White Paper: Bridging the Gap Between IT and Manufacturing
Today's manufacturers are constantly seeking information to better understand their processes as a means to improve product lifecycle management. They rely primarily on IT departments and systems to gather information, but often find that this information is difficult to gather and correlate, and that IT does not have the necessary resources to provide rapid responses to these requests. Often, manufacturing users must search through mountains of data leading to ""spreadsheet madness"" that ultimately do not provide an acceptable answer to the problem at hand. IT departments, meanwhile, are challenged to leverage legacy system investments and minimize implementation time, while providing the necessary information for Manufacturing teams.
Such "data challenges" clearly create a gap between IT and Manufacturing. The focus of this paper is on enabling process intelligence in a way that helps both IT and Manufacturing accomplish their goals - helping to bridge the gap between IT and Manufacturing teams.