Finance & Administration

Discrete manufacturers have the unique challenge of not only looking across the enterprise, but across the entire supply chain to make strategic business decisions. They must consider suppliers and transportation costs while balancing that with increasing competition and savvy customers who have more options. It is more important than ever for their finance and administrative staff to have access to data they need help them provide intelligent, actionable information for the organization to make smart strategic decisions. Aptean provides comprehensive technology solutions that give them the tools they need to drive efficiency while maintaining profitability.

IFinance & Administration

In discrete manufacturing, the goal is to manage costs by streamlining processes through improved automation, yet maintain a high level of customer satisfaction to compete against a growing market. The administrative departments of your business are the backbone of the organization — the behind-the-scenes workers on which all other functions depend. They need software that can help them keep those back-office processes flowing.

They need Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) for accounting and business functions, fully integrated throughout the organization, with comprehensive and flexible financial management features that streamline transactions and provide instant access to all financial data, from summary views to transaction-level drill-down detail. They need Business Intelligence software for fast, accurate analysis of critical business data, and they need tools for monitoring the business for possible issues before they become bigger problems.

Aptean offers a full suite of technology for finance and administrative departments that address all these areas, ideally suited for discrete manufacturers:

How Aptean helps you in Enterprise Resource Planning

ERP software solutions automate and support a range of administrative and operational business processes, including line-of-business, customer-facing, administrative, and asset management functions. Regardless of their goals, manufacturers evaluating and comparing ERP solutions are typically looking to achieve IT and operational cost savings and tackle process gaps and inefficiencies. In this respect, the ERP solution must not only work for the manufacturing functions, but also for the finance team, giving them visibility into the business, full integration with all operations, and real-time reporting.

Made2Manage ERP

Who it’s for

Made2Manage ERP is for small and medium-sized manufacturers with dynamic, to-order environments such as engineer-to-order (ETO), make-to-order (MTO), assemble-to-order (ATO), and mixed mode operations focused on driving down costs while increasing efficiency, on-time delivery and customer satisfaction.

How it’s different

Made2Manage seamlessly integrates enterprise resource planning and scheduling with shop floor execution better than any other ERP software provider. Built in 1986 by the president of a machine tool company, and expanded through the years via the input of more than 1500 discrete, to-order manufacturing companies, Made2Manage has never strayed from its focus on the manufacturing industry. What’s more, in its latest release, Version 7.0, Made2Manage debuts its 100% .NET, SOA, n-tier architecture—with “future proof” technology that won’t become obsolete the moment you buy it.

Why you need it

The shop floor is where the real work gets done in dynamic, to-order environments. When you need to create sophisticated plans that will help your shop floor run at maximum efficiency while still being able to quickly react to customer demands, you need industrial-strength manufacturing ERP software that operates at the speed of your shop floor. With Made2Manage ERP, you can:

  • Plan using real world constraints and what if scenarios
  • Improve on-time delivery using Theory-of-Constraint scheduling
  • See the entire enterprise operations right down to the shop floor
  • Execute changes on the shop floor swiftly

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Intuitive ERP

Who it’s for

Intuitive is a solution for manufacturers building products for regulated industries, such as electronics, medical devices, and aviation who must comply with strong regulatory requirements such as component serial number traceability, product configuration, quality management, and engineering change management

How it’s different

Intuitive offers the most affordable, comprehensive, and tested ERP feature set for regulated manufacturing environments. With more than 800 customers in 20 countries, Intuitive ERP stands out in the marketplace for its ability to increase the quality and visibility of information manufacturers need to make the strategic and tactical operational decisions that achieve core business goals. By leveraging a Microsoft .NET architecture, Intuitive provides capabilities that are faster, more secure, and easy to administer, modify, and integrate with other applications.

