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Reference Guide to Discrete Manufacturing ERP Software Functions and Features

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This reference guide provides insight into the discrete manufacturing ERP features and functions currently available on today’s market. It will help you determine which ERP features are a high priority for your organization, and which features are a lower priority.
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  • Published On: February 25 2010

SAP BusinessObjects BI, Now On-demand

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Yesterday, SAP announced the release of the SAP BusinessObjects BI OnDemand solution. This new product will enable users with no previous experience with business intelligence (BI) applications to use a BI toolset with complete ease. It also will let users access and navigate through their on-demand and on-premise data by incorporating the complete set of BusinessObjects tools. This announcement

Chatting with TradeStone Software @ NRF BIG Retail Shows - Part 1

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Some signs of a modest economic recovery and cautious optimism are shyly popping out, although they might be only be crumbs of comfort for many unemployed regular Joes. I also saw improved optimism at the recent National Retail Federation’s (NRF) BIG Retail Show 2010 in New York City in mid January. In contrast, the atmosphere of the same retail show one year ago felt like

What’s Your Reason for Not Using SaaS PLM?

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Without a doubt, software-as-a-service (SaaS) as a software delivery model has become a hot topic in the enterprise software field and has gained some noticeable shares in sectors such as customer relationship management (CRM). On the other hand, the product lifecycle management (PLM) industry has seen increasing awareness of SaaS. Oleg Shilovitsky, t
  • Written By: Yu Chen
  • Published On: February 22 2010

Manage the Change or Change the Management during an ERP Software Selection: The Change

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Change happens all the time—but why are changes in our personal lives similar to those in our professional lives?  There are some major events that occur and change things forever. For an individual, such a change can be caused by marriage; for a company, by the selection of an ERP system. There is always a way out when relationships stop working (both between people and companies), but it can be

Vendors Jostle and Profess Economic Stimulus Readiness - Part IV

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Part I of this series analyzed the opportunities (as well as the related strings attached) stemming from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), a.k.a. the Economic Stimulus Plan. The inspiration came from my attendance of the Deltek Insight 2009 user conference last May, where Deltek decided to fill a market need and interest by convening a separate “track” that was entitled

Is Your ERP System Provider a Psychopath?

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Here’s an often overlooked factor in ERP software selection, and it’s got nothing to do with ERP functions or features: Personality. That’s right, personality. No, I’m not talking about the personality of your presumptive ERP systems (see also: pathetic fallacy). Nor am I talking exclusively about the personality of the ERP vendor sales reps, say, or of the software demo team.
  • Written By: David Clark
  • Published On: February 16 2010

PLM (Vendors) and Lean Product Development-Part 4: PTC

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If you have followed my previous posts of this blog series (Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3), I guess you may have an idea about who will be the third vendor I’m going to discuss concerning the relevance between its product lifecycle management (PLM) offerings and the lean product development (LPD) concept. Yes, it is PTC. Like Dassault Systèmes and Siemens PLM Software, PTC is also located in the CAD
  • Written By: Yu Chen
  • Published On: February 16 2010

Enterprise Resource Planning for Small Businesses Buyer’s Guide: A Preview

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Technology Evaluation Centers will be launching a buyer’s guide for enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions for small businesses. Here’s a preview of the guide describing the idea behind it and what it can do for you. Why an ERP Buyer’s Guide for Small Businesses? My experience as a trainer and consultant in ERP showed that most small businesses have a very subjective, therefore

Labor Management Systems: Optimizing Worker Productivity While Reducing Labor Costs

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Labor management systems (LMSs) are used primarily as a way for distribution operations to manage and track its labor activities. This includes real-time interaction with warehouse management and warehouse control systems in order to collect data on what workers are doing, how many locations they have visited, what inventory they have handled, what equipment they have used, and what paths they
  • Written By: Sherry Fox
  • Published On: February 16 2010
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