Plex Systems ERP Weekly News Highlights, 3/11/13-3/15/13

Business processes were a huge focus this past week, with topics like lean manufacturing, supply chain management and tying company strategy to cloud adoption dominating manufacturing news.

Here’s what caught our attention last week in manufacturing ERP:

What Are We Reshoring?

In this guest blog post on our Manufacturing Shift blog, supply chain expert Dave Turbide takes a look at the recent trend of reshoring and where it is making increasingly more sense for U.S. manufacturers.

Your Company's Cloud Strategy Must Come From the Top

Attention IT shops: It’s time to step up, says InfoWorld’s David Linthicum, and go all in with your cloud adoption strategy so that it ties in with overall company strategy.

Lean in Aerospace Metal Finishing: From Industry Step-Child to Lean Poster Child

Lean manufacturing remains the top priority for many manufacturers, but especially in the ultra-competitive aerospace industry. In Hixson Metal Finishing President Douglas Greene shares the steps his company took to revolutionize the metal finishing experience for their customers, partners and employees – and in the process, became a case study in supply chain excellence. (For another excellent aerospace case study, join us at AeroDef Manufacturing Conference 2013 to hear Eagle Picher share how they automated business processes in an ETO environment.)

In Supply Chain Management, Transparency Is the New Normal

And while we’re on the topic of supply chain, take a look at our solution engineer David Utley’s case for transparency in all levels of the supply chain – and the benefits that are seen when manufacturers move from disparate, homegrown systems to web-based portals that effectively and efficiently connect OEMs and tier suppliers. (P.S.: Don’t forget to check out our new supply chain management webinar series, which is kicking off March 27 with a session led by Dave Turbide himself on balancing risk with leanness.)