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Lean Maintenance: Best Practices to Turn Asset Management into a Profit Center
It’s common knowledge that asset downtime disrupts production and drives up both process and per-unit operating costs. However, executives often lose sight of

an organization without purchasing and supplies department is doomed  all too easy for an organization to slip into complacency and allow the successes of leanness to be lost in the fog of routine. Dr. Womack uses Lucas PLC, a British supplier of mechanical and electrical components to the automotive and aerospace industries, as an example of how a highly successful and once-lean enterprise can return to wasteful practices because of loosening leanness commitment over time. It took Lucas a period of seven years to slip away from lean practices. The message here: Never relax Read More
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Integration is the Name of the Game in Software Systems
This article, originally published in Engineering Times, on how companies are employing ERP is based on an interview with Ben Spencer, TEC’s Senior Director of

an organization without purchasing and supplies department is doomed  (ERP) software tools at an increasing rate to help smooth the rough edges of their business practices. ERP attempts to integrate all of a company's departments and functions-such as human resources, financial management, project management, and sales-onto a single computer system that serves those segments' individual needs. Not an easy task. But vendors such as SAP , Oracle , Baan , and IFS Inc . have continued to tackle the challenges of ERP. Most top vendors' ERP solutions are Web-enabled and give Read More
TOTVS Protheus ERP Is Now TEC Certified
The most recently certified enterprise resource planning (ERP) software product by TEC analysts is offered by the Brazilian company TOTVS and is called Protheus

an organization without purchasing and supplies department is doomed  Latin America to have an initial public offering (IPO). Since then, the company started growing exponentially, demonstrating incredible and stable growth rates every year, from at least 12% to more 25% annually, even during several economic downturns. During this time, TOTVS made a number of acquisitions: the Brazilian company Logocenter, RM Sistemas, Midbyte e BCS, and some others, and most recently, Datasul. Shortly after its inception, the company implemented a franchising model of product sales. In Read More
Visibility.net Is TEC Certified for Engineer-to-order Enterprise Resource Planning (ETO ERP)
TEC is pleased to announce that Visibility.net by Visibility Corporation is now TEC Certified for engineer-to-order enterprise resource planning (ETO ERP

an organization without purchasing and supplies department is doomed  compares with those of an overall benchmark of what you can typically find on average across the ETO ERP market (i.e., the average solution).   Based on the comprehensive software comparison data that TEC possesses, Visibility.net ranks as a highly competitive solution against other products in the ETO ERP solution space.  As the above chart shows, the solution scores higher than the average solution in the Financials, Purchasing Management, and Quality Management functionality. Visibility.net is also Read More
Is Newer Really Better?
Earlier this month, TEC analyst Aleksey Osintsev posted a short piece about the perceived shortcomings of the venerable IBM AS/400 (now the IBM System i). It

an organization without purchasing and supplies department is doomed  were quick to offer an opposing view in the post’s  comments . The general consensus was that, while it isn’t mainstream, the AS/400 is alive and well. Unfortunately, our commenters say, many system administrators haven’t kept up to date with new technologies, creating the perception that the AS/400 is an obsolete, or at least “vintage” system. “We’ll get onto a 20 or 40 year old elevator without a second thought, or a 20 or 40 year old air plane,” said one reader, “but when it comes Read More
Is HCM for everyone?
Human capital management (HCM) software is traditionally understood as addressing human resource (HR) plus talent management business requirements. While HR

an organization without purchasing and supplies department is doomed  talent. Identifying potential is an essential part of any talent management strategy, and its benefits are obvious. First, this can help companies cope with underperforming individuals by giving the tools to employ these people’s skills in better suited positions. Second, it allows for sufficient individual career development planning. Third, accurately identifying talent can aid in recognizing potential leaders within the organization. These are all seductive aspects of talent management, as Read More
An Overview of Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007
Take an in-depth look at Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007. This comprehensive guide includes a detailed overview of the Exchange Server architecture, and

an organization without purchasing and supplies department is doomed  Exchange Server 2007 Take an in-depth look at Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007. This comprehensive guide includes a detailed overview of the Exchange Server architecture, and discusses new features and capabilities for tightening security, improving regulatory compliance, maximizing availability, and boosting productivity. It also provides tips for installing and upgrading Exchange Server deployments, and for simplifying server administration. Read More
What Is ERP in 2010?
When the term “enterprise resource planning” (ERP) was introduced, it applied primarily to the planning and management of resources needed to manufacture goods.

