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Benefits of Custom Manufacturing Software

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Interestingly, machinery gives us the perfect metaphor for the manufacturing industry. For example, your industrial business requires a lot of complementary parts to move in tandem. What happens to a machine if a belt becomes misaligned or a cog isn’t quite the right size? Depending on the machine and the size of the problem, you might be able to make it work for a little while. Eventually, though, the machine will demand a realignment or a replacement part. Otherwise, the process won’t run smoothly, and you may face significant problems in the future. For the manufacturing business, off-the-shelf software is just like that misaligned belt. Maybe it will work just fine, but why deal with it when you have an option that could operate so much better? Custom manufacturing software can give you everything you need for your machines, your customers, and your business.

Your Machinery Should Have the Best

You work with complex machinery. If something goes wrong, production can slow down or stops entirely. Remember the last time one of your machines overheated? How much time did you spend on troubleshooting? How much easier would your work have been if you’d had seamless integration between your software and your machinery? With custom manufacturing software, you have a system built with your specific machines in mind, not just machinery in general. Moreover, you can monitor the assembly line, have faster troubleshooting, and smooth the manufacturing process between one machine and the next. With custom manufacturing software, the whole process comes together like, well, a well-oiled machine.

Make Your Data Work for You

What are you doing with your data collection? Are you putting it to good use? You probably have more data collection opportunities than you realize, and when you take advantage of those opportunities, you can reap so many benefits. You’ll get better ROI out of your machines and materials, for instance. Our business intelligence solutions work beautifully within the manufacturing industry. Data mining, for example, allows you to collect the data that you need and make decisions based on that data. You can gather vital information about your customer base, making adjustments based on customer preference and habits. Automated statistical analysis means that you’ll have easy and reliable access to the information that you need to create best practices.

Connection and Communication

Communication is the backbone of manufacturing. Your company cannot run without proper communication between assembly line workers, suppliers, management, and many other people. For example, you need clear communication in inventory tracking. The people who inspect and maintain your machines need to keep track of supplies like lubricant and cleaning materials. Those who manage orders need to keep track of ingredients, packaging, and unprocessed materials. When communication falls apart, you risk not having everything you need for production. Why bring the process to an unnecessary halt when your software could help you keep track of everything? Custom manufacturing software can do just that, and it can be tailored to fit your specific inventory.

What about non-inventory communication? Custom manufacturing software can give you that, too. Maybe there’s a production discrepancy within the assembly line. Maybe an employee has to leave early because of an illness. Perhaps your storage area needs to a more regular cleaning schedule. No matter what happens in your manufacturing business, you need to make sure that the right people know about it. Knowledge gives you a way to deal with whatever may happen.

Custom Applications

Custom manufacturing software also gives you the option of creating a remote application. Moreover, apps also help you maintain good communication, especially if you have employees who work remotely. Do you need a better way to reach your clients? Applications provide a great portal between B2B clients. If you find that your business needs a custom application, wouldn’t you want an app that is designed to work well with the rest of your software?

Evolving Technologies

Manufacturing technology evolves all the time and adapts to the market. Every day, engineers develop machines with new capabilities. Likewise, manufacturers tweak their practices to reduce waste. Think about how much your own company has evolved. Your software should evolve, too. Thankfully, custom manufacturing software gives you the scalability that you need. Your software architects can analyze your business needs and craft a software that will adjust to changes.

Custom Manufacturing Software

Ayoka Systems is here for all of your custom manufacturing software needs. Ayoka is a solutions-based software development company. We’re focused on getting to know our clients and understanding their needs so that we can develop the solutions that will work best for them. With years of experience working with the manufacturing industry, we understand that you have unique needs and challenges. We’d be honored if you allowed us to help you deal with those needs and challenges. If you’re ready for personalized software to take your manufacturing company to the next level, contact us today.

Made to Order

April 18, 2008

Dallas Business Journal
by Margaret Allen Staff Writer

Custom software developer AYOKA LLC finds success

When software developers talk shop in San Francisco, they don’t typically brag about code they’re perfecting for a manufacturing company. It’s software for high-tech concerns that carries all the glory and cachet — not programming for heavy industry.

“It’s not sexy,” says Eknauth Persaud, founder and CEO of Ayoka LLC. But his Arlington-based custom software developer has found success by focusing on that niche.

Prior to launching Ayoka in 2004, Persaud worked for giant defense contractor Lockheed Martin and at other industrial companies. Through his on-the-job experience, Persaud saw a need by industrial companies for custom software applications to help them manage a variety of tasks: distribution, warehousing, logistics, customer orders, manufacturing flow and equipment automation, among other things.

“They are overlooked clients,” said Persaud, who moved from the West Coast to Dallas in 2002 to work as a software subcontractor on the automated baggage system for the new International Terminal at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

Though high-tech companies are easily sold on the benefits of software, industrial companies are more conservative, Persaud said. They don’t buy software for the sake of buying software, but because they seek efficiencies on the shop floor and elsewhere in their operation.

Because he spoke their language, Persaud worked on showing manufacturing companies how to harness the power of technology. And that approach has paid off for Ayoka. In four years, the company has achieved a 370% compound growth rate. It employs 22 in Arlington; Persaud plans to hire another 16 employees this year and open a second office this fall in Richardson’s Telecom Corridor.

The entrepreneur won’t disclose specific sales figures, but says they range from $2 million to $5 million. Ayoka has been profitable since 2006.
The company has about 15 customers, whose revenue ranges from $5 million to several billion. One-third of the clients are large software developers outsourcing a smaller project; the remaining are industrial company end-users.

Offering such a wide range of custom applications is rare, according to Joe Crosswell, manager for the technology solutions group at the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center in Arlington, a government-funded program that helps small- and mid-sized businesses improve their operations.
“That is hard to find,” Crosswell said of Ayoka’s services. “Those are truly custom applications, and there are only a few companies out there that do that. You have to really look to find them. Many companies will simply try to develop the capability in-house. The need has been around for years — there just hasn’t been anyone doing it.”

Persaud says much of his company’s growth is due to middle-market customers who want to keep their software development onshore, so as to control their intellectual property and be able to meet face-to-face with developers. That’s an important need for Ayoka as well.
“We want to be close to our customers,” he said. “Location matters in software development.”