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The rate of change in manufacturing today is faster than ever. Retailers and consumers demand flexibility and responsiveness, regulatory oversight is on the rise, and increasing consolidations require companies to demonstrate cost and efficiency improvements. Information Technology for Manufacturing describes how IT can help manufacturers effectively respond to all of these changes. By reviewing common strategic errors and pitfalls as well as success stories, the book outlines how manufacturing companies can use IT to their advantage in two fundamental ways: to cut costs and to add valuable new capabilities. Citing examples from their work in the field, the authors recount how savvy companies use IT to improve manufacturing processes, and subsequently save millions of dollars, become more competitive, and avoid fines from regulatory agencies. The book takes a comprehensive look at five major areas where IT systems can play a pivotal role in improving any company's manufacturing processes. Going beyond theory, the authors show how to ensure that IT investments bring a real payback to manufacturing companies.
MANUFACTURING CHANGES IN RECENT DECADES Textiles Steel Automotive Pulp and Paper Food and Beverage The Big Picture The Future Role of IT MANUFACTURING IT FROM THE BEGINNING The Development of Corporate IT The First Engineering Applications of Computer Technology "Lights Out Manufacturing" Computer-Integrated Manufacturing The Gulf between Engineering and IT The Emergence of Personal Computers and Networks The Aftermath of the Turf Wars The Rise of ERP The Invisible Computers What Engineering Achieved Y2K The Dot-Com Boom and Bust Conclusion THE STATE OF MANUFACTURING IT TODAY The Cavalry to the Rescue ERP in the Plant The Reasons behind ERPs Shortcomings The Legacy of the Gulf between Corporate IT and Plant Engineering AMR Research Report, February 2000 Unfulfilled Promises "Bring on the Data Entry Clerks" The Need for - and Lack of - IT Support Filling in the Gaps Was ERP Worth the Price? Technology Mania Buying on Faith IT Budgets - Past and Present The New Order - Hard Justification Conclusion WAYS TO CUT COSTS AND ADD CAPABILITIES The Value of Focusing on the Supply Chain Manufacturing's Place in the Supply Chain Manufacturing's Role Gets Overlooked How Manufacturing Systems Can Achieve Real Payback Reducing Waste and Loss How to attack the Waste Streams Informed Decision Making Reducing Waste through Supplier Integration Reducing Waste through Management of Quality Providing New Capabilities Supporting Regulatory Compliance Conclusion THE PORTFOLIO The Integration Chasm Building a Bridge between ERP and the Plant The Portfolio Conclusion ACHIEVING PAYBACK WITH THE PORTFOLIO Snapshots of success Examples of Real Payback Conclusion HOW TO MAKE IT SOLUTIONS A REALITY Why the Process is Difficult The Project Lifecycle Conclusion STRATEGY Why Requirements Matter General Guidelines for Creating a List of Requirements Benefits of Requirements The Requirements Document Using Requirements to sketch Out Broad Solutions Various Approaches to IT Architecture Involving the End Users and the Stakeholders Conclusion FRAMEWORK Design Guidelines for Technology Evaluation and Selection The Value of Standards and Models Standards Models Justifying the Capital Expense for IT Projects The Three Main Ways to Justify Projects The Importance of Business Strategies Conclusion IMPLEMENTATION AND SUPPORT Implementation Support Conclusion PITFALLS The 10 Most Common Pitfalls An Even Longer List of Pitfalls Dodging Pitfalls A List of Why Projects Succeed Climbing Out of Pitfalls in Five Steps Seven Habits of Highly Effective Manufacturers Conclusion CONCLUSION APPENDICES INDEX
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