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Manufacturing Metrics: An Introduction

Posted by Dave Kravitt

Covering everything from production volume to the complexities of warehouse management, these metrics are a vital tool for managing the complex workflows of a manufacturing operation. 

PSGi works closely with our clients to manage the software necessary to utilizing metrics as effectively as possible. This blog provides a quick introduction: you can view our comprehensive guide here.

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Tags: Supply Chain Planning

Major Supply Chain Disruptions Require Responsive Technology: COVID and Beyond

Posted by Dave Kravitt

“While manufacturing is a historically slow-moving and conservative industry, COVID-19 has created new challenges that are requiring manufacturers to innovate at speeds they never have before. Supply chain disruptions, social distancing on high-touch assembly lines, limited ability to travel and the need for oversight add significant complexity to today’s processes.” -- Forbes

Effective, resilient supply chain management has always required the capability to respond to a changing marketplace. Disruptions force businesses to adapt. And doing so successfully requires getting some very complex decisions right. “Moving to this supplier to Asia will decrease components costs, but how will shipping, tariffs, and lead time be affected?”

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Learning from the COVID-Crisis: IT Disaster Recovery When Employees Can’t Access Key Technology

Posted by Dave Kravitt

The COVID-19 crisis is forcing businesses across the globe to adapt to sudden operational disruption. IT, tasked with supporting the rapid, largely unplanned move to remote work, is truly on the front lines of the
effort to adapt day-to-day ops to a “socially distant” economy. 

Existing disaster recovery (DR) plans simply didn’t envision this type of scenario. The most common way to conceptualize the “disaster” in IT DR is a physical threat to your technology infrastructure: events like a flood, fire, or a storm that destroys key servers. In this context, businesses need a plan for scaling up alternative infrastructure as fast as possible. 

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Tags: Disaster Recovery

How to Improve Your ERP Implementation (and Overcome ERP Burnout)

Posted by Dave Kravitt

The pace of change for ERP software is often dominated by urgent business imperatives: a new acquisition demands a major migration or implementation project, a new customer introduces a sudden need for more expansive reporting, or a new government regulation requires more robust data protection measures.

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Why Enterprises Need Comprehensive IT Security Coverage

Posted by Ed Kelly

As data protection regulations proliferate and technology systems become more and more indispensable for day-to-day operations, security is becoming a bigger and bigger part of the job description for enterprise IT teams.

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Leveraging the Newfound Security Features of IBM i RCAC

Posted by Larry Dube

Field Level Security in IBMi allows you to protect data in legacy applications without creating risks to application stability: this feature is implemented so that restricting data access doesn’t require extensive re-development which may create new errors in complex application logic. 

These precise protections offer an important opportunity to secure sensitive data in legacy applications quickly and painlessly without modifying the application layer.

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Tags: IBM i Platform

How IT is Helping Manufacturers Respond to Tariffs: A View from The Trenches

Posted by Dave Kravitt

International trade conflict has brought about a global resurgence of tariffs and other trade restrictions. This trend has driven reams of high-level commentary on the macroeconomic effects of these disruptions to existing international commerce flows. 

In this blog, we set aside that high-level policy discussion to take a look at the practical business problems created for manufacturers by tariffs—and how technology can be used to respond.

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Tags: Enterprise Planning, Supply Chain Planning, erp trends

Vendor Support vs Third-Party Support: What’s the Best Approach?

Posted by Larry Dube

When managing a portfolio of enterprise applications, choosing the right support option presents a chronic strategic dilemma. While vendors offer unmatched expertise for new product offerings, their commitment to past versions of the same software can fade fast. Meanwhile, third-party support providers introduce opportunities for more customization (and broader cooperation across different applications and projects). 

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Tags: Enterprise Application Support

Keys To Aligning ERP Systems With Future Business Needs

Posted by Dave Kravitt

Manufacturing companies face pressure from just about every direction to keep their business moving forward despite huge IT challenges like tight budgets, retiring staff and limited resources. But for those who are using a legacy system transitioning to a new ERP system can be an even greater challenge. 

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Tags: ERP

IT is the New Hot Flavor in Food and Beverage

Posted by Dave Kravitt

Industrial Internet of Things, Manufacturing 4.0, Smart Manufacturing, The Fourth Industrial Revolution and Industry 4.0 — these are all pseudonyms that generally refer to the same concept — technology that enables connected operations and production systems that can predict or adapt to changes in the facility or broader environment to provide a better outcome. It is a mouthful with powerful implications. The advantages of a full connected production and delivery system with automated data collection is very appealing to those in the food and beverage industry.  

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Tags: Maximize ERP Investment, Enterprise Planning