by Jim Connett, on June 07, 2021
- Industry 4.0
- Digital Transformation
- Smart Manufacturing
One of the most significant and impactful software investments your company will make is the manufacturing execution system (MES) application. The MES is the heartbeat of your facility. If the MES is running efficiently and effectively, you’re probably going to do well. If the MES is causing issues, the impact will be felt both internally (missed KPIs, monthly goals, and orders) and externally.
If you invested in an MES some 20 years ago, you are probably seeing now how the new demands and requirements of today’s manufacturing world can’t be addressed in a legacy MES. Consider that AI-driven, web-based interfaces were pretty much not even a thought in the minds of the MES developers in the 80s and 90s, even into the 2000s. Today, we have highly intelligent, web-based MES architectures which are readily available and provide a competitive advantage. Think about cloud-based MES environments; that concept was never imagined for the MES applications two decades ago. Yet today, a decentralized MES architecture is now available and allows for more cost-effective global growth.
Legacy MES applications may be failing to meet the needs of these new demands, and your IT group may be considering an MES migration to take advantage of newer technologies and capabilities. At some point, the decision to migrate (or upgrade) the MES is unavoidable. If you find yourself in that position today (or you sense that you’ll be there soon), then here are some points to ponder (in no particular order) on this exciting journey.
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