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Evolution to Revolution: The Test Automation Maturity Curve
The evolution of test automation towards data-driven and key/action word frameworks reflects the realization that the process becomes more efficient if there is

action item  approach, the keyword or action word is written in a scripting language and is specific to the application under test. In some cases, the script code is generated automatically from building blocks that are then enhanced with additional code to perform decision-making and other logic tasks. In the example above, add product and check product are the names of scripts that contain the detailed level code for adding a product to the Inventory application being tested. Below is an example excerpt of how Read More
PPM for Internal Departments
A business practice that assists organizations to align their portfolio of projects with their business strategy. Typically IT departments employ an IT governance framework to ensure that their PPM...
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Business Activity Monitoring - Watching The Store For You
Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) can bring significant business value in the world of technical data, but its justification must be derived from business

action item  alerting of the situation. Action Updates applications, delivers reports, and takes corrective actions For example, a requisition for that item is automatically created in the purchasing system. BAM Is About Business Vendors and IT often discuss BAM as a technology, the reality is that BAM is about Business . The users of BAM are business people. BAM monitors business data and help make business decisions. BAM is about business. BAM can bring significant business value in the world of technical data, Read More
A Primer on Lean Manufacturing Using Microsoft Dynamics AX
Lean manufacturing constructs have been incorporated into the Microsoft Dynamics AX package, enabling firms to support lean and traditional manufacturing

action item  kanban does not require action until the starting date within the effectivity range. Phased target kanban —A phased target kanban provides one approach for handling inventory build-up in anticipation of seasonal demand. The replenishment policies for a phased target kanban consist of a kanban quantity, a total target quantity, and a detailed breakout of target dates and target quantities (or percentages) to achieve the total. For example, a total target quantity of 1,000 may have a detailed breakout of Read More
TurtleSpice ERP! (Week 1)
Welcome to TurtleSpice ERP, our new series on software selection!We’ll follow one company’s software selection process, from beginning to end—with your help

action item  head around the latest action item to hit his desk. He knew it was coming, but that doesn’t make it any easier. Mike’s CFO has mandated him to select an ERP system for TurtleSpice in order to overcome its current lack of manufacturing and reporting abilities, to enhance the overall operational efficiency of the company, and to better handle compliance issues. In fact, compliance is becoming nearly unmanageable thanks to an expanding product line (although current product expansion is a debacle, Mike Read More
Are You Tuned into Radio Frequency Identification?
This article examines the organizational fit of radio frequency identification (RFID) and its technology’s basic mechanics. Its prohibitive costs often account

action item  the interrogator that further action is needed. This function enables the company to track the location of an item, as well as which stage of the process that item has reached and what the required action to execute should be. The advantages of an active tag are its longer read ranges, greater memory capacity, and its emission of a continuous signal. Disadvantages include the need to replace batteries within the tag (depending on frequency of use), the need for a battery size generally larger than that Read More
Contemporary Business Intelligence Tools
Tools under the business intelligence (BI) umbrella combine to convert data into information, and information into decisions for action. Dashboards and

action item  , and decisions into action (for more information, see Business Intelligence: Its Ins and Outs ). This concludes Part Two of a seven-part note. Part One detailed history and current status. Part Three will look at what is available. Part Four will describe the BI/CPM market landscape. Part Five will discuss Geac and Point Solution vendors. Part Six will compare direct access to a data warehouse for the mid-market. Part Seven will make recommendations. About the Authors Olin Thompson is a principal of Read More
Navigating the New Mobile World: An Executive Action Plan for Adopting Mobility
Mobile isn’t just a device or an application. Mobile provides a new way of doing business. It provides workforce productivity gains, real-time decision making

action item  Mobile World: An Executive Action Plan for Adopting Mobility Mobile isn’t just a device or an application. Mobile provides a new way of doing business. It provides workforce productivity gains, real-time decision making with accuracy, and improvements to customer service. Companies that embrace mobility and contextual services are able to reshape business models to create sustainable competitive advantage. Read More
Achieving Supply Chain Visibility: There Is More to It than Meets the Eye
Industry research shows that one of the most important challenges facing supply chain professionals today is supply chain visibility. As companies scramble to

action item  take quick and effective action is the real secret to success. VISIBILITY MUST WORK IN A MULTI-ENTERPRISE CAPACITY The widespread trend of establishing plants overseas or outsourcing to specialists who can provide unique value and drive down costs shows no signs of waning with good reason. However, this business model is not without its challenges or sacriices. For one, it increases the complexity of the enterprise and moves management of critical operations outside of its four walls, replacing the Read More
The Art, Science, and Software behind (Optimal) Retail Pricing: Part 1
The “Four Ps” of marketing strategy, also known as the

action item  intelligence (BI)  that facilitates action As a result of these IT investments, retailers have accumulated vast amounts of sales history data. While a number of academic techniques exist to analyze this data, incorporating advanced statistical analytics into a commercially useful solution that yields meaningful and actionable insights for retailers still presents significant scientific, engineering, processing, and cost challenges due to the vast amounts of data and the complexities of mathematical Read More
A Response Management Pioneer Offers Its Solution
Kinaxis Inc. is answering the needs of global manufacturers by delivering an on-demand response management service. These services are designed to help

action item  take quick and effective action when faced with the inevitable constant changes mentioned above. This means decision makers are able to make the trade-offs and compromises necessary to respond to unexpected events in increasingly erratic global supply and fulfillment networks. Manufacturers value the ability to analyze alternative response actions before making a decision on a major trade-off; by proactively modeling and scoring different response alternatives, a well-understood and optimal action can be Read More
INFIMACS Becoming Ever More RELEVANT For Project-Based Industries. Part 1: Recent Developments
If Relevant Business Systems has for any reason deliberately maintained its INFIMACS II ERP system as one of the best-kept secrets in the complex manufacturing

action item  are met, prompting immediate action. Partnership with Viquity to reduce entry barrier to e-commerce and provide the discrete industry with an integrated e-procurement solution. As a result, the Viquity INFIMACS II Adapter is envisioned to connect INFIMACS II ERP system to the Viquity Dynamic Commerce Network ( DCN ), Viquity's e-business platform for direct procurement transactions. The combined solution should allow purchase orders, demand forecasts, invoices, and other actionable documents to be Read More
Business Intelligence that Works: Getting True Value out of Your Business Intelligence Investment
With business intelligence (BI), decision-makers can feel the organization’s pulse, evaluate the performance of key business functions, and take action based on

action item  business functions, and take action based on their analysis. However, many organizations invest time, money, and resources in BI processes, only to waste their newfound capabilities. Why? And, more importantly, how do you ensure that your BI solution won’t be one of them? Read More
Baltimore Technologies Doubles Revenues, Offers World-Class PKI Hosting
Baltimore Technologies expects to report a sound quarter and does not expect to be plagued by the same erroneous projections that instigated two class-action

action item  to process secure online transactions is a complex and specialized hosting scenario. It probably doesn't make sense for most organizations to try to build and manage their own Certificate Authority network. As well, many mainstream ASPs do not have the security expertise to administer and manage a Certificate Authority system as part of their own infrastructure. Figure 1. PKI Outsource vs. Insource [Source: Aberdeen Group] User Recommendations Through its PKIWorld forum, Baltimore promotes PKI Read More

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