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A Matter of Trust
When important information is withheld, it leads to enormous inefficiencies or even disasters in the supply chain. Trust is needed to streamline decision making

c a designs  IP —Example: Huawei Technologies Co., a well-known network equipment company in China was sued by Cisco Systems last year for copying Cisco's software and source code (right down to the bugs). U.S. losses to piracy in China alone are nearly $2 billion and over $10 billion worldwide. Run rate, Backlog, Inventory Positions Lower Inventory + Higher Service Levels —When inventory levels and consumption are understood, there is better matching of supply and demand. Lower Allocations —During constrained Read More...
Core PLM for Discrete Industries
The foundation of product lifecycle management (PLM) for the discrete manufacturing industries is product data management (PDM). It covers design and product-related aspects of PLM including manage...
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Best Practices in Extending ERP: A Buyer’s Guide to ERP versus Best-of-breed Decisions
The trade-off between best-of-breed functionality and ease of integration is no longer so simple. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software continues to

c a designs  decision to consolidate and chose a single strategic platform. Not only has it chosen a single ERP, but it also maintains a single instance of the software and a single data base, forcing standardization across all divisions using the software. This global company turns first to its ERP solution provider and maintains few extensions to core ERP and few customizations. We consider customizing, but try not to. We will configure the application but avoid modifying source code. 150 objects were affected in Read More...
What's Wrong With Enterprise Applications, And What Are Vendors Doing About It? Part Two: A New Framework Strategy
Building replacement products on a new framework is a higher risk strategy. The product functionality still quite matters and, while it is important for

c a designs  cited. This part will cover a second strategy: a New Framework. Part Three will discuss a third strategy and make User Recommendations. Strategy Two A New Framework In addition to following the composite applications trend discussed in Part One , some vendors have chosen to also rewrite their applications on a new application framework. The intent of these visionary or brave vendors is to address the four issues discussed above while maintaining or improving their functionality although some may contend Read More...
Mastering Global Product Development for Business Advantage
Today’s businesses are operating in a global marketplace. Not only are customers and competitors located worldwide, but employees, suppliers, contractors, and

c a designs  Roadmap. This roadmap will create a powerful framework that aligns PTC's best practices with a successful GPD implementation, helping you realize your ongoing and future corporate goals. Searches related to Mastering Global Product Development for Business Advantage : Global Product Development | Implementing GDP Strategies | Product Development Processes | Developing Products | New Product Development | NPD System | GDP Implementation | Product Lifecycle Management | PLM Technologies | Product Read More...
RedPrairie Makes a Smart Turn into SaaS WMS
My attendance of RedPrairie Corporations’ RedShift 2010 user conference (for the first time ever) confirmed what I have long sensed about the company’s

c a designs  over SAP (where the company has a number of joint customers and is constantly trying to be one step ahead as to avoid being replaced by SAP’s WMS or TMS offering). RedPrairie respectfully believes to have a different and better-attuned growth strategy compared to Manhattan Associates. Namely, it caters to both pulling (sourcing) raw materials and pushing (delivering) semi-finished materials and finished goods for manufacturers, distributors, and retailers, whereas Manhattan is not yet in a “pull” Read More...
Leveraging Technology to Maintain a Competitive Edge During Tough Economic Times--A Panel Discussion Analyzed Part Four: RFID Software Issues
Logically, radio frequency identification (RFID) deployment will be a far cry from a minor development project that can be completed in a few months or weeks

c a designs  inflection point and it can be a missing piece in the long-lasting puzzle of squeezing excess inventory out of supply chains. It will be only this piece, however, when (and if) it reaches a critical mass of adoption and maturity over the next several years. Nowadays, the market is still in a chicken-and-egg conundrum—until more companies commit to RFID, the cost of tags and other infrastructure will remain prohibitively high for mass deployment. A few years ago, typical smart-label tags were between Read More...
A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog post series followed the progress of Manhattan Associates from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan

c a designs  their suppliers and the company has a stable customer base (i.e., with a balanced mix and diversity). There has also been accelerated product innovation and improved scalability through the  former Manugistics platform, now called JDA Enterprise Architecture (JEA ) . Porting all JDA products onto JEA is still a major work in progress, but a major accomplishment is that JDA Transportation Management 7.5.x version is now built on JEA. The new workflow engine and availability of Web services for improved Read More...
Leveraging Technology to Maintain a Competitive Edge during Tough Economic Times --A Panel Discussion Analyzed Part One: Introduction
Follow up with analysis on the recent executive panel titled

c a designs  allows a developer to create a composite application in which typically a web-based user interface accesses functionality in the packaged application. It can enable message-broker-based integration of several disparate packages or legacy systems. It allows a vendor to roll out new versions of the application in a modular, incremental fashion rather than all at once. It may drastically reduce the total application code. Componentization is thus necessary for vendors to move their back-office systems into Read More...
A Short Guide to a Faster WAN
Wide area networks (WANs) are essential to the majority of businesses, enabling effective communications within the organization and with customers, partners

c a designs  majority of businesses, enabling effective communications within the organization and with customers, partners, and suppliers. As more bandwidth-intensive applications are added to the mix, these networks are expected to handle the extra load—which can decrease its performance. Ensuring WAN usage is well-managed eliminates unwanted traffic and accelerates business activity. Read More...
Configuration Guide: Managing Virtual Servers Using a Virtual Machine Manager and a Clustered File System
Virtual data centers must enable increased physical server use and central management of virtual machine infrastructure. A clustered file system, with a virtual

c a designs  virtual machine infrastructure. A clustered file system, with a virtual machine manager (VMM), can add critical new management and migration capability to current virtual servers. Before installing and configuring VMM, find out the hardware and software required for migration and integration, and helpful “how-to” pointers. Read More...
A Quiet ERP Vendor Merger That’s Worth a Closer Look
The CMS Software-XKO Software merger into Solarsoft Business Solutions offers proof that smaller enterprise resource planning vendors are not extinct yet

c a designs  announced their merger to create a more notable international ERP entity, if not a true force in the global enterprise applications arena. One of the merging parties was privately held, Toronto (Canada)-based CMS Software ( http://www.cmssoftware.com ), which had, since 1986, been a respected supplier of ERP systems to midsize manufacturers, distributors, and wholesalers in the US and Canada. In the last two decades, the vendor had built a good reputation within certain market segments for its vertical Read More...
7 Steps to an Easier Development Project, a Better Product, and a Stronger Team
Your data models are brilliant ... but only if database administrators (DBAs) and developers are on the same page. A mismatch of expectations can slow down a

c a designs  to an Easier Development Project, a Better Product, and a Stronger Team Your data models are brilliant ... but only if database administrators (DBAs) and developers are on the same page. A mismatch of expectations can slow down a project and lead to weak products. But this situation can be avoided if you develop a strategy that builds a little more teamwork. Follow seven cost-effective steps to better collaboration, and get a lot more value from your software development team’s data modeling. Read More...
PeopleSoft: No More a Humble Kid From a Rough Neighborhood?
PeopleSoft has been on a quest to dramatically improve its customer service & support by weeding out its 3rd-party consulting partners. PeopleSoft also has a

c a designs  be disastrous, particularly since CRM, a main driver of the new economy, gives PeopleSoft a golden opportunity. The company's biggest challenge, without doubt, lies in creating marketing awareness, promoting its new image, products, and the Web architecture as well as in crisp sales execution. While PeopleSoft has more than tripled its marketing budgets and is on the quest to beef up and focus its sales organization, a poor market acceptance of PeopleSoft 8 could be very detrimental to the company's Read More...

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