Standardized Wireless Industry, Sophisticated Mobile devices, and Proliferation of XML and Web Services Technology Motivate Small and Midsize Manufacturers to Adopt Paperless Manufacturing Techniques
Despite the "wireless everywhere" buzz, many managers who run small and midsize manufacturing shop floors throughout North America have never used a PDA, Tablet PC or other wireless device to run inquiry and reporting systems. According to the white paper by Made2Manage Systems, barriers to widespread adoption have historically included cost of investment and cultural resistance.
* Cost of Investment - Small and midsize manufacturers investing large dollars in first- and second- generation wireless devices risked playing the role of guinea pig. When faced with the uncertainty of proprietary solutions that lacked industry standards and the ability to keep pace with a growing and changing wireless market, small and midsize manufacturers feared no protection and poor returns on their investments. * Cultural Resistance - Despite the fact that manufacturers large and small were among the first to adopt wireless technologies for data acquisition, including bar coding and radio frequencies, paper has continued to provide a sense of security for many shop floor personnel accustomed to clip boards and tangible reports. However, this fear of technology is diminishing rapidly as the Internet and digital processes continue to pervade the day-to-day activities of business and life.
According to the Made2Manage Systems white paper, advances in wireless technologies and standards, the increasing sophistication of mobile devices, and the proliferation of XML and Web Services technology have allowed today's small and midsize manufacturers to adopt practical wireless solutions. As customers demand real-time information; collaborative commerce; and electronic ordering, invoicing and payment, wireless technology offers a reasonable, pragmatic solution within an increasingly competitive global market.
According to Made2Manage Systems, small and midsize manufacturers investing in wireless systems today should expect a fast return on investment and many tangible benefits, including:
* Quicker access to critical, real-time shop floor information and, as a result, improved decision-making and higher customer satisfaction levels. * Labor, time and resource savings. * Improved communications and more efficient collaboration within the enterprise and across the supply chain. * Higher productivity and throughput across all operations, from quote to cash.
To learn more and obtain a free, downloadable copy of this report, visit Made2Manage Systems online at http://www.made2manage.com/wirelessrelease .
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Made2Manage Systems delivers a comprehensive, fully integrated enterprise business system designed specifically for the unique needs of small and midsize manufacturers and distributors. The enterprise solution addresses the most critical business processes facing small and midsize manufacturers and distributors, creating a system that requires minimal customization and administration. Utilizing Microsoft technology, the end-to-end solution guarantees Made2Manage customers get their businesses online and working efficiently as quickly as possible, helping them to compete effectively against growing global competition. With more than 25,000 licensed users, Made2Manage works with leading suppliers behind some of the nation's biggest brand names. Visit the Made2Manage Systems Web site at www.made2manage.com . Made2Manage Systems can be reached via e-mail at Email Contact or by calling (800) 626-0220.
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