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Microsoft Keeps on Rounding up Its Business Solutions Part One: Event Summary
While the recent initiatives by Microsoft Business Solutions to piecemeal bolster its product lines' SCM capabilities should benefit users, a lot more cohesive

apics sop  Inventory Control Society , APICS 2003 , in addition to Microsoft Corporation 's (NASDAQ: MSFT) initiative to avail a majority of its Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) division's enterprise resource planning (ERP) offerings with long needed pieces of product lifecycle management (PLM) functionality through an extension of the existing relationship with Autodesk, Inc. (see Autodesk To Bring Microsoft Business Solutions Closer To PLM ), Microsoft also made other announcements pertinent to enhancing and sup Read More...
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The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as or...
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ERP for Green Supply Chain Management in Manufacturing
Manufacturers are facing pressure from regulators and customers to document their impact on the environment, including not only the simple carbon footprint, but

apics sop  author of the current APICS Operations Management Body of knowledge and a contributor to APICS’ current Lean Enterprise Workshop. His certifications include Certified Fellow in Production and Inventory Management (CFPIM), and Certified in Integrated Resource Management (CIRM), and a Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP). Read More...
The Theory of Constraints Enters the Lean Manufacturing Arena
Lean principles are difficult to employ in complex environments, but materials requirement planning has well-known limitations. The theory of constraints, which

apics sop  increasing throughput. In the APICS Dictionary, TOC is defined as A management philosophy developed by Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt that can be viewed as three separate but interrelated areas—logistics, performance measurement, and logical thinking. Logistics include drum-buffer-rope (DBR) scheduling, buffer management, and VAT analysis [a procedure for determining the general flow of parts and products from raw materials to finished products]. Performance measurement includes throughput, inventory and oper Read More...
Sales and Operations Planning: The Key to Continuous Demand Satisfaction
All companies use some form of sales and operations planning (S&OP) to synchronize market data with production output. But most practice a planning process

apics sop  Management Professionals and in APICS, which has certified him since 1989. He holds an MBA from Drexel University. John Schorr of Oliver Wight Americas contributed to the executive agenda and the five step review process content of this SAP Insight. Schorr has been with Oliver Wight Americas since 1978. He has served as president of Oliver Wight International and on the Board of Directors of Oliver Wight Americas and is a principal. He was president of Oliver Wight East, which is now part of Oliver Wight Read More...
Selecting Manufacturing ERP for ISO 26000 Compliance
ISO 26000 spells out best practices for corporate social responsibility (CSR). Are your enterprise systems, including ERP, capable of documenting CSR best

apics sop  author of the current APICS body of knowledge and a contributor to APICS’ current Lean Enterprise Workshop. His certifications include Certified Fellow in Production and Inventory Management (CFPIM), and Certification in Integrated Resource Management (CIRM).   To start your own custom ERP solution comparison, please visit TEC's Enterprise Resource Planning Evaluation Center Read More...
What Does Vendor Consolidation Mean To The End User?
End-user companies should track the financial health of their vendors to see if the vendor will be a collector or one of the collected. If the end-user company

apics sop  On Acquisitions? ), while MAPICS acquired Frontstep (see MAPICS To Leap Forward In A Frontstep Way ). In a spate of recent acquisitions, one should not forget Microsoft buying Great Plains and Navision (see Microsoft 'The Great' Poised To Conquer Mid-Market, Once and Again ). What is the current and future impact of these on the end-user enterprise? Why Consolidation? For years, application vendors have fueled their economic success through new accounts but things have changed. Most application software Read More...
Acumatica ERP Version 4.2 Is Here
Acumatica released Version 4.2 at its annual Spring Training for partners. With Acumatica 4.2, the key themes are quality, reliability, and new functionality in

apics sop  industry watch, erp, cloud ERP, acumatica, saas ERP Read More...
Bridging the Reality Gap Between Planning and Execution Part One: The Problem
At sites where both planning and execution modules are stand-alone implementations, neither deliver enough benefit because there are almost always manual

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Support for Old Releases-Good for the User but Is It Good for the Vendor?
The decision to support older releases is like any other business decision, it is all about the money and profitability. If the vendor can make money at

apics sop  MANAGE 2000 product), and MAPICS (with continued support for recently stabilized Point.Man , albeit with the option to migrate to the recently acquired and more promising SyteLine product) would be some examples of the vendors that have announced that they will support the respective aged versions of their products. These vendors are encouraging their customers to consider migration at the customers' convenience some time in the future. Also notable was the recent PeopleSoft pledge to continue to Read More...
Software Companies Running on NetSuite
NetSuite, a provider of cloud-based financials, enterprise resource planning (ERP) and omnichannel commerce software solutions, has certainly found a sweet spot

apics sop  Companies Running on NetSuite NetSuite , a provider of cloud-based financials, enterprise resource planning (ERP) and omnichannel commerce software solutions, has certainly found a sweet spot in the distribution and retail sectors, with a  budding manufacturing following  as well. The vendor has announced that  innovative and fast-growing software companies are also turning to NetSuite  for cloud-based business management software to fuel domestic and global business expansion. These new Read More...
The Tricky Enterprise Applications Needs of Plastics Producers
General enterprise resource planning (ERP) providers, even those which are viable companies with a solid product, typically do not meet the tricky requirements

apics sop  also includes other features: APICS -based terminology and methodologies (APICS is the Association for Operations Management , formerly standing for the American Production and Inventory Control Society ); a dynamic, color-coded graphical control center that breaks down relevant scheduling data, from available raw materials to work orders in progress; forecast- and order-driven planning for both make-to-stock (MTS) and make-to-order (MTO) items; item customization options that tailor the Master Scheduler Read More...
Food and Beverage Industry Trends and Issues
Food and beverage manufacturers and distributors supplying major supermarket retailers share many common business challenges. The customers—powerful and

apics sop  plan product strategies. The APICS Dictionary (eleventh edition) defines CPFR as a collaboration process whereby supply chain trading partners can jointly plan key supply chain activities from production and delivery of raw materials to production and delivery of final products to end customers. Collaboration encompasses business planning, sales forecasting, and all operations required to replenish raw materials and finished goods. CPFR is considered a standard, endorsed by the Voluntary Inter-industry Read More...
Enterprise Software Conferences: Why Bother?
If you did not get the chance to read the article about the 2009 APICS Conference, I thought I should share with you some of the things we (Khudsiya and I) did

apics sop  article about the 2009 APICS Conference , I thought I should share with you some of the things we (Khudsiya and I) did or learned there. I thought I would start by imagining a conversation about imaginary analysts, between two imaginary people, in an imaginary kitchen of an imaginary company: Imaginary man (IM): “Where did G the analyst go? I haven’t seen him around for at least a couple of days!” Imaginary woman (IW): “Oh, he’s gone to a conference in Toronto. I wonder what they do there.” IM Read More...
Enterprise Applications--The Genesis and Future, Revisited Part One: 1960s--Pre-Computer Era
Knowing the history and evolution of enterprise applications is essential to understanding their current use and future developments. Each step in the evolution

apics sop  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...

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