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APICS 2009 From the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog post series talked about my attendance at the APICS 2009 International Conference in Toronto (Canada) in early October. I attended only a

aberdeen steelwedge  base of customers for Aberdeen to use its quantitative approach to score them higher in the AXIS report. In fact, how do vendors prove to customers that our S&OP is better than the others in general? More specifically, what differentiates a specific provider from the S&OP pack, given the abundance of providers? Namely, in addition to the solutions mentioned thus far ( including those mentioned in Part 1 ), below is a comprehensive list of S&OP providers in alphabetical order: Adexa Advanced Information Read More
Discrete Manufacturing (ERP)
The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as or...
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Employee Screening Strategies
Employee screening is a critical capability for organizations today. No longer just a part of the hiring process, employee background checks, eligibility

aberdeen steelwedge  Research Brief by the Aberdeen Group looks at best practices used and results delivered through the use of employee screening tools and solutions. Get the key insights now. Read More
Future Trends in Wholesale Distribution—Part 1: Disruptive Innovations
The TEC Vendor Challenge was in full swing last week, with a full slate of vendor demonstrations from Epicor, IBS, Infor, Microsoft, NetSuite, SAP, and VAI, as

aberdeen steelwedge  presentations and dynamic discussions.  Aberdeen ’s Bob Heaney,  Pemeco ’s Jonathan Gross, and I had a great time at the end of the first day talking about future trends in wholesale distribution. The main trends that we see in this area can be categorized into three groups: disruptive innovations, outside-in omnichannel fulfillment and next-day delivery, and emerging technologies. This post recaps the insight garnered at the TEC Vendor Challenge about how disruptive innovations are changing the Read More
SAP ERP Market Analysis for SMB'S
As you'll discover in SAP ERP for SMB, SAP offers a range of ERP solutions for small and midsized businesses including a SaaS-based version called...

aberdeen steelwedge  Business ByDesign. In this Aberdeen market analysis , you'll also learn about the major trends and drivers in the ERP SMB market, and how SAP ERP solutions are helping SMBs streamline and standardize their processes and operations—with functionality so robust that even larger corporations are buying in. Learn how working with the world’s largest ERP vendor can make your company more efficient and competitive. Download your PDF copy of SAP ERP for SMB today! For assistance, please contact customer Read More
Real-time Shop Floor Integration, Simplified (with ERP)
As a demand-driven manufacturer, you know how crucial up-to-date information is. But when shop floor data is collected with pen and paper, then transferred

aberdeen steelwedge  Shop Floor Divide, the Aberdeen Group notes that the disconnect between ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) and the shop floor hinders manufacturing performance. But you already know this. You've seen it in data collected from the shop floor with pen and paper on spreadsheets and charts, then uploaded in batches or transferred manually to multiple databases that aren't readily connected to each other, let alone your ERP system. Very often the data is uploaded after it is needed, creating problematic Read More
ERP Selection: Starting Out on the Right Foot
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software selection and implementation can be complicated. But having an ERP strategy in place from the start makes it easier.

aberdeen steelwedge  selection process itself. This Aberdeen Analyst Insight examines how best-in-class companies select ERP as part of an overall ERP strategy. Read More
Pervasive Retail Business Intelligence: Optimize Internal Performance for External Market Agility
Pervasive Retail Business Intelligence: Optimize Internal Performance for External Market Agility. Despite a tough retail climate, best-in-class re...

aberdeen steelwedge  of success in the Aberdeen Group research paper, Pervasive Retail Business Intelligence: Optimizing Performance for Market Agility . You'll discover how the right approach to business intelligence (BI) can give your company an enterprise-wide view into changing market conditions and customer buying trends. And how you can transform this information into more efficient business processes and better, more profitable decision-making. Learn how to unlock the secrets of superior retail performance through Read More
Inventory Management Technology Strategies for Distribution
Inventory has been—and continues to be—the lifeblood of the distribution marketplace. While many companies are slow to adopt new strategies and technologies, a

aberdeen steelwedge  Management Trends in Distribution Aberdeen conducted a research survey on inventory management technology adoption and ROI in January and February 2007 across 55 distribution companies. This study confirmed that inventory management processes and technologies are being actively re-evaluated by companies today. 69% of respondents indicated they have made or been asked to provide recommendations in the past six months to management on how to improve their inventory management technology. An overwhelming Read More
Think Your Organization is Too Small for ERP?
In the Aberdeen report Think Your Organization Is Too Small for ERP?

