Although cloud computing is just starting to make its way into the
manufacturing industry, I think the cloud holds great potential for the
future of manufacturing software. And I don't think the potential of the
cloud is limited to the application.
Cloud development platforms - or Platform as a Service (PaaS) - stand to
change the way that manufacturing software is developed, distributed and
consumed. Because PaaS significantly lowers the barriers to entry to develop
manufacturing applications, it makes it significantly cheaper and easier for
third-party developers to create applications for manufacturing-specific
If you're unfamiliar with development platforms, just think about an iPhone.
The iPhone is the platform that third-party developers build apps for. To
develop for the iPhone, you just need to build an app on the iPhone platform
and anyone in t... (more)
Without a doubt, one of the most difficult stages of manufacturing production
is the planning stage. Minor errors in predicting demand or planning
materials can lead to costly mistakes such as producing too much or carrying
excess inventory. To drive out waste and produce at the most efficient
levels, manufacturers increasingly rely on information technology during the
planning stages. Two of the most popular planning applications on the market
today are material requirements planning (MRP) software and production
planning and scheduling software.
While it's generally understood... (more)
These days, activity streams seem to be popping up everywhere in enterprise
tech as vendors rush to add social features to their software. Twitter and
Facebook-like streams are even starting to gain traction in manufacturing
software. Two of the most prominent examples of vendors incorporating
activity stream data into their manufacturing user interface (UI) are cloud
enterprise resource planning vendors Kenandy and NetSuite.
Incorporating activity stream data into manufacturing software UIs has
important implications for collaboration manufacturing environments. For
instance, i... (more)
Manufacturing software vendors are making aggressive moves to the cloud. In
the past year alone, four vendors rolled out a full suite
Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offerings for the industry. That brings the
current tally of SaaS players in the manufacturing arena to five: Epicor
Express, Infor SyteLine, NetSuite, Plex, and SAP Business ByDesign.
The buzz around the cloud has manufacturers asking if a cloud solution is
right for them. To help answer that question, I'll explore the features and
functionality each vendor offers, and the ideal target market for each. Many
more vendo... (more)
Open source has been a great success for infrastructure software such as
Linux, Apache and MySQL. Here at Software Advice, we've made use of all
three. We've also made extensive use of open source development libraries
like jQuery. For apps, however, we have either rolled our own or deployed
commercial Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offerings.
We're not alone in that decision. Open-source applications have failed to
gain mainstream acceptance. Despite passionate communities and a compelling
value proposition, businesses just aren't buying open-source enterprise
applications. The l... (more)