Key themes woven into our worldwide manufacturing top 10 predictions for 2021 include the focus on the ecosystems, supply chain management, product and service innovation, quality, technology consolidation, and AI. These predictions span the manufacturing value chain, as DX continues to be embraced by all parts of the business. This IDC study provides manufacturers with the top 10 predictions and underlying drivers that we expect to impact manufacturers’ IT investments in 2021 and beyond. Technology leaders and their counterparts in the line-of-business (LOB) operations can use this document to guide their IT strategic planning efforts.

IDC provides its top 10 predictions for the manufacturing industry with an analysis that covers five years. The predictions are designed to provide organizational decision makers with a call-to-action investment plan concerning these technologies

 

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About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, or renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of the Industry.


Meaningful relationships exist across your company and are a great resource for serving customers and improving efficiency. When workers engage with each other to solve problems and innovate processes, your business benefits and strengthens. By integrating unstructured meetings and conversations with your critical business ERP data and by enabling worker conversations digitally, you can help eliminate worker silos—giving your business a competitive advantage.

Epicor Collaborate is an enterprise-wide collaboration and productivity tool built on a cloud platform. Easy to use and intuitive with hashtags and mentions, Collaborate connects groups of workers simply. When your employee teams communicate digitally, you increase customer responsiveness and satisfaction

 

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About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, or renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of the Industry.


Senior-level executives are at the core of any big departmental change. Success and failure rest on their shoulders. They need to be involved. Despite the pressure of this role, you can help them understand they don’t need to do everything.

Their job is to ensure new strategies aligned with overall business goals and changes are laid out for employees. Your job is to convince them that Field Service Management (FSM) software does align with business goals and explain how you’ll handle the transition. Take some pressure off executives by showing them you’ve done the research to get the program off the ground and you understand what it takes to succeed.

 

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About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, or renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of the Industry.


Many of today’s manufacturers are experiencing growth and increased production. Volume is steadily rising for many, and manufacturers are often dealing with how to meet increasing demand.

With your manufacturing operations already running close to capacity, some of the traditional ways of gaining new capacity are to make large capital investments or to outsource some of the new manufacturing demand. These are challenging tactics, because getting new resources in line will take time, and there’s no guarantee that the numbers will continue to climb.

However, you do have a third option. You can meet increased demand by freeing up needed resources within your current operations. The key is having access to real-time manufacturing information and using it to identify areas of improvement within your existing operations.

 

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About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers and Distributors. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, or renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of the Industry.


Talent management is quickly becoming the human resource industry’s hottest buzz term. Preparing your workforce for the future is important. Equally important yet often overlooked, however, is managing your employees in the present. How your employees are performing today sets the foundation for how your workforce will look in the future. Don’t overlook the importance of performance management and optimizing your workforce today.

Managing employee performance may seem like a common sense business practice, but a recent study revealed that many employees have never had a performance review or found their review to be not useful. Though this number is troubling, it is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to performance management—while slightly more than 40 percent of employees are receiving useful feedback from employees, it does not include those employees who don’t receive continued support or guidance from their employers. Performance management goes beyond an annual performance review. It involves keeping employees engaged and motivated to achieve a high level of professional success. How do you manage this? There are three main steps to increase employee performance today.

  1. Work with employees to set defined goals.
  2. Make these goals challenging yet achievable.
  3. Provide consistent feedback.

Sounds simple enough, right? It can be if you have just a handful of employees to manage. On the other hand, managing the performance of a sizeable workforce can be more challenging. By implementing best practices for performance management company-wide, you can increase the likelihood that employees will be doing their best work possible while reducing the ineffectiveness of a fragmented performance management policy.

 

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About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers and Distributors. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, or renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of the Industry.


As our world changes, we’re becoming more connected in all aspects of our personal and professional lives. While the number of connected devices increases, the cost of technology is decreasing and fundamentally changing our expectations. The pervasive use of smartphones, smartwatches, and home virtual assistants serves up a steady stream of information that keeps us always connected to nearly whatever and whoever we choose. Now, facilities are increasingly becoming connected—like connected cars, connected cities, and connected flights. That means organizations are also creating new connections—like connected factories, warehouses, and machines, as well as the underlying software—to innovate how they leverage data for productivity gains, savings, and revenue growth.

 

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About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers and Distributors. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, or renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of the Industry.


American manufacturers need to stay current if they wish to remain successful. Positioning yourself for growth means looking to the future and gaining efficiencies through new technologies. That’s why this question may be the most important one for your business— are you a future-ready manufacturer?

Before you can adequately answer that question, you and the members of your organization need to know the answers to these three questions

 

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About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers and Distributors. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, or renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of the Industry.


Think of all of the reasons you chose Epicor ERP in the first place. Perhaps it was for greater visibility, efficiency, and productivity. Perhaps it was as a foundation for innovation, transformation, and growth. In a world increasingly shaped by digital transformation and Industry 4.0 technologies, every year brings smarter ways to achieve all of these objectives. It’s only by evolving along with technology that you can take advantage of change—and stay competitive. Here are 4 compelling reasons why it is essential to make the move to the latest version of Epicor ERP.

 

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About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers and Distributors. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, or renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of the Industry.


Cloud technology enables digital transformation which means you can strategically use IT to solve business problems, accelerate customer satisfaction, productivity, reduce business cost and create business differentiation. In today’s uncertain and highly competitive markets, strategic use of IT is critical to survival, turning IT from a cost center into a profit center.

Elevate your IT Department’s focus from routine on-premises software upgrades and server maintenance to strategic business outcomes.

 

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About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers and Distributors. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, and renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of Industry.


The mobile workforce in today’s supply chain is increasingly dependent on the latest technologies to deliver increased productivity and data accuracy. Epicor Mfg POD Lite is a handheld application, which is a component of the Epicor Mfg Wireless Warehouse application. It has the essential capabilities to enable the logistics workforce to perform fast, accurate, and paperless proof of delivery.

 

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About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm specializing in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers and Distributors. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, and renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of the Industry.