Based on its recent analysis of the manufacturing execution systems (MES) domain in the aerospace industry, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Intercim, LLC (a global leader in manufacturing and production operations management software solutions for advanced and highly regulated industries) with the 2008 Global Frost & Sullivan Emerging Company of the Year Award. This award is in recognition of its consistent revenue growth, innovative pay-per-use pricing model, ability to provide an end-to-end manufacturing operations solution, and innovative product suite. The award also acknowledges Intercim's strategic partnerships with enterprise resource planning (ERP) and product lifecycle management (PLM) leaders, such as Dassault Systèmes, to maximize the value provided to aerospace industry customers.
"The organization's strategic market positioning of an integrated closed-loop solution, built on an open service oriented architecture (SOA), enables seamless integration with existing Information Technology (IT) investments, and collaboratively shares data between product design and supply chain," explains Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Muthuraman Ramasamy. "Aerospace manufacturers have extensively relied upon the predictive nature of the Intercim's solution to envisage events, which helps them in minimizing process wastage, maximizing overall process efficiency and excessively shortening time-to-market at an optimized cost."
Driven by technological advances and shrinking profit margins, aerospace industry customers are increasingly collaborating with suppliers and partners to rectify quality issues across the industry. Moreover, the aerospace industry is progressively moving towards composite manufacturing capabilities, which require an all-embracing process compliance to maintain uniform product quality across the enterprise.
In such a competitive market scenario, Intercim's acquisition of Pertinence has proved to be a masterstroke, since it has helped the company to integrate manufacturing intelligence (MI) tools with the MES solution to deliver a closed-loop feedback with shop-floors and offer real-time visibility across the supply chain. While the MES addresses process rules formation, the MI tool helps in taking proactive measures to improve the process flow by analyzing and providing corrective actions.
The fact that the world leading aircraft manufacturer uses Intercim's solution on its latest program to collaborate and shorten development time with supplier establishments across eleven countries, while maintaining one uniform quality standard, truly establishes Intercim's capability to deliver cutting-edge solutions to the aerospace industry domain.
The aerospace industry customers are progressively transforming their operations from an in-house integrated enterprise to a web-enabled/virtual enterprise that is significantly increasing their dependence on suppliers and partners of the entire value-chain. As a result, there is a need for a technologically advanced MES solution that can seamlessly integrate product design and supply chain across the enterprise; especially when handling three-dimension (3D) data formats.
"While, the market has pointed solutions that aim at improving individual elements of the process, Intercim's cutting-edge end-to-end solution provides an intelligent mix of automated business process management, advanced predictive analysis, process execution capabilities, and quality management," notes Ramasamy. "This integrated solution is extensively scalable, offering easy accessibility for users within and outside the client enterprise."
Intercim's key differentiating factor, when compared to that of its peers, is its high degree of usability and the capability of the solution to be extensively configurable. The solution precludes expensive software updates and re-coding by allowing customers to have complete control over the solution to automate their business processes and manipulate overall process performance.
Bucking the conventional strategy of using up-front licensing terms, Intercim strategically offers a 'pay-per-use' pricing model, allowing customers to realize the value-proposition of Intercim's solution in a cost-efficient manner.
Meanwhile, Intercim has also leveraged its partnership with Dassault Systemes to combine the effectiveness of an innovative MES solution with that of Dassault's latest platform. This distinctive partnership offers comprehensive improvements in shop-floor productivity due to real-time knowledge sharing between product design and manufacturing, thus strategically addressing one of the key challenges of aerospace customers.
The unique, combined MES-PLM platform nurtures a predictive environment that involves real-time reporting of process non-conformances at an enterprise-wide level. This feature tool can go a long way in reducing the time-to-market of a new product while enhancing productivity. Moreover, Intercim's solution offers a predictive feature to communicate and emulate best-practices throughout the enterprise in order to reduce both performance and quality variability.
Each year Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has emerged as a significant participant within its industry. It is perceived to have exhibited outstanding management, superior market growth, exceptional customer service, and the ability to combine technology and successful strategic initiatives. This company has the exceptional know-how to take advantage of market changes through the execution of innovative strategies within the existing competitive landscape.
"Through the merger with Pertinence a year ago, the company was able to successfully implement an ambitious strategy to provide the manufacturing industry with a unique software solution to answer pressing challenges such as reduced production costs and shorter time to market. " explains John Todd, CEO at Intercim. We are very proud to receive this Award, which is a recognition of the value we bring to our customers worldwide.
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About Intercim, LLC
Intercim (intercim.com) has 25 years of experience in helping discrete manufacturers meet regulatory requirements, harness lean principles, manage quality and execute processes in a paperless environment. The company is a demonstrated leader in manufacturing and production operations management software solutions for advanced and highly regulated industries. Intercim has offices throughout the United States and in Europe, with industry-leading customers such as Boeing, Sanofi Pasteur, Airbus, Ball Aerospace, BMW and Honeywell. In addition, as part of its initiative to provide the utmost in operational excellence, the company also have technology partnerships with Dassault Systèmes, SAP and Microsoft.
Jenny Viscarolasaga, for Intercim