The 2011 Focus Experts' Guide to Business Intelligence

Not all business intelligence (BI) solutions fit every situation, and many BI solutions can be quite pricy. As an organization grows and its experience with BI increases, new types of analysis from a broader range of sources become worth the additional spend. This guide will help you determine what stage of BI “maturity” you are in, and then what features you need and what vendor choices you have at that stage.

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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

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The 2011 Focus Experts’ Guide to Server Virtualization

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