The Internet of Things (IoT) may sound like a far-off concept, but many manufacturers today, including small and midsize businesses (SMBs), are beginning to integrate automation and IoT technologies to work smarter for their customers. From usage stats to error logs to inventory, equipment outfitted with data-capture technologies collect and transmit insights that can be immensely valuable to manufacturers looking to gain an edge in 2020. Here’s how.Read More
Insights to guide your digital transformation.
Feb 25, 2020 8:26:08 AM
Feb 19, 2020 10:55:15 AM
It’s unusual to read anything about the manufacturing industry these days that doesn’t mention “digital transformation” and the “cloud.” Manufacturers are adopting sophisticated new tools to revolutionize their supply chains and optimize their processes. While some small and midsize manufacturers may not have a desire or need to dedicate significant capital to a completely digitized supply chain, many are taking steps to modernize their operations through sensible investments in new technologies.Read More
Feb 10, 2020 10:30:00 AM
As discussed in the first blog in this series, manufacturing has seen a slowdown over the last year, both in terms of demand and job growth. It’s hard to know exactly when a recession will occur, but when faced with signs of a slowdown, manufacturers are wise to be proactive in evaluating their operations before action must be taken.Read More
Jan 28, 2020 8:08:32 AM
Ask a room of manufacturers about their organizations’ goals for 2020, and you’ll find that target numbers may be more modest than in years past.
This cautious outlook is largely driven by the global purchasing manager’s index (PMI), which, in 2019, saw several consecutive months below 50.0, the level that distinguishes between expansion and contraction. At year’s end, U.S. manufacturing activity fell to 47.2 – the lowest level seen since June 2009, when the U.S. economy was nearing the end of the Great Recession.Read More
Jan 14, 2020 10:21:33 AM
Growing Life Sciences manufacturers need systems and solutions in place that help them remain compliant, while helping them grow their business. Implementing an ERP system to meet business requirements that is validated in accordance with FDA regulations is a continual challenge. Finding an ERP solution provider that best suits your needs and has experience developing and deploying an FDA-Regulated ERP solution can be another challenge.Read More
Dec 4, 2019 9:00:00 AM
As an early-stage life sciences manufacturer, you may have plans to release your product to the global market. In order for it to be commercially available on an international scale, approvals from more than one regulatory authority will be required.Read More
Nov 18, 2019 3:00:00 PM
The impact of intelligence increases substantially when technology delivers valuable data - fast. Managers get instant access to information that they can use to make decisions on the fly to improve manufacturing processes.Read More
Nov 11, 2019 9:00:00 AM
When it comes to courting investment, there is no foolproof recipe for the success of a small to midsize Life Sciences firm. Your path may look very different from your peers’, and why shouldn’t it? As a unique organization with a distinct offering, setting yourself apart is critical to attracting the right investor.Read More
Nov 5, 2019 10:37:22 AM
In recent blogs we explored how analytics in manufacturing is more effective when delivering insights focused on specific industries, and when it’s easy to run a custom analysis to derive an answer to a certain question. Let’s now consider predictive analytics, which go a long way in helping manufacturers make accurate predictions, and then make decisions based on that window into the future.Read More
Oct 29, 2019 9:00:00 AM
Whatever your goal as a growing life sciences business, be it long-term profitability, FDA approval or acquisition, a lynchpin of your success will be learning to juggle short-term scalability while keeping your eye on the ball. The many tools and features of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system can help small and midsize businesses (SMBs) in FDA-regulated industries organize and automate their operations.Read More
Oct 22, 2019 9:00:00 AM
Market growth drives the success of a small and medium sized business (SMB) manufacturers. It’s not necessarily by what their business leaders plan. Product demand is rising, and in order to handle that rising demand, businesses need more capacity and are adding shifts and additional facilities to their small business.Read More
Oct 8, 2019 9:04:32 AM
It’s a common request. Make data analysis easy to leverage so people can continually improve operations and forecast supply and demand. That’s what IT teams at manufacturing organizations keep hearing from plant managers, sales teams, and executives. That’s not all. They also want the data in real-time to be able to make informed decisions on the fly.Read More
Sep 30, 2019 8:22:00 PM
As we mentioned in Part One of our Top Key Characteristics of SMB Manufacturers blog, small and midsize manufacturers have some key strengths that make them ideally suited for the digital era. Often categorized as insignificant, small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) are often and mistakenly overlooked.Read More
Sep 25, 2019 11:44:00 AM
Every manufacturing industry — from life sciences to medical devices, marine, automotive, robotics, and high technology — has its own way of producing products, and each individual company has its own specific manufacturing processes and regulations that need to be tracked and followed.Read More
Sep 17, 2019 10:38:17 AM
Manufacturers have some key strengths that make them ideally suited for the digital era. No matter how big or small your business is, from a multi-employee empire to a start-up biotechnology firm, every business needs a brand—a mark of character.Read More
Sep 10, 2019 11:12:00 AM
The Business Analytics Challenge
Managing sales territories across dispersed teams and product offerings for complex companies in the life science industry can be challenging. In order to drive better results, sales manager need a complete view of performance throughout the sales organization.
