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The Steel Manufacturing Industry: What Use Is an ERP System, Anyway?
Written By: Khudsiya Quadri Published On: August 11 2009 TEC regularly works with companies to identify the right software vendors for their industry and particular needs. I’m going to provide you with information about ERP systems and how they relate to steel industry requirements (note: you can always consult our Vendor Showcase to find out more about specific software vendors). An ERP system is typically considered to be a company’s IT Read More...
Mega-vendors Warming Up to the Cloud - Part 1
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: August 10 2009 At the time when my recent “SaaSy Discussions” series was already being published, I had an update briefing and great discussion with Colleen Niven Smith, vice president of software-as-a-service (SaaS) initiatives at Progress Software. Smith and Progress Software’s findings on SaaS industry dynamics concur with my assertions that growth of SaaS-based offerings is expected to outpace traditional on Read More...
Managing Lean Manufacturing Using Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009
Written By: Dr. Scott Hamilton Published On: August 10 2009 A supply chain management system (SCM) is a critical success factor for implementing lean manufacturing. The SCM system helps define product structure, costing information, financial information and reports and is a useful tool in the decision-making process. Read More...
Who Could Object to Faster, More Responsive Supply Chains?
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: August 10 2009 Today, global manufacturers have all but abandoned traditional vertical supply chain management to adopt the more flexible horizontal and virtual supply chain concepts. But in changing their business model, they have given up a fair amount of control over their supply chain processes. Read More...
Process Manufacturing ERP in a Nutshell
Written By: Gabriel Gheorghiu Published On: August 6 2009 A couple of weeks ago, we started a series of blog posts product lifecycle management (PLM) about how TEC defines different types of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and what sets them apart. We will continue with a detailed description of process manufacturing ERP, and we will introduce some of the top-rated vendors in this domain. As in the initial post, we will not discuss Read More...
Epicor 9: Delivering What Oracle and Others Are Yet to Achieve? - Part 2
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: August 5 2009 Part 1 of this blog series outlined Epicor 9 (aka Epicor ERP [evaluate this product]), Epicor Software’s next-generation converged product suite. A similar feat has yet to be accomplished even by mighty Oracle within Oracle Fusion Applications. The article also discussed Epicor’s accompanying “Protect, Extend, and Converge” strategy for providing customers with  a migration path choice on their Read More...
Warehouse Management for Manufacturers: Why Extended ERP Might Be the Right Choice
Written By: David Barks Published On: August 5 2009 As a provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) integrated workforce productivity solutions, we have seen many approaches to distribution automation. Adding a warehouse management system is a logical option for many manufacturers, but this article provides insight into another option: extending ERP distribution capabilities to take advantage of a single receiving, inventory, shipping database. Read More...
The Importance of Setting Up an Origin Management Program
Written By: Guest Blogger Published On: August 3 2009 Management of free trade agreements (FTAs) and related origin issues has never been as important for businesses as it is today. Why? Primarily because it provides a competitive advantage through lower duty rates, and allows manufacturers to keep up with the competition. A strategic approach towards FTAs optimizes global supply chain operations and allows businesses to enter new Read More...
How Is a Bad Product Developed?
Written By: Yu Chen Published On: August 3 2009 There are multiple answers for how a bad product is developed; many of them are rooted in myopia in the development process. This morning, when I was leaving a subway station through a tunnel, a billboard caught my eye. Actually, at first glance, I was kind of scared by the weird eye of one of the women in the picture. A second look revealed that the weird eye was a bolt (on top of a washer Read More...
From Manufacturing to Distribution: The Evolution of ERP in Our New Global Economy
Written By: David Bourque Published On: August 3 2009 Because manufacturers are now competing globally, they have shifted production to developing countries where cost of labor and resources is low. Software vendors have combined supply chain management functionality with enterprise resource planning software to stay globally competitive. Read More...
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