of their technology environment. Rather, top-performing manufacturers ensure that their ERP solution is being used to its fullest extent by their employees, in roles that spread across the organization. Further, these modern manufacturers may supplement their solutions with supporting technology that exponentially increases the benefits that are received from the functionality and data contained within ERP.
Continuous improvement has long been a cornerstone of the manufacturing industry, and in that spirit, today's top performers must find ways to extend ERP in order to compete effectively in the modern environment. This report identifies the challenges that face the modern manufacturing environment and illustrates how Leading manufacturers make ERP a foundation for efficiency, effectiveness, and growth.
Why Aerospace and Defense Maintenance Needs Mobile MRO
Aerospace and defense (A&D) maintenance and sustainment do not take place in an office, or any other stable environment. Even when software vendors take into account the need for mobile access to software used to maintain and sustain assets in the field, they may not be taking into account the context within which the software is used.
This white paper looks at different ways enterprise software is used to sustain and support military assets. Also examined are different types of mobile access required in different settings, and how enterprise software must evolve accordingly.