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Advanced Planning and Scheduling: A Critical Part of Customer Fulfillment
The face of business is rapidly evolving from traditional brick-and-mortar facades to electronic ones. While web businesses spend considerable effort in

capacity planning disadvantage  scheduling is capacity balancing. Capacity balancing seeks to ensure that no resource (production line, mixing vessel, kiln, packaging station) is loaded beyond its available capacity. This is not as straightforward as it may at first appear, since there may be more than one alternative resource for offloading tasks, movement of tasks scheduled on an overloaded resource may be restricted by upstream tasks, or due dates can be violated if tasks are postponed. Since these problems involve a high degree of Read More

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The Many Flavors of Application Software Outsourcing
Many companies are looking to outsource development and maintenance of their application software. Common reasons that companies outsource application software

capacity planning disadvantage  is to supplement the capacity or capability of the existing IT department. There are several variations to this approach. These approaches vary based on the focus of the arrangement, whether it is on an ad hoc basis or focused on a specific subset of IT work, such as new development or maintenance of older applications. Ad hoc : The buyer can obtain additional design, development, support, or quality assurance resources. These resources act as an extension of the buyer's current organization, and the Read More
Point of Sale: To Stand Alone or Not?
When selecting a point of sale (POS) solution, users have a choice between stand-alone solutions and integrated solutions. They should first evaluate core and

capacity planning disadvantage  module should have the capacity to generate a report for auditing purposes. Register management : The register management component includes processes for cash opening procedures, cash closing procedures, and cash balancing procedures. Moreover, this module consists of the management of register opening funds, paid-in transactions, paid-out transactions, tenders, currencies, and taxes. Register management should track the cash flow within the business day, and should flag any unusual events. This enables Read More
Using ERP to Deliver E-commerce for Engineer-to-order Companies
Engineer-to-order (ETO) companies can use e-commerce strategies in order to improve customer service, reduce waste, and increase profits through a lean approach

capacity planning disadvantage  in inventory, labor, manufacturing capacity, and other resources. But when you are in an ETO environment or project-based manufacturing environment, e-commerce needs to encompass more than simple transactional data. There is a lot of discussion and engineering work related to each project or product build, and that results in a lot of documents to support the order lifecycle process. This means that e-commerce in ETO must encompass all of the collaborative communications and documents that drive the Read More
The Need for Investment in Enterprise Innovation: Part One
Manufacturers throughout the world are scrambling to respond to ever-changing economic conditions, increasing (or at least fluctuating) material costs, and

capacity planning disadvantage  agility, in particular a capacity to make fast and informed adjustments to strategic plans and continually reorder operational priorities to align with external factors and changes. Innovation is increasingly viewed as a principal lever for improving business value and has been touted as the key tenet of long-term business viability. It is difficult to refute General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt’s observation a decade or so ago that “innovation is necessary to avoid commodity hell.” Innovation Read More
Simple Route Planning vs. Schedule Optimization
Field service organizations understand that efficient route planning is essential to being successful; smart routing is efficient and enables service

capacity planning disadvantage  Route Planning vs. Schedule Optimization Field service organizations understand that efficient route planning is essential to being successful; smart routing is efficient and enables service technicians to become more productive. However, they may be overlooking the added benefits of schedule optimization as an intrinsic part of the solution. Learn how organizations can benefit from planning software to simplify scheduling, manage workflows, and improve the bottom line. Read More
Enterprise Resource Planning Vendors Address Lean Manufacturing
Intentia, Fujitsu Glovia, QAD, and SSA Global's solutions supporting lean manufacturing are examined. Which areas the extended enterprise resource planning (ERP

capacity planning disadvantage  available operator and machine capacity requirements. In the third phase, QAD also plans to focus attention on tools for designing flow lines, specifying material routing, and optimizing the use of these tools. Last but not least, it plans to tackle support for extended enterprises signaling (across multiple enterprise systems). The assumption here is that all signal generation logic (i.e., replenishment decisions) will be made in the appropriate application logic in the enterprise software, and that a Read More
Reduce the Pain of ERP Upgrades with Better Planning
In the white paper reduce the pain of ERP upgrades with better planning, you'll learn how to create a successful upgrade plan, with steps for impl...

