Altico and Visibility Address Challenges Faced by Complex Manufacturers

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In an interview today with Ken Rayment of Better Process Podcasts, Mike Kean, president of Altico Advisors (http://www.AlticoAdvisors.com) and Steve Carson, executive vice president of Visibility Corporation, discussed the challenges faced by the manufacturing industry, and specifically those faced by manufacturers of complex products. Kean and Carson further addressed some of the ways that manufacturers are meeting these challenges and the solutions they have found for maintaining a competitive edge in the global marketplace.

In an interview today with Ken Rayment of Better Process Podcasts, Mike Kean, president of Altico Advisors (http://www.AlticoAdvisors.com) and Steve Carson, executive vice president of Visibility Corporation, discussed the challenges faced by the manufacturing industry, and specifically those faced by manufacturers of complex products. Kean and Carson further addressed some of the ways that manufacturers are meeting these challenges and the solutions they have found for maintaining a competitive edge in the global marketplace.

Rayment opened the discussion with a question on the challenges faced by small to mid-sized manufacturers in high mix/low volume environments. Rayment sees manufacturing heading in this direction, given the need for specialized products and services to be delivered. Kean and Carson replied that mid-market manufacturers today are often selling to global markets and have to manage large bills of materials. To compete, they have to be able to provide a high level of service, deliver fast turnaround, and adjust quickly to changing demands.

As the interview progressed, Rayment, Kean and Carson focused on more of the specific demands and solutions - how fully integrated systems allow companies to compete and deliver cost effectively. One key point was made regarding the ability to track the profitability of each project in real time and ensure that the company is reflecting true costs when quoting on similar projects in the future. This business critical data can be lost or take too long to extract when disparate systems are not integrated.

VISIBILITY.net ERP is built on the Microsoft .net platform and runs on a SQL database. Critical data flows from the production modules into the financial application and from the front end order entry system into all of the back end systems. Jobs can be tracked from start to finish, inventory levels are maintained properly, and profitability is calculated in real time.

When asked about the size of companies using VISIBILITY.net ERP, Kean and Carson explained that while it is an ideal solution for mid-market manufacturers with complex environments, it will scale to much larger companies as well as divisions of even the largest enterprises where a given division may have significant complex manufacturing requirements that are not being met by the system that the parent company is running.

For a link to this informative podcast, visit the home page of the Altico Advisors Web site and click on Presentation Downloads.    

About Altico Advisors
Headquartered in Massachusetts, Altico Advisors implements and supports business, financial, and customer management software solutions for mid-market companies throughout New England. Altico is a Microsoft Certified Partner and a VISIBILITY.net ERP Certified Partner specializing in ERP and CRM systems for manufacturing, distribution, software development and service companies. In addition, Altico provides a wide variety of consulting and advisory services, such as outsourced financial services, business and IT strategy alignment, software selection, and business analytics. http://www.AlticoAdvisors.com

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