Solutions for Manufacturing and CPG

The globalization of manufacturing puts immense downward pressure on production costs. Manufacturing companies face the challenge of generating productivity improvements in areas that are already relatively efficient. Additionally, providing after-sales services (installation, maintenance, repairs, extended warranties, or replacement parts) means that companies have even more systems to manage and an ever-growing pool of information to analyze. Customers are also better informed on product performance and pricing, heightening their expectations and demands. To meet them, the Intelligent Enterprise must turn to data analytics and new technologies.

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Enterprise Analytics
Distribution Center

Orders and Shipment

Reports and scorecards applications that allow operation managers to monitor actual lead times of fulfilling customer orders across sales and distribution centers.

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Enterprise Mobility
Manufacturers

Cost Management

Provide in-depth cost analysis across multiple sources to help supply chain managers track material, manufacturing, and production costs through multiple layers of information.

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Enterprise Mobility
Manufacturers

Real-time Monitoring

Provide comprehensive reports and real-time alerts that help manufacturers identify inefficiencies and reduce bottlenecks on the production line.

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Enterprise Analytics
Distribution Center

Operations and Financial Analysis

Provide manufacturers with the ability to track procurement, manufacturing, production, and distribution costs to help increase profit and improve efficiency.

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Enterprise Mobility
Corporate Headquarters

Financial Management

Financial Management applications use powerful apps to analyze information across multiple sources, set performance goals, and create sophisticated profitability and financial models.

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Enterprise Analytics
Corporate Headquarters

Sales and Marketing Analysis

Speed up delivery time for quotes and orders by monitoring actual lead times, enforcing business rules, adding triggers to facilitate accuracy, and pursuing up-sell/cross-sell opportunities.

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Enterprise Analytics
Distribution Center

Supply Chain Management

Supply chain management applications benchmark distributors, regions, and locations against each other to increase attention to goals and metrics, reward high performers, and assist low performers.

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Enterprise IoT
Corporate Headquarters

Digital Badge for Enterprise

Digital badge for enterprise provides secure access to information systems and facilities with smartphone-based digital identity badges.

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Enterprise Analytics Solution

Orders and Shipment

The Challenge

In 2013, manufacturing firms were responsible for over 60.6% of U.S. exports.* With exports generating massive amounts of data, manufacturers need the ability to blend, analyze, and use that information to stay competitive.

The Solution

MicroStrategy helps manufacturers manage supply and distribution networks so they can stay on top of their orders. By analyzing data, manufacturers can efficiently manage inventory materials and boost on-time deliveries. Scorecards give distribution managers quick insights, and help improve performance, reduce costs, and minimize risks. Customized reports show KPIs and comparisons in real time, such as what shipments have already departed from a distribution center. Predictive analytics allow manufacturers to align supply and demand by running hypothetical scenarios and forecasting demand based on historical information and trends. Intuitive and visually appealing dashboards allow production managers to make quick decisions in order to improve reception, processing, and fulfillment times which ultimately lead to increased customer satisfaction.

Orders and Shipment
Enterprise Mobility Solution

Cost Management

The Challenge

Global trade in manufactured goods has more than doubled since 2000—from $4.8 trillion to $12.2 trillion.* The sheer volume of the marketplace necessitates that manufacturers have the ability to break down data to make cost-efficient decisions.

The Solution

MicroStrategy helps manufacturers stay relevant in an increasingly competitive and globalized industry. We provide easy access to data, real-time reporting, and alert-based mobile notifications. With MicroStrategy Mobile, manufacturing managers can pull up their cost analysis at any time, track materials anywhere, and weigh alternative scenarios impacting production -- all from their phones or tablets. Writeback capabilities for taking orders, inventory check, and signature capture provide an agile and efficient approval process. Additionally, personalized costs reports based on a user’s security profile are automatically delivered to show the right information at the right time. Data from different sources filter into a single page scorecard, and the user has the option of drilling down to the smallest of details or viewing side-by-side comparisons of the production costs. MicroStrategy helps manufacturers break down the data to make cost-efficiency decisions easily.

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Enterprise Mobility Solution

Real-time Monitoring

The Challenge

Ensuring an efficient production line requires real-time monitoring and tracking capabilities. Manufacturers must have the ability to react immediately to alerts regarding disruptions in production or product quality.

The Solution

Through real-time reports and comprehensive mobile analytics, MicroStrategy provides solutions for manufacturers to benefit from their exponentially growing amount of data. By providing organizations the ability to monitor and track production and quality data, MicroStrategy helps identify process bottlenecks and ensures high levels of quality control. Threshold-based alerts allow key personnel to quickly identify potential issues such as extreme weather or a storage facility’s increasing temperature. Push notifications through MicroStrategy Mobile apps then inform key players to enable them to take immediate actions when such events occur. And with refresh capabilities sharing the most up-to-date version of reports based on business needs, employees throughout the production line are informed and up to speed.