Why you need it

Tracking, reporting and ensuring the integrity of information are one of the most important aspects of manufacturing for regulated industries. An inability to react to quality or customer issues can be or to be able to plan and deliver in a timely manner can be the difference between success and failure. With Intuitive ERP, you can:

  • Provide seamless integration of planning, materials management and procurement, manufacturing, financial, and business intelligence processes.
  • Leverage eCommerce and customer relationship management (CRM) capabilities, and a well-developed services and support offering to make it easy for your customers to do business with you.
  • Make it easy for your employees to do business with each other by standardizing and integrating business processes across the enterprise.
  • Provide data analysis tools to enhance decision making.
  • Support multi-national manufacturers with multi-language and multi-currency capabilities.

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How Aptean helps you in Business Intelligence

Discrete manufacturing is dependent on the supply chain, so business intelligence is a key weapon in any manufacturer’s arsenal. However, most business intelligence software is “generic”—not designed with the needs of the supply chain in mind, so manufacturers often run blind in many areas. These companies need a BI solution that will provide them with the visibility they need not only across the entire organization, but across the supply chain to ensure they are making the most intelligent decisions possible. Aptean Analytics was built with those companies in mind.

Aptean Analytics

Who it’s for

Aptean Analytics delivers the perfect combination of specialization, simplicity and actionable data for companies that want true visibility into their operations. Powered by industry-leader QlikView and delivered in a user-friendly format, Aptean Analytics will help you drive decisions with the right amount of data provided in the right way.

How it’s different

Aptean Analytics is powered by the industry-leading QlikView platform. With more than 30,000 customers across the globe, QlikView drives real decisions by providing actionable insight through a Business Discovery capability. Business Discovery enables users to dig further into data associations from any number of data sources. By combining this unique capability with a fully mobile-enabled and widget-based platform, QlikView puts the power of the platform in the hands of any user, anywhere.

Why you need it

Data is only good if you can use it. This sounds simple, but businesses understand the underlying truth in this message. The challenge is taking a seemingly infinite amount of data and making it usable in a short period of time. Powered by analytics leader QlikView, Aptean Analytics delivers ready-to-use graphical dashboards designed for your business that allow you to easily spot and resolve any business issues, from profitability to the sales pipeline. And perhaps most importantly, those dashboards are geared toward any organization and any user, not just data analysts. They take away the complexity typically associated with traditional Business Intelligence (BI) solutions. Aptean Analytics serves up data in straightforward charts, tables, dashboards, and other advanced visuals.

Coupling industry-leading analytics and business intelligence with time-tested enterprise solutions provides a powerful, specialized toolset that enables you to manage your business efficiently and gain insight into challenges and opportunities that may exist.

How Aptean helps you in Data Integration & Monitoring

The ability to understand today and predict the future is an advantage. You need technology to help you sense and respond to business events faster, while proactively shaping your business future. Many enterprise systems generate alerts to help you identify trends and react to processes that are outside the normal range. For maximum business impact, however, you need a comprehensive view—a perspective on events that are, or will soon be, affecting your organization.

Event Management Framework

Who it’s for

For organizations that require an enterprise-wide view into business issues that can escalate into material problems, Aptean’s Event Management Framework (EMF) monitors systems across the organization to provide a ‘big picture’ view of the events that affect your business and alerts you to anomalies for swift resolution.

How it’s different

Many enterprise systems generate alerts to help you identify trends and react to processes that are outside the normal range. For maximum business impact, however, you need a comprehensive view – a perspective on events that are, or will soon be, affecting your organization. Event Management Framework is designed to provide actionable insight into events across your business. Easily linked with your existing systems and configured to generate alerts in the format you choose, Event Management Framework is a one-stop shop for your alerting requirements.

Why you need it

An organization with state-of-the-art risk management across the enterprise is always a step ahead of the competition. EMF oversees and provides peace of mind so that companies can focus on growth and providing outstanding customer service. EMF combs through vast data from various sources and flags issued based on pre-set parameters. The EMF early-warning system provides notifications through a variety of communications channels, allowing you to run a more agile organization and quickly react and resolve events that could threaten business. It enables you to predict and react to events in any enterprise system, delivering targeted information to the appropriate organizational departments via automated notifications. 

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