The Next Step for Global Manufacturing Operations Management

next_steps_gobal_manufacturingToday is an important day in the history of the Apriso – Apriso has agreed to be acquired by Dassault Systèmes. FlexNet will become an integral part of the DELMIA suite of products.

For the past couple of years, we have been writing about the importance and value of embracing a three platform strategy, consisting of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM). In Digital Manufacturing, collaboration is key. The more readily information from product design is made available to production and planning, the greater value that is created across the enterprise.

In following that theme, today’s announcement is validation that this direction is one worthy of pursuit. By combining Apriso’s manufacturing solutions with Dassault Systèmes’ engineering and design solutions, significant value is possible by those manufacturers that embrace a combined solution which supports better collaboration and access across platforms. This merging of product suites creates enormous potential value by ensuring the integration between planning and execution is secure, current and possible, in real time. Manufacturing and design intelligence can now be shared in real-time, with the potential to significantly improve efficiency, reduce waste and accelerate the time to market for new product launches.

When I started at Apriso about eight years ago, the concept of globally deploying a manufacturing operations management solution was virtually unheard of. Plant-by-plant implementations of manufacturing execution systems were the norm.

An incredible transformation has since occurred over the past decade whereby the possibility of managing manufacturing operations as an enterprise solution is now definitely possible. In fact, it is rapidly becoming the norm. With this evolution has come a reality of truly synchronizing design with execution, regardless of how many plants a manufacturer has, or where they are located. This joining of forces between Apriso and Dassault Systèmes marks an important transition point to further validate the need to manage manufacturing operations on a global, enterprise scale.

Thank you to all who have helped to be part of the manufacturing transformation we have already experienced. Now comes the hard part – doing what we said we’ll do! Stay tuned to see how this venture delivers upon its promises.

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  1. It’s very interesting that the giant company acquired Apriso. It shows a future trending of integration of enterprise IT solutions especially for manufacturing industries.
    Apriso is the only vendor I know so far who put a lot of effort into reseraching on MOM.
    I was actually translating some of your companies posts into Chinese and published in Chinese bbs. Hope in the future I can still see you brilliant ideas.

  2. Indeed, it is a good move move towards an efficient and sustainable manufacturing operations management. Keep it up!

  3. Hi Jim,

    Well said and congratulations. We at LNS Research have been following the MOM platform space for as long as Apriso has been one of the industry leaders. It is true that global manufacturers today are moving to manage operations at the enterprise level and this acquisition is just further evidence that space as a whole is transforming.

    LNS looks forward to continuing to research and cover this industry and as you said in your post, it is now all about “execution”.

    Best of Luck,
    Matthew Littlefield

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