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TEC Certification Explained
Written By: Jamal Rahal Published On: March 10 2009 If you’ve been to the TEC Vendor Showcase recently, you’ve probably seen this symbol. If you wondered what it means, you might have clicked it, and read this: “TEC Certified Vendors have met the stringent requirements set forth by our analysts. Associate vendors have taken the first step toward their TEC certification by completing our extensive request for information (RFI).” Concise Read More...
A Primer on Lean Manufacturing Using Microsoft Dynamics AX: Case Studies
Written By: Dr. Scott Hamilton Published On: March 9 2009 To enable organizations to support lean and traditional manufacturing practices in a single system, Microsoft Dynamics AX has incorporated lean manufacturing constructs into its package. Several case studies illustrate the use of kanbans in various lean environments. Read More...
The (NA)Vision of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 - Part 1
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: March 6 2009 The first week of February 2009 was marked by two notable product launches, from vendors touting their respective simplified, more flexible, and intuitive products as exactly "what the doctor ordered" for the current economic malaise. While the unveiling of SAP Business Suite 7 has caused a flurry of media articles and blog posts like the ones from Ray Wang and Brian Sommer  (and one of mine might Read More...
Managing Customer Returns and RMAs Using Microsoft Dynamics AX
Written By: Scott Hamilton Published On: March 6 2009 Returned material authorization (RMA) built on sales order functionality, such as that used by Microsoft Dynamics AX, can drastically simplify RMA processes. Read More...
Managing Customer Returns and RMAs
Written By: Dr. Scott Hamilton Published On: March 4 2009 There are common and unique variations to returned material authorizations (RMAs) that can compound a company’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Identifying RMA variations enables a company to determine what needs to be simplified and what needs to be modeled in an ERP system. Read More...
5 Steps to Successfully Conducting and Rating Software Demos
Written By: Sherry Fox Published On: March 3 2009 So, you’re the guy/gal who’s been put to the task of choosing your companies next enterprise software solution? Well, if you’re reading this, you’re most probably well on your way to choosing that software by now. You’ve made your proposal to your stakeholders; you’ve gathered your requirements and prioritized them; you’ve gotten a handful of software vendors to complete your RFI. So now what Read More...
The Power of Knowledge -- Knowledge is Power (Part 3)
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: March 3 2009 Part 1 of this blog series introduced the need for knowledge management (KM) software applications as part of a more comprehensive and strategic service management (SSM) suite. One such broad SSM suite has been advanced by Servigistics, and Part 2 zoomed into the capabilities of one particular part of the Servigistics SSM suite: Service Knowledge Management (SKM). Potential SKM Benefits Read More...
"Star Search"-Talent Management Made Simple
Written By: Sherry Fox Published On: February 27 2009 One of the biggest challenges businesses face today in the area of human resources is the recruitment and retention of skilled talent. Combining a talent management strategy with an integrated talent management system can help ensure you have the right people in place to meet your organization’s needs. Read More...
Using Management Software to Tackle Your Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Which Scope Are You Talking About?
Published On: February 26 2009 “Clearly there will be winners and losers in the transition to a low-carbon economy, and investors should be concerned about companies who are not able to provide the information they require.” – Carbon Disclosure Project Global 500 Report 2008 (also known as CDP6) To today’s enterprises, greenhouse gas (GHG) emission—amongst various sustainability issues—is one of the highest priorities. Some Read More...
Food and Drug Safety: Prevention Better Than Cure (For Sure) - Part 2
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: February 26 2009 Part I of this blog series introduced the burning issues of food safety and the resultant need for a holistic and proactive safety strategy (rather than to reactively recall plagued products). The previous post also talked in more detail about Lawson Software’s holistic approach entitled The "4Ps" of Food Safety. In this part, Rory Granros, process industry and product marketing manager at Read More...
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