Aug 20, 2019 11:08:00 AM
In a drastically changing market, Life Sciences firms are tasked with making smart therapy and acquisition decisions in order to grow their business. With rapid consolidation occurring in the biotech marketplace, firms are faced with needing to accurately track the performance of their product, while also keeping tabs on the competition.Read More
Aug 13, 2019 11:26:23 AM
Small and midsize food and beverage manufacturers are no stranger to narrow margins. At times, it can feel like an uphill battle to sustain profitability, especially when procurement costs suddenly skyrocket, or retailers are applying pressure to lower prices.Read More
Aug 6, 2019 10:09:18 AM
With business analytics you can take control of your complete manufacturing operation to maximize quality, efficiency, and output.
The Business Analytics Challenge
Life science companies in the manufacturing industry need to conform to regulatory compliances with GMP, cGMP, GLP, cGLP, and several other quality and safety guidelines - not to mention any manufacturers who need FDA regulatory compliancy. Doing more with less is a running trend in this sector.
Jul 30, 2019 10:33:00 AM
How can ERP-enabled insights help small and midsize food and beverage manufacturers get ahead?
Today’s industry conditions can make it challenging for any small or midsize manufacturer to remain competitive. But for food and beverage manufacturers, there are hurdles inherent to the business. Perishable goods, strict safety standards and supply chain variability are all factors that must be contended with to be profitable.Read More
Jul 16, 2019 10:50:00 AM
The Business Analytics Challenge
Companies in the life science and FDA regulated industry often treat each compliance requirement as a separate management program. This could be a clinical trial reporting operation, manufacturing lot tracking, or one of many other requirements. Programs such as these tend to thrive in the industry. Each program develops their own approach to gathering data to report to regulatory authorities, however, this may increase the risk for additional compliance costs and potential mistakes. Life science firms can now build an approach to standardize compliance by building it into their business processes.Read More
Jul 8, 2019 2:32:14 PM
Which functions are needed to help you meet regulatory requirements and uphold quality and safety throughout your operations?
The past year has seen some particularly egregious recalls, including repeated outbreaks of E. coli, salmonella and hepatitis A. High-profile recalls such as the one involving romaine lettuce have impacted consumers’ trust, and regulators are doubling down to ensure such oversights do not occur again in the future. Likewise, food and beverage manufacturers are revisiting their sourcing and materials handling procedures to close any quality-related gaps in their practices.Read More
Jun 25, 2019 3:53:16 PM
Manufacturing’s digital transformation is the new place for the evolving role of ERP. From business analytics to artificial intelligence and the Internet of things (IoT), new technology is disrupting how manufacturers do business. One of the most time-consuming tasks, that requires a high level of expertise, has always been taking the raw operational data and turning it into actionable insights. If this analysis is done in house, your only option was to purchase an expensive business intelligence software separately and then, if possible, integrate with your ERP system.Read More
Jun 18, 2019 9:57:00 AM
ERP is playing a significant role in manufacturing’s digital transformation. From business analytics to artificial intelligence and the Internet of things (IoT), innovative technology is disrupting how manufacturers do business. Advanced technologies have affected the competition within the manufacturing industry both domestically and abroad. Manufacturers must continuously analyze how they do business to remain competitive. ERP systems have become critical to making operational improvements in the modern age.
Thanks to ERP software, we expect to see a number of trends take hold over the next year.Read More
Jun 13, 2019 9:38:59 AM
From operational efficiency to recall preparedness, a strong traceability system is critical to remaining competitive in today’s food and beverage market.
Traceability, or the ability to trace the flow of food and beverage products through production, has always been essential to operational efficiency. But in the age of mounting global competition and increasing regulatory oversight, it is more important than ever.
Today’s food supply chain has expanded, such that it is common for the production process to span continents. Given this added complexity, even small and mid-sized manufacturers must invest in the proper technologies to ensure traceability, both as a means of food safety and of remaining nimble in a competitive market.
