manufacturing

Roles, Approvals, Country Discounts: Speeding Up Manufacturing Sales Cycles

Posted by Charing Kam on Friday April 13, 2018

“Manufacturing” as a category might make up a huge part of a country’s GDP, but when you break it down, the types of products made can range from the smallest screw to the largest forklift. There are automotive manufacturers, medical equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers, engineer-to-order and make-to-order businesses…the list goes on.

It stands to reason that sales processes can differ dramatically according to the type of manufacturing as well. In this article, we will be looking at the ability to expedite the industrial B2B sales cycle for a section of manufacturers.

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Tags: CPQ Configure Price Quote, Manufacturing, Business Goals, B2B Sales Challenges

Top 3 Manufacturing Industry 4.0 News You Should Know In April

Posted by Charing Kam on Thursday March 29, 2018

With Good Friday right around the corner, March ends on a holiday high. Let’s look back at the most interesting Industry 4.0 stories from this first quarter of the year, from supply woes to automotive innovations.  

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Tags: CPQ Configure Price Quote, Industry 4.0, Manufacturing, Smart Manufacturing

Maintaining Margins While Increasing Quality: China’s Challenge

Posted by Charing Kam on Friday March 23, 2018

As China rose through the years as a manufacturing powerhouse, the country became synonymous with exports. ‘China used to be the world’s factory’, proclaimed Forbes, as the country overtook the United States as the world’s biggest producer of manufactured goods from 2011 onwards. In 2015, it produced ‘80% of the world’s air-conditioners, 70% of its mobile phones and 60% of its shoes’, as per The Economist. In 2016, its total Manufacturing Value-Added (MVA) was a whopping 3.25 trillion, as mentioned in our previous article on ‘Made in China 2025’.

However, along with that meteoric rise in manufacturing production came an opposing dive in China’s reputation for product quality. As early as 2007, consumers and manufacturers alike were complaining of ‘quality fade’ when it came to Chinese products, explained by Forbes as ‘the deliberate and secret habit of widening profit margins through a reduction in the quality of materials’. Basically, by reducing the quality from batch to batch, factory owners were able to cut costs and increase margins, but with many potential risks.

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Tags: Industry 4.0, Manufacturing, Smart Manufacturing, China

What Applications Can A CPQ Have For ETO Businesses?

Posted by Charing Kam on Wednesday March 21, 2018

Engineer-to-order (ETO) businesses have a unique challenge in the manufacturing space: When your business model depends on mass customisation, sales is never routine. Each project requires precise complex calculations as well as engineering resources and input due to the singularity of the final product or project.

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Tags: CPQ Configure Price Quote, Manufacturing, ETO Engineer To Order, B2B Sales Challenges, Manufacturing Sales Platform

CPQ: The Missing Link In Your Contract Manufacturing Business

Posted by Charing Kam on Thursday March 15, 2018

Contract Manufacturers are vital in the supply chain of manufacturing. While many in the manufacturing industry treat it as just an outsourcing entity, churning out goods for others, contract manufacturers have been busy adapting to the rapidly-changing landscape that Industry 4.0 has brought on.

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Tags: CPQ Configure Price Quote, B2B Sales Automation, Manufacturing, B2B Sales Challenges, Contract Manufacturing, Manufacturing Sales Platform

China's Digital Upgrade for Manufacturing - China 2025

Posted by Sabine Kempe on Monday March 05, 2018

Surpassing the United States in 2010, China’s manufacturing sector is now the largest in the world, with a total global Manufacturing Value Added (MVA) of USD 3.25 trillion in 2016, according to the World Bank.

China's government has committed to convert from a "high growth" to a "high quality growth" nation cemented in the 13th Five-Year-Plan. So how does this ambitious goal translate into the transformation of China's diverse manufacturing industry? Following our previous article on China's digitalization, let's have a look at the nation's digital upgrade plan for manufacturing - the "Made in China 2025" initiative.

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Tags: Industry 4.0, Manufacturing, Smart Manufacturing, China

Top 4 Manufacturing Industry 4.0 News You Should Know In March

Posted by Charing Kam on Wednesday February 28, 2018

The shortest month of the year might be ending, but that doesn’t mean that February was any less exciting. After all, Tesla and Elon Musk did send an actual car into space this month! Our top 4 Industry 4.0 news, below.

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Tags: CPQ Configure Price Quote, Industry 4.0, Manufacturing, Smart Manufacturing

Interview with In Mind Cloud's CEO Dr. Christian Cuske by SAP

Posted by Sabine Kempe on Wednesday February 21, 2018

"With Cloud CPQ Express, Manufacturing Sales is a Piece of Cake (Almost)"

Recently we had the honor of being featured by SAP via an interview with our CEO, Dr. Christian Cuske.

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Tags: Industry 4.0, Manufacturing, News and Events, SAP Hybris Cloud for Customer

The Complete Manufacturing Industry 4.0 Glossary

Posted by Charing Kam on Monday February 05, 2018

The everchanging landscape of Industry 4.0 means that new phrases and terms appear more often than screws on a BOM. Besides the main terms like Cloud Computing, Interoperability or Machine Learning, new phrases such as ‘Servitization’, ‘Edge Computing’, and ‘Digital Twins’ have emerged recently, making it hard to keep up. We’ve collated them, and below, you’ll see the top 6 terms we think all manufacturers should understand.

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Tags: Industry 4.0, Manufacturing, Smart Manufacturing

Top 4 Manufacturing Industry 4.0 News You Should Know In February

Posted by Charing Kam on Tuesday January 30, 2018

…And January is over! This first month of 2018 consisted of forecasts and predictions for manufacturing in the years ahead, and while those are important for planning and data collection, never forget to stay up to date with news. For your ease and convenience, we’ve summarised four key pieces of news that we think will be pertinent for any manufacturer’s Industry 4.0 journey.

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Tags: CPQ Configure Price Quote, Industry 4.0, Manufacturing, Smart Manufacturing

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