Real-time Monitoring
Enterprise Analytics Solution

Operations and Financial Analysis

The Challenge

Today, manufacturing workers are more than 2.5 times more productive than they were in 1987.* How much more efficiency can be squeezed out of the manufacturing process through traditional methods?

The Solution

MicroStrategy provides manufacturers with powerful, advanced analytics to help them gain a better understanding of where to make productivity gains in each stage of the business cycle. Increase production, drive scalability, and better coordinate communications while ensuring that your product quality is up to standard. By diving into the data, users can visualize how initiatives taken impact other areas of the manufacturing process. With MicroStrategy’s unified platform, it is possible to show how changes in budget, labor costs, materials, or inventory would affect overall operations. Users can create customized dashboards so others see only the information that is relevant based on security profile. Furthermore, it’s possible to integrate with open source and 3rd-party statistical programs to utilize advanced functionality and product features.

Operations and Financial Analysis
Enterprise Mobility Solution

Financial Management

The Challenge

A global supply chain makes for complex financial management. Manufacturers today need the ability to analyze data from disparate sources and run simulations to model how variable costs (fuel, labor) could impact the bottom line.

The Solution

MicroStrategy provides an integrated architecture that allows manufacturers to analyze accounting and financial information across multiple sources. Information can be viewed in single page statements combining disparate data, giving users the ability to drill down and access minute financial records or data. Customized, easy-to-read reports show revenue and expense transactions in real time. Users can analyze financial statements such as cost of goods manufactured by combining materials used, factory labor, manufacturing overhead, and work in progress information. Furthermore, advanced analytics can be used to compute financial statement ratios to determine hypothetical outcomes given different scenarios. For example, are current assets sufficient to make payments on future, theoretical liabilities? This functionality allows manufacturers to better manage assets, liabilities, capital, revenue, and expenses.

Financial Management
Enterprise Analytics Solution

Sales and Marketing Analysis

The Challenge

Sales teams need access to the latest data and materials in order to make an effective sale.

The Solution

MicroStrategy can streamline the sales process by equipping manufacturers with the tools they need to improve productivity and increase sales. From high definition catalogs to order fulfillment, MicroStrategy Mobile can help simplify the sales cycles and arm each sales or manufacturing rep with the information they need for optimal productivity. MicroStrategy combines data from multiple systems into unified apps and dashboards. Point-of-sale data can be combined with CRM data in order to run reports on trending SKUs. MicroStrategy Mobile helps your sales force shorten the lengthy quote-toorder process with write-back capabilities, inventory check, and signature capture for quick and efficient ordering. With mobile features such as GPS, MicroStrategy allows you to optimize sales routes. For example, reps can find the top five customers in a specific area to optimize their schedule. Being able to deliver the right information to the right person, at the right time, in the right place allows sales reps to effectively and efficiently move a sales opportunity forward.

Sales and Marketing Analysis
Enterprise Analytics Solution

Supply Chain Management

The Challenge

With extensive and complex supply chains, manufacturers are challenged with managing vast amounts of information to optimize the value of each individual supplier across an entire network.

The Solution

MicroStrategy allows manufacturers to evaluate supplier performance on a daily basis to better negotiate prices, ensure timely deliveries, and maintain high standards of quality across increasingly complex supply chains. MicroStrategy offers in-depth analysis for manufacturers to identify changes in supply and demand and monitor freight costs. In addition, manufacturers can increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their supply chain by improving their perfect order rates and quality while staying on budget. For example, manufacturers can identify areas for leaner operations through scorecards that show the number of deviations in regard to Six Sigma Certification. MicroStrategy predictive analytics allows users to align supply/demand by running hypothetical scenarios and forecasting demand based on historical information and trends. From predictive analytics that help plan supply/demand alignment to distribution services for on-time deliveries, MicroStrategy can help improve efficiency across every stage of your SCOR-based processes.

Supply Chain Management
Enterprise IoT Solution

Digital Badge for Enterprise

The Challenge

The globalization and digitization of the manufacturing industry brings immense pressure to manage multiple facilities, secure access to supply chain partners, and provide temporary access to facilities and IT systems.

The Solution

Usher allows organizations to seamlessly control access to physical locations such as warehouses, factories, and offices. Usher also controls access to sensitive, digital information by issuing secure identity badges to every employee via his/her smartphone. With Usher, employees can unlock doors and gates simply by walking up to them or tapping a digital key on their phone. Usher provides organizations with highly configurable and convenient multi-factor authentication including push notifications, biometrics, one-time passwords, face-to-face validation, and Bluetooth proximity. It’s compatible with your existing systems and integrates with mobile application using APIs. Furthermore, Usher generates realtime location data on all employees; this lets managers view where their teams are working to improve collaboration and communication.

Digital Badge for Enterprise

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