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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

apics basics  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...
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Managing Your Supply Chain Using Microsoft Axapta: A Book Excerpt Part Two: Understanding Planning Calculations
The S&OP game plans drive coordination of supply chain activities based on planning calculations. The primary coordination engine-termed the master scheduling

apics basics  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 . 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...
The Essential Components of Quote-to-order Application Suites
Modern quote-to-order suites provide customers and suppliers access to design, planning, and material data. This enables users to proactively understand various

apics basics  in implementing mass customization. APICS Dictionary (a reference guide for the operations management field) defines configurator as a software system that creates, uses, and maintains product models that allow complete definition of all possible product options and variations with a minimum of data entries. A product configurator is a system, generally rule-based, used in design-to-order, engineer-to-order (ETO), or make-to-order (MTO) environments, where numerous product variations exist. Product Read More...
As the Economy Rebounds, Will Your Organization Be Ready for New and Increasing Demand? A Summary of the 2009 APICS Conference
Companies can get the latest on supply chain management trends—from inventory management, forecasting, and sales and operations planning—at the annual APICS

apics basics  in the exhibit hall? APICS Educational Sessions This year the theme global ability was part of each educational session. There were six different learning paths: Lean, Global Supply Chain, Basics of Operations Management, Demand Management, Forecasting, and Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP). These were further divided into six focused sessions: case studies, global sessions, advanced level sessions, emerging issues, mini workshops, and specific issues. The two of us, Khudsiya and Gabriel, represented Read More...
Quote-to-order: The Major Players in the Manufacturing Arena
The latest generation of quote-to-order systems uses knowledge-based software to help reduce an organization’s dependence on its highly skilled experts. The

apics basics  for mobile users too. APICS Dictionary defines a knowledge-based system as a computer program that employs knowledge of the structure of relations and reasoning rules to solve problems by generating new knowledge from the relationships about the subject. Knowledge management is an information repository used by executives, managers, and employees to more effectively produce products, interface with customers, and navigate through competitive markets. Thus, at the center of Cincom's and Selectica's 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

apics basics  (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...
The Underbelly of Software Project Management Tools
Project management tools for software development should include a broad range of functionality. Project teams must be able to estimate the scope and duration

apics basics  Underbelly of Software Project Management Tools The Underbelly of Software Project Management Tools If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. Providing consultancy in the areas of Information Technology and Management and development of software products that are reliable and rich in functionality for organizations that are in software development, construction and manufacturing. Source : Chemuturi Consultants Resources Read More...
Using Inventory Optimization to Reduce Inventory Levels in a Lean Environment
Small and medium businesses (SMB) need to address inventory challenges by using a tightly integrated approach that reflects the dynamics of the extended supply

apics basics  Inventory Optimization to Reduce Inventory Levels in a Lean Environment Using Inventory Optimization to Reduce Inventory Levels in a Lean Environment If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. SYSPRO Inventory enables effective customer servicing and improved profits by providing superior inventory that optimizes stocking levels. Inventory Optimization that aggregates & analyzes inventory to support lean manufacturing principle Read More...
SAP RFID Technology in the Automotive Industry
By using radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, automotive companies can eliminate material shortfalls of containers, which lead to delivery delays

apics basics  RFID Technology in the Automotive Industry SAP RFID Technology in the Automotive Industry If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced a recent round of informal discussions involving the U.S. Department of Commerce, European Union (EU) officials and other public and private leaders on the opportunities presented by radio frequency identification (RFID) technology — as well as concerns that may Read More...
Service-oriented Architecture-Savior or Nemesis?
Managed well, service-oriented architecture (SOA) offers a tremendous opportunity to make positive changes and lay a foundation that will allow IT to become

apics basics  oriented Architecture-Savior or Nemesis? Service-oriented Architecture—Savior or Nemesis? If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. Hitachi Consulting UK Named as 2009 Microsoft Partner of the Year for SOA and Business Process Source : Hitachi Consulting Resources Related to Service-oriented Architecture—Savior or Nemesis? : service-oriented architecture (SOA) (Wikipedia) Service-oriented Architecture—Savior or Read More...
The Definitive Guide to Sales and Use Tax
Sales tax compliance is becoming a sticky wicket, as state and local governments revise tax laws to increase revenue, and Congress considers granting states the

apics basics  Definitive Guide to Sales and Use Tax Sales tax compliance is becoming a sticky wicket, as state and local governments revise tax laws to increase revenue, and Congress considers granting states the authority to make remote sellers charge sales tax. This Definitive Guide lays out sales and use tax basics as well as commonly misunderstood elements of sales tax compliance, to provide you a one-stop reference for all things sales and use tax related. The last two sections include a state-by-state summary Read More...
Supply Chain Management 101
I covered the basics of ERP previously, and thought I'd move on to supply chain management (SCM), which we're also featuring in tomorrow's TEC Newsletter (go to

apics basics  Chain Management 101 I covered the basics of ERP previously, and thought I'd move on to supply chain management (SCM), which we're also featuring in tomorrow's TEC Newsletter ( go to Newsletter archives ), with lots of white paper goodness, to boot. So, What is SCM? Supply chain management (SCM) systems coordinate the movement of products and services from suppliers to customers (including manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers). These systems are used to manage demand, warehouses, trade Read More...
Moving beyond the Basics: Key Considerations for Successful Adoption of a Mobile Platform
The increased use of mobile devices has led some organizations to undertake a corporate mobile strategy to reap the benefits of mobility. Download this report

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Beyond the Basics: The Value of Integrated CRM
Customer relationship management (CRM) is more than just software or a set of processes--it's a business culture solidly focused on winning and keeping the

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Data Quality Basics
Bad data threatens the usefulness of the information you have about your customers. Poor data quality undermines customer communication and whittles away at

apics basics  Quality Basics Bad data threatens the usefulness of the information you have about your customers. Poor data quality undermines customer communication and whittles away at profit margins. It can also create useless information in the form of inaccurate reports and market analyses. As companies come to rely more and more on their automated systems, data quality becomes an increasingly serious business issue. Read More...

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