A smart acquisition is about making customers' lives better. In advance of my exclusive with IQMS on their acquisition by Dassault Systèmes, here's a view into Custom Profile, a long-time IQMS customer. Their story is about smart automation, and bridging the IT - Finance gap.
I don't usually write about CEO movements. But the appointment of CEO Bill Berutti at Plex Systems is especially interesting. Prior to the announcement, Berutti gave me a first look at his plans - and fielded my concerns.
NASA's trips to Mars rank amongst the greatest robotics accomplishments in history. Their secret? It's all about quality management. IQMS' Louis Columbus breaks out four quality field lessons for manufacturers.
IQMS Pinnacle 2018 brought an inspirational message of customers using manufacturing ERP and shop floor automation to thrive in tough markets. But does that match up to customer realities? First up: my use case interview with PVC-free plastics manufacturer Eldon James.
What happens when you give “smart” IoT devices a brain? We’re about to find out, thanks to IBM.
Reckoning with external data sources is a huge weakness for most cloud ERP players. Today, Plex made an announcement that warrants analysis. Here's a look inside their acquisition of DATTUS - and their industrial IoT plans.
Yes, quality audits can help manufacturers stay customer-driven – and even change sales and marketing
Audit is a loaded term, but as Louis Columbus of IQMS explains, it's time to take another look. Internal audits are a powerful tool for quality - and quality is the new marketing. Here's how an IQMS customer is using internal audits to earn a whole new level of customer trust.
The pursuit of truly modern ERP keeps plenty of vendors up at night. But there are many flavors of modern to consider. IFS thinks it has right mix of ERP, field service, and enterprise asset management - but does it add up to operational IoT? Here's my review.
Manufacturers run better with metrics. But if your systems are siloed, metrics can't help you. And what data should you be acting on? In the IQMS diginomica debut, Louis Columbus shares five manufacturing metrics that matter.
Manufacturers get more out of a manufacturing execution system (MES) when it connects beyond the factory floor to other enterprise systems and data, writes Mike Hart of Plex Systems
British politicians debate Brexit, the future of UK manufacturing and productivity. Labour's Corbyn wins.
Leading UK Labour and Conservative politicians pitched their arguments for a brighter manufacturing sector. Labour's Jeremy Corbyn made the more persuasive pitch but that's easy when you're in Opposition.
Being a CFO of a concrete company with no visibility into inventory across locations isn't fun. Dakota Red's CFO changed all that with a move to Acumatica. But could a cloud ERP move address his company's vertical needs?
This deal creates a Cloud ERP vendor of consequence. Both vendors utilize Salesforce’s Force.com platform. Traditional ERP vendors (e.g., SAP) and newer cloud-only ERP vendors (e.g., Plex) will see a bigger competitor. Customers should see no major changes for the time being.