10 Ways to Optimize Enterprise Technology for Food and Beverage Manufacturing

Posted by Gerry Poe


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How food and beverage companies can take advantage of decades’ worth of enterprise technology and ERP software advances today.

There are stories praising the benefits of cloud computing and virtualization, which are two primary forces behind the transformation of how companies of all shapes and sizes “do” computing.

However, to take part in this information revolution, it’s critical to have the right underpinnings which means upgrading the operating platforms and system software driving enterprise infrastructures.

The combination of modern server based hardware ought to be part of technology strategies if your company and departments are looking to modernize the infrastructure. Below we have identified ten of the top issues driving the need for upgrading technologies to fully support ERP software and hardware enterprise demands.


  1. Block security voids - One issue brought about by the end of support for Windows Server 2003 is Microsoft no longer provides patches for security issues which continue to collect daily. For your company’s compliance with regulations such as HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), and PCI, issues which alone may spell the end for Windows Server 2003. Windows Server latest releases, on the other hand, leverage present day security and hardware features of new processors to provide fast hardware-based encryption to keep your systems and data secure. Knowing that data resides on the most secure servers possible will help everyone rest better while keeping hackers and auditors at away.

  2. Continue business beyond the data overflow - As the amount of new data users create grows exponentially, it is increasingly difficult to efficiently store the barrage of images, videos, sound files, presentations and documents. One effective method for reducing expenditures for new storage is employing data de-duplication technology to reduce the amount of redundant data you need to back up, archive or simply move from one storage medium to another.

  3. Deep application and platform support - With the influx of new database technologies and applications to support trends such as Big Data and predictive analytics, organizations need the latest hardware and software just to be competitive. Many of the best Windows databases and server applications didn’t even exist until after support for Windows Server 2003 ended. The latest software is not being rigorously tested on decade-old hardware and certainly isn’t supported on it. Applications may not be recoverable if the OS fails. Users will not have access to the tools they need to work, which could paralyze business operations. Upgrading hardware and software may be a prerequisite for the new applications users demand.

  4. Reduce operating expenditures through consolidation - It costs a fortune to keep IT systems running. Maintenance and energy costs alone put pressure on IT budgets, but with server sprawl, where new servers were deployed for each new workload, it’s no wonder that on average, companies spend nearly three-quarters of their IT budget on operating expenses. Servers that are more than 4 years old deliver only 4% of the performance of today’s best servers while using 35% more energy. Clearly, by utilizing virtualization technologies and upgrading servers, your company can free up substantial portions of IT budget and dedicate it to more strategic work delivering competitive advantages.

  5. Getting cloud-ready - Organizations that aren’t already deploying virtual servers and thinking about private or hybrid clouds for workloads from databases to line of business (LOB) applications, will no doubt be considering these options soon. The cost-performance benefits are clear, including capital and manpower as well as reduced data center footprint, which saves valuable floor space and cuts energy costs. Outdated infrastructures with 10-year-old operating systems are not designed to support the cloud. The need to match higher enterprise performance processors with large memory capacity, high speed and low latency storage, and faster network bandwidth are crucial for a virtualized environment that is the very foundation of a cloud ready infrastructure.

  6. Improved performance - The demand on servers has been increasing substantially due to broader organizational use of the data and applications required by end users. New servers running the latest processors and operating systems can increase performance up to 5× compared to platforms from 2007. This provides the performance and responsiveness your organization needs. Improved memory performance and capacity help drive performance improvements in new servers. The result is improved service levels when multiple employees are using a single application, such as ERP, when a single server supports multiple virtual machines, or when workers in branch offices and other remote locations need to access critical real-time information.

  7. Support mobility and remote access - Enterprise process workflows are rapidly changing. More employees work from home, from remote offices, or from the road. These users need access to ERP applications and data which reside on the servers in your data center. New technology simplifies the job of enabling devices such as tablets and smartphones, across platforms like SYSPRO Espresso, to access business critical applications and data from wherever users may locate. New servers that are designed to handle the high volume of transactions common in highly mobile environments are a necessity.

  8. Scalabiity and reliability for 24/7 operations - Today there’s no reason for downtime, which can reduce customer service levels and cause employee frustrations. This makes reliability a key requirement for enterprise systems. Without current systems technologies, reliability key to delivering business continuity and customer satisfaction is questionable. On the other hand, new server technologies support near-instant recovery from disasters through VMware, a low-cost, out-of-the-box solution for business continuity that will keep systems running and your executives happy.

  9. Agility, scalability and growth - Because it is business, nothing stays the same which includes business requirements and IT resources needed to support them. Whether technology demands fluctuate seasonally, or as a result of growth, your company needs to freely scale and be able to manage your growing infrastructure whether physical or virtual. The latest servers and operating systems enable growth; both virtual and physical capitalizing on scaling to support changing workload demands.

  10. Increased Productivity - One thing that hasn’t changed since the introduction ERP software, doing more with less. The economic challenges of the past several years have further pressed technology budgets to the point where current infrastructure is often not only aging, but actually holding companies back from their full performance potential. If IT is to enable innovation in business processes while also cutting costs, the status quo must change. Enterprises ought to employ the latest, most cost-effective and efficient tools to deliver business value with self-evident ROI for every IT dollar spent. This includes building with state-of-the-art servers with industry’s highest validated performance that fits into your environment, components to withstand the rigors of 24/7 uptime and redundant subsystems throughout.

Summary

The benefits of migrating to ERP Software utilizing the latest infrastructure technologies are many, including: increased efficiency through virtualization; improved energy efficiency from reduced server sprawl; increased productivity from more powerful and effective servers; more scalability with reliability from enhanced security and failover; and better storage utilization, to name just a few. Achieving these benefits and more your underlying hardware ought to be capable of fully supporting the latest Microsoft Windows Server platform with the speed, stability and features required to execute your enterprise tasks and ERP software that ultimately deliver value to customers, suppliers, users and executives equally. Only by upgrading aging and often unsupported server hardware to the latest technologies will you be able to reap the full rewards of ERP Software.

Please send us a note with your most pressing technology and business challenges and we will be pleased to help.

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Tags: Enterprise Software, Business Continuity, Food & Beverage

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