Industry 4.0 for Manufacturers Has Nothing to do with Luck

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What’s luckier than a 4-leaf clover?

Finding the right applications platform for your manufacturing business.

Industry 4.0 doesn’t deliver itself.

Yet it’s all too common for manufacturers to invest in MES or ERP and hope, with a little bit of luck, that it will supercharge their digital transformation and unlock all the benefits that go with the connection of people, processes, devices and machines.

If we had a coin for every time we heard this scenario, we’d have, well, a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. But, at Fuuz, we don’t believe in the luck of four-leaf clovers and leprechauns. Instead, we’re in the business of helping our customers create their own luck with an applications platform that works.

What is an Applications Platform?

Simply put, an applications platform connects the business tools you use every day to your MES and ERP. This way all of your business software–accounting, CRM, payroll, barcode label printing, and so on can share data to improve performance across the organization.

Point solutions exist to connect MES and ERP with other software in order to do all the things manufacturing businesses need  to do. But point solutions can be expensive and are often cost-prohibitive for small- to medium-sized businesses. And the more software you need, the more stress you put on valuable IT resources. Just like a Guinness on St. Patrick’s Day, you can’t just have one. That’s where an applications platform, like Fuuz, comes in.

How Can an Applications Platform Extend MES and ERP?

An applications platform is your one-stop-shop for connecting shop floor processes to enterprise software. Instead of working with dozens of third-party vendors, wasting time and money on development cycles, muddling through confusing UIs and disparate systems that cut into your team’s productivity, you can use an applications platform to efficiently customize your MES and ERP–or build you own.

How to Choose the Right Applications Platform

Bringing all of your business operations under one digital roof just makes sense. And it’s probably what your organization was initially hoping to achieve with an ERP or MES solution that promised to deliver the industrial internet of things.

ERP and MES are designed to meet a specific set of operational needs and they do that well, but they’re also expensive and time-consuming to maintain and that’s just the cost of doing business. So before you purchase or renew your enterprise software subscription, you should evaluate an applications platform.

Begin by identifying the pain points associated with your enterprise software. Here are some questions to ask:

Are complicated customizations raising your business costs?

How long does it take to build applications or find and integrate third-party solutions?

Does your IT team have the time and expertise needed to support extensive modifications to code?

Which business functions do you need to connect?

Are your current solutions easy to use?

The answers to these questions will help you identify where your MES/ERP is working and where it isn’t. The answers will also clarify what you need an applications platform to do. The next step is to schedule a demo with our experts at Fuuz to better understand if and how our solution can solve these pain points.

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There really isn’t anything else quite like Fuuz on the market.

Fuuz offers out-of-the-box and tailored solutions to deliver the end-to-end connectivity businesses need from ERP and MES–all in one place. Our multi-tenant, no-code, low-code, pro-code platform features a Full Integration Suite with pre-built connectors to commonly used enterprise solutions, including ERP, IoT/IIoT and more. Think of Fuuz as the house where all of your software lives. You can go into the ‘house’ using a single, user-friendly interface. It’s like having a virtual key to everything you need to run a successful manufacturing business.

Fuuz also comes with EDI integration, shipping integration, an MES system and many others that can augment or replace your existing software, connect everything with everything else and capture the data you need.

Fuuz was built to close the gap between enterprise software and Industry 4.0.

So, instead of hunting for four-leaf clovers and hoping for the best with MES and ERP, get in touch with our team to find out how you can create your own luck with Fuuz.

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Fuuz, from MFGx, is a no–code, low–code, pro–code applications platform that delivers Industry 4.0 to manufacturing businesses across industries. With rapid deployment of stand–alone apps and connectors to existing software, businesses can capture data, connect processes, people and machines — all in a single platform ecosystem.

Get in touch. We’re here to help.