In order for organizations to make intelligent decisions regarding the cloud, they need to understand the relative costs of software-as-a-service (SaaS) vs. on-premises systems. The question that absolutely needs answering: “Does SaaS save money?” ‘The Economic and Strategic Benefits of Cloud Computing’, a comprehensive study by Computer Economics, takes an in-depth look at the benefits of cloud computing based on a special survey they conducted of organizations that had moved the majority of their information systems to the cloud.
With Software as a Service (SaaS) gaining on traditional packages at seemingly warp speed, the most neglected sector up to now has been manufacturing enterprise software. Why has there been slower adoption of world class SaaS solutions for manufacturing than for any other enterprise domains? Learn more by reading Rootstock’s white paper ‘SaaS: The Final Frontier – A Long Overdue Voyage for Manufacturing Enterprises’.
In the highly competitive global market of today, the need to provide highly customized products is causing companies to rethink their manufacturing strategies. With the emergence of new manufacturing technology, companies of all sizes can adapt in order to succeed, and the decision for some to migrate from centralized manufacturing to decentralized plants is critical to that success.
For more than a decade, America's manufacturing sector painted a grim picture. But, after years of losing manufacturing jobs to other countries, American companies have begun to bring back their operations to the US.
There are so many choices available that it can be difficult for manufacturing firms to choose the ERP solution that is right for them. Do you go with a familiar vendor even if they are new to cloud ERP? Do you believe the hype about hosted solutions? Or do you hedge your bets and go with a hybrid legacy-cloud ERP system that does little to solve the problems inherent in on-premise ERP? The best answer is none of the above. Only a true cloud solution comprising a comprehensive ecosystem of products tailored to your specific needs will deliver the cloud ERP advantages that will help your enterprise succeed.
Most current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) are regulated by the FDA under the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 21 CFR. These apply to food, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. Companies working in such 21 CFR regulated industries are well aware of how important compliance is. They are required to self-certify their own products to be compliant with an applicable standard, based on a quality control testing program. If not, they face consequences.
Why are manufacturing companies shifting to the cloud? How is the recent introduction and adoption of Platform as a Service (PaaS) solutions impacting manufacturers? What makes PaaS a better solution for manufacturing rather than the traditional on-premise, other SaaS or other ‘on-demand’ offerings? This paper examines the dramatic change of why manufacturing companies are now not only accepting, but embracing, cloud computing solutions and the recent evolution to PaaS. We explore some of the main drivers behind this shift to new technology platforms and why it is critical to build competitive edge for the future. Learn more by reading Rootstock’s latest white paper ‘How Cloud Computing is Changing the Manufacturing ERP Landscape ‘.
According to analyst firm Gartner, “The net result of 15 years of continuous customization is that these ERP implementations are now extremely arthritic, incredibly slow and expensive to change.” The original single, integrated, on-premise ERP system “is being replaced by the emergence of cloud point solutions that deliver functionality business users want that the IT-controlled and centrally-mandated ERP mega-suite previously struggled to deliver,” Gartner analysts wrote.
We’re hearing a lot about the cloud these days. Everything from personal data to entire industries, especially manufacturing, are moving to cloud computing. While small- and medium-sized manufacturing firms might have been among the first to move to cloud-based solutions, now large manufacturers are moving to the cloud as well, and they are seeing real benefits in solutions such as cloud ERP.
The history of Lean Manufacturing has proven it to be timeless and effective – allowing manufacturers to obtain low cost, high variety, high quality, and very rapid throughput times to respond to changing customer desires. From Ford’s first assembly line to Toyota’s Production System (TPS) to becoming the ‘Machine That Changed the World’, lean principles have developed into a solid foundation for successful manufacturing.
Manufacturers know that, in order to be successful in the rapidly changing markets of the global economy, they must make more efficient use of large amounts of data to leverage business intelligence and become more agile. They are looking to the cloud as a solution. The current explosion of cloud platforms, especially the Salesforce ecosystem, has led industry analysts to predict even more growth for cloud-based ERP solutions for manufacturing ERP.
These are exciting and challenging times for manufacturing companies. Firms of all sizes are eager to realize the productivity and efficiency gains that cloud ERP brings and that ultimately drive growth. But they want increased mobility too; in this age of advanced mobile communications, manufacturers need to access their cloud ERP systems on cell phones and tablets from anywhere in the world. The demands of modern manufacturing are pushing these two technologies together and the results can be seen in cloud ERP mobile solutions such as Rootstock Software’s Manufacturing Cloud ERP.
Reshoring operations back to the United States has recently emerged as an important trend in manufacturing. However, there are some significant challenges facing companies that have moved back or are planning to move back, challenges that present clear opportunities for cloud-based ERP software to provide solutions.
There are certain types of manufacturers that find average costing to be an effective method to track overall manufacturing costs. Most manufacturers, however, find that the average costing method has limitations and does not effectively support their business needs. Learn more about the factors that should be considered when evaluating different costing methods for manufacturing companies from subject matter expert David Duff, Controller from Oclaro, by reading Rootstock’s white paper ‘Standard vs Average Costs: Factors to Consider’.
When implementing a new ERP system for your manufacturing or distribution company, the sheer size and scope of the project opens the door for many painful mistakes. Thankfully, there are ways to avoid major pitfalls. Read about 8 of the most common mistakes companies make when choosing and implementing a new ERP system in this insightful paper.
What is Cloud computing exactly? 29% of Americans think it has something to do with actual clouds or weather and 51% believe that storms would interfere with Cloud computing. Cloud computing doesn’t have anything to do with weather patterns or water vapor; Cloud computing is the process of using remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer. It’s about where your data and applications are stored – on your own hardware or on the Internet.
We believe that agility will significantly drive business decisions and ultimately company valuations over the next ten to fifteen years. This shift will have a broad, deep and lasting impact on how businesses view their current application software portfolios and force them to re-think their business software strategies, evaluation approaches and investment strategies. This research report analyzes the key drivers behind this new focus on business agility.
Until recently, successful SaaS companies have excluded core manufacturing functionality, and focused on departmental and/or horizontal functionality far from the plant floor. That’s about to change. Rootstock Software, founded by a team of experienced manufacturing ERP experts, is in the vanguard of a new generation of manufacturing applications based in the cloud. Read MGI Research’s ’20 Questions with Rootstock’, part of an MGI Research Interview Series with leading technology industry executives, innovators, and investors.