The Single Source of Truth for Manufacturing Business Intelligence

Posted by Gerry Poe


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Manufacturing Business Intelligence

Does your company have a comprehensive and unified Single Source of Truth? Can your company turn Information into Knowledge?

The evolution of factory floor automation in all its facets has significantly increased both the amount of data and the disparity of data sources and formats. Although the data generation and storage capabilities are becoming quite common amongst manufacturers, the ones that are able to transform this huge amount of data into information to rapidly be incorporated into the analysis and decision processes are still very few.

While commercial solutions, necessarily designed for typified use cases, might result either in very high TCO or end-up very far from the required results, quite frequently the best solution are customer tailored solutions, built around reliable and feature rich platforms, by companies with proven experience in the field.

With several reference cases in Data Analysis and Manufacturing Business Intelligence areas, Critical Manufacturing has been able to deliver solutions that successfully meet its customer functional requirements, while efficiently resolving the biggest challenges comprehended in this area.

Does your company have a unified Single Source of Truth?

The Challenge

Heterogenous Data Sources
  • From disparate applications in open or proprietary formats
  • Structured and unstructured
  • Duplicated and fragmented information
Multiple Sites
  • Master data synchronization
  • Partial and duplicated data across multiple locations
Huge Amounts of Data
  • Lag between time information is generated to when it’s available
  • Big end-user “waiting time”
Multiple Reporting Systems
  • Cost and effort to maintain different reporting silos
  • Incomplete and Different version of the facts

The Solution

Turn Information into Knowledge

The evolution of factory floor automation in all its facets has significantly increased both the amount of data and the disparity of data sources and formats. Although the data generation and storage capabilities are becoming quite common amongst manufacturers, the ones that are able to transform this huge amount of data into information to rapidly be incorporated into the analysis and decision processes are still very few.

While commercial solutions, necessarily designed for typified use cases, might result either in very high TCO or end-up very far from the required results, quite frequently the best solution are customer tailored solutions, built around reliable and feature rich platforms, by companies with proven experience in the field.

With several reference cases in Data Analysis and Manufacturing Business Intelligence areas, Critical Manufacturing has been able to deliver solutions that successfully meet its customer functional requirements, while efficiently resolving the biggest challenges comprehended in this area.

Does your company have a unified Single Source of Truth?

The Challenge

Heterogenous Data Sources
  • From disparate applications in open or proprietary formats
  • Structured and unstructured
  • Duplicated and fragmented information
Multiple Sites
  • Master data synchronization
  • Partial and duplicated data across multiple locations
Huge Amounts of Data
  • Lag between time information is generated to when it’s available
  • Big end-user “waiting time”
Multiple Reporting Systems
  • Cost and effort to maintain different reporting silos
  • Incomplete and Different version of the facts

The Solution

A unified Multi-site, Multi-application Operational Store
  • Single source of truth
  • No duplicated or missing data
  • Data normalized into a standard structure and format
  • Easy comparison and analysis of data
  • Unified and integrated access point for all users
  • Easy to operate and maintain
  • Easy to integrate additional data sources

Can your company turn Information into Knowledge?

The Challenge

Making Sense of Data
  • Information overload -> “finding a needle in a haystack”
  • Separating common-cause from special-cause variation
  • Correlations but not necessarily cause-effect
Reaction to Change From Different Stakeholders with Different Needs
  • Lack of flexibility creates long turn-around times in fulfilling new stakeholder requirements
Providing a Productive and Consistent User Experience
  • Different reporting tools for covering the same needs
  • Too-rigid or Too-complex user interfaces
  • Slow response times for queries and reports

The Solution

One Consistent Platform With A Comprehensive Set of Powerful Tools
  • Standard and ad-hoc queries + reports
  • Automatically generation and distribution of reports
  • OLAP Analysis for data slice and dice
  • Data Mining for advanced data analysis
    One Consistent Productive and Unified User Experience
  • Empowering the End-User through flexibility
  • Web based interface – no deployment effort
  • One stop-shop for all data analysis needs
  • Performance optimization for the most common reports
  • Export to familiar tools, such as Excel, for further analysis

Without an enterprise resource planning software system, the single source of truth will be segmented and each department with it's own version.

Tags: ERP, Manufacturing

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