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On-demand Manufacturing Planning and Scheduling: How Manufacturers Are Achieving Faster Business Value with Software as a Service

Source: Ross Systems
Many manufacturers are seeking to deploy manufacturing technology to satisfy increasingly rigorous business demands. However, the prospect of traditional software implementations can be daunting. Furthermore, managers and executives often cannot wait for IT resources to become available to implement traditional installed software to address pressing manufacturing needs. Many companies are thus willing to consider a new alternative: on-demand manufacturing software.


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