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Shop-Floor Intelligence at Your Fingertips
New mobile technologies are helping senior manufacturing executives quickly get data from the shop floor
Patrick Waurzyniak Senior Editor
etting fast, accurate data delivered to the palm of your hand is helping drive demand for enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. With the popularity of smartphones and tablets, manufacturers are capitalizing on the
ability to get critical factory operational data from ERP, manu- facturing execution systems (MES) and enterprise manufac- turing intelligence (EMI) applications into the hands of the right decision-makers in a timely manner.
In addition to the proliferation of mobile apps, enterprise software is also moving toward more integrated systems that are easier to implement and maintain, as well as ERP systems that offer a direct interface to engineering applications like Autodesk Inventor and Dassault SolidWorks CAD systems.