Sky’s the limit: Cloud technology heightens affordability, reduces deployment of supply chain execution software
Regardless of size, distribution centers can more readily implement supply chain execution software at any number of locations with increased speed, low capital outlay, and without making additional investments in IT hardware by choosing to operate their systems via Internet cloud technology.<br/>
Intek Integration Technologies now offers its Warehouse Librarian supply chain execution software suites in an Internet-based deployment system called Intek Cloud. This online platform gives distribution centers a new alternative to operate all or part of the suites using Intek’s server infrastructure at any or all distribution sites, rather than deploying the software on the centers’ own hardware IT hardware.
Says Intek CEO Mac Cutchins, “We can now effectively support distribution centers of any size at any location through our IT infrastructure, or conventionally at the customer premises—or any combination of both.”
Cutchins adds that a recent McKinsey Quarterly survey confirms supply chain risk is rising, with many respondents saying they aren’t able to keep pace with global trends.
“Due to the complexity of the product offerings, the software and services segment also has fallen behind the curve,” says Cutchins. “But that’s changed as far as Intek is concerned.”
Through its cloud-based platform, Intek’s various Warehouse Librarian suites function just as if they were implemented on-site, except that they are delivered online. This offers important savings to companies that are looking for access to powerful programs with low capital outlay for hardware, or for those who don’t have the IT staff to support complex line-of-business suites.
For larger companies or those with wider supply chain applications, cloud technology can enable faster rollout of new facilities, or it can be used as a hybrid deployment system where Warehouse Librarian is delivered partly off-premise and partly on-premise.
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.