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Supply Chain Agility: Inducing World-class Performance for the 21st Century
The key to a successful supply chain is simple: understand the needs of your customers, and deliver the product to them fast and efficiently. Improving these

21st key  World-class Performance for the 21st Century The key to a successful supply chain is simple: understand the needs of your customers, and deliver the product to them fast and efficiently. Improving these large-scale activities, however, can be challenging, and requires a comprehensive and systematic master plan. With a dynamic simulation model, the six key areas required to maintain an optimal balance are considered—helping to induce supply chain agility. Read More...
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Response Management: Enabling a Demand-driven Supply Network
Customer and commercial demands are changing the way manufacturers manage their positions in the supply chain. The financial impact on a company that is unable

21st key  demand-driven business of the 21st century. In Regaining Control & Managing Risk: The Electronics Outsourced Model Evolves, Industry Directions outlines various trends relevant to this shift, including: Supply chains extend far beyond the core enterprise. To survive in today's highly outsourced environment, companies must follow an outsourced competency model in which they focus on business functions that truly give them competitive advantage and ofload the rest as much as possible. As a result, Read More...
HP Joins the Athlon Pile-On
Hewlett-Packard announced that it will begin shipping PCs which use the Advanced Micro Devices-produced Athlon CPU.

21st key  with AMD January 21st, 1999). In addition, Dell has publically stated that Intel's inability to meet demand is the cause of Dell's Q4 supply woes. Intel will certainly survive, but this will probably put enough fear into it to make some operational and management changes. User Recommendations This announcement will have only modest effect on the business user - it is aimed primarily at the consumer market (HP's Pavilion product line). However, the eventual effect will be to reduce prices on all CPUs: Read More...
ETO Manufacturers Issue a Challenge to ERP Vendors
Perhaps you may have not heard the term engineer-to-order (ETO) before, but perhaps your business is one of thousands that designs and builds custom equipment

21st key  economy of the early 21st century. Another area where ETO manufacturing distinguishes itself from its discrete manufacturing counterpart is here: while discrete manufacturers have placed greater emphasis on manufacturing products offshore, ETO manufacturers have actually focused on designing, engineering, and producing products domestically. ETO and Discrete Manufacturing Differences ETO Requirements Discrete Requirements long lead times short lead times quoting estimates selling prices are established Read More...
The Business Model for the 21st Century Is Project-centric
Cost, time, resources, cash, and risk have always been the basics of project management. But as business as a whole becomes more project- rather than process

21st key  back end of the 21st century's first decade, the project-centric approach is evolving into a clear structure for the modern, agile business. Project management techniques should no longer be the reserve of specific industries or departments. Setting precise goals, with a defined budget, to be reached within a specified time frame, is now more common than ever before. The fundamentals of project management are now core to companies specializing in areas such as contract manufacturing, construction, and Read More...
The Key to Successful ERP Implementation
A successful enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution can grow your business’ bottom line by increasing your company’s revenues and improving your company’s

21st key  Key to Successful ERP Implementation A successful enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution can grow your business’ bottom line by increasing your company’s revenues and improving your company’s efficiencies. One of the most significant factors contributing to its success is the experience and support the vendor provides through its staff and implementation process. Read this white paper to learn how a thorough plan can guide you through the implementation process. Read More...
Electronic Product Code (EPC): A Key to RFID
The real benefits of radio frequency identification will be achieved, when the integration of the EPC data will be a substantial part for the control of supply

21st key  Product Code (EPC): A Key to RFID Introduction In simple terms, the electronic product code (EPC) is a unique number that identifies a specific item in the supply chain by linking serial numbers to the product information stored in a central database, and which is stored on a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag. Once it is retrieved from the tag, it can be associated with dynamic data such as where an item originated or the date of its production. Users of EPC codes will have to purchase Read More...
Operational Business Intelligence and Performance Management: Key Differentiators
The distinction between business performance management and operational business intelligence is sometimes unclear. Many vendor offerings overlap in terms of

21st key  Business Intelligence and Performance Management: Key Differentiators Originally published - August 8, 2006 The key differentiators between business performance management (BPM) and operational business intelligence (OBI) are unclear. In the past few years, vendors have been moving away from traditional business intelligence (BI) to position themselves in one of two areas: either BPM or OBI. Although there are in fact differentiating factors, many vendor product offerings overlap in terms of Read More...
Video DynaSync: A Key Technology for Switched Sharing of Modern Monitors
This white paper describes a new technology known as Video DynaSync, which allows extended display identification data (EDID) and high-bandwidth digital content

21st key  DynaSync: A Key Technology for Switched Sharing of Modern Monitors This white paper describes a new technology known as Video DynaSync, which allows extended display identification data (EDID) and high-bandwidth digital content protection (HDCP) monitors and computers to function flawlessly with keyboard, visual display unit, or mouse (KVM) switches. Read More...
Key Tenets of World-class Search and Knowledge Management for Customer Service
The critical difference between industry leaders and laggards is a focus on the consumer experience. Search is a fundamental bridge between an enterprise and

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10 Key Considerations When Outsourcing QA and Testing Services
With the increase in global IT outsourcing agreements, many companies are looking at outsourcing quality assurance (QA) and testing to ensure high-quality

21st key  Key Considerations When Outsourcing QA and Testing Services With the increase in global IT outsourcing agreements, many companies are looking at outsourcing quality assurance (QA) and testing to ensure high-quality deliverables and gain competitive advantages. These companies need to select an outsourcing partner that has local and offshore test centers—and a strong on-site consultancy presence. Find out about these and other issues that will help you in the short and long term. Read More...
Defining the 21st Century Salesperson
Given that the Internet has made basic product information so readily available, the role of the salesperson of the 21st century has to be defined in terms of

21st key  the 21st Century Salesperson Given that the Internet has made basic product information so readily available, the role of the salesperson of the 21st century has to be defined in terms of his or her ability to add value to the customer. When dealing with human beings, there are no such things as absolutes, but there are patterns that can be used to provide a baseline understanding. Read this white paper to learn about the tectonic forces that are driving salesforce transformation. Read More...
Unified Performance Management: The Key to Successful Performance Management
Managing performance requires that business and IT, working collaboratively, develop a vision of how to integrate information and technology to improve the

21st key  Performance Management: The Key to Successful Performance Management Managing performance requires that business and IT, working collaboratively, develop a vision of how to integrate information and technology to improve the performance of the organization’s people and processes, and then act on that vision. Using common performance management (PM) tools and systems—designed to ensure the effective use of consistent information—is critical to the success of the business. Find out why. Read More...
The 7 Key Factors in Choosing a Mobile Device Management Solution
Managing an increasingly mobile workforce has become one of the most challenging and important responsibilities for IT departments. Users want freedom of choice

21st key  7 Key Factors in Choosing a Mobile Device Management Solution Managing an increasingly mobile workforce has become one of the most challenging and important responsibilities for IT departments. Users want freedom of choice when it comes to the smartphones and tablets they use, yet added freedom can bring added risks in security. This paper examines criteria for mobile device management (MDM) solutions, including support for multiple platforms and a high degree of security and management. Read More...

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