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It is that time of year again where we feature the most viewed articles on the Cerasis blog in each of the five main categories we write about: Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Logistics, Transportation Management, and Freight. 

As we are nearly just a week from Christmas, the marketing department likes to take a look back at some of the articles written by Cerasis and contributing authors to see which specific subjects sparked the most interest.

We will list the articles based on the number of views, featuring the top 10 from each of these 5 categories that were published in 2015. In 2015, we have already published 232 articles in several different categories. I encourage you to use the category picker on the right side of this blog as well as utilize the search bar at the top right. Since we started the blog in January 2013, we have published over 650 blog posts. There are articles on every subject that relate to those core 6 categories. From technologies changing the industries as we know it to regulations that are changing the industry. You can just about find anything as it relates to managing transportation as well since Cerasis is focused on providing both technology and services for more effective transportation management. 

Most Read Manufacturing Articles of 2015

We will first start with the top Manufacturing Articles that were published in 2015. It is very clear that the most popular articles in the manufacturing category are mainly focused on technology. From things such as the Internet of Things, 3D Printing, Robotics, and how you can use technology to optimize manufacturing processes. And, manufacturing articles with infographics were also viewed with great numbers.

Without further ado, here are the top manufacturing articles in 2015 from the tenth most read to the first most read. You will see the title, followed by a brief excerpt, and then simply click the read more for the full blog post. We hope you enjoy a quick recap with the extra time you have this holiday.

10. [INFOGRAPHIC] Industry 4.0: Powered by the Internet of Things & Digital Manufacturing

Connected, intelligent products that communicate with users, new digital business models that harness collected data to offer additional services and as-a-service products, products on the assembly line that tell shop floor machinery how they are to be processed. The core of Digital Industry 4.0 is highly intelligent connected systems that create a fully digital value chain. Digital Industry 4.0 is also commonly referred to as the Industrial Internet of Things. Read the full article by clicking here.

9. [INFOGRAPHIC] Optimize Manufacturing Operations with these 5 Golden Manufacturing Metrics

It’s the paradox of choice—the presence of too many options can make effective decision making more difficult. This isn’t just the case of a restaurant patron confronted with an extensive dinner menu or an online shopper perusing Amazon, it applies to manufacturers as well.

Like any business, a manufacturing organization has limited resources with which to work, and when it comes to metrics, companies need to make sure that resources are being pooled into tracking and measuring the metrics that are giving them the most bang for their buck and the ability to optimize manufacturing operations. Read the full article by clicking here.

8. 20 Manufacturers Describe ERP Software Benefits in their Own Words 

There’s one voice that’s often conspicuously absent from the online ERP software conversation: the one belonging to actual users.

It’s easy to find information from developers, integrators, consultants, and the tech media. But to find out what real users are saying about the tangible benefits they’ve seen from their ERP investment? That’s tougher.

The relative lack of published information from ERP software users is a bit unfortunate. After all, actual users are best-positioned to provide an unbiased report on how ERP features can be harnessed for real-world competitive advantages.

To better understand how your organization can benefit, we’ve collected comments from 20 manufacturers detailing the results they were able to achieve via their investments in ERP software. Read the full article

7. [INFOGRAPHIC] Attracting Millennials to Manufacturing & How Young People Are Going to Save Manufacturing

As the future boldly marches forward, we turn to our youth to carry the flag forward and take the reins of innovation firmly in their hands. This is true for politics and the world in general, and, more specifically, for the realm of technology. The same holds true for manufacturing, as ever-changing processes, manufacturing philosophies, and equipment continue to evolve. But how do we ensure the younger generation embraces manufacturing as they move beyond college and enter the workforce? We will examine this issue in this quick blog post. Read the full article

6. [e-Book] The Future Of Supply Chain, Logistics & Manufacturing: How Technology Is Transforming Industries

The logistics, manufacturing, supply chain, and transportation industries are going through a time of rapid and unprecedented transformation. The future of these industries is paved with innovation and technology. It was not long ago that ideas like 3D printing, the Internet of Things (IoT), drone delivery, and augmented reality were things of science fiction. Today, merchants and service providers within these industries are cautiously adopting these technologies to provide faster, cheaper, more reliable and sustainable business practices.

In this e-Book, we will explore emerging technologies and applications which will forever change the industries of manufacturing, supply chain, logistics, and transportation. Get the e-book

5. 10 Issues Keeping Manufacturers and Distributors Up At Night for 2015

As we get settled into this new year, we thought we’d share observations from conversations we’ve had with manufacturers and distributors recently. These ten issues are what is keeping them up at night. We believe they are worthy of discussion in 2015 as they are more pressing than ever as competition continues to heat up with current incumbents and the growing competition from start ups. Read the full article

4. [INFOGRAPHIC] Demystifying The Top 10 Buzzwords in Cloud Computing & Automation: IoT, Big Data & More…What does it All Mean?

Like many rapidly developing sectors, the automation industry is prone to using buzzwords to describe innovative and evolutionary processes. Terms like “Industry 4.0”, “disruptive technology” and the “Internet of Things (IoT)” are just a few examples that continue to appear time and again.

Although cloud computing has been around for a number of years, it is constantly improving and becoming more bespoke. Combine this with the fascination in industry for “big data” and you have a recipe for a specialised, cloud-based archiving language. And a particularly long list of confusing phrases. Read the full article

3. What is the Hyperconnected Era & “The Internet Of Things” and What does it Have to Do with Manufacturing & Logistics?

Hyperconnectivity is the increasing digital interconnection of people – and things – anytime and anywhere. By 2020 there will be 50 billion networked devices. This level of connectivity will have profound social, political and economic consequences, and increasingly form part of our everyday lives, from the cars we drive and medicines we take, to the jobs we do and the governance systems we live in, to even the business technology systems we use. This growing movement of such hyperconnectivity is known as the Hyperconnected Era or often referred to now as “The Internet of Things.” Read the full article.

2. [INFOGRAPHIC] The End of Made In China Manufacturing 

The phrase “Made in China” embodies cheap labor, the outsourcing of American manufacturing jobs, and China’s transformation into one of the world’s economic superpowers. However, it seems the end of the Made in China manufacturing era may be in sight. Read the full article.

1. 5 Sweeping Technologies Rapidly Changing Paradigms & Execution of Manufacturing Processes 

Manufacturing technology is not what tit used to be a decade ago. Today’s increasingly automated and software driven industries have reduced human intervention to pressing only a few buttons in some cases. The application of advanced technologies in manufacturing such as nanotechnology, cloud computing, the Internet of Things (IoT) are changing the face of manufacturing in ways unimaginable a few decades ago. In addition to cutting the costs, these technologies create speed, precision, efficiency and flexibility for manufacturing companies. Here is a look at some of the advanced technologies that are driving growth. Read the full article

We hope you enjoyed the manufacturing articles we published this year in 2015. Look out for more great manufacturing content in 2016 and we hope you have enjoyed these articles as much as we have!

Tomorrow we will continue the top articles series by featuring the top 10 supply chain articles from 2015!