You Can't Manage What You Don't Measure

Tracking key performance indicators (KPIs) helps ensure that projects are delivered on time and within budget, and creates a system for improving accountability. Once KPIs are established, there needs to be a way to easily track this data—otherwise it will become an arduous task that may be done improperly. Learn how leveraging integrated project management software can help drive your business process improvements.

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MRP II and the U.S. Manufacturing Renaissance

The United States manufacturing industry is more productive than that in many countries, and jobs are growing. But for these trends to continue, U.S. manufacturers will have to keep their edge by investing in technologies that allow them to do what they do better, faster, and more efficiently. One of the key components of enterprise resource planning (ERP) packages is called manufacturing resource planning (MRP-II) or, as it is also known today, sales and operations planning (SOP). Download this paper to find out how MRP-II can help you manage change. Read More

Evaluating Routing Software: 4 Things You Can't Do Without

The path to deciding on a routing software solution has some key considerations. These variables will impact the return on investment (ROI) you get and influence how smoothly you can integrate the software into your enterprise.

This paper outlines four key things to consider that will impact ROI and the effectiveness of your transportation and routing management solution. First, the specific industry knowledge and expertise of your routing software vendor will guide you to a better software decision.

Next to consider is the quality, quantity, and accessibility of training for your new routing software. The training and support offered will have a huge impact on its value to your business.

The adaptability and flexibility of your routing solution are also important factors to ensure that the software aligns with your business, and not that your business bends to the software. These are a few things a software partner needs to be able to explain and provide if it’s crucial to your business:
  • Static routing
  • Dynamic routing
  • Off-day deliveries
  • Variables in your route specifications
To tie all of the key routing solution considerations together, you need a technology platform that runs the way your enterprise does. Consider the technical environment that works best for you—is it software as a service (Saas), is it an on-premise system? Talking to fleet managers and asking your software vendor many questions will put you on the path to the right routing solution. Read More

How Do Your BPM Metrics Measure Up?

While many business process metrics are “inside-out,” focused on efficiency, it can also be useful to look at them from the “outside-in,” focused on successful business outcomes. Accurate, relevant metrics are becoming increasing important to companies seeking to make smarter business decisions. As John Dixon, a Gartner Inc. research director, says: “BPM without metrics is just a shot in the dark.”

With the scope of process widening beyond traditional organizational boundaries to large-scale business networks, the dynamic nature of these networks will accelerate, contributing to the complexity that organizations will need to address. Plus technologies such as social, mobile, big data, analytics, and the cloud that are having to be applied to BPM further complicates matters. Approaches have to change from being reactive to proactive. To handle all of this should be intelligent software that uses business metrics and analytics.

This white paper takes a look at BPM metrics best practices, as well as how to establish a baseline and ensure BPM metrics support the organization’s key business outcomes. Read on to discover more about how using BPM metrics can help you achieve fact-based business innovation and transformation that can help your BPM metrics “measure up” so you can more easily achieve true business agility.  Read More

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Certain parallels can be drawn between professional services companies and manufacturing plants when it comes to measuring performance in terms of time and resources. But professional services companies don’t manufacture a physical product or manage an inventory, so it can be a challenge to measure how well the business is really doing. Such companies need to rely on metrics to assess their performance.

This white paper posits five metrics that professional services organizations need to stay on top of in order for their business to succeed. These metrics help measure some of the key aspects involved in providing professional services, so you can establish how much you can bill, whether or not you’re turning a profit, how well you’re sticking to the budget, where within your organization the money is coming from, and who’s working on what. Read More

Five Reasons You Can’t Afford to Postpone Your Labor Management Project

The adage “you can’t manage what you can’t measure” is true of many things in warehouse management, but perhaps nowhere more so than for the productivity of your workforce. Payroll is typically the largest single expense in the warehouse, and so many companies are using warehouse management systems (WMSs) and other technologies to do more in less time. But a labor management solution might do more for you—find out how. Read More

Actionable Supply Chain Intelligence: Leveraging the Services Hub

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