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How to Use Technology to Redefine Today’s Economy
Daniel Burrus examines how using technology can not only help organizations lower costs and become more efficient, but also redefine today’s economy. Learn the

a lean business organization like ours strives to  They view technology as a way to “do more with less,” “streamline the workflow,” and “trim expenses.” Sound familiar? While this is certainly one good use of technology, you can also use it to redefine the marketplace as well as your products and services. In this case, technology becomes a tool of creation. You can create new products, new services, and entire new markets, which then creates new jobs and careers. Why is this important? Currently the United States (US) is digging out of the Read More...
Business Performance Management
Business performance management (BPM) enables organizations to translate strategies into plans, monitor execution, and provide insight needed to manage and improve financial and operational perf...
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Business One
Designed specifically for small and growing businesses, the SAP Business One application is a single, affordable solution for managing an entire company

a lean business organization like ours strives to  Business One application is a single, affordable solution for managing an entire company – including financials, sales, customer relationships, and operations. Sold exclusively through SAP partners, it helps streamline your operations from start to finish, gain instant access to complete information in real time, and accelerate profitable growth. Read More...
PROACTIS Source-to-contract and Purchase-to-pay Solutions Ruling the UK Public Sector
PROACTIS now helps more than 120 public sector organizations managing £15 billion of public sector spend in the UK and over 100,000 suppliers to streamline

a lean business organization like ours strives to  selection reportedly went through a tight Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) process (the tendering process required by European Commission directives for public sector procurement where the value exceeds an annually updated threshold).  My understanding is that one of the large European-based providers with origins in accounts payable (A/P) automation, a major consultancy, and the incumbent systems provider, plus others, were involved in the contest. PROACTIS’ track record in the public Read More...
CMS Is to Content as SOA Is to Enterprise Applications
There’s no disputing the fact that content management systems (CMS) and service-oriented architecture (SOA) are closely related. From reuse, the ability to

a lean business organization like ours strives to  to combine services into a new form, SOA and CMS share many common threads in the enterprise world. Find out how the forces that have made SOA so important today are now doing the same for CMS in web site management. Read More...
Ross Systems Continues To Slip, But Pledges to Fight Tooth And Claw
Ross Systems' transition from ERP to e-commerce continues to be daunting. On November 14, the company announced yet another disappointing quarterly report owing

a lean business organization like ours strives to  Ross Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:ROSS), a provider of ERP and e-business solutions for mid-market process manufacturers, reported results for its first quarter ended September 30, 2000. Revenues in the quarter were $14.2 million, down 39% from $23.3 million in the same quarter of the prior year. Particularly bleak was a 60% license revenue decline, to $2.4 million from $6 million a year ago. The net loss for the quarter was $4.2 million, compared to a net profit of $0.3 million in the same quarter of the prior Read More...
How to Lead Your Organization on the Best Path to Performance Improvement (Webcast Transcript)
Companies require an agile enterprise performance management (EPM) strategy to ensure they have information to support effective decisions. The more information

a lean business organization like ours strives to  Improvement (Webcast Transcript) Become a performance manager in your department using integrated reports, metrics and plans based on proven sweet spots of information. Discover new and more effective ways to cut costs, boost margins and manage risk. Source: IBM Resources Related to How to Lead Your Organization on the Best Path to Performance Improvement (Webcast Transcript) : Performance Improvement (Wikipedia) Business Performance Management (BPM) (Wikipedia) How to Lead Your Organization on the Read More...
Too Hard to Adopt PLM? Find Ways to Make It Easier
Product lifecycle management (PLM) systems are too complicated, too expensive, and take too long to implement. That’s what I said last month in a blog post

a lean business organization like ours strives to  said last month in a blog post . However, more and more companies find that adopting PLM is an unavoidable route to take regardless how many obstacles ahead. Can companies find ways to adopt PLM more easily and faster? After listening to Lectra ’s introduction to its Easy Start PLM implementation approach, I think I’ve found some answers. Late last month, I had a chance to visit Lectra’s development center. Amongst many introductory sessions I was given, there was one for Lectra’s PLM Read More...
How to Unbalance Your Scorecard to Better Measure Business Performance
The Balanced Scorecard is one of the most popular methodologies for measuring business performance, with a view to enhancing it. First made popular in the early

