MIS for Manufacturing Industry
The automation in manufacturing companies has significantly improved in all areas of processing, but at the same time it has also created a staggering amount of data. Though IT departments have taken advantage of hardware improvements to economically store the increased data, there never seems to be enough time or resources to meet the needs of factory managers who face the “fact gap” that exists between the data and the usable information required to make real business decisions. For manufacturing/operations companies, getting the right information to the right people in a timely manner has never been more important than it is today – to reduce hidden costs, to increase production, and to maximize profits. Manufacturers have to manage the complexity of their supply chain, internal manufacturing, and operations along with meeting their distribution and customer requirements. Manufacturers today are faced with making extremely complicated decisions in real-time, on a daily basis, with limited information. Manufacturers face increasing globalization, more competition than ever, and customers whose demands reflect their own knowledge and expectations of a global market. Every manufacturing company is different like different processes, different tracking systems and different challenges. All of these variations add up to the fact that you need a management information system (MIS) that caters to the specific needs as well. While looking for a MIS solution you may define your needs and formulate a list of requirements that simplify the adoption of information technology for improving performance. In the manufacturing industry, information quality issues exist throughout the supply chain. One reason for this is that manufacturers depend on data from suppliers, contract manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and consumers in order to effectively and efficiently source raw materials, forecast demand, make and market their products. Very seldom will manufacturers have control over the quality and format of this external data. Through incremental improvements in data quality throughout the supply chain, however, manufacturers can realize significant performance improvements, including improved speed and efficiency of product manufacture, improved ability to perform demand analysis, improved channel partner effectiveness through timely and accurate product and pricing information, and improved customer satisfaction through timely and accurate customer information. Measurement and verification are needed to ensure the information quality program is reaching its objective. The single biggest obstacle to deploying a MIS in manufacturing is data: availability, quality, and access. Several factors make it difficult to ensure optimal performance in manufacturing. Data and events come from many disparate sources, including those of your suppliers, contract manufacturers, and other business partners. Data types and formats vary from one source to the next. Business partners in the collaborative supply chain may use different data schemas and systems to track their manufacturing process. Large volumes of data must be processed from each interface and subsystem used in the manufacturing process. A MIS tool should also easily integrate with operational applications and legacy systems that already exist in a typical manufacturing environment. Real-time manufacturing data need to be put into many different contexts for other roles in the organization that are contributing to the optimal performance of the real-time enterprise. Manufacturing companies today have extensive inventories to track and move, a greater number of products to generate, numerous suppliers to negotiate with and quality standards to maintain. They also have an ever-increasing need to acquire, satisfy and retain additional customers to remain profitable. Because of these complex pressures, it is imperative that all the links in the supply...
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