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MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
   Monday November 30, 2009 | Vol.2 Issue 5
Headline News

The Blurry Line between ERP and PLM in Engineer-to-order (ETO) Manufacturing
Kurt (Yu) Chen
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.
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Product, Project, Process, and People: The Four Ps of PLM Analytics
Kurt (Yu) Chen
Product, project, process, and people represent the four areas of PLM analytics that may help PLM user organizations develop better products, improve the product development process, increase operational efficiency, and better measure employee performance, respectively.
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Leading Solution Provider to Steel Manufacturers Gets Acquired-Why?
Khudsiya Quadri
When one company acquires another, who benefits? It seems PSI's recent acquisition of AIS will benefit both-as well as their clients and the steel industry as a whole. The combined solution offering will address APS, MES, SCM, and more.
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New Possibilities In Retail Technologies for Small to Mid-Size Retailers: Leveraging Total Retail Solutions Based on Collective Retail Intelligence
Retail Anywhere
Most retailers can no longer compete on price alone; however, integrated retail solutions built on Microsoft SQL, and OPOS and ART Data Model standards offer a competitive advantage. They support holistic systems that integrate point of sale, enterprise, and even warehouse management functions, to deliver better service to customers.
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State of the MES Software Marketplace
Technology Evaluation Centers
Despite predictions that it would be subsumed by enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors encroaching from above and automation vendors encroaching from below, the manufacturing execution systems (MES) market has been growing steadily. This guide from TEC and Flexware Innovation provides state-of-the-market analysis, success stories from your peers, in-depth information on solutions, and a spotlight on leading vendors.
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Process Manufacturing: Ensuring Food Safety through Active HACCP Management
Infor
As a result of publicized food contamination and product recalls, food safety regulations are under increasing scrutiny. Process manufacturers in the food and beverage industry may soon be facing stricter rules. But food manufacturers can prevent contamination by using existing technology to automate and ensure the effectiveness of the hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP) food safety program. Learn more.
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Competing in a Big-box World: How Retailers Can Leverage Technology to Thrive in Today's Retail Environment
Aldata Solution
Industry analysts and retail executives agree that, although competitive prices are a must, "low price" as a leading strategy will no longer lead to long-term business success. To successfully compete, midsized retailers must carve out a niche based on creative strategies, including better and more localized product assortments, flawless price management and execution, and optimized inventory down to the store level.
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Retail Today: Understand. Anticipate. Inspire.
SAP
Today more than ever, retailers are faced with the challenges of selling locally while competing globally. To be successful, they must provide a shopping experience that inspires customer loyalty. Retailers that understand their customers' shopping habits can build strategic global supply chains that anticipate demand. One way to achieve this is with a scalable technology platform based on industry standards.
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Strategic Partners: Coming Together to Drive Decision Success
Technology Evaluation Centers
In today's business environment, companies that used to compete with each other routinely form alliances to attain their business objectives. Find out how PMOLink, a business consulting firm, managed an enterprise resource planning (ERP) selection project for a client by joining forces with Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC). The end result: a best-match ERP system for the client-nine months ahead of schedule.
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Selecting Software: A Systematic Approach to Buying Software
HyperOffice
In our new "wired" world, software is no less important than other products and services in our everyday lives. But people are generally more used to buying other products and services than software. In many ways, however, selecting software is similar to selecting other products and services. Find out the key factors and criteria you should include—and what you should leave out—when you're in the market for a new software solution.
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Case Study: Michigan Teachers Use LMS for On-the-job Collaboration
Meridian Knowledge Solutions
Michigan Virtual University (MVU) was set up as a not-for-profit corporation to serve as a champion for online learning and a provider of cost-effective services and technology that support teaching and learning. MVU wanted to launch a more cost-effective version of its LearnPort that would allow teachers to get training anywhere with an Internet connection. Find out about the learning management system (LMS) MVU chose.
