How to support challenges of tightly knit operations?
One major motivation for considering state-of-the-art solutions is, of course, enabling features that many new manufacturing IT solutions provide off-the-shelf.
- How do MES and other manufacturing control applications sync with each other and your ERP?
- How can you, for example, lock expired consumables in real-time to prevent their use in manufactured products, reduce waste, increase yield and focus on value-add activities?
- How do your sites efficiently exchange data to act as a fine-meshed manufacturing network?
- How do you track your devices and components through various sites all over the world or at your next-tier supplier?
How do you migrate to a service-based or message-oriented IT architecture? One that allows software modules distributed over heterogeneous platforms and reduces the effort and complexity of maintaining and developing multiple interfaces, operating systems and communication protocols?
When considering a migration, it is imperative that you select a partner that can adequately address these questions. Setting up a quick pilot project is easy, but for enterprise-wide deployment there are strategic end-to-end considerations.
For example, some seriously undervalue, and thus miss, the opportunity to drive unification and interoperability through application-aligning activities such as incorporating master data management into new software rollouts.
Solutions like SAP Manufacturing provide built-in data synchronization with the ERP and other systems, with no need to import or export, manually maintain, map or normalize data from any silos.