an organization without purchasing and supplies department is doomed  2010 , Implementation of an ERP System . Introduction When Gartner introduced the term ERP in 1990, it applied primarily to manufacturing, specifically the planning and management of the resources needed to produce particular goods. Today, however, every business decision maker realizes that his or her enterprise relies upon resources, and that planning is essential to optimize how those resources are acquired, allocated and used. This means that the definition of ERP is evolving and expanding to Read More
Collaboration is the Key to BPM Success
Customers, employees, and partners are an integral part of any business—each playing an important role in its success. But how is it possible to share vital

an organization without purchasing and supplies department is doomed  employees, and partners are an integral part of any business—each playing an important role in its success. But how is it possible to share vital information between them? In order to access information, understand trends, and build better processes, a system that enables multi-user collaborative technologies is required. Without these collaboration tools, business process management (BPM) cannot be successful. Read More
Enterprise Value Generation and Information Technology Organization
Corporate governance concerns, exacerbated by a weak global economy, have driven shareholder value to drop sharply in recent years. Boards of directors have

an organization without purchasing and supplies department is doomed  Value Generation and Information Technology Organization Corporate governance concerns, exacerbated by a weak global economy, have driven shareholder value to drop sharply in recent years. Boards of directors have intensified their pressure on CEOs to create execution-centric organizations and restore shareholders’ and analysts’ confidence. In this era, CEOs are looking to their information technology organization (ITO) to strategically and efficiently deploy technology solutions that enable Read More
PROMYS Is Now TEC Certified
I'm pleased to announce that the PROMYS project portfolio management for professional service automation (PPM for PSA) solution is now TEC Certified.TEC

an organization without purchasing and supplies department is doomed  Certified. TEC Certification is an impartial review that verifies a software product's ability to address real-world business processes. This review includes a formal product demonstration, which gave me the chance to see the product up close and in depth. I'll be publishing full details in an upcoming Certification Report, but I just wanted to provide some quick first impressions of the software. What makes PROMYS stand out is that it is designed specifically for IT solution providers, and therefore Read More
Is Your Business Ready for ERP?
While small businesses may be able to get by with spreadsheets, growing enterprises need to adopt new, better-suited technology such as enterprise resource

an organization without purchasing and supplies department is doomed  such as enterprise resource planning (ERP). This white paper examines key questions such as: How do we know we need a new ERP system? What are most important factors to consider in a modern ERP selection? Download this white paper now, for answers to these questions and more. Read More
Is Your Financial Transaction Secure?
The FDIC imposes IT integrity ratings on financial institutions. These ratings are known as URSIT ratings and are not disclosed to the public. There is no easy

an organization without purchasing and supplies department is doomed  provide the FDIC with an information technology and security audit report. The FDIC then reads the report and assigns an URSIT rating. URSIT stands for Uniform Rating System for Information Technology. URSIT ratings run on a scale from 1 to 5, with 1 being the highest rating with least degree of concern, and 5 being the lowest rating with most degree of concern. URSIT ratings are only assigned every other year, and only began being assigned this past April. With technology changing so quickly, and the Read More
JustFoodERP Is Now TEC Certified
This year TEC analysts are certifying a variety of new ERP solutions for process manufacturers. Another that has been recently certified is vendor JustFoodERP's

an organization without purchasing and supplies department is doomed  to develop and deliver an ERP system focused on the food and beverage industry. Indeed, JustFoodERP is pretty savvy when it comes to the specifics of this niche, and offers a very competitive solution overall. The company primarily caters to small-to-midsized manufacturers and distributors, although they have clients with annual revenues ranging from $5 million to $700 million. It has customers in different subsegments of the food vertical, including bakeries, beverage processors, and meat producers, but Read More
Case Study: U.S. Department of Agriculture
In 2004, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) was using seven separate systems to manage training for nearly 140,000 employees worldwide. Learn how the

an organization without purchasing and supplies department is doomed  seven separate systems to manage training for nearly 140,000 employees worldwide. Learn how the department decreased training costs by implementing a single learning management system (LMS) for all USDA training—including mandatory, mission specific ,and discretionary training, and additional training for USDA’s 29 agencies and staff offices. Read More

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