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Software Implementations—"Out-of-the-box" or Intelligent Modification
RPE
Retail software vendors face the challenge of how to provide an "out-of-the-box" solution that satisfies the unique requirements of a wide spectrum of organizations. So the real question retail IT executives face when making package selection decisions is this: do I change my business processes to fit the software solution, or change the software solution to fit my business processes?
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Planning, Budgeting, and Forecasting Software Evaluation and Selection Guide
Cognos, an IBM Company
Enterprise planning—budgeting, forecasting, and reporting—is a crucial component of financial management that contributes to companies' success. However, planning is often seen as a time-consuming burden. Find out how an enterprise planning system can help you deliver more timely and reliable plans and enhance strategic decision making, to more quickly identify, analyze, and forecast the impact of changes as they occur.
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Madness? Mergers, Acquisitions, and Divestitures
SAP
One of the riskiest moves company stakeholders can make is to acquire and merge with another company or to divest themselves of company assets. Despite the best of intentions, many mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures produce results far below expectations. Learn why failure happens, and how to prevent it by following the overriding best practice in successful acquisitions, mergers, and divestitures: preparedness.
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The Business Benefits of Service-oriented Architecture: A Guide for Manufacturing Executives
Epicor
Manufacturers in make-to-order and mixed-mode production environments must satisfy increasingly demanding customers by continually reducing lead times, increasing quality, and reducing costs. To achieve a competitive advantage, they must optimize their internal operations and the entire supply chain. So what qualities do their enterprise applications really need to make the grade? Service oriented architecture (SOA) may just be the key.
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Business Intelligence (BI) as a Tool for Middle Management
Elegant MicroWeb
For a full picture of the business environment and make the best decisions, middle managers must have access to business intelligence (BI). You can't focus on only the functional level—you must see the relationships among various business components. And you can—with a BI tool that's easily accessible no matter where you reside in the enterprise, and that's flexible enough to meet each department's reporting needs.
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How to Evaluate Web-based BI Solutions
Technology Evaluation Centers
Web-based business intelligence (BI) is no longer an anomaly: organizations are ready for BI solutions that go beyond Web portals. However, when selecting Web-based BI applications, organizations must evaluate architecture, rather than features or functions. What differentiators do you need to look for before embarking on a full-scale BI implementation? And which vendors offer the solution your organization truly needs?
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Using BI and BPM to Address the Information Challenges of Midsize Companies
Technology Evaluation Centers
Business intelligence (BI) and business performance management (BPM) are two disciplines that become critical as companies progress through the midsize stage. BI and BPM provide key capabilities that every midsize company should have, to answer fundamental questions about performance, now and in the future. Learn how your operations are affected by specific challenges—and how a BI/BPM solution can help address them.
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Case Study: How Flakeboard Aligned Its Multisite Organization by Applying TEC's Evaluation and Selection Methodology
Technology Evaluation Centers
Flakeboard's enterprise resource planning (ERP) system could not communicate effectively amongst its global sites. To address this challenge, and to manage growth, the company worked with Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) to perform a detailed comparison of vendors' solutions. Read more about how TEC's expertise helped Flakeboard reduce the costs, risks, and time involved in the vendor selection process.
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Featured White Papers
Infor Mid-market Manufacturers and the New Landscape for Enterprise Resource Planning: Using Technology to Compete
Cognos, an IBM Company Tough Economic Times Demand Tough Choices in Business Intelligence
HighJump Software Debunking the Top Eight Myths Surrounding Small-business Warehouse Management Systems
Oracle Why BI Is Ripe—Now—for Businesses of Any Size
Focus Research ERP Systems Buyer's Guide
Visibility ERP Industry Consolidation: A New Trend or an Ongoing Process?
Technology Evaluation Centers State of the MES Software Marketplace
Sabrix Managing Transaction Tax Audit Risk: How to Protect Precious Cash Flow by Proactively Addressing Audits
Webcasts / Live Events / Podcasts
Live Events
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Gartner 28th Annual Data Center Conference 2009
12/1/2009
all day
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Gartner Application Architecture, Development, and Integration Summit
12/7/2009
all day
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