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CeBIT 2016: Industry 4.0 requires system integration Digital future with integrated ERP platform caniasERP

The ERP manufacturer Industrial Application Software is presenting its business software caniasERP at CeBIT 2016 in Hanover and focuses on the question of the basic requirements in the context of Industry 4.0. Medium-sized companies are shown how they can gradually approach the new trend with ERP software that acts as a central integration platform in the company.

CeBIT 2016: Fully integrated software
caniasERP in the context of Industry 4.0

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems have the essential task of centrally controlling the corporate value chain. The more information and business processes are managed and supported by an ERP, the more valuable this system is for the company using it. In times of increasing flood of data and Industry 4.0, which are associated with an increasing number of decisions, the need for innovative technologies and processes, a uniform integration platform that closely interlinks all planning and executing business processes across all areas of the company is all the more important. Because the trend towards digitization has meanwhile also actually arrived in practice in medium-sized industrial companies, they are more and more interested in software solutions that can map and control as many (preferably all) functions of their organization as possible. The ERP manufacturer Industrial Application Software (IAS) is presenting its business software caniasERP in terms of a powerful and flexible ERP platform at this year's CeBIT from March 14th to 18th, 2016 in Hanover at booth A17 in hall 5. The IAS shows visitors to the fair what role system integration plays in the subject of Industry 4.0 and how medium-sized companies can gradually approach this trend with pragmatic solutions.

The digital future requires system integration

CaniasERP software as an integrated ERP platform
(Managing Director and PR Manager and Press Officer of the IAS)

C. Sezer, managing director of the IAS location in Karlsruhe, outlines the central integration philosophy of the group of companies: “Even when we were founded over 25 years ago, we recognized that the future of ERP lies in a powerful, collaborative integration platform. That is why we gave our system the name 'caniasERP', which stands for 'Collaborative Applications Network (der) Industrial Application Software' - supplemented by the abbreviation 'ERP' for Enterprise Resource Planning. Today, in the age of digitization, mobile business, big data and Industry 4.0, we believe even more strongly that the combination of integration and collaboration is a decisive success factor for modern and future-oriented corporate IT. We pass this strategic approach on to the companies in all of our customer projects. Our conviction that system integration is an absolute basic requirement for Industry 4.0 is in line with the industry understanding of the ERP specialist groups about the future of ERP. "

What does the IT industry say about ERP in the context of Industry 4.0?

With regard to the so-called industrial revolution, the industry agrees on the requirements for modern ERP software. Your view of the target state can be summarized as follows:
A modern ERP system acts as an integrated planning and control instance. It has a comprehensive and consistent database from various sources and is able to supply the company with relevant market, customer, supplier, product, manufacturing, logistics and financial information. In the context of Industry 4.0, this is additionally enriched with recorded machine data and optimally made available bundled in a uniform software. All available information can be selected, aggregated and classified in semantic context in the own knowledge management system depending on the objective, which promotes intelligent information and knowledge management. Furthermore, BI tools integrated into the ERP make a significant contribution to efficient corporate management by processing large amounts of data quickly and effectively supporting decision-making processes by means of targeted ad hoc analyzes and forecasts. “Smart” and mobile work with ERP software in real time ultimately accelerates the company's reaction time and improves its informative value for customers and suppliers. This creates a “smart factory” along the entire value chain and the system provider is increasingly developing into an integration partner.
In order to be able to take on this integration task of a central data hub, ERP systems must also be technologically flexible and have an open architecture.

Industry 4.0 with fully integrated software caniasERP

The modular business software caniasERP from Industrial Application Software (IAS) covers almost all economically relevant company areas and processes: its almost 40 modules - from production planning / control (PPS), sales and financial accounting (FiBu), over Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Supply Chain Management (SCM), Human Resources Management (HCM) as well as document and project management up to an integrated groupware for corporate communication - are integrated in a uniform system and work without System breaks down. This means that all master data can be kept and maintained centrally, and preliminary and final calculations can be created at any time on the basis of current data. Planning, disposition and supporting administrative processes can also take place across all specialist departments.
In the form of cross-sectional properties, the module for Business Process Management (BPM) and the TROIA integrated development environment are located above the individual functional areas. CaniasERP's BPM allows a high degree of automation of IT-supported processes. With the integrated development platform and the application's open source code, companies have the flexibility to adapt the software to their individual requirements. Supplemented by cross-company collaboration, which promotes efficient interaction and communication between all internal and external entities involved, the comprehensive networking within caniasERP makes a fundamental contribution to the Internet of Things.

But where does an ERP system end? And where does Industry 4.0 begin?

This question will be taken up in detail in the technical lecture of the IAS at the ERP forum of CeBIT, which will be held on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 12:10 at booth F04 in hall 5. The topic of the lecture is "Final Destination ERP - Beyond the Limits of the Classic ERP System". It discusses how the ERP used should be embroidered so that it can optimally support the reproducible, self-controlling processes - which are characteristic of Industry 4.0. (by Anna Seel)

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Article from 03/08/2016

Keywords: ERP, CeBIT