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Process Manufacturing: Industry Specific Requirements Part One: Introduction
As with any manufacturing operation, process manufacturing has special system requirements such as formulas, unit of measure conversions, and packaging recipes.

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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TEC Lean and Green Manufacturing Buyer’s Guide


While the need for sustainable development is affecting how organizations do business, the idea of environmental and corporate responsibility as value drivers is still relatively new. Many companies are just beginning to adopt an approach that provides measurable results. Learn how reducing waste and creating efficiencies within your company can make a difference to the environment, the economy, and your bottom line.

While the need for sustainable development is affecting how organizations do business, the idea of environmental and corporate responsibility as value drivers is still relatively new. Many companies are just beginning to adopt an approach that provides measurable results. Learn how reducing waste and creating efficiencies within your company can make a difference to the environment, the economy, and your bottom line.

In this lean and green buyer’s guide, we’ll discuss some of the challenges that companies are facing in light of the changes to the economy as well as the pressures of “going green.” We’ll talk about some of the highlevel changes your business can make, with a focus on operational efficiency and on how lean and green practices can both lead to the same result: efficiency equals sustainable business. We will also feature information about some of the vendor offerings targeted at companies looking to adopt or improve their “green business strategies.” The products covered in this guide address various areas within the scopes of both “lean” and “green,” including lean manufacturing, environmental management, operations management, compliance regulations, and more.

We’ve included customer success stories to illustrate how product lifecycle management (PLM), enterprise asset management (EAM), and enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions have helped companies like yours deal with their environmental concerns. For your convenience, there is also a vendor directory to assist companies that are looking for a “sustainability enabling” solution.

We hope this report will provide you with enough insight about the current state of the market—with respect to both lean and green—to help you start making a few decisions about how your company can make a change for the better. We think you’ll find this guide a useful tool for determining which type of solution is best suited to your company’s business model and particular needs.


Table of Contents


Executive Overview
Lean, Green, and Everything in Between

Thought Leadership
Corporate Social Responsibility: Using Technology to Become More Lean and Green

Case Study
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Increases Scheduling Efficiency with Asprova

Case Study
Lean in Action: Manufacturer Cuts Lead Time from Four Weeks to Four Days

Case Study
InkCycle Makes Green Ink, While Staying in the Black

Case Study
A Pragmatic Approach to Gaining Business Efficiencies

Case Studies at a Glance
TEC Analyst Perspective



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State of the Market: Lean and Green


Today’s need for sustainable development (economic, social, and environmental) is increasingly affecting how organizations do business. But the areas of environmental and corporate responsibility are still relatively new to businesses as concepts that drive value. And even though these concepts are rapidly growing in importance, many organizations are still in the early phases of adopting an approach that provides measured results.

The state of market in “green” is improving—albeit at a very slow pace—as organizations learn the value of integrating environmental thinking into their operations, and find more and more ways to align green thinking with their business strategies and goals.

This need for change affects businesses, municipalities, government, and resource-extractive industries like manufacturing. Some of the major influences affecting these organization’s environmental sustainability decisions are regulations and standards, competitive position, and public confidence. In fact, there is a great deal of reputation at stake, since public consciousness towards environmental issues is growing.

Today’s stakeholders (customers, investors, etc.) want to put their money into companies that are sustainable. If businesses don’t take an interest in the environment—and their impact on it—it reflects very poorly on their interest in their bottom line. The current economic situation being what it is, companies cannot afford “bad press,” and it’s in their best interest to realign their business strategies to include environmental awareness. Equally (if not more) important is the fact that green initiatives have a high return on investment (ROI) and end up paying for themselves through cost savings on resources, energy, carbon taxes, etc.

Today’s environmental challenges in business are vast, and range from financial burdens (such as rising energy, input, and transportation costs), to waste disposal and regulatory issues (minimizing/reducing waste), to accountability and sustainability—which can make the decision to go green both complex and convoluted.


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NCR Names Emcien Its SaaS Supplier of the Year


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IFS' Tamed Growth + Continued Losses + Increased Competitors' Lobby Talk = Decreased Customer Confidence


While IFS has become a notable global competitor as witnessed in the Computerworld IT Company of the Year award in Brazil, it has been showing signs of stalling in the important North American market primarily owing to protracted losses and increased 'lobby talk' campaigns from incumbent mighty vendors.

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Workforce Productivity for the Steel Industry


As has been proven time and again by successful companies, the correct technology, deployed in a well-managed organization with clearly defined estimating, procurement, fabrication, and shipping processes, is more likely to consistently meet customer requirements on schedule and on budget. Learn more about the importance of identifying the correct technology to produce the benefits you need.

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EdgeWave


EdgeWave develops and markets innovative secure content management (SCM) solutions including iPrism Web Security and the ePrism Email Security Suite with next generation solutions for email filtering, continuity, data loss protection, encryption and archive. EdgeWave information security products are used in service provider markets, and enterprises of all sizes across most commercial markets including healthcare, manufacturing, finance, insurance, real estate, and public administration, as well as educational institutions and state/local governments. The company’s award winning solutions can be delivered as hosted, on-premise, and hybrid services.

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Shelko Consulting LLC


Shelko Consulting LLC, founded in 1993, is an award-winning software provider for the following Best Software applications: MAS 90, MAS 200, MAS 500 and SalesLogix CRM. They have a unique in-house blend of accounting, business and software expertise to help small and mid- market businesses achieve their goals. As a back-office and front- office solutions provider, we design, implement, customize, integrate, manage and support our software packages. Shelko currently has over 150 satisfied clients in the Mid-Atlantic region.

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Ultimus


Ultimus is a global business process management (BPM) software company that delivers the shortest time to value for business process automation and improvement. Headquartered in Cary, NC, the company is ranked by industry research firms Gartner and Forrester as one of the leading vendors in the BPM market. Ultimus has business operations and sales offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia, South America, and the Middle East. Through these offices and a network of more than 100 partners in 61 countries, more than 1,300 customers, including Carnival Cruise Lines, Citizens Bank, McKessonHBOC, Microsoft, Newell Rubbermaid, Black and Decker, Rexam do Brasil, and Cable & Wireless Panama have deployed the Ultimus BPM Suite to automate and improve a wide range of business processes. The Ultimus BPM Suite has been recognized by eWeek magazine with the 2004 eWeek Excellence Award. In addition, Ultimus is a three-time recipient of the Technology Fast 500 Award from Deloitte & Touche and many other awards.

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VAI Recognized with TEC Certification for Its ERP Solution: S2K for Distribution


Ronkonkoma, NY – May 26, 2011 – VAI (Vormittag Associates, Inc.), an award-winning ERP solution provider, announced that it has been certified by Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) for its S2K for Distribution Software Solution. TEC specializes in impartial, quantifiable software selection. The company's analysts objectively review software solutions using an extensive knowledge-base of data on hundreds of vendors and solutions to provide informed counsel and recommendations to better meet their customers’ business needs. VAI S2K Enterprise Software was selected for review and certified based on its advanced functionality and features, reliability and affordability when compared with many other tier-one ERP systems.

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