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The Blurry Line between ERP and PLM in Engineer-to-order (ETO) Manufacturing
Written By: Yu Chen Published On: September 18 2009 Engineer-to-order (ETO) manufacturing needs a high level of integration between ERP and PLM systems. This article points out that ERP and PLM solutions are moving toward each other to achieve more organic data and process connectivity. Read More...
The User's Undying Quest for Exploring and Discovering Info - Part 1
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: September 16 2009 SAP AG and Endeca Technologies might not appear to have much in common at first glance, other than occasional partnering in some joint opportunities, and perhaps that SAP Ventures owns a piece of privately held Endeca. In the world of home appliances, SAP would be analogous to a tried-and-true refrigerator, but with the most advanced features in the market, such as a built-in Read More...
The Customer Relationship Management Vision: It Starts with Relationships
Written By: Michael Chuchmuch Published On: September 16 2009 An alarming number of companies get on the wrong track when creating a customer relationship management (CRM) vision. Outlined here are four steps that take the mystery out of what makes an effective CRM vision. The secret? It’s all about people and relationships. Read More...
IBM Cognos Express: Easy BI?
Written By: Jorge Garcia Published On: September 15 2009 On Monday, IBM gave me a sneak peek of its new business analytics software tool for midsized clients. The name of the new product is Cognos Express, and IBM’s press release says it’s an “all-in-one business intelligence and planning solution designed specifically for midsized clients.” Designed and priced for midsized companies and derived from the original IBM Cognos software Read More...
CRM for Manufacturing vs. Regular CRM
Written By: Gabriel Gheorghiu Published On: September 15 2009 A couple of weeks ago, I published a blog post called Customer Relationship Manufacturing. In this blog post, I described the symbiosis between the sales and production departments within a manufacturing company, mentioned some customer relationship management (CRM) vendors that seem to have adapted their products for the manufacturing industry, and I also promised I would get back to you with Read More...
PLM Road Map 2009: What to Expect?
Written By: Yu Chen Published On: September 11 2009 I went through the agenda of the PLM Road Map 2009 (September 22 and 23, in Detroit, Michigan [US]) when I submitted my attendance preferences to conference organizer Collaborative Product Development Associates (CPDA). Looking at the agenda, I’m convinced that the two-day event is well structured to cover critical issues in the product lifecycle management (PLM) field and to apprehend the future Read More...
Five Steps to Business Intelligence Project Success
Written By: Lyndsay Wise Published On: September 11 2009 Many business intelligence (BI) projects fall short of expectations. Unless organizations implement a methodology and benchmark the success other organizations have experienced, BI implementations may fail to provide the desired results. This article identifies five steps organizations should take when implementing BI solutions. Read More...
Customer Data Integration: A Primer
Written By: Lyndsay Wise Published On: September 11 2009 Customer data integration (CDI) involves consolidation of customer information for a centralized view of the customer experience. Implementing CDI within a customer relationship management initiative can help provide organizations with a successful framework to manage data on a continuous basis. Read More...
Using Predictive Analytics within Business Intelligence: A Primer
Written By: TEC Analysts Published On: September 11 2009 What are predictive analytics, and how are they used within business intelligence applications and for business performance management? Read More...
APICS 2009 Webcast Session 3: Lean for Materials Managers
Written By: Khudsiya Quadri Published On: September 9 2009 In the forthcoming 2009 APICS International Conference and Expo, many educational tracks will be covered by industry leaders, and lean is one of them. Since we are in a global economic crisis where every manufacturer, supplier, and producer is trying to reduce cost and minimize waste while increasing production or throughput, I am particularly interested in the “lean” educational track to hear Read More...
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