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Reflections on Lean Philosophy and the Theory of Constraints
The theory of constraints (TOC) is similar to, yet different from, the lean philosophy. TOC focuses on optimizing production through critical bottlenecks in

constraints of a system  and the Theory of Constraints Lean Manufacturing and the Theory of Constraints Lean manufacturing and the theory of constraints (TOC) may well go hand in hand. Lean manufacturing makes value flow through the factory, for instance, by trying to separate value streams so that they use dedicated resources sized to the same capacity (even if kanbans do not optimize the constraints). TOC takes this idea further by recognizing critical bottlenecks, which are the most overloaded resources that determine the Read More...
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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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The Theory of Constraints Enters the Lean Manufacturing Arena
Lean principles are difficult to employ in complex environments, but materials requirement planning has well-known limitations. The theory of constraints, which

constraints of a system  Theory of Constraints Enters the Lean Manufacturing Arena Limitations of Flow Manufacturing Just as manufacturing realities are continuously changing, so is lean thinking evolving. For example, traditionally, given competitive realities, it was almost exclusively automotive companies that deployed lean techniques such as kanban and sequencing. Today, however, there are some strong indications that only one in five companies using kanban are in the automotive industry. This is Part Six of a multi-part Read More...
A Modern Tale of Long (Supply Chain) Tails -- Part II
Part I of this blog series introduced the notion of long tails in modern supply chains. That blog post also introduced the vendor ToolsGroup and its solution

constraints of a system  of replenishment parameters and constraints at each echelon of the supply chain. To that end, a couple of years ago ToolsGroup espoused a strategy of an optimized replenishment process via the following three business practices: Service Segmentation -- a natural extension of the sales & operations planning (S&OP) process . The segmentation, besides inserting inventory into the S&OP process, includes the  “cost to serve” calculation (mentioned in Part I ), whereby the finance, supply chain, sales, Read More...
Pull vs Push: a Discussion of Lean, JIT, Flow, and Traditional MRP Part Two: Challenges and User Recommendations
While lean/flow leverages practices to stay ahead of actual demand, traditional approaches better coordinate secondary, back-office systems like accounting and

constraints of a system  demand and effects of constraints on the shop floor. Understanding these variations then allows enterprises to assign flexible boundaries around material and capacity plans. This is Part Two of a two-part tutorial. Part One defined lean flow manufacturing. Illustrating Differences To illustrate the differences between these methods, let us compare the AMPM Convenience stores with Wendy's and McDonalds burger chains modes of operation. For one, AMPM, whose slogan is Always there to serve your needs, is Read More...
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

constraints of a system  customer demand fulfillment with constraints of time, distance, resources, and cost. Easy access to alternatives: Because the Internet dissolves physical distances, companies are faced with the sobering fact that competitive sites lie a mere mouse click away from their own. Web businesses that fail to satisfy customer expectations regarding product quality or delivery risk losing customers to companies that offer superior alternatives. In addition, the Internet serves to level the competitive landscape, Read More...
University of Kentucky Leveraging SAP HANA to Lead the Way in Use of Analytics in Higher Education


constraints of a system  of Kentucky Leveraging SAP HANA to Lead the Way in Use of Analytics in Higher Education Read More...
Industry Expert's Guide to Buying a Business Phone System
Learn about VoIP and how you can get more for less in Industry Expert's Guide to Buying a Business Phone System.

constraints of a system  Expert's Guide to Buying a Business Phone System Are you still using a traditional land-line for your business phone system? By switching to VoIP you could cut your company's phone bill in half . And end up with more calling features than you currently have. Learn about VoIP—and how you can get more for less—in Industry Expert's Guide to Buying a Business Phone System . You'll find out how VoIP works, all the ways it can save you money, and how to get the right VoIP system for your company's Read More...
ILM as a Journey: Moving Towards Storage as a Service
Technology decision-making in larger organizations is about making existing IT platforms as efficient as possible. However, there are weaknesses in the day-to

