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Supply Chain Pain Points in Recent Voice of Customer Survey

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It is no secret that our SCM (supply chain management) software helps supply chain experts solve their pain points. In order to better serve our existing and prospective customers, we wanted to know specifically how Ultriva customers value the technology. This type of thinking is not new for Ultriva, we constantly incorporate customer feedback into our new enhancements and features, mostly recently in version 7.7.  Voice of the customer (VOC) is what drives the people and product at Ultriva. 

Multi-lingual Support in the Global Supply Chain Essential

Global Languages

Being based in Cupertino, California, it is not uncommon to run into people who speak two, sometimes three different languages. My children are well-versed in explaining American idioms to classmates who might take “barking up a wrong tree” literally. Silicon Valley is its own little global microcosm.

Role-based Architecture Absolutely Required in Supply Chain Software

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Every business application needs to manage different roles. Each role has a defined set of actions to be performed to make the application successful within an organization.   Take a simple example of a procurement organization – it includes several roles like – planner, buyer, supplier, material handler, receiving dock person, purchasing manager, supply chain manager, inspector, and materials manager. Each of these human resources has defined roles and responsibilities. That is what role-based architecture brings to the business application.   

Manufacturing Day Oct 3

Manufacturing Day

Friday, October 3rd marks the third annual Manufacturing Day or MFG DAY in social media parlance. In case you have not previously heard of Manufacturing Day, it is the annual celebration of manufacturing in North America, particularly in the United States. This National Event was established to expand knowledge about manufacturing and improve the public’s perception of U.S. manufacturing. The special day emphasizes the importance of American manufacturing to the economy. It also stresses educating the public about the value of US manufacturing careers. (Much has been written lately about the US Manufacturing Skills gap and how it impacts manufacturing). 

A Genius Approach: Built-in Engineering Rules Prevents Problems

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Albert Einstein said intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them. Built-in engineering rules allow customers to define rules on any event or action that occurs in the supply chain. 

Inventory Health Uniquely Defined and Uniquely Addressed

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Inventory health can be deeply impacted as day-to-day manufacturing operations involve thousands of transactions being processed. When system updates from enterprise resource planning (ERP) system do not happen on a real time basis the results often lead to inventory discrepancies. Even daily reconciliation of all transactions may allow for merely adequate results. 

Ultriva Enhances Features in New Version 7.7

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Ultriva is pleased to announce an update to the company’s supply chain execution software. Ultriva is now offering version 7.7, which includes many enhancements and some new features. I am happy to report that most of the new features were driven by our customer requests.  Ultriva has its roots in promoting lean manufacturing, and is a pioneer of End-to-End Pull (E2E) throughout a supply chain.  This new release adds features and enhancements that keep improving manufacturing productivity and profitability.  

Confined to the Factory Floor: an Unacceptable Constraint in the Global Supply Chain

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ERP (enterprise resource planning) systems provide built-in work flows to control different tasks within an organization. For years that was sufficient as many manufacturers operated a single plant within four walls with a finite number of suppliers. Confined to the factory floor is a constraint that renders many technology solutions impotent in a global supply chain.

Exception Driven Management Rare in Demand Driven Technology Solutions

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Recently there has been a wave of newcomers to technology solutions providers claiming to know and understand demand driven supply chain solutions.  Some are renamed companies, as if putting a fresh coat of paint on the old technology addressed real issues.  Many of these new (or newly disguised) solutions have significant limitations, functioning predominantly within the four walls of a manufacturing plant or with scheduling as the primary foundation of their technology.

The Five Components of Demand Driven MRP

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Chad Smith is the co-author of the third edition of Orlicky’s Material Requirements Planning 3/E (Ptak and Smith, McGraw-Hill, 2011) and the co-author of Demand Driven Performance – Using Smart Metrics (Smith and Smith, McGraw-Hill, 2013). He is a co-founder and Partner at the Demand Driven Institute, an organization dedicated to proliferating demand driven methods globally.  Smith serves as the Program Director of the International Supply Chain Education Alliance’s Certified Demand Driven Planner (CDDP) Program.  Clients, past and present, include Unilever, LeTourneau Technologies, Boeing, Intel, Erickson Air-Crane, Siemens, IBM, The Charles Machine Works (Ditch Witch) and Oregon Freeze Dry.  Chad is also a certified expert in all disciplines of the Theory of Constraints studying directly under the tutelage of the late Dr. Eli Goldratt. 

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