January 14, 2022

In 2022, Manufacturers Move Beyond Spreadsheets

Spreadsheets have been a transformational tool for organizations of all types since the row/column technology was introduced way back in 1979. But since then, and even with massive advancements in capabilities and computing power, spreadsheets continue to rely on human input and manual processes. Unfortunately, this invites human error, misplaced formulas, undue file complexity, near-impossible […]

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January 10, 2022

Essentials of Managing a Book of Business for Manufacturers

Manufacturers today thrive on the certainty of continuous business that comes from channel partners, OEM partners, retailers, and high-value customers. The visibility to a predictable demand provides better capabilities to plan critical resources—people, machines, tools, raw materials, shop-floor capacity, etc. The supply chain crisis we see today because of the pandemic creates a very challenging […]

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January 7, 2022

Gartner’s 2022 Predictions for ERP

For 2022, research firm Gartner predicts an increase in ERP investments as more manufacturers push to renovate and replace legacy ERP systems with cloud and hybrid ERP strategies. Gartner has already seen an uptick in such projects and recommends those responsible for ERP strategies focus on reducing implementation costs, supporting business composability, and determine if […]

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December 21, 2021

Manufacturing News Roundup for December 2021

Welcome to Rootstock Software’s latest Manufacturing News Roundup. Here’s a summary of news stories from November 2021 that we found interesting and think you will too. Only Collaboration Will Ease Ocean and Port Congestion This story from Industry Today discusses the importance of collaboration among stakeholders in the supply chain in easing port bottlenecks and […]

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December 14, 2021

4 Ways To Stay On Santa’s Nice List This Year

This past year has been a trying one for many of us, especially in the manufacturing industry. If it’s not supply chain disruptions, it’s the Great Resignation. If it’s not the chip shortage, it’s inflation. It’s enough to make anyone a bit grumpy as we head into the holiday season. But you can turn that […]

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November 23, 2021

Top 8 Current News Stories for Manufacturers

While problems with global supply chains continue to dominate the news, there are other developments of interest to manufacturers. Here’s a summary of some of those news stories from October 2021 that you might have missed. Why the Supply Chain Crisis Needs Long-Term Solutions This timely article from Industry Today describes how companies should focus […]

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November 18, 2021

Rootstock’s Take on Gartner’s “Supply Chain Management Software Market Overview, 2021”

After a disruptive year for global governments, businesses, and populations in 2020, the other shoe has fallen to expose the vulnerability of global supply chains. Gartner, the well-respected IT research and advisory company, has released their guidance on the software category for Supply Chain Management. While this was released in June of 2021 when the […]

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November 8, 2021

How to Drive Operational Excellence in Field Services?

Imagine you are on the road on a cold night. You get into a coffee shop to get a hot Latte to keep you awake. You come out and your car doesn’t start! You call your roadside assistance company who promptly dispatches a technician to come to you, only to find out that the alternator […]

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October 7, 2021

Reimagining User Experience to drive a better Customer Experience

The pursuit of a better customer experience must start with the end-user that is serving that customer. This is particularly true for any enterprise software that is designed to become the digital backbone for companies to run their core business. Right at the center of any business interaction is data, process, and people. Converting data […]

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September 22, 2021

Manufacturing News Roundup Q3 2021

Here’s a summary of some of our favorite manufacturing news stories from Q3 2021 that you might have missed. Global Medical Device Contract Manufacturing Market Analysis & Trends – Industry Forecast to 2028 Increased growth in the medical device market, high growth potential in Asia Pacific, and an increasing worldwide geriatric population, which will soon […]

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August 5, 2021

Three Values Generated By Manufacturing DX (1st of 3)

In the field of information technology, I think this has been an epoch year in which cutting edge technologies are being widely used and adopted like never before. For example, information dissemination and reservation systems related to the COVID-19 pandemic have been created using a variety of platform environments such as AWS and related low-code […]

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July 29, 2021

Attention Salesforce Admins: Your Guide to ERP on Salesforce

Salesforce Admins have a lot on their plate. Enabling fast access to data and a crystal clear, company-wide view of performance is towards the top of your list. One thing you don’t need is another platform or legacy tool to learn, integrate, maintain, secure, synchronize, and configure. So why shouldn’t your business, from sales to […]

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