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Architecture-Centered Information Systems In The Manufacturing Domain - Part III - Steps in the Architecture Process
Architecture bridges the semantic gap between the requirements and software. Application software systems must be architected in order to deal with the current

describing verbs  3. UML notation for describing the enterprise-wide data objects for a sales company. When preparing the enterprise viewpoint specification, policies are determined by the organization rather than imposed on the organization by technology implementation choices. Information Viewpoint The information viewpoint identifies what the system must know, expressed as a model, emphasizing attributes that define the system state. Because ODP is an object-oriented approach, the models also include essential 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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St. Marys Paper Ltd.: Customer Profile
St. Marys Paper Ltd. is a pulp and paper mill located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario (Canada). In 1989, it implemented a CHAMPS computerized maintenance

describing verbs  through the attempts of describing a particular issue, St. Marys is able to access the maintenance system support desk which is immediately able to shadow the administrator to quickly resolve issues. This enables both St. Marys and the maintenance system vendor to view the same user session and know exactly what needs to be done. Systematic Work Process Approach From a maintenance perspective, CHAMPS has helped St. Marys become more systematic in the way they approach work. Rather than ‘shooting from Read More
Data Conversion in an ERP Environment
Converting data in any systems implementation is a high wire act. Converting data in an ERP environment should only be undertaken with a safety net, namely a

describing verbs  any better way of describing what could happen if your legacy data is corrupted or unreliable. Take the time to cleanse and prune your data before you convert it. This may avoid looking for red herrings as sources of problems when you are in the middle of acceptance testing or, worst, in live production. Programming Effort When converting data from sources, such as second or third generation file structures, to target environments, such as today's relational databases, a single file can update multiple Read More
Sales and Operations Planning Part One: Identifying and Forecasting Demand
An effective sales and operations planning game plan results in fewer stock-outs, shorter delivery lead-times, higher on-time shipping percentages, a manageable

describing verbs  in manufacturing and distribution. Describing usage in a wide variety of environments and illustrated with more than fifty case studies, it covers how the entire system fits together to coordinate supply chain activities within the company and with business partners. It explains the integration with e-commerce capabilities and with relationship management, service management, business analytics, and accounting applications. Written for those individuals that are considering or currently using Microsoft Read More
Enterprise Resource Planning for Small Businesses Buyer’s Guide: A Preview
Technology Evaluation Centers will be launching a buyer’s guide for enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions for small businesses. Here’s a preview of the

describing verbs  preview of the guide describing the idea behind it and what it can do for you. Why an ERP Buyer’s Guide for Small Businesses? My experience as a trainer and consultant in ERP showed that most small businesses have a very subjective, therefore inefficient manner of selecting ERP software. The selection process is based on one or more of the following “criteria”: • A local vendor is offering a solution, which is adapted to the customer’s industry, therefore this is seen as the best option Read More
Thinking Radically about Unstructured Data: Interview with Ron Carrière, CEO of Cirilab
Being able to manage unstructured text is no longer a “nice to have,” as companies and individual users alike have to deal with increasing amounts of

describing verbs  a means for a “self-describing source,” a Knowledge signature (Ksig) of a document, or a Knowledge map (Kmap) of several documents. These tools allow you to get to a level where you can garner “meta-knowledge,” and be able to carry out knowledge management. You can then process that meta-knowledge to achieve “meta-cognition” and build an intelligence infrastructure. (Don’t worry, I come down to earth in the next few questions.) What is the difference in focus between your consumer and Read More
The Lexicon of CRM - Part 3: From R to Z
CRM. C.R.M. itself is an acronym, standing for Customer Relationship Management. This is part three of a three-part article to provide explanation and meaning

describing verbs  defines a framework for describing what is in a message and how to process it; a set of encoding rules for expressing data types, and; a convention for representing remote procedure calls and responses. SR - Service Request . The latest term for support case, problem ticket, work order, or other terms previously used. A Service Request is established in CRM software to track a customer contact through to its conclusion. It contains contact information, details about the issue or problem at hand, and Read More
Zoho’s Mod Appeal
If you are a small or medium business and you haven’t heard of Zoho yet, you should check it out—the company might have an app for you, perhaps even for free

