Fulfilling the Promise of Distributed Manufacturing

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Outsourcing is increasingly embraced by manufacturers seeking ways to reduce costs, increase agility, and enhance market competitiveness. Yet poorly managed distributed manufacturing operations compromise visibility and quality control, which in turn erodes execution, management effectiveness, and profitability. To truly optimize the value of outsourcing, business systems and procedures must be deployed that create a collaborative, transparent information environment for manufacturing.

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MRP II and the U.S. Manufacturing Renaissance

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Usability as an ERP Selection Criteria

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