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American Car Makers and Bad Management
In the news, and in a few publications, the Detroit (US) car makers have been blamed for

car shoping  Car Makers and Bad Management In the news, and in a few publications, the Detroit (US) car makers have been blamed for bad management. I would like to clarify that definition and ask your opinion. But first, my thoughts… An obligation of a business is to respond to customer demands. American customers demanded large SUVs, and gadgets for it that made the SUV a home away from home. What drove SUV sales is the North American safety requirements that require car seats for children under 60 pounds Read More...
Discrete Manufacturing (ERP)
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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TEC Industry Watch: Enterprise Software News for the Week of April 10th, 2012
SOFTWARE SELECTIONSSyspro ERP selected by rail car mobility solutions provider TrackmobileETO, Discrete manufacturing

car shoping  ERP selected by rail car mobility solutions provider Trackmobile ETO, Discrete manufacturing Syspro’s solution was the only ERP system to fit all of the company’s high-level needs, such as outside database integration, in-depth product configurator with complex pricing structure, Web-enablement to receive sales orders, and graphical customizable dashboards. Syspro has won a tough competition against Infor, QAD, Sage, and Glovia. —Aleksey Osintsev, TEC ERP Analyst TEC profile for Syspro ERP Press Read More...
Warehouse Management Systems: Pie in the Sky or Floating Bakery? Part One: Myths of the Warehouse Management Systems and Implementation
When searching for a warehouse management system (WMS), a number of myths surface.

car shoping  not like purchasing a car or a computer for you home. You cannot simply ask several people a lot of questions and then assume you are an expert. You have to begin with a foundation that is built without bias. Only then can you begin evaluating system. In other words, you have to know what your current needs are and what your future requirements will be before beginning your search, not just what bells and whistles are available. This is Part One of a two-part series. Part One will describe the popular Read More...
SAP and BMW Team Up on Cars via “Internet of Things”
SAP AG and BMW Group Research and Technology have developed an innovative technology infrastructure for in-vehicle mobility services. Read about this

car shoping  vision of the connected car a reality. The project is part of a joint “The Internet of Things” research initiative of SAP and BMW Group Research and Technology .   The cloud-based platform from SAP serves as a link between BMW and external partners that provide services such as parking, fuel, beverages, and food. Information from the various partners is aggregated in a virtual marketplace that, in the future, could allow BMW to give passengers and drivers contextualized and personalized offerings Read More...
Case Study: Britax


car shoping  Britax Childcare , Britax Car Safety Seats , Britax Planning , Legacy Systems , Britax Group , UK Based Britax Group , Britax Car Seat , Nursery Equipment , Child Safety Products , Britax Manufacturing , Britax Strollers , Britax Highchairs , Britax COTS , Microsoft Dynamics , Case Study Britax , Car Seats Booster Britax , Britax Childcare Legacy Systems , Britax Material Planning , Britax Engineering Change Management Programs , Tectura Britax Childcare , Implement Microsoft Dynamics , Hancock Director 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

car shoping  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. Process manufacturing functionality is not typically included in ERP solutions for discrete manufacturing: TEC’s Director of Knowledge Services Josh Chalifour pointed out in a blog post a few years ago that the high-level functional categories for discrete versus process ERP software are quite different: Discrete Manufacturing Process Manufacturing Product Costing Formul Read More...
Show Me the (Hidden) Money
Did you know that there is hidden money in your company? No, not in the safe, nor in some secret vault that you can access by pressing on a brick in the wall—it

car shoping  buy fewer cars. •    Car manufacturers produce less and will buy fewer components from suppliers. •    Suppliers will make fewer components, therefore buy fewer raw materials. •    Raw materials suppliers sell less, so mining and quarrying companies extract less. Mr. Testa also mentioned that in order to respond to the challenges of the economic downturn, companies will have to adopt lean measures such as getting rid of non-essential inventory (which reduces storage costs), improving equipm Read More...
Overwhelmed by Vendor Hype? Head for the Exit Before It's Too Late
Frustrated with all the hype and buzzwords that software vendors throw around? You’re not alone. TEC senior copywriter Larry Blitz and managing editor David

