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10 Common Problems APM Helps You Solve

Applications in today's distributed, cloud-based IT environment need to perform at their peak at all times. Unfortunately, most do not. And while many developers and IT professionals have application performance management (APM) solutions, they often don't know how to take full advantage of the benefits. This guide contains advice for IT professionals and developers to get the most out of APM. Read More

Performance Engineering: To Develop and Deliver High Quality Applications

Ensuring application performance and quality is a shared responsibility across all groups within IT. Poor quality impacts IT and business performance, and increases incurred costs of maintenance. This document looks at how an enterprise could establish collaborative processes to identify and resolve bugs and performance problems early in the application lifecycle. Read More

2014 EMEA State of APM: Results from Application Performance Management Survey

We live in an application-driven world. Applications power businesses, and help fulfill goals and customer needs in order to stay ahead in a competitive marketplace. End users also rely heavily on apps—whether on the phone or the web—to stay connected and organized.

Around-the-clock availability and reliability is critical. Slowdowns and outages mean lost revenue, degraded brand image, and a reduced customer loyalty. This report looks at application performance problems and possible solutions. Read More

Focus on Production: How to Bring the Last 10 Percent of Production Efficiency to the Production Line

With increasing opportunities for increased sales you may be looking to invest in new capital machines and production lines. Before making that investment—which you will then have to keep on the books for years to come and be saddled with the increased break even—take a look at some options that could give you the increased production capabilities without the increased investment.

Read this white paper to see if this approach fits your business. Read More

Win More Business with Fewer Sales Resources: Reconfigure Discrete Manufacturing Sales Processes to Thrive

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If you’re a sales executive at a discrete manufacturer, there’s a good chance you’ll soon face a perfect storm of significantly greater sales opportunities that must be pursued by a smaller, less experienced sales team. At many discrete manufacturers, there are experienced sales professionals who will be retiring soon and, unless provisions are made, will take considerable institutional knowledge with them.

But sales executives who see the problems on the horizon early enough and act quickly... Read More

Productivity Cycle: Transforming Your Workforce from an Expense to a Profit Center

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Company profits are driven, directly or indirectly, by the performance of every employee. Performance data for specific positions, carefully selected from available metrics, can be used to improve each employee. Productive employees will in turn increase the output of a position as a whole, which will lead to increased company profits.

But job effectiveness can only be maximized through the use of proper performance metrics that accurately define success in a specific position at the individual... Read More

Move Beyond Lean to Build a Competitive Advantage: Strategies for Discrete Manufacturers

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For companies that make complex, configurable products, lean manufacturing principles have become an integral part of their day-to-day operations. Over the past 30 years, lean has helped these companies streamline manufacturing and supply chain processes to eliminate waste and deliver other important business benefits.

But there’s now statistical evidence showing that in discrete manufacturing the presumed benefits from lean have not yielded the competitive advantage that manufacturers... Read More

What One ERP Failing Could Hamstring Your Automotive Lean Initiative?

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Tight supply chains—like those found in the automotive industry—require highly integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) software designed specifically for the automotive sector. Because ERP has its origins in the automotive industry, repetitive manufacturers in the automotive sector are particularly well-served by many established software offerings.

This white paper looks at one gap in these solutions that will put even the most sophisticated automotive manufacturer at risk. What... Read More

Going Beyond Process Modeling—Part 1: Why Do We Manage Processes?

Business process modeling is a recognized practice in describing, analyzing, and improving business operations. In many organizations, the model itself is the end product that communicates the business process to stakeholders; however, significant benefits can be realized by moving beyond process modeling to process automation.

This paper provides an overview of the current state of process modeling and automation practices and technologies, and outlines the drivers and benefits of moving... Read More

G2 Crowd Grid Report for Expense Management—Winter 2015

This report from G2 Crowd gives information and comparison data about expense management products that have received a minimum of 10 reviews/ratings on G2 Crowd by mid-February 2015. Products are ranked by customer satisfaction (based on user reviews) and market presence (based on market share, vendor size, and social impact) and placed into four categories on the grid: leaders, contenders, niche, and high performers. Read the report to see how real users have ranked some of the most popular expense... Read More
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