According to the 2014 RSM Manufacturing & Distribution Monitor report, thriving manufacturers and distribution companies show similar patterns in investment, strategy and priorities which helps them not only succeed in their business but improve their bottom line.
One specific pattern we saw was the investment in technology for operational improvement. Many manufacturing and distribution companies haven’t invested in new technology since Y2K and have missed opportunities to streamline their supply chain operations through mobility and collaboration. These two technologies are also at the heart of the new Microsoft strategy for business growth in the twenty-first century.
In a recent RSM article, ERP helps manage cost savings efficiencies and growth in supply chains, we explore where some companies have addressed these technology investments through the use of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions like Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. In the case of one manufacturer, they were using older technology and inefficiently managing their entire business including their operations, people, equipment and inventory. After Dynamics AX was implemented, they were able to collaborate around a master production schedule that resulted in more efficient labor and equipment utilization and management has improved inventory control through all stages of the manufacturing process.
This success story is not unique. We are also seeing many of our clients in the industrial products sector implement mobility and collaboration tools to improve efficiencies elsewhere. In the case of one client which offers disaster cleanup services, a team of 110 field staff can be deployed to a disaster area and still provide a daily record of the work performed in order to expedite invoicing detail to headquarters through the use of a mobile solution.
By: Robert Bell – Top ranking national Microsoft Dynamics AX partner