aberdeen steelwedge  ERP system. In the Aberdeen report Think Your Organization Is Too Small for ERP? Think Again companies like yours are approaching and employing ERP systems—and consistently out-performing their non-ERP competitors. You'll learn about the drivers behind the growth in ERP for SMBs, the business gains you can expect to achieve, and how best-in-class SMBs are leveraging ERP for superior business performance. Discover why an ERP system makes good business sense for your company today—no matter what size Read More
Customer Relationship Analysis Firm Extends Reach
thinkAnalytics signs a partnering agreement with one of the largest information technology services companies in North America. Why does CGI expect

aberdeen steelwedge  A study by the Aberdeen group that thinkAnalytics gives out as sales material suggests that thinkAnalytics will find ready customers from among dot-coms, click-and-mortar operations, and large technology-driven analytical enterprises. While any of these certainly could use thinkAnalytics it is those at the extreme of data volume and complexity, as well as those with concerns about the quality of their data, that are most likely to find a match with thinkAnalytics. Read More
Measuring the ROI of ERP in SMBs
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is more than a necessary infrastructure that forms the transactional system of record upon which a business is based. ERP is

aberdeen steelwedge  a serious undertaking. This Aberdeen report serves as a roadmap for small to medium businesses (SMBs) to realize the maximum return on investment (ROI) from ERP implementations. Read More
Future Trends in Wholesale Distribution—Part 3: Emergent and Emerging Technologies
This last post of the series on the panel discussion at the recent TEC Vendor Challenge gives an overview of several key emergent and emerging technologies that

aberdeen steelwedge  chain management (SCM) for  Aberdeen . In  part 1 of this blog post series , I reviewed the panel’s discussion of how disruptive innovations are changing the wholesale distribution landscape. In  part 2 , I reviewed the panel’s discussion of omnichannel fulfillment, the “Next-Day Delivery” mandate, and what wholesale distributors are doing to deliver exceptional customer experiences. Below is the last post of the series on the panel discussion at the event. To wrap up the panel session, I Read More
APICS 2009 From the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 4
Part 1 of this series talked about my attendance of the APICS 2009 international conference in Toronto (Canada) in early October. I attended only a few

aberdeen steelwedge  2009 From the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 4 Part 1 of this series  talked about my attendance of the  APICS 2009 international conference in Toronto (Canada) in early October . I attended only a few education sessions, and my conference visit focused more on exploring the expo floor and talking to the exhibitors. My overwhelming impression from the conference's expo floor was that its main  value proposition  this year revolved around the various flavors of  demand management , Read More
Finance and Accounting Solutions Buyer’s Guide for Small to Medium Enterprises
For large organizations, enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems promise big gains by helping grow revenue and increase productivity. But can ERP benefit

aberdeen steelwedge  their industries. According to Aberdeen Group Inc., an IT research firm based in Boston, businesses that make consumer product goods are concerned about regulations and reporting requirements, while public-sector organizations are worried about maintaining customer loyalty. Also, manufacturers are concerned about the commoditization of their products. A robust ERP package can help address these issues, as well. Late last year, Aberdeen Group released its 2006 ERP in the Midmarket study, which surveyed Read More
Performance Made Competitive: Driving Business Value with an ERP Upgrade
In this economy, enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a critical business asset and key driver of lean practices. According to Aberdeen Group, best-in

aberdeen steelwedge  lean practices. According to Aberdeen Group, best-in-class manufacturing companies are 35 percent more likely than other companies to operate on a current version of ERP. Discover the key considerations―and the potential benefits―that you should keep top-of-mind as part of an overall application lifecycle strategy. Read More

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