describing verbs  technology (BT)” trend , describing pervasive use by casual users in lines of business (LoBs) of technology that is increasingly managed outside the direct control of IT departments. Certainly Zoho is fulfilling a demand for easy-to-use cloud and mobile apps for productivity, collaboration, and communication that aren’t bogged down by the need to customize and manage this functionality within an enterprise-wide system. Zoho’s Background Headquartered in California and with global offices, the Read More
Ambitious Plans and Promises: An Enterprise Software Vendor’s Open Course of Action
Infor has met several of its objectives with Infor Open SOA. The vendor has managed to resolve inherited customer retention issues, move forward with “green

describing verbs  way of modeling and describing existing IT assets and capabilities (mostly by abstracting data and processes), one possible means of doing so would be via model-based architectures (see What's Wrong with Enterprise Applications, and What Are Vendors Doing about It? ) Hence, at the core of the Infor Open SOA undertaking is the Software Fortress Model of enterprise software architectures. This model was selected for its ability to scale and share business logic (in tune with three-tier/n-tier Read More
Nothing Succeeds Like Success(Factors) - Part 3
Part 1 of this series introduced SuccessFactors, a public provider of software as a service (SaaS) talent management solutions. The article first analyzed the

describing verbs  customer, SuccessFactors leverages the self-describing attributes of  extensible markup language (XML)  to abstract many of the unique customer data requirements into an  object model . Moreover, while all of the data is stored in a standard  relational database management system (RDBMS) , the table structure itself is simplified, with all of the core entity data self-described within an XML-based object model. This approach enables a configurable user experience, allowing customers to provide their Read More
ERP for Medium and Large Manufacturing Companies: 7 Challenges - an Introduction
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) was born of the need of large companies to manage their resources and operations. In the early stages of ERP almost half a

describing verbs  first in a series describing how ERP vendors can help medium and large manufacturing companies embrace change. Each of the challenges mentioned above will be addressed in more detail in future posts. We will also be publishing a buyer’s guide for medium and large ERP later this year, containing valuable information about ERP software solutions to help face these challenges. Read More
A Case Study and Tutorial in Using IT Knowledge Based Tools Part 2: A Tutorial
This tutorial, part 2 of a two part series on Knowledge Based Selection, demonstrates the selection processes and capabilities of Knowledge Based Selection

describing verbs  KB, under the criteria describing warranty, details of the warranty contract can be found in WebTESS PDA ratings (check it out under the criterion Other Product and Manufacturer Considerations ). These small details can make significant differences to the expectations of users. The length of warranties, and what is included in them, as well as how service is delivered, are other vital pieces of information - particularly for the traveling businessman - that can make decisions less rocky than otherwise. Read More
Architecture-Centered Information Systems In The Manufacturing Domain - Part V - Applying the Methodology
Architecture bridges the semantic gap between the requirements and software. Application software systems must be architected in order to deal with the current

describing verbs  a powerful means of describing all five viewpoints. The complete UML language, in conjunction with CRC Cards, can describe the system logical and physical behavior. The prototyping process provides a powerful means of trying out parts of the system design without the commitment to production. During the prototyping activity, the system architecture is being evaluated against the planned architecture. During this process, the architect must be vigilante to avoid compromising the structural, aspect, and Read More
Epicor 9: Delivering What Oracle and Others Are Yet to Achieve? - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series outlined Epicor 9 (aka Epicor ERP [evaluate this product]), Epicor Software’s next-generation converged product suite. A similar feat

describing verbs  is Epicor’s way of describing its approach to SOA. Namely, SOA should not just be a means to easier integration, but also an approach to enterprise business software development (just as client-server computing  was an approach per se ). Epicor calls its SOA approach True SOA, and the vendor referred to “100% SOA” in the Epicor Vantage 8 release a few years ago. What is the difference? Epicor Vantage offered a C# smart client and then a services-based middle-tier business logic. There were over Read More
Vox Populi: What Does a Day in the Life of a Regular Business User Look Like?
Vox populi is Latin for “voice of the people”– in broadcasting and television, they use the

describing verbs  products. This consists of describing how a regular work day looks like without their software applications as opposed to how it would look if you decided to use their solutions. Here’s an example (tongue-in-cheek for the purposes of exposition): If you don’t have the software… 1. … your car will not start in the morning, 2. … and you will be late for the monthly meeting with your boss… 3. … and you can therefore say goodbye to your promotion… 4. … which makes you forget about lunch Read More

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