Top 5 manufacturing takeaways: November

November 30, 2016


It's the last day of November, and that means it's time to take a look at the past month on the Manufacturing Matters blog.

This month, we introduced the new Infor corporate brand advertising campaign, "Designed for Progress" and discussed what it means for manufacturers. We also shared customer stories, and talked about how manufacturers are moving the progress needle in their industries.

While we covered a lot of great information, we know it is a busy time of year. Here are 5 things to check out if you have 5 minutes to spare.

  1. Changing business models can wreak havoc on a manufacturer if not executed properly and with the right software infrastructure in place. Find out how J.R. Watkins used Infor CloudSuite Food & Beverage to help make the move from a direct marketing model to providing products through large and wholesale customers.
  2. Adapt or die. No, we aren't giving life lessons here; we're talking about supply chains. It's the supply chain’s job to shape companies into a force for progress in an age of constant disruption. Here are examples of this transformation happening within the manufacturing industry.
  3. A discussion of progress wouldn't be complete without talking about small- and mid-sized businesses (SMBs). Here are 5 reasons small- and mid-sized manufacturers are uniquely positioned to benefit from the digitalization wave overtaking the industry.
  4. Manufacturing is undergoing an enormous shift, with one movement illustrating this point very clearly: the change from selling products to selling what they do and the benefits they provide. What will manufacturers need to help shepherd this shift? Digitalization and collaboration.
  5. Operational excellence is imperative in aerospace and defense (A&D), both in manufacturing and in after-delivery services and support. Technology is necessary to achieve these business objectives, and this post shares 3 steps to digital transformation for A&D manufacturers to help.
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