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Exact Acquires Vanguard Solutions Group
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: January 16 2006 With the acquisition of Vanguard, Exact Software expects to more tightly integrate Exact Business Analytics with its existing product family, and develop additional capabilities to meet the evolving needs of both Exact and Vanguard customers and prospects. Read More...
Exact Faces Challenges
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: January 17 2006 Exact Software faces significant challenges ranging from competitive challenges to user education, and product definition. Nonetheless, it is still a stalwart vendor within the small and mid-markets of accounting, manufacturing and distribution software. Read More...
Enterprise Resource Planning Giants Eye the Shop Floor
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: January 30 2006 Because production systems on the shop floor are typically not synchronized and integrated with the planning ones, there is a lack of timely and accurate information that results in disconnected business processes. Read More...
Multipurpose SAP NetWeaver
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: February 1 2006 The capabilities of SAP NetWeaver and its peer service-enabled platforms, which were originally transaction and integration platforms, have lately been expanded to include composition and business process-oriented capabilities, such as master data management and business process management. Read More...
SAP NetWeaver Background, Direction, and User Recommendations
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: February 2 2006 SAP is using NetWeaver to reach to the shop floor by aggregating and presenting information to users, thus empowering them to improve manufacturing performance. It is also addressing concerns about the lack of standards for interoperability between various systems. Read More...
Has SAP Nailed Plant Level Leadership with Lighthammer?
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: February 6 2006 The acquisition of the formerly loyal composite applications partner Lighthammer bolsters SAP's capabilities of connectivity and visibility into manufacturing plant performance. However, it does not, at this stage, provide much added industry-specific shop-floor functionality per se. Read More...
Enterprise Resource Planning Vendor Gains Connectivity through Acquisition of Plant Intelligence Provider
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: February 7 2006 SAP has gained connectivity to virtually any source on the plant floor and analytical functionality through its acquisition of Lighthammer's products for plant intelligence. SAP users in the process of evaluating plant intelligence solutions should seriously consider Lighthammer. Read More...
Lean Manufacturing: A Primer
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: February 13 2006 Lean manufacturing emphasizes the minimization of the amount of all the resources (including time) used in the various activities of the enterprise. The typical areas of hidden waste are over-production, waiting, transportation, over-processing, motion, excessive inventory, and defective units. Read More...
Lean Tools and Practices that Eliminate Manufacturing Waste
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: February 14 2006 A number of lean manufacturing tools and practices have long been used to reduce manufacturing waste. These include the five S's, visual controls, standardized work, mistake proofing, total productive maintenance, cellular manufacturing, single-digit setup, pull systems, sequencing, activity-based costing, and leveled production. Read More...
How to Achieve Lean Manufacturing
Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic Published On: February 15 2006 Lean manufacturing is a transformational exercise that requires an organization to cast aside long-held beliefs and business processes. The five main steps to achieving lean transition are defining value, mapping the value stream, making the activities flow, responding to customer demand, and continuous improvement. Read More...
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