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Battery Power Shakes Up Made2Manage Part Two: Challenges and User Recommendations
The time for existing Made2Manage customers and partners to act is now. The new owners’ motivation in buying the product and vendor must have been the install

a close relationship with manufacturers is promoted  a specified time. Keep a close eye on their actions, given that product enhancement and service & support strategy can apparently sharply change as early as three months after the acquisition. Until the new product strategy is crystal clear and publicly committed to by the new owner, we advise potential users to warily evaluate the product even within their vertical sweet spot. Of course, learning about new features and attractive pricing would be beneficial, at least for information and for leverage Read More
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Five Ways to Positively Impact Customer Retention and Business Operations
Maintaining strong business performance and retaining loyal customers requires continual vigilance and assessment. Establishing metrics that focus on value

a close relationship with manufacturers is promoted  business performance and retaining a loyal customer base requires continual vigilance and assessment. Establishing key metrics that focus on value-added and customer- centric performance allows manufacturers to operate as an agile enterprise and stay close to the pulse of market changes and dynamics. Performance tools such as dashboards and reporting can help to monitor performance and enable better and faster decision making. More importantly, manufacturers need to focus on innovation, quality, time to Read More
Manufacturing 2007 Executive Summary
For a decade, IndustryWeek and the Manufacturing Performance Institute (MPI) Census of Manufacturers have provided data to US manufacturers. This year, MPI

a close relationship with manufacturers is promoted  those plants that report a decrease in 2006 employment, just 24% expect to increase employment in 2007 (51% of these latter plants expect decreased employment levels again in 2007). Additionally, 25% of the plants that report employment deceases in 2006 expect to either close (11%) or merge with another plant (14%) in the coming year (see page 24). Just 7% of plants that report an employment increase in 2006 anticipate either fate. Please indicate the primary improvement methodology followed by the plant Read More
Solve the Succession Crisis by Growing “Inside-outside” Leaders
Strong evidence supports the notion that a well-groomed insider is a key to sustained company performance. In an analysis of 1,800 successions, company

a close relationship with manufacturers is promoted  to hear. So cultivate a relationship with someone-spouse, close friend, mentor-who tells you the truths you don't want to hear. The most successful CEOs, on balance, are those who are developed inside the company-but manage to retain an outside perspective. Solve the Succession Crisis by Growing Inside-Outside Leaders I was appalled to learn recently that 60% of the respondents to a poll of 1,380 HR directors of large U.S. companies said their firms have no CEO succession plans in place. As this finding Read More
Demand-Driven Strategies for Complex Manufacturing
Many manufacturing companies have adopted or are considering the adoption of a demand-driven strategy. However, if you want to be demand-driven, you aren’t

a close relationship with manufacturers is promoted  right slot and return a promise date on or as close to the customer's requested date as possible. Tools such as these are required to more efficiently and effectively process customer demand, ultimately helping us to provide promises that can be kept. From Push to Pull OK, so we have examined how we can better process demand. But what can we do to better execute manufacturing processes' Changing from a traditional forecast-driven, schedule-based environment that essentially push- es material and products Read More
Why the Cloud Is More than Hot Air for the Manufacturing Enterprise
Manufacturers have legitimate questions and concerns when contemplating a transition from a legacy, on-premise enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution to a

a close relationship with manufacturers is promoted  and concerns when contemplating a transition from a legacy, on-premise enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution to a cloud ERP system. Download this white paper to find out just how cloud ERP solutions have proven their viability and superiority when compared to on-premise competitors when it comes to security, business continuity, cost and other factors. Read More
Building Relationship Capital: Client Relationship Management for the Capital Markets
Client relationship management (CRM) technology can help capital-markets firms streamline investment banking activities, increase brokerage trade volume, and

a close relationship with manufacturers is promoted  meet compliance challenges. As a nerve center for information about clients, prospects, institutions, syndicate partners, and other contacts, the right CRM system enables capital-markets firms to share intelligence, coordinate activities, and derive advantage from an integrated body of corporate knowledge and relationships. Read More
Mobile Supply Chain Management: The Dream Is Becoming a Reality
Mobile computing is changing the way companies manage their entire business. The development of ultra-portable computing devices is geared to support a slew of

a close relationship with manufacturers is promoted  be surprising to see a close relationship developing between SCM providers and tablet manufacturers. Obviously, your level of flexibility will depend mostly on whether Internet access is available—be it from Wi-Fi or a cellular network. This is a particular concern if you are travelling abroad to regions where Internet services are not readily available. Regardless of whether you are using ported or cloud-based applications, working off-line will present the same challenges of data integrity. The data Read More
SaaS Realities-Business Benefits for Small and Midsized Business
Software as a service (SaaS) is a highly-touted model for acquiring, using, and paying for business functionality and is widely adopted for a variety of

a close relationship with manufacturers is promoted  Midsized Business Software as a service (SaaS) is a highly-touted model for acquiring, using, and paying for business functionality and is widely adopted for a variety of business and information technology (IT) functions. This paper looks at advantages and business benefits—financial value, new technology, and improved operations—that SaaS provides to small and midsized businesses and shows research with small and midsized business users. Read More
How to Choose ERP Software for Process Manufacturers
To end up with the right enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, it’s important to ask the right questions. Because an ERP purchase will make one of the

a close relationship with manufacturers is promoted  to Choose ERP Software for Process Manufacturers To end up with the right enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, it’s important to ask the right questions. Because an ERP purchase will make one of the greatest impacts on your business (either good or bad), it’s worth taking the time to learn everything you can. Answering the questions in this paper will help you sort through the vast array of manufacturing ERP solutions. Read More
Where is Oracle in the Product Lifecycle Management Software Market?
Oracle is in the processing of developing their product lifecycle management capabilities. The question is whether they will accomplish this through the

a close relationship with manufacturers is promoted  moderate growth. Agile has a significant installed based of over 200 clients that use Oracle for the backbone ERP system, and they are an active Oracle partner on the infrastructure side, integrating Oracle's application server into its product offerings. Agile has been less willing, however, to get too close to Oracle on the applications front. MatrixOne is in a quandary relative to their financial reporting, and might be a more willing target for acquisition. Given Oracle's rather low-key presence in Read More
$40 Billion Is Being Wasted by Companies without Product Information Management Strategies-How Is Yours Coming Along?
Information errors are costing retailers and manufacturers a lot of money. Studies show that billions of dollars are wasted because of invoice errors caused by

a close relationship with manufacturers is promoted  costing retailers and manufacturers a lot of money. In fact, a 2002 study from A.T. Kearney estimated that $40 billion dollars (USD) per year are wasted because of invoice errors caused by bad data. Most agree that eliminating product information errors will save money, but many of those same believers are not rushing to solve the problem. Why? A variety of excuses are given, including evolving data exchange standards and lack of budget, but the dirty little secret behind this problem is that product Read More
Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) RFI/RFP Template
Design, Sourcing, Procurement, Fulfillment, Manufacturing, Settlement, Utilities, Infrastructure, Product Technology

a close relationship with manufacturers is promoted  Relationship Management (SRM) RFI/RFP Template Design, Sourcing, Procurement, Fulfillment, Manufacturing, Settlement, Utilities, Infrastructure, Product Technology Read More

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