The life sciences field has begun to embrace mobile technologies. Companies realize that it can make them more profitable and competitive. There are a number of ways in which mobile technologies can be implemented in this sector. This post will deal with how field service technicians in the life sciences field can become more efficient as a result of mobile technologies.
Every company wants to be more efficient, but not every business understands how to achieve those results. Technology is one way to get there, especially mobile technology. Read on to learn more about how enterprise mobility helps firms realize efficiency gains, and how you can benefit from its deployment.
Miriam and Gerry are receiving clerks. They are no different from millions of us who work hard and are underpaid. Their job only has visibility when something has gone wrong. Many days they will work hard all day and none of the higher-ups even know they were at work.
U.S. manufacturing went through several difficult years as competition from low-wage regions caused a major uptick in outsourcing and offshoring. Slowly but surely, intrepid manufacturers are turning the tide back to on shore manufacturing by increasing efficiency and controlling both costs and quality to decrease or remove completely any price advantages in those low wage regions.
Companies have used lean manufacturing and its companion discipline, six sigma, to become more productive and more competitive than ever before in history. By streamlining business processes and reducing unnecessary steps, many companies have completely eliminated the advantage of lower wages. Where the cost differential cant be completely eliminated, companies have offset the competitions lower prices by offering higher quality, faster delivery, superior service and mass customization offerings.
If your company is still struggling to hold the line against offshore competition, here are a few ways that lean can help make your company more competitive.
While most companies that have been in business for any length of time have an ERP system, not all the ERP systems in use include modern, up to date business processes and best practices. Companies that have grown through acquisition may have multiple ERP systems in use at different facilities, making business processes and financial reporting needlessly cumbersome. Some companies may have interfaced their ERP system to other business systems, such as PLM or CRM, or they may have modified the systems code, while other companies may have merely chosen not to upgrade for so long that the systems in place are hopelessly obsolete. Whatever the case, these companies are hampering their profitability and their ability to please their customers because their business systems simply cannot keep up with the current pace and expectations of business.
Working with an outdated ERP systems wastes resources as people spend time searching for the information they need, reentering data into multiple systems or compensating for lack of functionality with manual side systems. Upgrading to a new ERP system improves efficiency, reduces costs and helps improve responsiveness, leading to better customer service in multiple ways.
Reduce waste, streamline processes, accelerate demand-pull operations, and gain tools for implementing and sustaining lean manufacturing initiatives that can give you a competitive advantage.
Microsoft Dynamics AX can empower your people to successfully implement kanban, kaizen, heijunka-board production leveling, just-in-time operations, and other key tactics by delivering the specific functionality, access to information, and process flexibility demanded by lean manufacturing operations. As an integral part of a familiar and adaptable end-to-end business management solution, Microsoft Dynamics AX can help you achieve the insight, agility, efficiency, and customer-orientation that enhance profitability and business success.
Benefits of Lean Manufacturing:
We recently asked the CEO of a large multinational organization why they were changing their ERP system. To improve our business processes, he replied, stating one of the most widespread drivers companies have to change their ERP systems. As you evaluate your ERP system with regard to business processes you should first assess the level to which any bad business processes are forced on you by your ERP system; and then identify the number of disparate and sidebar systems users have created to work around your ERP. If you find significant process issues in these areas, a change to a modern ERP system that can help you differentiate your business may be beneficial to your organization.
The functionality and capabilities inherent in your ERP software have a big impact on your business processes. As you assess the effectiveness of your current system, you must first review your core business processes to determine if they enable maximum efficiency and productivity. If they do not, investigate whether the software system imposes constraints on your processes. Are your users saying I do this because thats the way the system makes me do it?
When ERP systems were introduced 20 years ago, they were rigid in their functionality. They forced companies to conform business processes to the dictates of the software, or required them to significantly customize the software to meet their specific requirements. However, business processes evolve over time while the software remains static. This causes a disparity between the way the software was originally implemented and the new requirements of the business. This evolution continues until you get to the point that the processes in the system actually constrict the ability of users to efficiently run your business. In common with the CEO mentioned above, this is a major reason why your company might end up implementing a newer, innovative, and proactive ERP system.
New enterprise ERP software applications like Microsoft Dynamics AX offer flexible business processes based on best practices and process tools such as workflow. Workflow is the ability to set up and change process flows within the system. It includes many capabilities such as electronic routing
of documents, event notification, and automated processes based on triggers. Many ERP vendors offer flexible rules-based workflows
that allow businesses to create custom processes based on their operations. These workflows can be changed as their preferences and requirements evolve. In some of the more sophisticated systems, power users are even able to diagram and implement new workflows with drag-and-drop technology. Such flexibility allows the ERP system to evolve with changes in business processes and practices in your company and industry.
