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Realize the Value of ERP by Leveraging Its Data

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems often fail to live up to expectations. One of the major reasons behind this failure is because the system, or the implementation of it, is viewed as a finite software project, when the system's value lies in being a business improvement tool. The data within the ERP system then is not being recognized or leveraged to its full potential.

Many businesses use tools like ERP as transactional recording devices to capture what they have done, rather than as a source of intelligence. But those who are leveraging their ERP data, integrating it with other enterprise systems, and delivering it to decision makers in timely, efficient, and effective ways are seeing significant benefits in operations.

This white paper offers four customer examples of leveraging ERP as a resource for competitive advantage. Read More

2014 Trends in ERP Convergence

In 2013, we were bombarded with what industry observers were calling big trends in enterprise software: software as a service (SaaS), prevalence of mobile devices, and consumerization of IT. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) was not immune to these trends. In this report, anticipated trends are explored in ERP convergence and goals, challenges, and performance of ERP implementations are investigated. Read More

Minimizing the Cost and Impact of a Recall

When a recall occurs, every second counts. Without being able to quickly access all records of inventory movement, tracking information becomes expensive, laborious, and time-consuming. This white paper outlines which features you might be missing in your cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, including data management, full traceability, and active compliance. Read More

Manufacturing Agility through MES Excellence

Manufacturing agility is increasingly important in today's world of fluctuating demand, short product cycles, and constant change. Successful manufacturers embrace change as an opportunity to proactively outmaneuver the competition and gain market share. Read about this kind of agility and the ability to change while controlling costs and quality. Read More

Quality in Discrete Manufacturing: End-to-end Quality Ensures Satisfaction and Reduces Costs

Based on a survey of more than 200 respondents, this report explores how discrete manufacturers approach quality management. Specifically, it looks at how industry leaders take an enterprise-wide approach to quality management in order to ensure customer satisfaction while keeping costs to a minimum. Read More

Benchmarking Your Quality Maturity: Turning a Cost Center into a Profit Center

To help organizations understand their current state and plan for managing quality, LNS Research covers a quality management research study of more than 1,000 manufacturing organizations to identify best practices in organizational change, business process redesign, and technology evaluation. Read More

Web-scale IT for the Enterprise: the Journey to Modernization

Web-scale principles, architecture, and technologies have helped some of the largest web companies and cloud service providers to build highly successful hyperscale data centers. Enterprises are taking notice. They face challenges, as well as shortcomings in their traditional IT infrastructures, as they compete with public cloud providers and try to respond to user demands. To compete effectively, businesses need to learn lessons from the hyperscale data centers and public cloud providers, and rethink the way they operate.

This report details the fundamentals of web-scale IT and how its principles can be used within enterprise IT. Key topics include principles and design of web-scale, the merging of computing and storage, and turnkey enterprise solutions. Read More

Web-scale 101: From Hyper Convergence to Cloud Infrastructure

Learn the new approach to data center infrastructure and how it could influence your business.

Some questions this web-scale guide delves into include:
  • What is web-scale and what are its key characteristics?
  • What are the potential benefits to enterprise IT from web-scale?
  • What are the different approaches to bringing web-scale principles and technologies into enterprise datacenters?
  • Are web-scale principles essential to designing hyper-converged solutions?
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Have You Outgrown Your Accounting System?: Stepping Up to Cloud Computing & FinancialForce.com

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No matter the size of your company, every business is challenged by organizational, technological, and economic growth. The stages of a company’s maturity are fairly well defined—from start-up and small businesses to midsize businesses and multinationals. But it’s not always clear when a company moves from one stage to the next, and what steps need to be taken to support that growth.

There comes a point when a company needs more than an entry-level bookkeeping system. Companies that are well established need a business system that supports the full range of its activities. It needs to reinforce how the business operates in practice rather than limiting it to the narrow confines of a conventional bookkeeping or accounting package.

This white paper describes the telltale signs that a company is ready to move on from software that covers basic accounting requirements to the next level—a progressive business system that can sustain growth for years to come. You’ll learn what to expect from such a system, and how business can change for the better. Read More

Improving Profitability through Better Human Capital Management

Human capital costs account for at least half of the variable costs within a company. Yet this cost center is typically managed with less fiscal discipline, fewer business intelligence metrics, and more compromise than the more traditionally valued business aspects such as development and infrastructure.

Human capital management (HCM) needs best practices just like the other aspects of your business—a high turnover increases costs for training and knowledge transfer, while too many disengaged employees means a loss of profits from your bottom line.

This paper looks at how having a single, integrated, and comprehensive talent management solution can help manage all aspects of the employment lifecycle and aid in the management of human capital costs. Included here are case studies of five organizations that have used comprehensive talent management solutions and experienced good results, including increases in sales per employee and higher profits per employee.

The organizations discussed include a large restaurant chain, a restaurant supplier, an automotive services chain, a food retailer, and a bank holding company. Read on for real-life examples of successful human capital cost reduction through best practices brought about by HCM software solutions, such as streamlined processes, higher accuracy, and improved cost and time savings. Read More
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