capacity planning disadvantage  the Pain of ERP Upgrades with Better Planning Face it: system upgrades are no fun. But to really make your ERP purchase worthwhile in the long term, maintenance is key to protecting its value and serving your evolving business needs. In fact, companies that don't upgrade miss out on the financial benefits of newer and more cost-effective technology. So how can you ensure the upgrade is a smooth transition ? In the white paper Reduce the Pain of ERP Upgrades with Better Planning , you'll learn how to Read More
The Evolution of Enterprise Resource Planning Includes Service Industries
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors have extended their functionality to service vertical markets in the service industry. As a result, ERP for services

capacity planning disadvantage  Evolution of Enterprise Resource Planning Includes Service Industries Since the late nineties, the enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors that originally targeted the needs of manufacturing organizations have slowly extended their functionality to service the needs of non-manufacturing industries as well. By 2000, when many of the major ERP implementations for the manufacturing industry had tapered off, tier one ERP vendors such as SAP and Oracle had refocused efforts to market their integrated Read More
Maintenance Planning... Getting Back to Basics
Proper maintenance planning is the first step in moving from a reactive to a proactive mode. Yet organizations continue to struggle with establishing proper

capacity planning disadvantage  Planning... Getting Back to Basics Proper maintenance planning is the first step in moving from a reactive to a proactive mode. Yet organizations continue to struggle with establishing proper planning processes. This paper provides back to basics perspective on the key elements of maintenance planning. Read More
Sales and Operation Planning: Integrate with Finance and Improve Revenue
Sales and operations planning (S&OP) is the key integrated process that the supply chain organization (specifically the vice president of supply chain) can use

capacity planning disadvantage  and Operation Planning: Integrate with Finance and Improve Revenue Sales and operations planning (S&OP) is the key integrated process that the supply chain organization (specifically the vice president of supply chain) can use to achieve visibility across the entire organization and the value chain. This white paper highlights the results of over 220 companies participating in a survey on S&OP initiatives, and compares the views of the supply chain and finance organizations. Read More
Outsourcing Supply Chain Planning Processes
Supply chain planning tools deliver potentially tremendous savings when well implemented, and wreak havoc when they fail. A company considering an outsourcing

capacity planning disadvantage  Supply Chain Planning Processes Introduction The dramatically lower labor costs, higher level of talent, and growing track record of offshore business process outsourcing (BPO) and application development and maintenance (AD/M) providers, have convinced many companies to outsource their business process and software development activities (see Outsourcing 101—A Primer ). For a company considering an outsourcing strategy for their supply chain planning (SCP) processes, there are some unique Read More
Strategic Planning Applications for Better Decision Making
Successful strategic planning relies on your ability to develop and evaluate alternative strategies to identify the most viable approach. But when the outcomes

capacity planning disadvantage  Planning Applications for Better Decision Making Successful strategic planning relies on your ability to develop and evaluate alternative strategies to identify the most viable approach. But when the outcomes are dependent on complex systems that are difficult to predict, you might conclude that the unknowns are insurmountable. Avoid making decisions based on intuition—develop models using computer simulation for clearer pictures of the outcomes of your strategies. Read More
Thriving and Surviving in a Turbulent World Part Two: Planning and Its Results
This article outlines the planning and results of an adaptive management process for manufacturing executives, who employ demand and supply chain planning

capacity planning disadvantage  supply needs and the Capacity Requirement Planning engine is run for equipment and manpower planning. Even in the not-so-turbulent case of Figure 3, it is evident that this is extremely dangerous. In turbulent and troubled waters, the example provided in Figure 3 also shows on the one hand that suppliers with reliable short lead times are valuable and that we should be aiming to select and/or to develop such suppliers. On the other hand, when forced to deal with suppliers with long lead times, we should 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

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