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Mobility in manufacturing | How mobility is revolutionising manufacturing and why it’s important for supply chain optimisation

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Mobility in manufacturing | How mobility is revolutionising manufacturing and why it’s important for supply chain optimisation

It has been recognised for some time that manufacturing CIOs now view investment in mobile technologies as the utmost importance in enabling future development. A Gartner research study, highlights how CIO’s in manufacturing view the investment in mobile technologies as a top priority.

The benefit of mobile technology can be felt in all aspects of a manufacturing company from operations to finance to sales and marketing.

For many manufacturing and distribution companies, mobility is vital to enable greater precision and speed within the supply chain, using powerful mobility tools within logistics and distribution processes. Many business management solution providers are reacting to these industry trends and are encompassing these mobility principles. In a recent roadmap release by Microsoft, the business management solution Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 will include the ability to work natively with Power BI, Azure SQL and Dynamics CRM Online. Dynamics NAV 2016, will be the greatest cloud enabled version of the agile enterprise resource planning system yet.  With new application features and development enhancements specifically designed to improve mobility and cloud deployments.

What is driving this need for mobile innovation within the manufacturing industry? Let’s look at some of the ways mobility is influencing CIO’s in the manufacturing industry.

  1. Recruitment

Mobility is increasingly important as the availability and location of global talent changes; a recent study shows that 89% of organisations plan to increase the numbers of internationally mobile staff in the coming two years. Mobility is also important in meeting the needs of new workers, with over 70% of millennials wanting to work abroad.

  1. Improve customer responsiveness

Providing information to sales teams, prospects and customers when, where and how they need it is driving greater mobile adoption.

  1. Generating quotes for build-to-order products that reflect the latest pricing and delivery dates available drives more business wins

To be able to get an accurate quotation to a prospect in as little time as possible there is a need for mobile configuration of the price and quote (CPQ) system to the pricing and inventory systems.

  1. Making distributed order management more transparent to sales while increasing order fulfilment accuracy

The more complex the product being built, the more the purchasing and procurement teams on the customer side want updates.

  1. Improving supplier traceability and quality levels using real-time analysis and reporting

Mobility is making it possible for supplier traceability, quality, non-conformance and corrective action, preventative action, tracking etc. to be immediately available company-wide. Manufacturers are using this data to benchmark suppliers in real-time over mobile devices.

  1. Exchanging manual inventory management systems with enterprise mobile inventory tracking, traceability and reporting systems 

Mobile devices are able to monitor workflow and production performance and report back this data directly to a mobile dashboard. By integrating mobile systems to show flow of products using real time data, many manufacturers can trim their typical order workflow and save on production time.

  1. Tracking machine-level compliance and providing alerts

Production and asset management teams need to ensure the manufacturing floor is always compliant. In industries such as chemical manufacturing where regulation is key manufacturers can use mobile sensors to capture data and report back in real time.

  1. Decreasing cancellations and increasing order fulfilment rates

Cloud-based  show significant promise here. Mobile platforms combined with service optimisation technologies can ensure the correct technician with the correct part is with the customer at the right time via mobile tracking.

  1. Improving logistics and supply chain coordination with suppliers

 Manufacturers have been the early adopters of mobile technology in order to process narrow production schedules and changes in inventory schedules in order for supply chains to work efficiently. Mobile technology helps manufacturers whose business models are shifting to value-added services over the pick, pack and ship processes.

  1. Enabling business intelligence systems 

Many manufacturing companies struggle with extrapolating shop floor data into financial analysis. Mobility technologies aid data collection that feed into financial models such as cost analysis and defect monitoring enabling accurate and up-to-date forecasting that can be accessed anywhere. 65% of operations managers using the correct technologies have performance information within a day or sooner.

With the proliferation of mobile devices, advances in wireless technologies and increasing maturity of mobile applications, manufacturers are turning to mobile devices to help them overcome numerous industry challenges. The upcoming release of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 will help to propel manufacturing productivity with increased mobile functionality in business management.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 mobile technology has the potential to help manufacturers automate processes, increase operational competitiveness, reduce costs and gain efficiencies. It holds the promise of taking the manufacturing industry into its next growth phase. To discuss how mobile technologies can help your business contact Prodware today.

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