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To-Increase Asks: Can Enterprise Resource Planning Integration & IEM Technology Keep Manufacturing in the US?

Blog post responds to recent article describing Industrial Equipment Manufacturing as too complicated to off-shore.

Norwell, MA, August 24, 2011 --( To-Increase, a provider of Microsoft Dynamics solutions for Industrial Equipment Manufacturers (IEM), comments on a recent article describing Industrial Equipment Manufacturing processes as too complicated to off-shore in the new blog post, "Can ERP Integration & IEM Technology Keep Manufacturing In the US?"

In his blog post, author Luciano Cunha, Global Industry Director, To-Increase, responds to an article by Mike Collins of Manufacturing Business Technology titled, "Can Highly Engineered Machines Be Outsourced?" Within his article, Collins writes: "I don’t see how a highly engineered machine with specifications or custom engineering can be outsourced to a foreign country (or an engineering department) without high risks for the customer and the OEM."

"Throughout his article, Collins makes several good points regarding the risk of off-shoring complicated machinery manufacturing processes," writes Cunha. "That said, I don't completely agree with his assertion that off-shoring IEM processes represents an impossibility. A more fundamental issue that I feel we should be focusing on is tightening up the components of manufacturing processes that must be off-shored to reduce the risk of costly mistakes."

Within his post, Cunha details how both integration of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and IEM technology solutions can combine - on a global scale - to:

· Provide real-time and unbroken chains of communication, facilitating ultra-specific Request for Quotes (RFQs)
· Ensure machine uptime goals, aiding the ability of the OEM to service agreements and maintain machines based on warranty or other work
· Ease change order requests, ensuring all systems throughout the word are able to exchange data

"I could not agree more that complex machinery manufacturing requirements are only getting tougher and in some cases, it would be ideal to keep as much of the manufacturing process locally based as possible," concludes Cunha. "But elimination of off-shoring is not always going to be the solution. Rather, the solution lies in tightening the chains around a project to the point that the notions of borders and coastlines disappear – and are replaced by the quantifiable concepts of real-time communication and global project visibility."

To learn more, or to comment on the subject of IEM off-shoring, visit the To-Increase blog at

About To-Increase
As a global ISV and Microsoft Gold Certified partner, To-Increase develops solutions for industry verticals, including highly specific Industrial Equipment Manufacturing, retail, wholesale, construction, distribution, and professional services segments. We offer end-to-end solutions built on Microsoft Dynamics AX and Microsoft Dynamics NAV, along with a wide range of business integration and add-on software for Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM solutions. We also develop e-Con, the leading sales and product configurator for Microsoft Dynamics. To-Increase has been recognized as the Microsoft Dynamics Outstanding ISV of the year for both 2009 and 2010, and has been a member of the Microsoft President’s Club and Inner Circle for three consecutive years. Our solutions are delivered worldwide through a network of highly trained partners.

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