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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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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
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
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
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
ERP Discrete Vs ERP Process
To compare process ERP solutions head-to-head based on your organization's needs and characteristics , visit TEC's process ERP evaluation center.

apics sop  A quick definition from APICS (The Association for Operations Management) describes discrete manufacturing as the production of distinct items such as automobiles, appliances, or computers, whereas process manufacturing covers production that adds value by mixing, separating, forming, and/or performing chemical reactions. It may be done in either batch or continuous mode. Now let's look at a few examples. Think about what your company manufactures. Does it require mixing chemicals? If so, you may Read More
APICS 2009 Preview Webinar Series, Session 5: Managing Inventory in a Changing Economy
The 2009 APICS International Conference and Expo is starting next week in Toronto (Canada). One of the educational tracks is focusing on how to manage inventory

apics sop  Changing Economy The 2009 APICS International Conference and Expo is starting next week in Toronto (Canada). One of the educational tracks is focusing on how to manage inventory in a changing economy. As inventory is a challenging issue for all types of manufacturing organizations, regardless of industry. If an organization can manage its inventory without losing focus on demand and where its dollars are being spent, it may achieve its inventory objectives. Gary Gossard (president of IQR International) Read More
APICS 2009 From the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series talked about my attendance of the APICS 2009 International Conference in Toronto, Canada in early October. I attended only a few

apics sop  my  attendance of the  APICS 2009 International Conference  in Toronto, Canada in early October.  I attended only a 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 the main value propositions this year revolved around the various flavors of  demand management , most notably  sales and operations planning (S&OP).  This made me think about the reasons for the 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.” 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 sop  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
Lucrative but
The growing pressure for improving customer responsiveness and profits has lately changed the traditional role of supply chain management (SCM) of spare and

apics sop  to developing world-class products, APICS Dictionary (the 11th Edition) defines service parts (synonymous with repair parts and spare parts) as those modules, components, and elements that are planned to be used, without modification, to replace an original part. They differ from replacement parts , which are parts that can be used in place of original parts, after some physical modification (e.g., boring, cutting, grinding, or drilling). Likewise, replacement parts differ from interchangeable service Read More
ERP Shootout Sept 2009: Vendor Line-up Complete
Erp shootout. september 24 to 25, 2009 baltimore, maryland the ERP vendor shootout, hosted by the var community and moderated by technology evaluat...

apics sop  to enroll in the APICS Introduction to ERP course. This will provide you with the foundation for understanding the process integration of business-wide functions required and supported by an ERP system, and its benefits. For more details visit the ERP VENDOR SHOOTOUT Website.   For assistance, please contact customer service. Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM EST. Phone: +1 514-954-3665, ext.367. Read More
Enterprise Applications--The Genesis and Future, Revisited Part Two: 1990s--Enterprise Resource Planning
Integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) software solutions became synonymous with competitive advantage, particularly throughout the 1990's. Customers

apics sop  this article. ERP Defined APICS still defines ERP as follows: 1) An accounting-oriented information system for identifying and planning the enterprise-wide resources needed to take, make, ship, and account for customer orders. An ERP system differs from the typical MRPII system in technical requirements such as graphical user interface (GUI), relational database management system (RDBMS), use of fourth-generation language (4GL), and computer-aided software engineering (CASE) tools in development, Read More
Global Product Development Seen as a Boon for Product Lifecycle Management Vendors
An enterprise that wants to shift to a global product development strategy must invest in modern product lifecycle management (PLM) technology. Therefore, the

apics sop  Productivity and Inventory Council (APICS). He is also an active member of the Arizona Technology Council. [Editor’s note: this information was current as of the original publication date.] Read More

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