a lean business organization like ours strives to  measuring business performance, with a view to enhancing it. First made popular in the early 1990s, this performance management framework was intended as a tool to provide managers with a more complete and “balanced” view of their organization’s performance by including nonfinancial metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) in their assessments. Despite this excellent approach to the state of an organization—previously viewed from a purely financial perspective—some organizations are still Read More...
IPSec VPNs for Extranets: Not what you want to wake up next to
In general VPNs are ill suited to building multi-company extranets, for any situation that extends across organizational boundaries, or where there is

a lean business organization like ours strives to  with new partners as a result of outsourcing Many corporations simply want to extend certain internal applications to business partners, treating their business partners like a special class of employee with limited privileges. The drivers for this increased connectivity are well documented for partners who have achieved deeper levels of connectivity to business partners beyond data exchange (2) : 15-25% inventory reductions 20-40% reductions in lead time Major improvements in customer loyalty Companies Read More...
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About LMS But Were Afraid to Ask-Well Maybe Not Everything!
Today, if a company wants to retain its employees, it must take great strides to make their jobs more rewarding. To give their employees the learning experience

a lean business organization like ours strives to  We're here for a good time, not a long time , and while the song was referring to living rather than working, the latter part of the lyric certainly holds true for today's workforce. People just don't stay at one job for very long anymore. For many organizations, gone are the days of simply hiring an employee, giving them a half decent salary with a few perks, and hoping like hell they'll stick around for the long run. It's no longer just about what an individual can bring to the organization; Read More...
The Trap of Accountancy Systems; When to Move on to ERP
The differences between ERP and accountancy solutions are huge. Accountancy solutions help with financial management and statutory reporting, but do little to

a lean business organization like ours strives to  the business expands is a quick fix that can cause long-term damage. Those companies may find that a system furnished by a vendor of accountancy systems retards growth—particularly in the case of manufacturing companies. Rather, manufacturing companies should implement an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system as soon as their budget and resources will allow them to. This document examines why companies look to accountancy systems for business control, why that choice may be an error, and how ERP Read More...
Got BI? Now You Need to Hire a Data Geek. Here’s What to Look For.
According to a poll conducted by KDnuggets, salaries in the analytics and data mining space are up in 2011. While there is no direct proof that the data

a lean business organization like ours strives to  You Need to Hire a Data Geek. Here’s What to Look For. According to a poll conducted by KDnuggets, salaries in the analytics and data mining space are up in 2011 . While there is no direct proof that the data explosion is increasing the need for business intelligence (BI) or business analytics (BA) specialists, it’s only natural that the increase in BI software adoption and demand for analytics should promote the growth of BI job offerings. So, if your organization already has a BI or BA application Read More...
To Upgrade, or Not To Upgrade: That Is Not The Question-But How To Upgrade Is
Companies can easily spend hundreds of thousands of dollars implementing an enterprise resource planning (ERP) package. After completing this rollercoaster ride

a lean business organization like ours strives to  How To Upgrade Is A company acquires software to solve a business problem or gain a competitive advantage. A package solution is most often considered, in order to avoid the reinventing the wheel syndrome, and to leverage the experience and expertise of others. A package solution presupposes that the software vendor will keep current with the latest technology improvements in hardware and operating systems, and ensure that current trends in the industry are reflected and supported by the package. Read More...
How to Use Technology to Support the Lean Enterprise: Achieving Profitable Growth through Lean
Many competitive businesses are implementing “lean” initiatives to expose and attack waste and setting goals for continuous improvement through Six Sigma

a lean business organization like ours strives to  This white paper defines addresses the impact lean initiatives have on profitability and considers the role of information technology (IT) in enabling lean initiatives. Read More...
How to Respond Faster to Customer Feedback
What’s the best way to know if your customers are satisfied? Simply ask them. Conducting customer surveys without the right tools, however, can demand a lot of

a lean business organization like ours strives to  tools, however, can demand a lot of staff time to manage and analyze the results. Indeed, response time can make the difference between keeping customers and losing them. One way to respond faster to customer issues—and save time and effort—is by investing in an automated customer feedback system. Read More...

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