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The Basics of Quote-to-order Systems
Global competition means more choice for consumers and increasing customer demands. Manufacturers and distributors must develop a better understanding of what

an actual bill of quantity  products and services in an increasingly competitive environment with inadequate tools. Typical frustrations stem from often incomplete or incorrect product, price, and customer information; labor-intensive and time-consuming preparation of proposals and quotes , while customers demand more rapid and more personalized responses, often requiring frequent revisits to finalize a customer's needs and product fit; sales forces spending too much time on non-selling activities, such as preparing quotes, Read More...
ERP for Mill-based and Material Converting Environments
The ERP for Mill-based and Material Converting Environments knowledge base focuses on a range of industrial activities that add value to raw materials by processing them into a form suitable for fu...
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The Exacting Needs of Metal Service Centers
General enterprise resource planning (ERP) providers that are viable companies with a solid product, typically do not meet the dimensional inventory, chemical

an actual bill of quantity  expected to produce. Allow an employee to record actual products produced and to record the time expended to produce them. Although these three capabilities might be generally supported many generic ERP products, to help communicate accurate delivery dates (and keep customers happy) the system must deliver up-to-minute information about available inventory, in-transit inventory, replenishment orders, manufacturing schedules, and lead times, all while taking the item's attributes into consideration. Read More...
Avoid the Perils of Service Parts Planning in Supply Chain Management
Significant differences exist between the new parts production supply chain and the service and replacement parts supply chain. Companies using conventional

an actual bill of quantity  practices). Product structure is an another factor driving the differing requirements of the service supply chain. Namely, while product life cycles are decreasing, the service function must support not only newly introduced products but include out-of-production products with low demand and very long manufacturing lead times. These means support not only for a very large number of parts and products, but also a requirement to stock them at different levels of the bill of materials (BOM). For example, Read More...
Curbing MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part I
Those that follow manufacturing-oriented enterprise applications have likely noticed for some time an uptick of conversations about the need to better integrate

an actual bill of quantity  data historians). This creates an overwhelming number of individual silos (or islands) of manufacturing data and operations. These silos are typically not connected to enterprise-level (“ivory tower”) systems like ERP, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), and so on. This lack of integration and real-time connection then all too often results in huge operational inefficiencies, lost productivity, wasted time and materials, sub-par products, and so on. Consequently, major Read More...
Quoting and Costing for Multiple Units of Measure
A common need of plastics producers is real-time shop floor production monitoring. This serves many purposes, including tracking cycles on tools or machines

an actual bill of quantity  high/low order margins; see an instant view of calculations of weight and area, based on their specifications; and make selections for artwork, for terms on the order, and so forth. This capability helps improve customer service with quick and accurate quoting; easily retrieve quotes for multiple items, by customer, or sales representative; and create sales orders, inventory, and customer records. Real-time Shop Floor Production Monitoring Another common need of plastics producers is real-time shop Read More...
Confessions of a Techno Junkie
Ideas on how to survive the avalanche of technology, avoid the lure of its pitfalls, and succeed with it as the enabler to true process innovation.

an actual bill of quantity  companies, am not necessarily an early adopter, and pride myself on making logical, rational decisions, even when it involves acquisition decisions. OK, so I read David Taber's article in the February Parallax, ( The Taber Report: Customer Behavior ), which suggests that personal purchase decisions are 80 percent emotional, but still I can aspire, right? Before you read on, understand that this is no anti-technology polemic, but rather a statement on our collective struggle to absorb the technology Read More...
Eco-mode: Benefits and Risks of Energy-saving Modes of UPS Operation
Many newer uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) systems have an energy-saving operating mode known as “eco-mode” or by some other descriptor. Nevertheless

an actual bill of quantity  supplies (UPS) systems have an energy-saving operating mode known as “eco-mode” or by some other descriptor. Nevertheless, surveys show that few data centers actually use this mode, because of the known or anticipated side effects. Unfortunately, the marketing materials for these operating modes do not adequately explain the cost/benefit tradeoffs. This paper shows that eco-mode provides a reduction of approximately 2% in data center energy consumption and explains the various limitations and Read More...
Development of an Internet Payment Processing System
This article describes the author's experience with the development of the first Yugoslav Internet payment processing system. The system's architecture is very