As you assess the effect of your current ERP software on your business processes, you should consider the following questions:
Implementation of a flexible ERP system like allows your company to take advantage of new capabilities, functionality, and fresh ideas. An implementation partner that understands business process optimization and is industry expert is an excellent resource for efficiently implementing the system and effectively setting up your business processes. Selection and implementation of a modern ERP system can reduce manual processes, eliminate redundancy, and reduce paper documentation giving your company the opportunity to:
All businesses at one time or another have to weigh the costs and benefits of retaining an older ERP system against the costs and benefits of selecting and implementing a new one. Legacy systems, although on older technology, provide companies a level of comfort”comfort that is likely at the sacrifice of increased relevant functionality and technology.
Merit Solutions believes that many organizations are at a point of profound transformation that wont be sufficiently addressed via a patchwork of business solutions. That’s why we are committed to helping your business be ready for whats next with the most comprehensive range of integrated solutions today and the most complete vision for the future.
Empowering Your People
For your people, we offer an unparalleled range of integrated, connected solutions that help provide a seamless experience across peoples personal work lives. Our approach is to deliver solutions that are integrated by design across devices and services. From productivity,Â collaboration, and business apps, to devices and security, our goal is to deliver a connected experience that works together seamlessly and naturally, the way people expect it to work. The result? Get more done, faster, without limits.
We live in an amazing time for technology. At home, when we use our personal devices, weve become accustomed to a highly connected experience where all of our apps and information are at our fingertips and the experience has become highly intuitive. Its easy to watch movies, read books, play games, and share photos and documents. We also know that people consume information in a different way depending on the device they are using”tablets, PCs, or even business whiteboards. In each case, the Microsoft business platform makes it easy to personalize the experience and get it just right. By choosing the Microsoft platform, your company’s devices and applications will truly work togetherÂ – and these connected devices will give you the same version of the truth regardless of the device you are using.
Maximizing IT Flexibility
Our IT customers are entering a new era – a new era for the way they manage and deploy applications and devices. Between the consumerization of IT and the move to the cloud, a lot of what IT provided, from deployment to systems integration, is being radically revised and simplified. Throughout this transformation, we are here to help our customers maximize the return on your IT existing investment and best position you for the future. Our goal is to enable people to use the devices they want to use in the places they want to work -Â while also enabling enterprises to protect corporate information.
At the same time, we know that you will have more than just Microsoft solutions in your business, and so we are experienced at building bridges across technology. We believe this builds choice, drives innovation, and creates opportunities.
Accelerating your Business
Finally, were committed to helping you maximize the return on your investments in Microsoft solutions. Whether that means saving money, growing revenue, attracting and retaining customers, or driving innovation.
In todays business climate, people expect the technology they use at work to be as simple as the technology they use at home. Todays technology is expanding the possibilities for connecting people and helping businesses be more proactive and dynamic to change. For example¦
In summary, Merit Solutions offers companies an unparalleled experience across todays devices, while maximizing IT flexibility and providing the business platform and process optimization services that can truly accelerate your business.
Please comment below if you have any questions or comments as wed certainly like to continue this conversation and find more ways that we can continue to help companies differentiate their business.
A while back we discussedÂ some global business and IT trends that are slowly but steadily reshaping the ERP landscape. With our emerging economic climate, these trendsÂ are posing additional challenges for business and IT professionals who are struggling to improve profitability and retain IT agility.
Global market trends are creating the need for businesses to:
At the same time, shifting IT trends are creating the need to:
When you frame this discussion with the research conducted by Forrester in 2010 detailed in our article, Key Challenges Companies Face with ERP Solutions, you can see how the needs produced by market and IT trends are affecting customers expectations of their ERP application.
Todays world is increasingly flattened by technology, global complexity and new global competition – making it critical for a business to be able to rapidly see and react to signals, threats and opportunities. Going one step further, in this world where the pace of business accelerates, imagine being able to anticipate rather than react to those signals. Success today and tomorrow increasingly depends on information insight and efficient business processes.
So what would the next generation of ERP look like? See for yourself!
Merit Solutions has spent a lot of time over the past couple of months demoingÂ our Microsoft Dynamics GP Risk Management Suite and its capabilities to new prospects while providing training to existing clients looking to upgrade. In both situations, two questions always seem to pop up:
Interestingly enough, the answer to both is very simple. The implementation – not so simple.
On occasion, companies tend to track everything, including tables with high volume of transactions. While this is possible to do with Audit Trails, as with any other Microsoft DynamicsÂ GP table, this is not recommended, as it will affect performance of your SQL Server, which will in turn affect all users and systems that use it.
In order to generate the highest value from the Risk Management Suite, we suggest that companies craft a smart tracking plan prior to implementation with procedures and policies in place that limitÂ adding new tables to Audit Trails tracking without a strong business reason why.