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In Search of Sustainability with Dassault Systèmes
Can PLM technologies help build a more sustainable future for organizations? This article discusses the relationship between PLM and sustainable development

article laws gravity  when adopting PLM. This article is an introduction to achieving sustainability through the adoption of PLM. PLM and Sustainability Although there is hardly a consensus on the definition of sustainability, in order to discuss what PLM can do for sustainability, I’d like to make my version of sustainable development as follows: in a business setting, sustainable development refers to maintaining and improving the well-being of the natural, social, and economic environment while conducting business Read More...
Upside Software Remains on the Upside of the Contract Management Market
My recent article entitled “Why Should Enterprises Manage their Contracts Closely?” analyzed the importance of enterprise-wide contract lifecycle management

article laws gravity  Management Market My recent article entitled “Why Should Enterprises Manage their Contracts Closely?” analyzed the importance of enterprise-wide contract lifecycle management (CLM) solutions and stated that many enterprises still use inappropriate makeshift tools to manage their important  contractual terms  and conditions. The article concluded with the fact that  enterprise resource planning (ERP)  systems handle transactional details of an organization whereas CLM systems handle contract and Read More...
Process Manufacturers: Are You Running the Wrong Type of ERP Software? [SURVEY]
Take the survey now! Or read on to find out why we''re talking about this.*In his article Process Manufacturing Software: A Primer, TEC author Joe Strub

article laws gravity  this. * In his article Process Manufacturing Software: A Primer , TEC author Joe Strub explains the difference between process and discrete manufacturing with an example: Once you make a can of soda, you cannot return it back to its basic components such as carbonated water, citric acid, potassium benzoate, aspartame, and other ingredients. You cannot put the juice back into the orange. A car or computer, on the other hand, can be disassembled and the parts, to a large extent, can be returned to stock. Read More...
Process Manufacturing Software: A Primer
This article defines process manufacturing; discusses its formulation, packaging, and pricing issues; talks about interfaces; and provides cautions and caveats.

article laws gravity  meet future needs. This article defines process manufacturing; discusses its formulation, packaging, and pricing issues; talks about interfaces; and provides cautions and caveats. Furthermore, these characteristics should be at the top of any software evaluation list. Defining Process The simplest and easiest-to-grasp definition of process manufacturing is that, once the output is produced, it cannot be distilled back to its basic components. In other words, once you put it together, you cannot take it Read More...
Won’t Get Fooled Again: The 5 Worst Buzzwords in the CRM Industry Today
Going through our article archives, I stumbled across Glen Petersen’s excellent article A Lexicon for CRM Success.Petersen takes aim at key buzzwords in the

article laws gravity  Today Going through our article archives , I stumbled across Glen Petersen’s excellent article A Lexicon for CRM Success . Petersen takes aim at key buzzwords in the CRM industry, and I thought it’d be worth summarizing his list of the worst offenders--and his thinking about why they belong in the trash can. An internationally recognized speaker, writer, practitioner, and thought leader in the CRM and e-business industries, Petersen makes great suggestions for “cleaning up the CRM lexicon.” Find Read More...
Are Spend Management (or SRM) Apps Suited for the Mid-market? - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series introduced some common supply chain challenges and resulting spend management opportunities for companies of all sizes. The article

article laws gravity  of all sizes. The article then went into the philosophical and functional differences (if any) between the “spend management” and “supplier relationship management (SRM )” monikers. Further discussion was about what exact functional parts of this software category small and medium enterprises (SMEs ) might need. To that end, Part 2 focused on typical Sourcing and Procurement capabilities that cover most of the spend control needs for mid-sized enterprises. The third and final part of this blog Read More...
How to (Ab)Use Your Employees as a Social Platform
Last month I came across Julie Bort''s article Your Company Might Think It Can Control Your Facebook Account Soon, which depicted current social guidance efforts

article laws gravity  came across Julie Bort''s article Your Company Might Think It Can Control Your Facebook Account Soon , which depicted current social guidance efforts by a few large brands such as Pepsi, Dell, Gap, and Intel. She brought up the interesting point that Pepsi is mulling over the idea of engaging its employees—i.e., its most treasured resource—in extracurricular activities. And this is exactly what I want to discuss with you today. What Is Employee Social Media Marketing? Social media marketing has caught Read More...
Not all SCM Products Are Created Equal
In this article, we examine capabilities of five top Supply Chain Management software vendors in several key areas of functionality: material procurement

