Enterprise Software: Top 5 American Software Providers
Enterprise application software is comprised of business-related tools that improve productivity for a company. The software is centrally managed and fully customizable to provide the support necessary to streamline business processes regarding sales, billing, content management, human resources management, security and shopping without the need of an entire IT department. The applications and software allow business executives and employees to access data, forms, reports and processes vital to the business without having to rely on IT professionals.
Companies offer software and applications to help with customer relationship management (CRM), enterprise asset management (EAM), enterprise resource planning (ERP), financial management (FMS), human capital management (HCM), service-oriented architecture, performance management (PM), product lifecycle management (PLM), supply chain management (SCM) and workforce management (WFM). Clients purchase software that is comprised of a defined architecture, system and platform based on their company’s needs and business goals.
Based in Redwood City, California, Oracle is the leader in enterprise software development, enterprise performance management (EPM) and business intelligence (BI). The company offers software solutions that optimize and manage productivity over the entire organization, incorporating the elements of smart integration to lower ownership costs, agility to integrate information and the alignment of intelligence over various parts of the management process.
Oracle offers software and services that include the Oracle Database, Enterprise Manager, Beehive, Collaboration Suite and applications such as PeopleSoft and E-Business Suite. The company is best known for the Oracle Database, the program that revolutionized database computing.
The Washington State-based company develops and manufactures an exhaustive variety of software products for home, school and business. The third largest company in the world has offered more to businesses than just Microsoft Office. Through Microsoft’s acquisition of Great Plains Software, the company moved into business and financial management software under Microsoft Dynamics. Microsoft Dynamics is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) application designed to help midsized businesses simplify their production processes, improve their sales and marketing capabilities, centralize financial information and save money. Microsoft offers enterprise solutions that can adapt to a client’s specific industry, helping them to achieve company goals, improve operations and boost productivity.
PARAMETRIC TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION (PTC)
PTC focuses on providing product lifecycle management (PLM), engineering computer-aided design (CAD) software, content management and publishing solutions to their 50,000 customers located all over the world. Popular products they have created include Pro/ENGINEER, Arbortext, ProductView and CoCreate. These products, along with Windchill, Mathcad and Insight, comprise PTC’s Product Development System, a tool designed for use by customers in the industrial, aerospace and defense, automotive, retail and medical device industries, to name a few.
PTC provides hands-on training and consulting with their products, helping customers get the most from their software purchase. Additionally, the company is continually researching and developing new tools for their clients including social product development and Value Roadmaps.
Infor is one of the largest providers of business software in the United States with revenue upwards of $2 billion. The company develops and delivers flexible and innovative software solutions to businesses around the world. Their software and applications include everything from EAMs to WFMs, and are based on the client’s short and long-term needs. Infor focuses on the continuous development of new technology to help their clients improve efficiency over the product line. The company allows their clients the flexibility to choose from licensed, hosted, software-as-a-service, or outsourced solutions to deploy the software. With over 70,000 customers, Infor develops cost-effective, easily manageable software to help businesses implement solutions that meet the needs of each organization.
Siemens is a global leader in providing PLM software to businesses of all sizes to cost-effectively improve efficiency in the production and management cycles. PLM software combines CAD, computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), computer-aided engineering (CAE), product data management (PDM) and manufacturing process management (MPM) into a single software program. PLM provides a platform from which a business can make decisions based on data from all departments and divisions of the company, regardless of the size of the company.
PLM has proven most beneficial for large, global businesses. The platform and software allows companies to manage products, streamline the design and engineering processes and manage the manufacturing supply chain while reducing costs and supporting current products.
Regardless of the company, enterprise software helps businesses streamline their production and management processes, improve efficiency and reduce costs without having to depend on IT professionals.
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.