"As manufacturers gear up for the next generation of performance standards, quality assurance is gaining renewed emphasis. Between heightened consumer expectations and stricter regulations, today's pressures for tight variation control are forcing manufacturers to take a closer look at their operations processes. The bar has been raised, and manufacturers must adapt in order to remain competitive," writes Larry Korak, Infor Manufacturing Industry & Solution Strategy Director in CIO Review's manufacturing technology special issue.
In the article headlined "Manufacturing's 2020 Quality Mandate: Make it Right or Don't Make it at All," Korak observes:
"Now, more than ever, an IT infrastructure that supports end-to-end quality controls is critical. The entire company culture must have product quality as its core foundation. This type of bottom-up focus starts at order entry and doesn't end until the product is received and the customer is satisfied. Underlying every process is a highly integrated, real-time system for collaboration, collective innovation, proactive problem solving, and continuous improvement. Modern ERP solutions not only support the quality mindset, they go a step further, actually motivating and fueling the quest for better products."