In this blog, we review how ERP supports traceability and the must-have features to look for in your food and beverage ERP solution.Read More
Jun 11, 2019 8:37:27 AM
From business analytics to artificial intelligence and the Internet of things (IoT), ERP’s new place at the heart of Manufacturing’s digital transformation as the cutting-edge technology is disrupting how manufacturers do business.
What is blockchain? You have probably heard of its most famous application, Bitcoin, which is a blockchain-based currency system. It is actually the first digital currency system to work without a central bank or common administrator. Since its creation, it has been known as “the people’s currency,” and relies upon the unique security of blockchain technology to remain fully democratic in function.
Blockchain’s powerful technology has potential implications for next-generation ERP. Let’s discuss how it might be used within the world of manufacturing.Read More
Jun 4, 2019 10:19:07 AM
From business analytics to artificial intelligence and the Internet of things (IoT), learn about the cutting-edge technologies disrupting how manufacturers do business. In this special blog series regarding Digital Transformation & the Evolving Role of ERP, we will discuss ERP’s new place at the heart of manufacturing’s digital transformation. When we look back at of the mind-boggling depictions of the future in books and movies, we can, in some cases, now say those predictions were not so far-fetched.
Thanks to emerging artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, many of the “futuristic” portrayals are now reality. Robots can understand and speak natural language and “digital assistants” are ready to provide instant answers to our questions.Read More
May 30, 2019 2:02:08 PM
As noted in the Boston Business Journal’s April 4 article ("Biotech, in motion: Demand for life science execs fuels game of musical chairs"), while funding has been handily secured by many Boston biotech firms, qualified people to fill recent job openings have been more elusive. The challenge to recruit and retain life sciences talent has led to extended vacancies and instability in organizations otherwise poised for growth.
For biotech companies struggling with an incomplete workforce, now is the time to explore how technology could empower organizations to scale in spite of staffing challenges.
May 28, 2019 10:39:30 AM
Learn about the advantages of using an ERP Software in an FDA-regulated industry. In this blog series, we will discuss issues ranging from organizing mission-critical documents to vendor management, as well as how an ERP system can help keep manufacturers in compliance and product timelines in place.
Manufacturing executives in FDA-regulated industries used to spend hours at their desks with stacks of papers awaiting their signatures. This practice can now be a thing of the past. Since executives are no longer sitting behind a desk daily, and the periodic approvals have now multiplied in frequency, eSignatures are a critical component of successfully doing business in a regulated industry.Read More
May 21, 2019 10:58:07 AM
Learn about the three areas where an ERP system can support compliant supplier management. In an FDA-regulated industry, it’s not uncommon to utilize suppliers for components of their finished products.
As not all parts may be produced on site, the weight of compliance – and, ultimately, product quality – belongs to the company receiving the product or service. The selection, approval and ongoing evaluation of suppliers is heavily regulated and a critical responsibility for manufacturers.Read More
May 14, 2019 9:48:03 AM
In this blog series, we are looking at the role of ERP in the digital transformation initiatives for today’s manufacturer.
Not that long ago, ERP was an extremely cumbersome software, used only by those organizations that had the personnel and capital to integrate the solution into their operations. Today, it’s fair to say that ERP has become mainstream. In fact, it is considered by many manufacturers to be the key technology for their overall operations. Last year, we took a look ahead at how ERP would factor into digital transformation. Let’s look back at our predictions and see how we did.Read More
May 7, 2019 9:35:03 AM
In this special blog series, ERP Software & FDA Validation, we’ll discuss the advantages of using an ERP system in an FDA-regulated industry. From organizing mission-critical documents to vendor management, you’ll learn how ERP helps keep product timelines in place and manufacturers in compliance.
From managing suppliers to delivering on your customer’s expectations, quality is a responsibility that is fulfilled by everyone at your organization, whether they realize it or not.Read More
May 1, 2019 3:10:16 PM
The Copley Consulting Group is proud to have been named a top CRN Tech Elite 250 company, having earned the highest number of advanced technical certifications from leading IT vendors. Copley Consulting has a commitment to building and maintaining the technical skills needed to provide our customers with the highest level of service across the Infor and Qlik ecosystems. We are honored to accept this award and will continue to improve our skill sets and vendor certifications to meet our clients' demands.Read More
Apr 30, 2019 3:06:53 PM
In this blog series, ERP Software & FDA Validation, we’ll discuss the advantages of using an ERP system in an FDA-regulated industry. From organizing mission-critical documents to vendor management, you’ll learn how ERP helps keep product timelines in place and manufacturers in compliance.
From food and beverage to medical device, manufacturers in FDA-regulated industries have a responsibility to maintain end-to-end lot and serial number tracking and management of inventory.Read More