January 23, 2023

The Basics of Effective Shop Floor Control

Manufacturers need shop floor control in order to effectively schedule, track, and report on work orders and their progress through the production process. Work progress is usually defined as a percentage of total work or work towards completion on a work order or set of work orders, but visibility to where specific work is helps […]

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January 18, 2023

The Complete Guide to Manufacturing Business Intelligence (BI)

Manufacturing business intelligence or BI is the process of collecting, reporting, and interpreting data to inform strategic decisions that can be used to drive continuous improvements. The Importance of Business Intelligence for Manufacturing Organizations Business Intelligence provides organizations with actionable insights required to improve the efficiency of their operations and future proof their manufacturing business. […]

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December 20, 2022

Rootstock Q4 Manufacturing News Roundup

Welcome to Rootstock Software’s Manufacturing News Roundup. We’ve assembled a list of the most relevant and engaging industry news from the recent quarter. This news update can help you stay up to speed on the latest trends in manufacturing, distribution, and supply chain operations and also help you prepare for 2023. Industry Executives Optimistic About […]

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December 1, 2022

Inflation, Layoffs, Recession: 3 Ways Manufacturers Can Prepare for More Uncertainty in 2023

Anyone who has been in manufacturing for more than a decade has seen a version of this scenario before. Consumers slow their spending, companies miss their targets, stock prices fall, and cost-cutting begins. It’s very painful, but history shows there are proven ways for manufacturers to not only survive economic downturns but to be better […]

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November 15, 2022

Enabling Modern Digital Supplier Collaboration with Supplier RFQ

To compete in today’s increasingly volatile economy, manufacturers need a connected, automated, real-time means to manage supply chains, source new groups of suppliers, and collaborate with individual suppliers directly. Adding it to your ERP solution provides greater visibility, integrates with the sales, demand, and operational data you already have, and lets you share insights with […]

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November 7, 2022

Gartner Details “4 Critical Components” for Speeding Up Your Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is a term that means many things, even to an individual manufacturer. You’ve likely been in an ongoing digital transformation since you rolled out email in the ‘90s, ERP in the ‘00s, and moved to the cloud in the ‘10s, among many other technology initiatives along the way. But that piecemeal approach – […]

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November 2, 2022

ERP vs. MRP: Understanding the Difference

ERP vs MRP Explained What is the difference between ERP vs MRP systems? There’s plenty of confusion around both terms, given their features and similarities. What no one disputes is that both tools are essential for helping manufacturers automate core components of their business, connect with suppliers and customers, and make decisions around timely and […]

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October 24, 2022

How To Choose The Right Capacity Planning Strategy

Manufacturers are obsessed with productivity, and rightly so. But optimizing productivity requires insights across the operations and up and down the supply and demand chains. You need to know what you can produce, what customers want, and how you will deliver. Only through operational visibility and a clear understanding of your manufacturing capabilities can you […]

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October 19, 2022

Stu Johnson, Newly Promoted VP of Product Marketing, Maps the Manufacturer’s Digital Transformation Journey

If you’ve had the pleasure of logging onto a video-conferencing call with Stu Johnson, our newly promoted VP of Product Marketing, you’re sure to notice his backdrop. Posted on the wall behind his desk are the various ski trails he’s visited throughout the United States.   It looks like a maze with intertwining tracks of trees […]

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October 13, 2022

IMTS 2022 – Manufacturers Are Back!

Manufacturers are back! Not that manufacturing has been on a hiatus by any means, but the International Manufacturing Technology Show—traditionally held every two years—was back in action, in Chicago, and in-person for 2022 after a pandemic-induced hiatus. Billed as the largest manufacturing trade show in the Western hemisphere, IMTS 2022 did not disappoint! This year’s […]

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September 30, 2022

Best Practices for Effective BOM Management

It’s critical for manufacturers to have tight control over the raw materials, parts, and components that make up a finished product. Especially today, as fragile supply chains stretch across continents and suppliers, and factors such as time-to-market and product quality can make or break your manufacturing business. Enter the humble bill of materials (BOM), which […]

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September 8, 2022

Nucleus Research: The Value of Rootstock and Salesforce Connectivity

Modernizing your manufacturing operations by moving to a cloud ERP solution brings flexibility and agility; intelligence and insights; collaboration and connectivity; a 360° view of customers, partners, and suppliers; and so much more. But it is a big step, and nearly every manufacturer we work with asks for two things to help guide their selection: […]

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