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Manufacturer Springs Into SaaS

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lalabond91
lalabond91
8/21/2014 3:13:55 PM
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This is really an interesting story. So many unknown facts about the business world. Some companies, like US Diamond have a strong marketing campaign and focus on the customer relationship more than anything else. After all, this is what makes a company grow.

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Kishore Jethanandani
Kishore Jethanandani
6/2/2013 1:04:49 PM
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Order Flow
I suspect patterns in order flow, inventory depletion between years, seasons, across marketing campaigns would be the additional unsuspected benefits that would have been realized.

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John Perry Dancoe
John Perry Dancoe
9/25/2012 2:26:31 PM
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Re: SaaS in the Neighborhood

3D printing is indeed likely to revolutionize manufacturing and in turn many other aspects of society as well. It's impossible to say yet what type and magnitude of changes this disruptive technology will bring about, but one possibility is an explosion of "boutique" manufacturers who will want agile, inexpensive business software that's flexible and quick to deploy. SaaS ERP is a great model to support that.

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William Terdoslavich
William Terdoslavich
9/25/2012 1:50:45 PM
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Re: SaaS in the Neighborhood
3D printing permits customized manufacture to suit customer demand immediately. Granted, this technology is only now taking its baby steps. (You can buy a 3D printer for only a couple of thousand bucks.) Customized items with small production runs are possible. Spare parts on demand are not out of the question. Mass-produced anything is somewhere over the horizon, but I think this is a price/performance problem that will diminish once cheaper ways are found to deliver volume. 

And we have imagined SaaS manufacturing via 3D printing already, we did. 

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eric.cruet
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9/25/2012 1:34:50 PM
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Re: SaaS in the Neighborhood
I wonder what the effect of 3D printing will have in further enabling SaaS for the manufacturing sector?  Specialized design applications like CAD?  Faster supply and e-commerce chains?

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William Terdoslavich
William Terdoslavich
9/25/2012 12:40:53 PM
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Re: Finding the right solution
This case offers a good comparison of "information age" and "industrial age", and how the two complement one another. Induastrial age qwe all get: that is making things. But when youhear "information age", at first you are left wondering, how do you "make" information? It really is not the product. Rather, it is the ability to develop better information to make better decisions, and by doing that become more efficient. The "industrial age" did not end with the rise of IT. 

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John Perry Dancoe
John Perry Dancoe
9/25/2012 9:59:46 AM
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Re: Finding the right solution

Spring Dynamic's results are a fairly typical Plex Online subscriber experience. After implementing the system, which often replaces and consolidates the functionality of multiple aging and incompatible software solutions, companies find that not only do they have increased real-time control of operations and more robust and immediately available reports to help drive decision-making, they also have reduced inefficiencies by introducing new, streamlined workflows. The net result is greatly improved visibility to management of an empowered workforce producing higher quality products at a lower cost.

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Cassimir Medford
Cassimir Medford
9/23/2012 6:04:09 PM
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Re: Finding the right solution
Many of these SaaS companies have large teams of sales and marketing personnel. They spend a lot of money and other resources on marketing, so companies like the one in this blog probably gets calls every day from SaaS providers.

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WASITE
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9/23/2012 11:04:19 AM
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Re: SaaS in the Neighborhood
@ LegalCIO

From a succession planning point of view, such a system can help formalize and document a certain process so that no one (less knowledgeable) skips an important process in a workflow.

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WASITE
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9/23/2012 11:00:44 AM
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Finding the right solution
The return on investment in the case quoted is inspiring for other companies who are looking for cheaper solutions than acquiring legacy softwares to meet their needs. It is just the matter of finding the right SaaS solution and that requires effort for which many companies dont have staff.

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