car shoping  less-than-saintly category as used car salesmen or, dare I say it… politicians. I think that’s because most vendors have this compulsive habit of burying everything they say in hype, buzzwords, and double talk. What’s a customer supposed to do about it? Dave : Yeah, I hear you Larry. An awful lot of the vendor reps I talk to are sincerely enthusiastic and down-to-earth about their product, but something horrible happens on the way to the sales call, white paper, or product demo. I certainly don’t Read More...
If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It!!!
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” If this proverb were applied in today’s operations, every organization would be in a reactive mode of maintenance and work

car shoping  their personal assets (property, car, financial investments etc.) with optimized results. Organizations with asset-intense operations need to manage their equipment in the same manner in order to get the best results and a greater return on investment (ROI). BEGINLYX Read More...
Process Manufacturing: Industry Specific Requirements Part Three: Textiles
As with any manufacturing operation, process manufacturing has special system requirements such as formulas, unit of measure conversions, and packaging recipes.

car shoping  you can disassemble a car back to its tires, spark plugs, carburetor, and engine block. There are similar components in process and discrete manufacturing: ingredients versus parts; formulas versus bill of materials; several units of measure (i.e. pounds, ounces, and liters) versus EA (each). There are, however, subtle differences. Process manufacturing is scalable. For example, if the formula calls for a 1,000 pounds of oranges but you only have 500 pounds, you can still make orange juice, just not as Read More...
Gateway & AOL Follow Crusoe’s Footprints
Gateway & AOL have selected Transmeta’s Crusoe processors for its next generation of Internet access appliances, which we’re calling “iPliances.” Some of them

car shoping  AMD unit. User Recommendations Car companies love displaying their concept cars at their annual trade shows. Few of them ever see street miles. Some lack optional features like engines. Only occasionally, a Ford Taurus or Dodge Viper becomes more than a proof of concept . The iPliances are interesting, and it's great that Gateway's picked out the engine. But as with appliance PCs, this sub market is unproven. Let's read the tea leaves. Gateway is expecting to have the Crusoe chip in the first of its new Read More...
Process ERP vs. Discrete ERP Differentiation
People often ask us

car shoping  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. In addition, P.J. Jakovljevic explains other characteristics in product development within a process manufacturing environment, such as the fact that the manufacturing materials may vary in quality or degrade over time, or that process manufacturing is scalable. He states ... if the formula calls for 1,000 pounds of cake flour, but one only has 500 pounds, one can still Read More...
Siemens PLM Tackles Product Costing


car shoping  in making a new car (with regards to, e.g., parts, suppliers, shape, material, etc.), and each one is an opportunity to make either a positive or negative difference. Siemens plans to talk about great moments in product decision-making that its customers have made. The vendor wants to tell real stories where small, everyday decisions have a big impact. Perfect Costing for Better Design Decisions In a nutshell, helping its customers make smarter decisions that lead to better products has long been a Read More...
Micron to Push
Personal computer maker Micron Electronics said Tuesday it will spend $210 million on its

car shoping  purchased systems, much as car leasing took market share away from car purchasing. This move also follows Microsoft's hints that it may move to a per-use or leasing model for its software, starting with Windows 2000. Micron feels they have a chance to change the world , but it is unclear if the hoped-for change would be for the better. On the hardware/services side, Hewlett-Packard announced a similar strategy at Telecom 99. User Recommendations As with any major purchase, users need to do a Read More...
The Fatal Flaws for Process Manufacturers
Every piece of software you consider holds the potential for fatal flaws. Miss the fatal flaws and it is difficult to project what the future holds for you

car shoping  packaged materials (a rail car of chemicals versus a case of paint). The predictability of both the materials and the process yields some potential for fatal flaws. If material is inconsistent (quality specifications) or the process is not predictable (quality, yield) then it is more difficult to manage with software. Production processes also give rise to the potential for fatal flaws. If you change the formula or recipe when you move from line to line, this may be a fatal flaw. If you vary the types of Read More...

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