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It was a good week for manufacturing process research, with new reports from Aberdeen Group and LNS Research as well as feedback on lean efforts from an industry expert – and you can catch up with the biggest stories right here.

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

What the Experts Say About Quality Management Metrics

With an excellent infographic to help illustrate, LNS Research shares insights from several quality management experts on how to best leverage key resources for a successful quality metrics program.

The Case for Cloud ERP in Manufacturing: Alleviating Outdated Concerns

In this complimentary research report (one of two new cloud ERP research studies) Aberdeen Group’s Nick Castellina reviews the findings of Aberdeen’s 2012 manufacturing ERP report and addresses some of the misinformation manufacturers may have of this technology – potentially to their detriment.

FSMA Compliance: Best Practices for Food Safety Plans

The heat is on for food processors to develop detailed food safety plans for their products – but this can seem like quite a daunting process. Join our food solution experts, Jon Cowan and Tom Nessen, as they explore how to prepare for the general impacts of the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) new industry rules.

Cloud Management: The Ultimate Tool in Lean Manufacturing

In this Manufacturing Engineering article, lean consultant Amit Deshpande takes a balanced look at the benefits organizations can see in lean manufacturing by moving to the cloud. (An interesting statistic from this article: More than 22% of surveyed manufacturers said they are running cloud services in their organizations and another 44% said they are currently implementing or had firm plans to implement cloud computing to enable process optimization and cut cost.)