Manufacturer uses Phocas for production performance management
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Manufacturer uses Phocas for production performance management

CQR Security Limited is a British manufacturer, making equipment for the security intruder market such as cable and door contacts. Initially, the company deployed business intelligence to analyze its sales and get a better understanding of its top-performing products. The use of data has expanded dramatically for CQR, and it now takes a data-driven approach to production performance management, inventory management and component purchasing decisions — to find more ways to drive efficiencies.

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Topics: Case Study, Industry - Manufacturing, Job Role - Sales, Job Role - IT, Job Role - Executive, ERP - Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Job Role - Inventory/Operations, Inventory Management

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Manufacturer uses Phocas for production performance management

CQR Security Limited is a British manufacturer, making equipment for the security intruder market such as cable and door contacts. Initially, the company deployed business intelligence to analyze its sales and get a better understanding of its top-performing products. The use of data has expanded dramatically for CQR, and it now takes a data-driven approach to production performance management, inventory management and component purchasing decisions — to find more ways to drive efficiencies.

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Topics: Case Study, Industry - Manufacturing, Job Role - Sales, Job Role - IT, Job Role - Executive, ERP - Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Job Role - Inventory/Operations, Inventory Management

Phocas and Datafile join forces to offer SMEs a digital transformation roadmap

Phocas business intelligence and Datafile software solutions, two longstanding software providers dedicated to solving data problems for the  SME market in the United Kingdom, have signed a local partnership agreement. Together, they aim to provide a digital transformation roadmap to small and medium sized businesses by making business intelligence compatible to all versions of the Datafile ERP. 

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Topics: Industry - Manufacturing, Industry - Wholesale Distribution, Company Updates, Industry - Retail, Press release, data analytics, ERP - Datafile

Culture matters as Phocas scales up

Myles Glashier, our co-founder and co-CEO explains the evolution and development of Phocas on the popular podcast,'Scaling Up'. Myles chats with Ed Cowan about the story behind the data analytics business. The genesis for Phocas came when Myles was a backpacker in London and met ERP owner Paul Magee. The two co-founders have stuck together over 20 years, bootstrapping a subscription-based business intelligence software company into a global success story. If they had one rule, it's culture matters.

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Topics: Industry - Manufacturing, Industry - Wholesale Distribution, Job Role - Sales, Company Updates, Job Role - Executive, Industry - Retail, Job Role - HR

Metalogic and Phocas partnership brings iMetal customers fast ERP reporting

A new partnership between Metalogic (part of the Jonas Metals Group) and Phocas business intelligence launches. The software pairing helps metal manufacturers, processors and distributors get fast ERP reporting and extend the data analytics functionality of the iMetal solution.

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Topics: Industry - Manufacturing, Industry - Wholesale Distribution, Company Updates, Press release, Dynamic reporting, data analytics, ERP - iMetal

The KPIs every manufacturer should know and measure

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When it comes to achieving success in manufacturing, the industry is way beyond the idea that data matters. Manufacturers and the decision-makers that run them understand the value of data and are turning to BI strategies and manufacturing KPIs in times of uncertainty. Leaders want to know how decisions on production runs, purchasing and the supply chain impact their financial KPIs faster than traditional reporting allows so they are looking to BI to provide this insight.

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Topics: Industry - Manufacturing, Job Role - Finance, Job Role - Executive, Dynamic reporting, business intelligence dashboards, Inventory Management, KPIs and metrics

Bill of Materials example: Rivertrace

Rivertrace is a manufacturer based in Surrey, England and makes monitoring systems for pollution control for the maritime, offshore and industrial sectors. It designs, manufactures, commissions and services equipment across the world. Operations Director Martin Saunders explains how Rivertrace uses data analytics to enhance reporting, stay in control of its component usage and manage its Bill of Materials, providing an example.

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Topics: Case Study, Industry - Manufacturing, Job Role - Inventory/Operations, ERP - Merlin, Dynamic reporting

What is a bill of materials and how to tackle it?

A Bill of Materials (BOM) is a list of all necessary materials and components required to make a product. To be useful, BOM includes raw materials as well as the quantities of components in the assembly process and the spare parts for repair. Many companies struggle to consolidate all of this information, especially companies that both manufacture and sell products. Component reporting using data analytics is a simple way to tackle BOM to gain clarity and streamline order processes.

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Topics: Industry - Manufacturing, Business Intelligence Basics, Job Role - Inventory/Operations

3 supplier performance metrics to increase returns

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To maintain an efficient supply chain and satisfy customers, companies must be assured of timely and accurate delivery from their suppliers. Many purchasing managers are turning to data analytics to calculate supplier performance metrics which leads to better relationships and stronger returns.

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Topics: Industry - Manufacturing, Industry - Wholesale Distribution, Job Role - Sales, Industry - Retail

Behler-Young connects Amazon Alexa and Phocas BI with great results

Can you have a conversation with your business intelligence solution while driving? Behler-Young sales people do. Robert Wright, a Senior Application Developer and Analyst at Behler-Young, integrated Amazon Alexa with Phocas, a business intelligence solution for manufacturers, distributors and retailers. With critical data only a question away, they always know what's going on even when they're on the road.

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Topics: Case Study, Industry - Manufacturing, Industry - Wholesale Distribution, Job Role - IT, Industry - HVAC/Plumbing, Industry - Retail

What's new in manufacturing software?

In manufacturing, most companies can’t make products any faster or cheaper, so they need to achieve efficiencies through data and the back office. ERP, data analytics and the new Epicor Data Analytics (EDA) Financial Statements manufacturing software helps facilitate these gains. Many manufacturers using Epicor ERPs benefit from the partnership between Phocas and Epicor and use the white-labelled Epicor Data Analytics plus EDA Financial Statements to do systematic analysis of their data and monitor KPIs.

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Topics: Industry - Manufacturing, Financial Statements, data analytics, data visualizations, KPIs and metrics

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