Achieving Business Process Improvements: Strategies for Industrial Machinery

One of the unforeseen ramifications of the competition among software suppliers for market leadership in the high volume automotive and electronics industries has been a lack of attention to the industrial and commercial machinery manufacturing sector.

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Counting the Cost of Network Efficiency

It is hard to quantify the costs of poor network or application management, but they include lost productivity due to time spent fixing problems and increased capital and operating expenses. But when creating IT budgets, organizations need to consider the impact of investment in network and application management on overall revenues. IT efficiency should be a priority item for any corporate agenda, and executives need to understand that the network is not only a core part of what their organization does, but plays a key role in achieving business goals.

There is actually a direct correlation between network performance and application performance. There is of course intrinsic value in network hardware and software, but more importantly many people in the organization rely on the applications that the network supports—so if the network is running slowly, users’ applications will slow down too. Hence a budget priority should be where changes in the network are needed to avoid problems arising or improve application performance and hence overall productivity.

This white paper makes a case for the organizational need for solutions and tools which provide network performance information and help identify problems and their causes and areas where improvements should be made, making it possible for budgetary decisions to be based on performance data. It looks at questions the IT team needs to ask to get to the heart of network problems and find the best solution, as well as three categories of network improvements, and also details how an AANPM, or application aware network performance management solution, takes an application-centric approach to network issues and can lead to faster problem solving, reducing downtime, increasing productivity, and saving troubleshooting time.  Read More

Skelta BPM and High Availability

Companies are now adopting cloud for hosting their business process management (BPM) tools. BPM on cloud can help control costs, optimize business processes, and improve organizational agility all while achieving a high level of service availability.

High availability is a system design approach for analyzing and managing the impact of planned and unplanned outages. High availability solutions provide a robust backup capability so that applications keep running without disruption, even during system outages.

A robust BPM solution, which is agile as well as responsive to changing business needs, is very much required to deliver reliable and highly available services. This whitepaper discusses high availability (HA) in conjunction with BPM and cloud computing, including the benefits of highly available BPM solutions, and examines how Skelta BPM enables high availability.  Read More

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SAP Customer Success Story: Industrial Machinery and Components

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Universal Instruments Corporation, a leading capital equipment manufacturer, needed a flexible business solution to meet the challenges of globalization, and had to replace its legacy system. It used SAP for Industrial Machinery and Component, which is an integrated scalable solution and was able to enable global processes consistently throughout its geographical locations. Read More
 
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