Lean Principles for Implementing ERP in Midsize and Large Enterprises

Lean Consulting just makes sense. Elimination of nonvalue-add activities and personnel, along with streamlined processes and a roles-based implementation methodology will always reduce wasted time and money. It’s a model that can deliver implementations on budget and on time consistently.

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Enterprise Phone Systems Comparison Guide

Internet protocol (IP) telephony is increasingly replacing traditional private branch exchange (PBX) technologies. But to replace their incumbent telephony systems, decision makers must look carefully at what’s available, what they’ve got, and what they need, before crafting a short list of candidates. This comparison guide from Focus Research is designed to help midsize and large enterprises do just that. Read More

5 Ways ERP Can Help You Implement Lean

Lean delivers what companies need in today's competitive world: shorter lead times, improved quality, reduced cost, increased profit, improved productivity, and better customer service. Lean advocates have come to recognize that enterprise resource planning and lean work well together: the five lean principles are supported and enhanced by the information control and management tools delivered by end-to-end enterprise software suites. Read More

11 Criteria for Selecting the Best ERP System Replacement

An enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is your information backbone, reaching into all areas of your business and value chain. That’s why replacing it can open unlimited business opportunities. The cornerstone of this effort is finding the right partner. And since your long-term business strategy will shape your selection, it’s critical that your ERP provider be part of your vision. Read More

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Part One of the "Lean Manufacturing" series looked at manufacturing wastes, lean principles, and the benefits of lean manufacturing. Here, in Part Two, you'll be taken through the action stage of lean practices: implementing lean. Understand the "5S" program toward implementing lean and begin laying the foundation of a discipline that is necessary for effective implementation of more complicated lean tools such as kanban. Read More

Implementing Lean Manufacturing Principles in an A&D Environment

Lean manufacturing is a management philosophy, enabled and supported by various techniques, to eliminate non-value adding activity. However, aerospace and defense (A&D) government regulations impose very different business practices from those followed in the commercial sector. Can lean manufacturing principles really work in A&D? The answer: it depends on the architecture of the enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Read More

Using Inventory Optimization to Reduce Inventory Levels in a Lean Environment

Small and medium businesses (SMB) need to address inventory challenges by using a tightly integrated approach that reflects the dynamics of the extended supply chain. Data must also be available to other application modules within the enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. An inventory optimization solution allows companies to effectively fulfill demand and identify how to gain additional profits from their inventories. Read More
 
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