Manifesting Your Best-Entrusting to Experts the Rest

Application software companies often find themselves in positions where their products and services depend heavily on software that they may not be equipped to optimally engineer. This typically results in misallocated resources, inferior products and services, and ultimately business decline. Companies need to know when to outsource critical integral design, development, and delivery requirements that they cannot effectively meet themselves.

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Expert’s Guide to Successful MRP Projects

To succeed in their tasks, planners and schedulers rely on materials resource planning (MRP) software to make recommendations and send signals. To make meaningful suggestions, MRP requires a steady diet of accurate, relevant, and timely data. This guide breaks down two critical MRP project success factors: 1) tips to select the right MRP software, and 2) best practices to extract meaningful value from MRP solutions. Read More

Best Practices for Managing Just-in-time (JIT) Production

Just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing “is not procrastination, but making a commitment once the scales are tipped in the favor of certainty.” How do you keep your company from falling prey to the “deer-in-the-headlights” syndrome and suffering from decision failures? In this guide, experts share their top seven best practices for deftly managing JIT manufacturing. Read More

Growing Google Apps: How to Increase Google Adoption in Your Organization

Change is hard for everyone. But switching from your old system to Google Apps doesn’t have to be difficult, and acceptance of the new Google Apps system within your organization will allow your company to flourish. Supporting everyone on the team through the adoption process is vital to a successful move to Google Apps.

In this white paper, explore core ideas to successfully training on and transitioning to Google Apps, including a slow, steady implementation process that allows the comfort levels of users to grow. This starts with a twelve-point plan that lets users get used to the idea of switching to new cloud technology. Learn how, when discussing the implementation of Google Apps, to focus on the opportunities now available to your organization. Highlight the positive changes that come with the adoption of Google Apps that will reduce travel time, allow users to work from home, decrease IT issues, and create a more collaborative, streamlined work environment. Review information on self-training strategies and the benefits of developing a training website. Use other Google tools such as Hangouts to gain valuable feedback from users, and explore how selecting volunteers to learn Google Apps tools earlier than other members can help the rest of the team navigate Google Apps and resolve IT issues. Through the information in this white paper, your transition to Google Apps can be a positive one.  Read More

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Focus Experts’ Briefing: BI Data and Metrics

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The SaaS Advantage

More providers of traditional software solutions are moving to software-as-a-service (SaaS) models that meet today’s competitive needs for agility and real-time information, without requiring manufacturers to make a large up-front financial outlay. Confidence continues to increase thanks to pioneering SaaS providers who are able to point to a history of successful implementation. Learn more about the benefits of SaaS. Read More
 
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