an actual bill of quantity  the finance category - an annual award granted by the Yugoslav Informatic Alliance. This article describes a success story that is worthwhile sharing with a wider audience. E-Commerce Applications Before we proceed any further, we have to distinguish two types of transactions on the Internet: Transactions of the first type are not performed in real-time . When a card holder submits payment and gets a response, payment is only posted for further processing. Actual authorization of the transaction is Read More...
In Defense of Data Centers: The Positive Role IT Can Play in the Greening of Business
Corporate concern for the environment is no longer just an issue of compliancy. Businesses are becoming increasingly concerned about how much energy is required

an actual bill of quantity  is no longer just an issue of compliancy. Businesses are becoming increasingly concerned about how much energy is required by their IT operations, especially by their data centers. Greening IT starts in the data center: find out how data center consolidation—and other solutions—can help you reduce energy consumption, and even increase productivity and efficiency. Read More...
Managing the Total Cost of Ownership of Business Intelligence: A 360-Degree Perspective
For many companies, total cost of ownership (TCO) of business intelligence (BI) solutions is out of control. And the problem is growing, fueled by ever

an actual bill of quantity  the Total Cost of Ownership of Business Intelligence: A 360-Degree Perspective For many companies, total cost of ownership (TCO) of business intelligence (BI) solutions is out of control. And the problem is growing, fueled by ever-increasing demands from the user community, massive new sources for data, new capabilities, shadow it landscapes, and the cost of keeping people abreast of all the changes. This paper focuses on developing a framework for monitoring and managing the TCO of BI. Read More...
Benefits of Using a Master Data Management System
Master data management (MDM) comprises a set of processes and tools that define and manage the non-transactional data entities of an organization (also called

an actual bill of quantity  non-transactional data entities of an organization (also called reference data). MDM provides processes for consolidation, quality assurance, and distribution of such data throughout a company to ensure consistency and control in the ongoing maintenance and use of this information. Discover the benefits of an MDM system. Read More...
IDC and Webroot Present: Securing Enterprise Environments against Spyware-Benefits of Best-of-breed Security
The threat of spyware has risen to epidemic levels for many information technology professionals trying to protect their users and network. In response, many

an actual bill of quantity  and Webroot Present: Securing Enterprise Environments against Spyware-Benefits of Best-of-breed Security The threat of spyware has risen to epidemic levels for many information technology professionals trying to protect their users and network. In response, many security vendors are creating anti-spyware software to seek out spyware and eradicate it from the enterprise network. Webroot's Spy Sweeper Enterprise is just such a product. Read More...
The Case of A Boutique Vendor's Benefits of Focus - IRM Corporation
A tightly focused vendor, IRM Corporation, has fine tuned its products, services, its sales process and even its commercial terms to match the realities of its

an actual bill of quantity  with IRM would be an excellent example. The company has provided the service of data collection and cleansing for the field merchandising market since its founding in 1970. In recent years, it has, however, further focused by targeting only foodservice and vending industries and by adapting to the changes of how the market has been served by also evolving its product technology. The seasoned management team and a long history of working in and serving these markets have lead to in-depth knowledge of the Read More...
State of the Market: HR
More than ever, executives are looking to transform human resources (HR) from a seemingly low-priority function into a strategic part of the business. This

an actual bill of quantity  in the workforce into an enterprise asset. Best-of-breed HR Technologies The most progressive of companies have been using best-of-breed HR technologies for attracting, hiring, training, motivating, and managing their people. Software applications are becoming more and more sophisticated to help companies with these tasks, and as these solutions continue to evolve and communicate with one another, user companies will have a more seamless access to methods and data for managing their employees throughout Read More...
WorkWise's eWarehouse provides Groschopp with added control of the entire life cycle of its inventory
Groschopp initially purchased TCM in 1994 and subsequently expanded its usage to over 40 TCM licensed users and 12 data collection users. Groschopp has

an actual bill of quantity  Groschopp has evolved into an expert user of the entire suite of TCM applications, including MRP, MPS, and Shop Floor Control with complex scheduling. One of their main objectives was the ability to bin track and optimize inventory, leading both to cost savings and also a more efficient operation. Read More...

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