Complex discrete manufacturers looking to accelerate the productivity, efficiency and agility of their manufacturing operations now have a new technology option.
Worldwide software provider, Cincom Systems announced the release of Cincom® CONTROL:2010™ (http://erp.cincom.com), the latest version of its enterprise resource planning (ERP) software system with significant improvements of the software’s capability.
Real-time Information Based on Personal Roles, Not Departments
Unlike traditional ERP systems, Cincom CONTROL: 2010 provides information tailored to each user’s needs. Real-time information about operations is provided so manufacturing business leaders can make decisions and quickly implement actions regarding key business metrics, such as:
· Overall cost control and margin
· Inventory management
· Working capital optimization
· Risk mitigation
· Process improvement
“It seems apparent that the orientation of ERP systems is fundamentally changing. They’re no longer structured for specific departmental tasks, with a set of related data maintenance and reporting functions. Instead, they’re organized by roles that may span multiple departments and processes. These role-based functions deliver lots of information and facilitate collaboration with other employees or external entities such as customers or suppliers,” said Jim Shepherd, Vice President, Gartner, Inc. in “Are ERP Systems Finally Evolving from Process Support to Decision Support?” published in June 2009.
Designed to Save You Money
Cincom CONTROL: 2010 is built within a .NET infrastructure making ongoing IT support and maintenance less expensive. Cincom’s implementation process helps clients manage implementation costs.
“When we implemented the 2005 version of Cincom CONTROL™, we ended up being surprised that after only three months we saw a 20% productivity improvement in both procurement and material management,” says Bill Heiselman, Vice President Supply Chain Operations, Harris Corporation. “We’re currently evaluating CONTROL: 2010 for possibly even more productivity gains.”
Personalised Manufacturing Analytics
Cincom CONTROL: 2010 includes the Business Activity Monitor, a communication conduit that presents each business role with a status of how they are performing in real time. Similar to an automotive dashboard, the Business Activity Monitor, one of six key upgrades, focuses on the critical pieces of information that determine success or failure. Unlike an automotive dashboard, however, the business dashboard provides a navigation tool tailored to the duties of a specific role.
“Our goal is to provide everyone in a manufacturing operation -- regardless of their role in it -- with the essential information they need to stop problems early,” says Mike Gauthier, product director, Cincom CONTROL. “If you don’t receive the information in real time or have to dig for it, then by the time you receive the information, the problem has already started to fester. This can negatively impact your supply chain and customer fulfilment processes.”
Familiar Microsoft SharePoint Navigation
Cincom CONTROL: 2010 is designed with powerful and easy-to-use Microsoft SharePoint navigation to help users get onboard and running in minutes. CONTROL: 2010 also utilises a one-stop feature making operation simple. With the ability of a 360-degree information view, CONTROL: 2010 delivers fast, new-user productivity through a minimized learning curve.
CONTROL: 2010 provides information based on user roles, so only functionality specific to each role is delivered to the user, enabling new employees to be more productive much sooner. Less time and money need to be spent with new employee training. It is also flexible enough to change with each employee as their role expands and responsibilities change. This facilitates easy cross-training of users and reduces the need for added headcount.
“CONTROL: 2010 is a significant break from the old way of doing business. No longer is the user driven by the system. Instead relevant real-time information can be presented, so that feedback on changing business situations and informed decision making takes place at the appropriate time by the appropriate people. Better decision making means better business outcomes,” commented Greg Mills, Cincom Australia Regional Director.