Manufacturing business intelligence (BI) success stories
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Manufacturing business intelligence (BI) success stories

Manufacturers are turning to business intelligence because the process of making products is a huge opportunity for data optimization. Raw materials need to be ordered, received, assembled, packaged, and shipped out for sale in the leanest way. Manufacturers follow the same steps to make each product, and from monitoring these processes with business intelligence, production teams find ways to be more efficient. Data-driven manufacturers use technology to automate most parts of the business —from production through to sales — for competitive advantage.

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Topics: Case Study, Industry - Manufacturing, Industry - Building & Industrial Supplies, Strategy, Management and Performance, Industry - Consumer Goods, KPIs and metrics

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Manufacturing business intelligence (BI) success stories

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Manufacturers are turning to business intelligence because the process of making products is a huge opportunity for data optimization. Raw materials need to be ordered, received, assembled, packaged, and shipped out for sale in the leanest way. Manufacturers follow the same steps to make each product, and from monitoring these processes with business intelligence, production teams find ways to be more efficient. Data-driven manufacturers use technology to automate most parts of the business —from production through to sales — for competitive advantage.

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Topics: Case Study, Industry - Manufacturing, Industry - Building & Industrial Supplies, Strategy, Management and Performance, Industry - Consumer Goods, KPIs and metrics

A new BI solution for the construction industry

A new partnership between Phocas Software and Aktion Associates will empower construction businesses to use their data to make critical business decisions and improve planning. The partnership integrates Phocas business intelligence software with Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate and Sage 100 Contractor accounting and project management software to help users manage all aspects of their operations. The integrated BI reporting solution, Aktion Analytics powered by Phocas, is available to Sage 300 and Sage 100 customers exclusively through Aktion.

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Topics: Job Role - IT, Industry - Building & Industrial Supplies, ERP - SAGE, Press release

Obex team uses business intelligence dashboards to track performance

In 2008, the founders of Obex Protection in Worcester saw the potential for better glazing and façade sealing technology for the construction market in the United Kingdom. A base range of products was on offer, but the market was primed for innovation with customers needing better, more tailored offerings.Today, the company has 28 people in the UK, a remote facility in Australia and a salesperson covering France. The Obex Protection team uses Phocas business intelligence dashboards to quickly understand how the business is tracking across its three international divisions.

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Topics: Case Study, Industry - Manufacturing, Industry - Building & Industrial Supplies, Dynamic reporting, data analytics, business intelligence dashboards

Inventory optimization helps American Metals Supply adapt to change

Independent wholesaler American Metals Supply (AMS) provides sheet and coil steel, prefabricated duct and fittings, and HVAC products to commercial construction projects. The company operates out of eight locations serving customers in twelve states across the middle of the U.S. Typically, over half of AMS inventory is tied up in raw steel. The rest consists of flex duct, pipe fittings, prefab fittings, venting, spiral pipe, connection systems and other products used by HVAC contractors. Critical during this time is inventory optimization, monitoring closely what’s on hand, as well as projected inventory levels to uncover areas to address.

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Topics: Case Study, Industry - Wholesale Distribution, Industry - HVAC/Plumbing, Industry - Building & Industrial Supplies, Job Role - Inventory/Operations, data analytics

The future of wholesale distribution is in your data

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The distribution of goods is a vital part of the global economy.  Nonetheless, as wholesale markets continue to be disrupted, it’s more difficult for distributors to remain competitive. However, data is a great equalizer. Wholesale distributors must take advantage of the wealth of information being generated by their companies each day, and turn it into actionable insights.

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Topics: Business Intelligence Basics, Industry - Wholesale Distribution, Job Role - Sales, Industry - Building & Industrial Supplies, Job Role - Executive, Job Role - Marketing

Can data analytics assist the mergers and acquisitions process?

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The key principle behind M&A is that joining two companies is more valuable than operating them separately. But we all know there are so many decisions regarding the two businesses that need to be made to secure the value of the consolidation. One of these considerations is often about software or IT and what data analytics solution the 'new' company should choose.

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Topics: Job Role - Finance, Industry - Electrical, Industry - HVAC/Plumbing, Industry - Building & Industrial Supplies, Job Role - Executive, Industry - Retail, Industry - Mechanical and Industrial

17 supplier KPIs to master

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The following is a preview of our new eGuide, KPIs for AD suppliers that's been created with AD, the largest member-owned buying group for construction and industrial supplies in America.

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Topics: Industry - HVAC/Plumbing, Industry - Building & Industrial Supplies, Job Role - Executive, Job Role - Inventory/Operations

Why industry specific data analytics is taking off?

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Having the appropriate data analytics solution is vital to strategic decision making. However, one-size-fits-all solutions don’t always address a company’s specific needs. Cloud technology has facilitated the rise of vertical SaaS data analytics and more bespoke solutions.

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Topics: Business Intelligence Basics, Industry - Food and Beverage, Industry - HVAC/Plumbing, Industry - Building & Industrial Supplies, Job Role - Executive

[eBook] How building suppliers and manufacturers can improve sales and stock management

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Building suppliers and manufacturers must embrace new technologies to better respond to challenges, overcome threats, and take advantage of opportunities to further grow their business. 

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Topics: Industry - Manufacturing, Industry - Wholesale Distribution, Industry - Building & Industrial Supplies

Phocas makes quick impression at BAT Industrial Products

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Phocas provides BAT Industrial Products with the information they need to take action to reduce the number of at-risk customers and increase sales.

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Topics: Case Study, Industry - Manufacturing, Industry - Building & Industrial Supplies, ERP - Pronto, Job Role - Executive

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