Facebook at the Factory: Manufacturing Software Must Become More like Social Media - Study

As current generation of senior manufacturing operations and maintenance professionals prepares for retirement, ERP vendors must beef up Web 2.0 features, IFS survey suggests

Itasca, IL — December 16, 2009 — Manufacturers want to see more integration between social networking tools and their enterprise resources planning (ERP) systems, as well as more social network-like, enterprise 2.0 functionality, according to the results of a new survey released by IFS North America.

The study, conducted for IFS by a third-party research organization, found that while 40 percent of survey respondents said that ERP and social networking integration was extremely or very important, the vast majority indicated that they wanted their ERP system to help them perform functions typically associated with social networks and other Web-based collaboration tools.