constraints of a system  as a Journey: Moving Towards Storage as a Service Technology decision-making in larger organizations is about making existing IT platforms as efficient as possible. However, there are weaknesses in the day-to-day operation of such environments, particularly in storage and information management. Positioning information lifecycle management (ILM) in the context of infrastructure management provides an understanding of where we are today—and of how much further there is to go. Read More...
System Models and Simulation
Understanding how a system really works is the first step toward using, improving, automating, or explaining it to others. The basic concept of a system is that

constraints of a system  Models and Simulation Understanding how a system really works is the first step toward using, improving, automating, or explaining it to others. The basic concept of a system is that it is driven by cause and effect—but there is so much more to understanding its full complexity. The best place to start is by learning how causal loop diagrams (CLDs) are used to model dynamic systems by identifying variables and causal effects. Read More...
Common Phone System Buying Problems
There are so many choices out there on phone systems that it can be very difficult to make an educated decision without dedicating days or weeks researching all

constraints of a system  Phone System Buying Problems There are so many choices out there on phone systems that it can be very difficult to make an educated decision without dedicating days or weeks researching all of the vendors and options available. Rather than learning the hard way, know some of the common problems that people often run into when buying a new business phone system so you understand the obstacles you will face in your buying decision and how to get around them. Read More...
Top 7 Reasons to Invest in a Manufacturing Execution System
To learn more about how an mes system can give your company a powerful competitive edgein both good times and baddownload the TEC special report, s...

constraints of a system  7 Reasons to Invest in a Manufacturing Execution System Spending money on a new software solution in the middle of a recession might seem like a bad idea, but consider this: there are at least seven key ways you can benefit from implementing a manufacturing execution system (MES) to raise the level of efficiency, and control the processes, on your shop floor: reduce labor costs reduce capital costs achieve superior compliance and warranty management generate higher production throughput improve on-time Read More...
Case Study: How a Midsized Company Saved over $870,000 on a $3 Million Microsoft Enterprise Agreement, in Less Than Three Weeks
In 2004, Microsoft offered a midwestern-US-based financial services corporation a range of options to renew and replace its existing enterprise agreement. But

constraints of a system  Study: How a Midsized Company Saved over $870,000 on a $3 Million Microsoft Enterprise Agreement, in Less Than Three Weeks In 2004, Microsoft offered a midwestern-US-based financial services corporation a range of options to renew and replace its existing enterprise agreement. But without the right negotiating skills, how could it be certain Microsoft’s offer was the most cost-saving approach? The company engaged an independent consulting firm, and in less than three weeks recognized savings of 28 Read More...
How Much Should You Pay for Your Business Phone System
You'll get all this and more in How Much Should You Pay for Your Business Phone System?

constraints of a system  Much Should You Pay for Your Business Phone System How Much Should You Pay for Your Business Phone System Do you have all the information you need to get the best deal on a business phone system? Find out how to get the best and most accurate price quotes, the differences between private branch exchange (PBX) and voice over Internet protocol (VoIP); and how widely prices vary for small, medium, and large businesses. You'll get all this and more in How Much Should You Pay for Your Business Phone System? Read More...
Leadership When It Really Matters: A Closer Look at Investing in PLM Technology to Profit in a Down Economy
Loss of strategic vision and leadership can pose a greater threat to organizations than dramatic economic downturn. Companies that invest in technology wisely

constraints of a system  When It Really Matters: A Closer Look at Investing in PLM Technology to Profit in a Down Economy Loss of strategic vision and leadership can pose a greater threat to organizations than dramatic economic downturn. Companies that invest in technology wisely will gain a competitive advantage and even prosper during hard times. Achieving financial results hinges on finding a product lifecycle management (PLM) solution that delivers business benefits not only in the short-term but also long into the Read More...
Top 8 Questions to Ask Your Phone System Vendor
To help you out, here are the eight crucial questions to ask when evaluating and negotiating a phone system deal.

constraints of a system  8 Questions to Ask Your Phone System Vendor Choosing a new phone system for your company is a weighty decision—one you'll have to live with for years to come. To help you out, here are the eight crucial questions to ask when evaluating and negotiating a phone system deal. Covering everything from features, compatibility, and scalability, to customer support and costs, this handy white paper will also give you tips and advice to make your phone buying decision easy and worry-free. Make sure you know Read More...

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