Meet the Experts: what are the latest insights in MES systems, and how are they innovatively deployed?

There have been debates on what is better for the customer: customized or Out-Of-The-Box MES solutions. We deliberated on this subject during one of our ‘Meet the ExpertS’ webinars – ask-me-anything-style webinars that aim to connect industry experts with Apriso community professionals and create a common space for Q&A sessions.

To bring even more value to our meetings, we prepare short guides covering matters discussed during webinars. Read one of the questions below to get a sneak peek of what is inside this specific guide.

What are the latest insights in MES systems, and how are they innovatively deployed?

To keep it short, let’s focus on some key approaches that we have noticed as gaining interest among MES/MOM customers or users. 

First, we observe that an increasing number of manufacturers are looking into a single multisite deployment rather than local, plant-by-plant deployments. It requires reliable infrastructure and organization; however, it typically lowers the rollout and maintenance costs. More and more manufacturers realize that it makes a lot more sense. To give you an example, it shortens the deployment speed for all incremental improvements during or after the core solution is deployed for many locations.

Another trend we notice is the growing push for “the MES in the cloud.” It is not only a matter of hosting legacy systems on some cloud servers but, more importantly, a shift from monolithic to microservices architecture. 

The third trend is the greater adoption of Agile vs. Waterfall methodology when building and maintaining the solution. We are working with customers who make deployment to production every 2 or 4 weeks. Here we are talking about the same solution used in many sites.

It requires not only a different project methodology but also the adoption of DevOps culture and specific frameworks. This approach might seem riskier to the manufacturer who does not know what to expect from the final result. Still, on the other hand, it makes the whole team always focused on critical business goals, which might change over time.

As we said before, this is one of several questions that you can find in the guide. Is this subject interesting to you? Do you want to know more about the choice between customized and Out-Of-The-Box MES solutions? Do not hesitate: watch the webinar or download a short guide to learn more!

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