Your products may be the star of the show, but there is something else of great value being produced on the manufacturing plant floor: Data. Big Data. Gigabytes upon gigabytes of it. Between ERP, CRM, and the dozens of other solutions that power the modern manufacturing industry, companies today have an unprecedented amount of opportunities to achieve operational excellence by leveraging all this data.
There’s just one problem.
Enterprise data is messy. It is complicated, scattered, and inconsistent. Too much information is hidden away in isolated repositories under different custodians. Because of this disconnect, companies often rely on cumbersome spreadsheets for analytics and typically experience a time lag in providing insights to decision makers.
Manufacturers need easier ways to extract insightful, actionable information from their data and answer some very big questions:
Enter Business Intelligence (BI).
BI is defined as “technologies, applications, and practices for the collection, analysis, and presentation of business information.” Its purpose is to support better business decision-making.
The application of BI to enterprise data has led to a “new industrial revolution” of sorts in the manufacturing industry. In this new era of data transparency, companies are finally leveraging one of their greatest assets — their data — to overcome inefficiencies and drive improvements.
Areas typically improved by BI include:
At a very high level, applying business intelligence to Big Data enables manufacturers to:
Companies can leverage BI to do some pretty remarkable things in many critical areas throughout the business:
This is only a small selection of examples of how BI can be applied and what it can do. The full truth is nearly every aspect of your manufacturing business can be positively impacted through the intelligent application and analysis of data that business intelligence enables.
Leading enterprise software company Infor has acquired Birst (a pioneer of cloud-native BI, analytics, and data visualization) to complement and strengthen its world-class CloudSuite™ and analytics applications. We can’t wait to see how this pairing shapes the future for data-driven businesses using advanced BI, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.