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The Future-Proof Marketer in 2015: Digital Marketing's Skills Gap Crisis and the New Breed of Marketer to Solve It

At the start of 2015, 90% of marketers report suffering from a critical deficiency of digital marketing skills. At the same time, 93% of digital marketers report that it is “harder to recruit people with the right skills than ever before.” The result is a costly drag on productivity that grows with each passing quarter.

This white paper includes:
  • An in-depth breakdown of the infamous skills gap in modern marketing
  • Digital technology’s present danger to marketing
  • The... Read More

Meeting Process Manufacturing Challenges Through More Potent Functionality

The process manufacturing market remains one of the most competitive and dynamic segments of manufacturing. Process manufacturers must evolve to meet the challenges of changing market demands, the increasing commoditization of products, and the volatility of pricing in energy and raw materials.

A powerful enterprise resource planning (ERP) system with detailed functionality should help process manufacturers manage active ingredients throughout their operations by enabling them to buy raw... Read More

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... 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... 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... Read More
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