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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

apics alternatives  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 , most notably  Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) . Part 2  analyzed the traditional shortcomings Read More
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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 alternatives  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
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

apics alternatives  my  attendance at the APICS 2009 International Conference in Toronto (Canada) in early October.  I attended only a few education sessions, as my visit focused more on 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 , most notably  sales and operations Planning (S&OP).  This made me think about the reasons for the concept’s (and Read More
Justification of ERP Investments Part Four: Replacing or Re-implementing an ERP System
An investment analysis focusing on enterprise resource planning (ERP) benefits frequently applies to those firms initially justifying an ERP implementation. It

apics alternatives  He previously co-authored the APICS CIRM textbook on How Information Systems Impact Organizational Strategy and recently authored Managing Your Supply Chain Using Microsoft Navision. Dr. Hamilton is currently working closely with Microsoft partners involved with manufacturing and distribution, and can be reached at ScottHamiltonPhD@aol.com or 612-963-1163. Read More
QAD Explore 2012: Only Good Things Can Come from Talking to the Customer
As a seasoned provider of enterprise applications for manufacturing companies, QAD knows the importance of listening to its clients. In fact, the company has

apics alternatives  except of course at APICS annual conferences. The 30-plus year-old company is a seasoned provider of enterprise applications for global manufacturing companies specializing in automotive, consumer products, electronics, food and beverage (F&B), industrial, and life science products. Nowadays, QAD software is in use at more than 5,500 manufacturing sites in more than 90 countries. QAD's main product suite is called QAD Enterprise Applications (prior to 2007 the suite’s name was MFG/PRO ) and uses year Read More
Extending VoIP to Remote Locations: Challenges and Solutions
In the past, the growing pains of voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) centered on voice quality. However, VoIP solutions are now attractive alternatives to

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Evaluating Alternatives: Key Questions To Ask When Considering An Alternative ERP/MRP System
Replacing an aging enterprise resource planning/manufacturing resource planning (ERP/MRP) system to stay competitive brings with it a host of questions.

apics alternatives  Alternatives: Key Questions To Ask When Considering An Alternative ERP/MRP System Situation Replacing an aging enterprise resource planning/manufacturing resource planning (ERP/MRP) system to stay competitive brings with it a host of questions. Will the system have the necessary visibility into manufacturing processes, particularly costs? Will it give customers and partners direct data exchange through the supply chain? Many companies facing this decision are still running old-style Read More
The Old ERP Dilemma--The Refresh Option
If your enterprise resource planning system is

apics alternatives  Old ERP Dilemma--The Refresh Option Introduction If your enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is old , if it is highly modified, if it is far behind in releases, and if it is not really serving your current needs, you may be thinking of replacing it. Many companies ignore the option of refreshing the existing system up to the current release and implementing modules and functions added since your original purchase. It works for some people, but will it work for you? What Is Old? In the article, Read More
Web-site Strategy for Organizations in the Corporate Services Industry
As marketing budgets shrink and companies in the corporate services industry aim to leverage their Web sites as less expensive alternatives to traditional

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Enterprise Application Alternatives: What You Should Be Asking Oracle and SAP
Despite challenges, both SAP and Oracle will be formidable forces in the hosting space, because of their intimate application knowledge, their infrastructure

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IT Project Management Tools: MS Project and Its Alternatives (Part 1)
In a previous blog post, I wrote about the Project Manager’s role and some of the constraints that affect the daily life of a PM, namely: scope, time, and cost.

apics alternatives  Project Management Tools: MS Project and Its Alternatives (Part 1) In a previous blog post , I wrote about the Project Manager’s role and some of the constraints that affect the daily life of a PM, namely: scope, time, and cost. This post will focus on some of the tools a PM uses on a day-to-day basis (and why), and some of the limiting factors that these tools present. In order to understand the use of PM tools it is essential to have an understanding of the PM’s role in the area of software Read More
Order Promising: Pre-Condition Your Enterprise for Operational Excellence
Simple questions often have complex answers. Whether they are speaking with you on the phone or placing an order on a Web storefront, your customers expect

apics alternatives  Promising: Pre-Condition Your Enterprise for Operational Excellence Why Is Order Promising Important?    When can I have my order? Can you ship it tomorrow? Tell me now. Simple questions often have complex answers. Whether they are speaking with you on the phone or placing an order on a Web storefront, your customers expect immediate gratification. They want to know when their order will ship the moment it is placed. How do you respond? How do you balance customer delivery requirements against your Read More
Capturing Revenue In an Evolving, Global Technological Environment
In an ecosystem where margins are getting smaller and alternatives more widely available, any barrier to selling can cripple a company’s overall competitive

apics alternatives  Revenue In an Evolving, Global Technological Environment In an ecosystem where margins are getting smaller and alternatives more widely available, any barrier to selling can cripple a company’s overall competitive position. Subtle differentiators in service offerings can win customers away, and revenue from any source may be critical to survival. For companies to thrive in today’s highly competitive and dynamic world of “better, cheaper, faster” they need online systems and infrastructure Read More
SaaS-based Test Management
Organizations must keep up with technology and adapt their quality assurance (QA) processes for continued success. Test management isn’t optional. The proper

apics alternatives  based Test Management Conceptualized by the testers, QMetry is a SaaS based comprehensive test management platform that provides a tester friendly interface, and provides powerful capabilities that help QA teams to integrate, collaborate and co-ordinate the entire testing process to increase testing effectiveness and efficiencies. Source : QMetry Resources Related to SaaS-based Test Management : Software as a Service (SaaS) (Wikipedia) SaaS-based Test Management Open Source is also known as : Open 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 alternatives  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

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