Enjoy this new blog by our new guest contributor in 2014, Cindy Jutras, a widely recognized expert in analyzing the impact of enterprise applications on business performance. With over35 years of corporate experience and specific expertise in manufacturing, supply chain, customer service and business performance management, Cindy has spent the past 8 years benchmarking the performance of software solutions in the context of the business benefits of technology. In 2011 Cindy founded Mint Jutras LLC (www.mintjutras.com), specializing in analyzing and communicating the business value enterprise applications bring to the enterprise.
One of the trends I am most anxious to watch as Mint Jutras launches its 2014 ERP Solution Study is the interest level in cloud deployments, particularly in the manufacturing segment. Oftentimes manufacturing gets a bad rap and many assume it lags in its ability to understand and utilize technology to support the business. That "technology" includes Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), which provides the transactional system of record of the business. And with its roots in Material Requirements Planning (MRP), it is that much more critical for a manufacturer.