Business Intelligence for the food
Do you want to know how your company is doing? And know why it's doing well - or falling short? You need a reliable management information system to continuously monitor your company's performance. So that you can manage the business from a strategic, tactical and operational perspective and take the right decisions. You want to look further than only at sales results that may be under par. What is causing the decline? Do you have enough sales orders? Are you producing efficiently enough? Enough capacity to get the job done? These are all operational drivers behind operating results that are crucial to the improvement of your business performance.
Getting started with Data
There is a wealth of information in all of your systems, and that data mountain is only going to grow higher. Data is the beating heart of your organisation, so make the most of it! You're going to collect this business data first of all, and from there on develop your KPIs to create a better understanding of where you stand. That's how you gain insight into each of your business processes at one location and at the touch of a button. With the food-specific platform that we offer, you also have the possibility to forecast how your business performance will develop in the future.
A selection of the modules provided by Management Information
Visualising data with Power BI
Power BI enables you to visualise all business data insights. You want an easy and clear data overview so that you can always, real time, adjust operational processes that are crucial to business performance improvement. Power BI helps you understand the right dashboard insights quickly, that can then be easily distributed throughout your organisation. You can even give the user the opportunity to develop dashboards thanks to the low-code / no-code possibilities offered by the Aptean Food & Beverage ERP Foodware 365 Edition platform.
Data is very important to many companies, maybe even all-important. Data quality is a key asset. But you do need to ensure that your data is up to date. It could well be that certain articles are clustered in the wrong categories. When you are fully focused on only operational processes, you have no idea if this is the case or not. Business Intelligence enables you to see easily what's going on and if improvements need to be made regarding the quality of your data.
The benefits are twofold if you can forecast demand correctly. On the one hand, it leads to more sales (by offering insight into the ‘drivers’ behind your sales results) and boosts customer confidence, while on the other hand it saves cost thanks to production flow optimisation. The fundamentals of demand forecasting with Machine Learning is the relationship between up to date data, potentially combined with forecasting (the weather, the economy), in comparison with historical data. This combination of data can facilitate a truly accurate forecast of what is going to be sold. This enables you as a food company to optimise your production planning.
Boosting quality with Cognitive Services
You want to organise the automation of your operational processes as efficiently as possible. And you can do that with Cognitive Services. These services, based on Artificial Intelligence, support your system in taking decisions or, if you prefer, take those decisions themselves. Examples of this are that incoming products are automatically recognised and allocated to the correct product group on the basis of quality, but it is also conceivable that an incoming truck is scanned, so that the system knows immediately what the truck is transporting. In addition, face recognition lets you determine who may enter the facility. Business Intelligence lets you verify if everything is working as it should be.
Shop floor control
A managent information system can alert you to the fact that the production forecast will not be achieved. Thanks to Shop floor control, you can manage production forecasts more accurately and adjust the process in the workplace real time. Business Intelligence gives you the insight you need and the possibility to improve the process. You can see precisely what piece of equipment or which operator is the cause of the shortcoming.
Every kilogram you enter into your production process must obviously exit somewhere; the Mass balance sheet. This enables you to demonstrate that the number of raw materials in the production process is exactly according to the end product's specifications. This has everything to do with compliance with stringent requirements of quality labels and can be revealed by Business Intelligence.
Insight in Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)
Food companies require insight into their OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness), a KPI that enables you to monitor the production efficiency of your facility. That's why you need insight into the information generated by three key drivers: the availability of your equipment, its performance and the quality of your products. Business Intelligence enables you to retrieve this information from Aptean Food & Beverage ERP, so that you know exactly how much first time quality you have, how many products need a rework, or if your equipment needs shorter set-up times and if your equipment is available according to plan or is subject to too much maintenance or disruption.
Looking for what else is possible with Business Intelligence?
There is much more to be offered within Aptean Food & Beverage ERP. Feel free to contact us and we can help you further.
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