Non-Traditional Hours: Key Strategies for Creating Flexible and Productive Work Schedules

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Enabled by technology, more and more companies are now allowing—and, in some cases, requiring—employees to work flexible schedules. In this era of VoIP, Skype, cloud apps, and mobile devices, some employees really can be as productive (or more so) working off-site. The advantages for companies begin with more engaged, productive workers, and lower overhead costs. So know what you need to consider for flexible work arrangements and the golden rules for developing flexible work policies.

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Usability as an ERP Selection Criteria

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Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is often criticized for being complex and difficult to use—which puts up a barrier to receiving potential benefits. Systems with integrated search functionality and Web-like interfaces can make ERP solutions easier to use. Learn how to evaluate ERP software for its usability, so you can avoid investing in platforms that aren’t evolved toward usable and efficient interfaces. Read More

Creating an Effective Sales Catalog

An effective sales catalog is a key part of configure, price, quote (CPQ), because it makes it easier for salespeople to find products, select and configure the right product for their customers, and create quotes. Read these tips to guide you in creating a useful tool as part of an effective and efficient sales process. Read More

Creating Effective Configuration Rules

When you have a sales catalog that contains configurable products, it can become difficult and unwieldy to manage all of the possible ways that the products can be configured. And yet, you need salespeople to configure products correctly so that their quotes are complete and accurate, and your customers are happy. These best practices can help you create more effective configuration rules that work. Read More

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If you’ve worked for more than one manufacturing company, you know that each one is different. Different processes, systems, problems—all these variations mean you need a system tailored to your needs. And with so many available solutions, you could spend months looking at demos, and still not find it. However, you can start by asking yourself eight simple questions. Read More

Streamlining for Success: The Lean Supply Chain

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When flexibility and speed are requisites for success, it’s the lean organization that leads the race. World-class manufacturing organizations know the value of focusing on the lean fundamentals: eliminating waste, simplifying processes, and continuously improving. By pursuing lean strategies—optimizing inventory and streamlining manufacturing processes—they can reduce inefficiencies and costs in their production processes, and improve customer responsiveness. Read More

Promises Kept: Creating Flexible Production Schedules Without Sacrificing On-Time Delivery

For manufacturers, production strategies focused on resource utilization, flexible scheduling, and the usage of supporting ERP data mean that promises will be kept, suppliers will be happy, and customer expectations will continue to be met. This paper gives best practices for unlocking the full power of ERP in confronting and overcoming unrealistic delivery dates, and demonstrates the benefits that can be realized from “sticking to your guns”, including efficiency, profitability, and success. Read More
 
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