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ArcherPoint Manufacturing Quarterly
3rd Quarter, 2015

In an age where disruptive technologies are converging to cause a paradigm shift in business processes, practices, and models, manufacturers ill-prepared to embrace them are going to be lagging behind. Unfortunately, when it comes to the foundation of business technology—ERP systems—most manufacturers are running on systems that are decades old, while the average mid-market company’s system is seven years old. Without an up-to-date ERP foundation to form the basis for integration, embracing these paradigm-shifting technologies is a moot point. This article discusses these five technologies—including IoT, mobile, and the cloud—and their impact on the world of ERP and manufacturing. Read the full article

Shows Old Way vs New Way

Being the “Operator” in Change Management
Regardless of your company’s structure or culture, change management is challenging. According to this article, “there is a knack to it,” and “Those that are good at it are often referred to as operators.” This article discusses the critical points operators need to know to effect successful change. First, they must understand that stakeholders are just as effective at facilitating or killing an initiative as an impediment presented by traditional management, so they also know how to work behind the scenes to get critical supporters in place. The article goes on to discuss other important milestones, including building a business case, getting stakeholder buy-in, and the actual implementation of the change. Read the full article.


Made in the USA emblem The Reshoring Surge: What’s Driving It, and What Does it Mean?
Reshoring is benefiting an increasing number of U.S. manufacturers who see it as a way to maintain or regain some ground on global competition. In 2003, approximately 140,000 U.S. jobs were lost to offshoring, but in 2014 we saw a net gain of 10,000 reshored jobs. At the end of the 1990s, manufacturers moved production overseas to take advantage of lower labor, processing, and material costs. However, the benefits aren’t being realized anymore, with wages in Asia rising dramatically and lengthened supply chains adding time and exposing companies with inconsistent product quality, costly port slowdowns, and more. This article goes on to discuss the drivers of reshoring, such as China’s growing infrastructure, allowing the former workforce to relocate to higher paying jobs, as well as intangibles, such as environmental and social issues surrounding foreign production. Bringing jobs and production facilities on shore has steadily increasing benefits that far outweigh any that were anticipated around offshoring 15 years ago. Read the full article.

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