IDC Manufacturing Insights Report Analyzes Top Global Manufacturing Execution System Vendors
New Study Emphasizes CIOs Should Consider Manufacturing Execution System (MES) as a Corporate-Wide Business Application
This new study, Vendor Assessment: MES Strategies Part 2 - Selecting the Right MES Application (Document # MIOT01S, November 2010) reveals that many manufacturing organizations - when selecting a solution to improve their manufacturing execution - are uncertain as to whether it is best to use a best-of-breed MES suite or simpler functions available from their favorite enterprise resource planning (ERP), supply chain management (SCM), orproduct life-cycle management (PLM) vendors.
IDC Manufacturing Insights believes that CIOs need to change their mindset and start considering the MES as a corporatewide business application. Manufacturers need to move away from the traditional deployment of MES that was typically plant-centric and local, with minimal or no involvement of corporate IT.
"Being a successful manufacturer is not an easy task today," said Pierfrancesco Manenti, EMEA Research Director, IDC Manufacturing Insights. "Manufacturers must be ready to make rapid corrections to their tactics following fast-changing demand, shorter product life cycles, and opportunities to exploit new or emerging markets. In this environment, we believe manufacturers should directly manage the selection, implementation, and maintenance of the manufacturing execution system. It is as important as their ERP, SCM, PLM, and CRM systems."
The IDC Manufacturing Insights study - which follows and completes the report Business Strategy: MES Strategies Part 1 - Importance and Challenges of Real-time Manufacturing Execution (IDC
Manufacturing Insights #MICO01R9, May 2009) suggests that manufacturers should carefully select their MES vendors and implementation partners. This can have a deep impact on the value of their MES applications and, as a consequence, on the quality and effectiveness of their manufacturing operations.
"Our advice is to start first by clearly defining business requirements and then defining the right MES approach," continued Mr. Manenti. "To frame the issue, one should consider whether the MES application is for a single plant or multiple plants, as well as the need to extend the application to support the specific requirements of an individual plant or having a global standardized application."
The vendors analyzed in the report include Apriso, AspenTech, Invensys Operations Management (IOM), Oracle, Rockwell Software, SAP/Visiprise, and Siemens.
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