Mediaplanet and VAI (Vormittag Associates, Inc.) Work Together to Mobilize the Factory Shop Floor

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Mobile devices have become mission-critical for manufacturing companies looking to gain a competitive advantage.

The shop floor of tomorrow will be unlike anything we see today as the tools and machines of yesterday will soon be capable of connecting with mobile technologies and the cloud. From the internet of things (IOT) to wearable computing to 3D printers that print industrial materials like carbon fiber, the tools on tomorrow’s mobilized shop floor will create a flexible production platform.

“A quiet evolution is taking place on American factory and shop floors that is changing the face of manufacturing,” said Bob Vormittag, CEO, VAI. “In its heyday, manufacturing output was a measure of a nation’s power and might. The industrial complex was as much an economic barometer as it was a national security deterrent and source of pride and patriotism. Today, the digital revolution is modernizing how goods are produced, and new technologies and processes are bringing exciting visions of the future to life.”

For example, integrating mobile customer relationship management (CRM) systems with the ordering process can improve customer responsiveness by providing information to sales teams on inventory levels and available-to-promise dates. This real-time responsiveness can make the difference between making a sale or missing an opportunity. Additionally, for make-to-order manufacturers, mobile integration of configuration and pricing options accelerates the quoting process and eliminates costly mistakes.

The transformation of the shop floor will only continue at an exponentially accelerated rate. With a mobile infrastructure serving as the backbone of the transformation, manufacturers will have complete visibility and control over more aspects of the production process. The results are tremendous benefits that will help manufacturers improve the customers experience and generate a greater return on investment through a more diverse and optimized production capability. As mobile technology becomes faster and more robust, product designers will be pressured to keep pace with creating great products that are timely and poised to capture future market opportunities.

About VAI (Vormittag Associates, Inc.)
VAI is a leading independent mid-market ERP software developer renowned for its flexible solutions and ability to automate critical business functions for the distribution, manufacturing, specialty retail and service sectors. An IBM Premier Business Partner, VAI is the 2012 IBM Beacon Award Winner for Outstanding Solutions for Midsize Businesses. VAI continues to innovate with new solutions that leverage analytics, business intelligence, mobility and cloud technology to help customers make more informed business decisions in real-time and empower their mobile workforces. VAI is headquartered in Ronkonkoma, NY with branch offices in Florida, Illinois and California. For more information, visit, follow @VAISoftware on Twitter or “like us” on

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