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Planning for Manufacturing Exceptions

  • Source: Thoughtful
No matter how sophisticated your ERP solution may be, the most critical factor in its success will be how well it handles exceptions--the seemingly quixotic mission of planning for the unplanned. These issues outside your established operational parameters can include supply, operational and demand exceptions, and can have a "butterfy effect" on your enterprise--impacting customer service, purchasing, plant scheduling, shipping and accounting. How well you respond depends on four critical factors: The speed at which you identify these exceptions; how thoroughly you communicate them within your enterprise, the business rules you have in place to handle these exceptions and how responsive your ERP system is to handling the above four factors. In this white paper, we will explore how you can manage these four factors in planning for exceptions in your enterprise.
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7 Practical Sales Tips

These days, nobody goes it alone. We all can use a few new techniques to help us close tough deals. This ebook outlines key sales strategies and gives you the resources you need to put them into action. Some recommendations are simple; others require thoughtful business decisions. But all guarantee an immediate and long-lasting impact on your sales organization. Get a few quick sales tips you can use anywhere, anytime.
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How to Create Dashboards People Love to Use

Dashboards have become a standard business tool over the last decade. Dozens of dashboard-building solutions have sprung up to meet the demand. Yet in the flurry of technology and enthusiasm, little attention has been paid to how to design focused, thoughtful, and user-friendly dashboards. This guide will show you concepts and best practices for creating a high-impact dashboard that people love to use.
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It Isn't the Fall, It's the Sudden Stop

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Skillful management of transitions is essential for IT professionals. It is not simple and it not recognized when it is done right, but when done wrong, the noise of the sudden stop rings in everyone's ears for a long time.
  • Written By: J. Dowling
  • Published On: January 2002

TurtleSpice ERP! (Week 6)

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Welcome to TurtleSpice ERP! We’re following one company’s software selection process, from beginning to end—with a twist: It’s up to you to make sure comptroller Mike Chelonia stays on track and selects the right ERP system for the company. Cast your vote at the bottom of this post, and next week I’ll move the scenario forward based on the winning answer. The story so far: Mike
  • Written By: David Clark
  • Published On: August 2008

Does Supply Chain Management Software Make Sense in Wholesale Distribution? Part 3: Meeting the Objectives

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Because the technology has become easier to implement, use, and maintain, many of the challenges to achieving the benefits that supply chain management software applications can provide have been removed.
  • Written By: Mark Wells
  • Published On: September 2001

Identifying the ROI of a Software Application for SCM Part 3: Performing the Data Analysis

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By using software tools that help you forecast and work together with others inside your organization, and even with your customers, the forecasts may become more accurate. You can make an assumption on how much improvement might be possible. This part discusses the challenge of performing the data analysis.
  • Written By: Mark Wells
  • Published On: July 2001

Identifying the ROI of a Software Application for SCM Part 2: We Are Looking for the Vendor To Tell Us

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Managers weighing an investment in software for supply chain face pressure to be right. Looking for a precise calculation of ROI often results in making an uninformed decision. This part discusses what to do when business analysis skills are lacking.
  • Written By: Mark Wells
  • Published On: July 2001

Customer Relationship Management for IT Professionals

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What makes a strong supplier/customer relationship? The bottom line is trust. However, trust needs to be earned through a series of conversations and commitments that have been met.
  • Written By: J. Dowling
  • Published On: January 2001

A Tour of the Clouds

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The term “cloud computing” might be the next biggest trend in the IT industry. Jorge Garcia explains some of the basic ideas behind cloud computing—and how it may help your organization in the future.
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