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APICS 2009 from the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 1
While my colleagues Khudsiya Quadri and Gabriel Georghiu diligently attended numerous conference sessions and reported their impressions of each convention

apics cscp persuing  shorter  attendance of the APICS 2009 International Conference in Toronto (Canada) in early October revolved mainly around exploring the expo floor and talking to the exhibitors . My overwhelming impression from the conference's expo floor was that the main value propositions this year revolved around the flavors of  demand management . This was not too terribly surprising, given that the past two years have dispelled any doubts about the advantages of managing demand effectively. First, as an Read More...
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“Act Vertical” vs. “Go Extinct” Retailers - Part 1
In over a decade of covering the enterprise application space, I’ve repeatedly lauded and advised vertical focus (i.e., someone’s proven expertise in some

apics cscp persuing  learned while pursuing my APICS CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional) title. Namely, Module One of the APICS CSCP Learning System , entitled “Supply Chain Management Fundamentals” teaches that companies have generally pursued one of the following two types of supply chain management (SCM ): either vertical or lateral (also known as horizontal) integration. Vertical (supply chain) integration refers to the practice of bringing the entire supply chain inside a single organization. In fact, Read More...
A Couple of
As is the case with white papers, vendors' press releases (PR) can range from blatant bragging about the

apics cscp persuing  year while pursuing my APICS CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional) title (yes, I am showing off a bit). Namely, the Module Three of the APICS CSCP Learning System , entitled Managing Customer and Supplier Relationships teaches that strategic sourcing has made the task of purchasing (procurement) more complex. What had been sporadic transactions in the past are now recurring relationships that must be planned, monitored, and measured for their impact on business goals. The best supplier may not be Read More...
EAM versus CMMS: What's Right for Your Company
This article looks at where computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) end and enterprise asset management (EAM) takes over, focusing on features and

apics cscp persuing  Association for Operations Management (APICS). Joseph J. Strub has extensive experience as a senior project manager and consultant for the planning and execution of ERP projects for manufacturing and distribution systems, and for small to medium size companies in the retail, food and beverage, chemical, and consumer packaged goods (CPG) process industries. He has developed marketing and communication programs for IT organizations, and consulted on offshore, outsourcing opportunities for multinational Read More...
A Possible Remedy for Non-responsive Supply Chains
Because the supply chains of most manufacturers have become complex, global networks, managing these systems requires enterprise applications that enable

apics cscp persuing  enable collaboration. According to APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) Learning System; Module 4: Using Information Technology to Enable Supply Chain Management (2007) and Supply Chain Vendor Morphs into SCEM with Response Management Vision , full-fledged SCEM systems provide active and actionable visibility, including the following functions: Monitoring Real-time information on customer demand, shipments, orders, production, fulfillment, and inventory is collected and distributed to each Read More...
Blast Past Manufacturing Bottlenecks with Constraint-based Scheduling
Managing constraints in any manufacturing or service environment can be difficult. But with the right tools, accurate data, and a skilled user, a management

apics cscp persuing  for Operations Management ( APICS ), and by reading up on the topic. But for most manufacturing executives, the best time spent on CBS will be devoted to mastering the CBS functionality of an enterprise application used within the enterprise. About the Author Bill Leedale is responsible for knowledge transfer in North America for the manufacturing product suite within IFS Applications. He has over 20 years of experience in the manufacturing arena, from leading large-scale implementation projects to Read More...
APICS 2009 From the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 5
Part 1 of this blog series talked about my attendance of the APICS 2009 international conference in Toronto, Canada in early October. I attended few education

apics cscp persuing  my attendance of  the APICS 2009 international conference in Toronto, Canada in early October . I attended few education sessions, as 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 flavors of  demand management , most notably  Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) .  Part 2 analyzed the traditional shortcomings  and the reasons Read More...
Standardizing on One ERP System in a Multi-division Enterprise
In an enterprise with multiple operating divisions, should the enterprise standardize on a single set of software? Recent broadening of major ERP products

apics cscp persuing  resources management (CIRM) by APICS. Read More...
Weather the Recession with Project ERP
There’s a notable difference between management by project and project management. By using project-centric software, organizations can implement the former and

apics cscp persuing  team. In the meantime, APICS sees a blurring of this line between projects and operations, as do many companies in both project-intensive and repetitive industries. More and more, manufacturers want to use projects to manage product families so they can see how the associated costs accumulate and shift over time. Management by project is also attractive to these manufacturers because they can separate and track their use of resources as they bring a new product online; as the cost to produce or demand Read More...
Are “Best Practices” Dragging Your Organization Down?
When APICS invited me to be part of next October’s international conference on best practices for global supply chain and operations management, I started

apics cscp persuing  Your Organization Down? When APICS invited me to be part of next October’s international conference on best practices for global supply chain and operations management, I started exploring ideas revolving around best practices, including this deceptively simple question: What is a best practice, anyway? Many organizations fail to understand the true meaning of “best practice,” erroneously treating this term as synonymous with “staying ahead of the competition.”  In fact, these organizations Read More...
Are Spend Management (or SRM) Apps Suited for the Mid-market? - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series introduced common supply chain challenges and resulting spend management opportunities for companies of all sizes. The article then

apics cscp persuing  needed goods or services. APICS Dictionary  further defines strategic sourcing  as “The development and management of supplier relationships to acquire goods and services in a way that aids in achieving the immediate needs of a business. It is entirely aligned with the sourcing portion of managing the procurement process.” In other words, strategic sourcing is the continuous evaluation of preferred suppliers, goods, services, price, and non-price attributes to achieve the optimal mix of all Read More...
Who Could Object to Faster, More Responsive Supply Chains?
Today, global manufacturers have all but abandoned traditional vertical supply chain management to adopt the more flexible horizontal and virtual supply chain

apics cscp persuing  or lateral (horizontal) integration. APICS Dictionary (11th edition) defines vertical integration as the degree to which a firm has decided to directly produce multiple value-adding stages from raw material to the sale of the end product to the ultimate consumer. The more steps in the sequence, the greater the vertical integration, and a manufacturer that decides to begin producing parts, components, and materials that it normally purchases is said to be backward integrated . Likewise, a manufacturer Read More...
Glossary of Enterprise Applications Terminology Part Two: Just-in-Time to Extensible Markup Language
As enterprise applications systems developed over time, a continuous stream of new terminology surfaced. This is a glossary of those terms.

apics cscp persuing  Readings in ERP ; APICS Complex Industries SIG, 1999 Maximizing Your ERP System: A Practical Guide for Managers ; Dr. Scott Hamilton; McGraw-Hill Trade, 2002 APICS Dictionary ; 10th Edition Read More...
Deploying Lean Principles to ERP Implementation Projects
The competitive environment that both Manufacturers and Distributors alike have experienced in recent years in the era of Globalization, Currency Fluctuation

apics cscp persuing  The Organization known as APICS (American Production Inventory Control Society) has defined Lean as “A Philosophy of Manufacturing based on planned elimination of waste and continuous improvement of productivity.” How ERP & LEAN Work Together One of the ways in which ERP & Lean complement one another is in areas such as: Machine Setup Time, labor costs, and materials handling. During Machine setup, time is lost due to the time the machine operator must setup or take down and change tooling. At other Read More...

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