How Manufacturers Use Technology to Help Weather the Economic Downturn

Too often, manufacturers implement technology for financial reporting, but overlook efficiencies that can generate cash flow and reduce costs on the shop floor. While credit won’t cure the credit crunch manufacturers are facing, automated processes that improve cash flow and keep lenders in the loop can go a long way in convincing lenders that their risk is low. Find out more about how automated systems can help you.

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Selecting ERP for Oil and Gas Industry Contractors and Vendors

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Suppliers to the oil and gas industry are under more pressure than ever before to increase quality, collaborate closely with the customer, and take on more project risk. Learn how enterprise resource planning (ERP) helps engineers procure construction companies, equipment fabricators, and service providers to meet the new demands from oil and gas companies. Download this white paper to learn more. Read More

Cash is King—And So is Your Supply Chain: How Mid-Market Companies Can Optimize Supply Chain Operations for Strong Cash Flow and Focused Growth

For companies of all sizes and across all industries, cash is not only crucial, it’s king. Just to survive, businesses have to carefully manage their cash flow, making sure that payments aren’t going out faster than resources are coming in.

There are a number of ways companies can automate and optimize their supply chains to improve cash flow, such as building strong relationships and implementing new technology. But it should be noted that making the decision to invest in technology or update a supply chain process is a cash flow decision in itself, and should thus be weighed carefully.

It is important to realize that the cost of a supply chain or cash flow failure is, in most cases, significantly higher than even the highest price tags for these investments. With that in mind, supply chain solutions and automation technologies are more often than not worth the investment for growing mid-market companies.

This white paper looks at the importance of cash flow management, especially vital for mid-market companies in the current economic landscape. Due to their size, mid-market companies have a smaller financial cushion than their larger competitors, which means they have a reduced margin of error, a thinner cushion for tough financial situations, and a smaller investment pool for funding growth.

Download the guide for more information on why you should optimize supply chain operations to improve cash flow, including explanations on how seeking out supply chain efficiencies, managing cash flow through managing inventory, and investing in new technologies can help your bottom line.  Read More

KLP Empowers the Front and Middle Office with Advanced Risk Analytics

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In order for your business to thrive, you need to make good financial choices. Paying attention current risk is vital, but so too is preparing for possible risk through the use of modeling solutions. Once you have solid risk analytics software in place, accessing the data has to be easy, or else you’re not reaping the full potential rewards of modeling.

IBM provides refined, flexible cloud-based solutions that are able to support a wide array of customization options. This allows your business to develop a modeling solution specific to your organization’s needs, optimizing and making the performance of risk management tasks across the entire organization much less difficult. The ease of user adoption means that information gained from risk modeling via IBM’s Business Analytics software can be integrated into the day-to-day activities of your business. Cloud-based technology is also easier to run and use, demanding less IT hours.

Putting IBM’s easy-to-use and simple-to-understand analytic tools in the hands of anyone who needs them means decision making can become more strategic, allowing your team to reach objectives quickly and smoothly. In this case study, learn how IBM’s Business Analytics software can help your organization excel in their fields by identifying market trends, developing budgets according to real-time data results, determining possible problem areas to avoid or resolve, and read how IBM Business Analytics can help with compliance. Learn how scenario comparison and customer analytics can affect your business, and how to use them to your best advantage.  Read More

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Everything manufacturing executives thought they knew about project management and operations management is changing. Now, project managers may be connecting elements of an ongoing enterprise with a project in order to achieve certain defined goals, or use projects in a recurring way. Discover the many benefits manufacturers can realize by adopting a management-by-project approach with project-centric ERP software. Read More

No Time to Retreat: Seizing Opportunity in an Economic Downturn

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As the economic downturn deepens, there’s no shortage of advice on how your company is to survive—where to cut costs and how to retrench the business. But despite the natural inclination to spend as little as possible, a recession might actually be a great time to use market conditions to your advantage. Find out why now is the time to invest in talent, increase your market presence, perk up your processes, and more. Read More

How Your Business Can Thrive During an Economic Storm

Most businesses are impacted by the slow economy, but recessions and economic slowdowns don’t last forever. Smart companies will be able to manage the challenges and emerge stronger and more vital for the experience. Discover how business process automation, a renewed focus on customer service, new tax opportunities, and other best practices can help your company shine in these tough economic times. Read More
 
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