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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

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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 functionality of EAM software. It also compares CMMS and EAM software and explores the two key differentiators.

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

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 created a customer engagement program to help its customers align their business processes to their strategic business goals. Get the details on this program, as well as a full update from the QAD Explore 2012 user conference in P.J. Jakovljevic’s latest article.

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

EAM Versus CMMS: What's Right for Your Company? Part One


As companies continue to look for more areas from which to squeeze out revenues and reduce expenses, enterprise asset management (EAM) and computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) software continue to receive good press as the systems providing an answer--and with justification. But what software makes the most sense for your company and from which providers--EAM/CMMS best-of-breed incumbents or enterprise resource planning (ERP) "newcomers?" Read on to understand the key differentiators.

apics alternatives  resources management (CIRM) by APICS. Joseph J. Strub has extensive experience as a manager and senior consultant in planning and executing ERP projects for manufacturing and distribution systems for large to medium-size companies in the retail, food and beverage, chemical, and CPG process industries. Additionally, Strub was a consultant and Information Systems Auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers and an applications development and support manager for Fortune 100 companies. He can be reached at 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 can also be used to justify a 're-implementation' when the initial efforts have failed to produce desired results. Reprinted from Maximizing Your ERP System by Dr. Scott Hamilton.

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

Productivity for Software Estimators


Presently, software estimation is considered to be an art rather than a science. At the heart of this perception is the lack of understanding of the concept of "productivity." This article attempts to provide insight into the concept of productivity.

apics alternatives  for Software Estimators Software estimation, namely, software size, effort, cost, and schedule (duration) are causing frequent, animated discussions among the community of software estimators. Normally, it is the senior project leaders and project managers who carry out this activity. Software development consists of a few disparate activities needing specialized knowledge, namely, in requirements gathering, analysis, and management; software design, coding, and independent verification and Read More

APICS 2009 Convention: Day 4 (Last Day)


The last day of the conference is different in three ways: there is no general session today; we have plant tours in the afternoon; and the exhibitors are gone (which is too bad, because for IBM only you could spend hours talking with all the vendors in their booth). As usual, we had a hard time choosing which learning session to attend. Gabriel wanted to learn more about sustainable

apics alternatives  (Vice President of Education, APICS Charlotte Chapter ), who talked about green IT in general, and from Glen Phillips (IT Operations Systems Analyst, Intel Corporation), who showed us how Intel manages sustainable IT. Intel’s 97 data centers are responsible for 69 percent of the company’s carbon emissions, and the company is working on reducing emissions by creating the Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) measure to assess data center power usage. Also, in 2007, Intel and Google created the “Climate Read More

APICS 2009 Convention: Day 3


Today’s general session showcased people from around the world (Mexico, China, Italy, South Africa, Poland, India, Egypt, US, etc.) and their stories about what work in manufacturing and supply chain means to them. The idea behind this was to show us how supply chain concepts are being embraced worldwide—and the presenters did it by showing media clips and images from different continents.

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Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe: Software Selection, Its Pitfalls, and How to Avoid Them


The process of selecting software can be streamlined by paying close attention to the types and quantities of criteria you use. Better decision processes will distinguish between two key types of criteria and limit the number of criteria considered.

apics alternatives  Meeny, Miny, Moe: Software Selection, Its Pitfalls, and How to Avoid Them The childhood rhyme “Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Mo” was useful when, as a child, you were choosing an ice cream flavor. But this simple counting-out game is not likely to give you great results when you are about to spend several hundred thousand dollars or more for a new piece of software. In my experience though, the decision processes of many organizations are not a great deal more sophisticated. Criteria are identified and Read More

APICS 2009 Preview Series, Session 1-Time Management and Master Scheduling: Built from the Same Cloth


I listened to a webinar organized by The Association for Operations Management (APICS) for their upcoming International Conference and Expo,which will be hosted in Toronto, Ontario (Canada) from October 4th to 6th 2009. This is the first webcast in the series, and its title really got my attention: “Time Management and Master Scheduling: Built from the Same Cloth.” The speaker for this webcast was

apics alternatives  in detail at the APICS convention. For me, the most interesting part of the webinar was how he explained that there has to be accountability for master scheduling within all departments of the organization. He even outlined that performance review of master scheduling needs to happen on a weekly basis to identify actions by process owners and use standardized reporting methods to capture trends and changes in master scheduling. In my past experience, many organizations who failed to understand the trends Read More

Comparing On Demand Customer Relationship Management Service Alternatives


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apics alternatives  On Demand Customer Relationship Management Service Alternatives CRM Evaluation Considerations In a recent Forrester Research report, it was noted that while functions and features are important in selecting customer relationship management (CRM) software, they are not the be-all and end-all deciding factor. It was also noted that when organizations looked back in terms of the criteria they used, or would use, to select CRM software, product capabilities were not nearly as important as most Read More

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 day (Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, and Day 4), my much 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

apics alternatives  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

IT Project Management Tools: MS Project and Its Alternatives (Part 2)


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apics alternatives  Project Management Tools: MS Project and Its Alternatives (Part 2) In my last posting I wrote about the functions of project management. When I considered alternatives to MS Project, I started thinking about the functions of Project Portfolio Management (PPM) software and concluded that they were similar in many respects. • Design The project blueprint and design stage where are all Business Process Models are developed • Modeling Interviewing stakeholders and developing the transactional and Read More

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