article laws gravity  and technology. Though this article focuses only on product functionality. Vendors discussed are Adexa, Aspen Technology, i2 Technologies, Manugistics Group, and Logility. The first point of interest is that our detail ratings have placed all the vendors in the top half, and in some cases the top right quadrant of the graphs. While this may seem, at first, to belie an imbalance in the model, it occurs because the five vendors shown are leaders in the SCM field and have strong strategy and overall scores Read More...
Taking Stock of Infor’s HCM “Inventory Items” - Part 1
What TEC’s recent in-depth article Waking Up to a “New Day” at Infor hinted, my attendance of Inforum 2012 in late April confirmed. Namely, Infor started out as

article laws gravity  TEC ’s recent in-depth article Waking Up to a “New Day” at Infor  hinted, my attendance of Inforum 2012 in late April confirmed. Namely, Infor started out as a traditional acquirer and market consolidator, but that is old news now. The re-energized vendor has recently moved on to a new chapter of innovation and industry focus with Charles Phillips and his renewed management team at the helm. The main themes and highlights from the multi-day event were as follows : Momentum – Infor is on the Read More...
E-learning Course Design
This article provides hints for the design of e-learning courses with regard to target audience, navigation, objectives, motivation, media, interactivity

article laws gravity  the new courses. This article lays out a list of questions and hints that can serve as a checklist of things you need to consider when designing e-learning courses. Not all of these points apply to every situation. They must be appropriate to the objectives, the learners, and the content. Unfortunately, as the creator of the program, you are often not the best judge of these things. The most effective way to evaluate them is to have some typical learners go through the course with you. This is called Read More...
Can Auditing and Project Management Co-Exist in an ERP Environment?
It is hard to recall the last time an ERP implementation team included an auditor as an active member. This article explores key points in a project''s lifecycle

article laws gravity  No perceived benefits? This article explores key points in a project''s lifecycle where the audit function should be involved and the deliverables to be expected. Whether internal or external, an auditor, preferably experienced in IT matters, can provide benefits while the software is being implemented and, afterwards, when the software is being used. For whatever reason, having an auditor as part of the ERP project implementation team is a rarity. In fact, involving an auditor in the selection of ERP Read More...
In Conversation with Rootstock Management
TEC’s recent article Rootstock Software Steps Out on Force.com outlined the genesis of Rootstock Software and its cloud-based ERP offering. Rootstock Software

article laws gravity  Rootstock Management TEC’s recent article Rootstock Software Steps Out on Force.com outlined the genesis of Rootstock Software and its cloud-based ERP offering. Rootstock Software and FinancialForce.com (a joint venture between UNIT4 and salesforce.com) announced a partnership earlier in the year to deliver a comprehensive manufacturing and accounting solution on Force.com. Rootstock is vying for its ERP solution to become the standard for manufacturing ERP solutions in the cloud, as discussed in the Read More...
Integrated EAM for Hotels: An Overview
According to a recent NYT article, the hotel industry saw record revenue last year reaching $138 billion, growing $28 billion from the previous year. In

article laws gravity  to a recent NYT article, the hotel industry saw record revenue last year reaching $138 billion, growing $28 billion from the previous year. In response, hotels increased rates and major chains like Hyatt and Marriott began planning new hotels. While the recent subprime crisis, low US dollar, and high gas prices have caused these chains to scale back new developments, they have not trimmed them down by much. Over 6,000 new hotels have been built, with a third of those still under construction. While Read More...
Is One Country Good Enough to Handle Your Outsourcing Business?
Recently, I touched on the idea of building a vendor portfolio to help manage risks associated with software outsourcing practices in the article Should North

article laws gravity  outsourcing practices in the article Should North Americans Send More Software Development Work to China? I’d like to use this blog post to give some complementary readings for those who read the article and felt the vendor portfolio idea interesting. The concept of “portfolio” is very prominent in the finance world. “In finance, a portfolio is an appropriate mix of or collection of investments held by an institution or a private individual.” ( Wikipedia ) The practices of portfolio management Read More...
Service Supply Chain Strategies to Increase Corporate Profitability
This article describes the unique challenges of the service supply chain, provides a framework for understanding the service management decision hierarchy, and

article laws gravity  key competitive differentiator. This article is from Parallax View, ChainLink Research''s on-line magazine, read by over 150,000 supply chain and IT professionals each month. Thought-provoking and actionable articles from ChainLink''s analysts, top industry executives, researchers, and fellow practitioners. To view the entire magazine, click here . About the Author Morris Cohen is the Matsushita professor of manufacturing and logistics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and Read More...

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