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Making Your Supply Chain a Competitive Advantage: Implementing S&OP
Improving the supply chain is essential for any company that wants to gain or maintain a competitive edge. To do this, companies are adopting sales and

description a famous  answer lies in the description above of the nature and benefits of S&OP. A business needs a coherent plan ' including an agreed upon forecast ' before it can really benefit from improving execution steps. If, as if often true in businesses without an S&OP process, manufacturing distrusts the forecast and schedules based on its own guess, an improved scheduling process could result in simply making more of the wrong stuff. Solving the underlying problem of agreeing upon a single version of the truth to b

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description a famous  lead to a fundamental description of nature, SYSPRO could conceivably find similar positioning for its business capabilities. Watch for SYSPRO to try to solve the mysteries of enterprise black holes (those parts of a company’s budget from which no investment can escape and turn into ROI) or parallel universes that rarely collaborate within a company (such as sales, production, accounting, etc.). Read More

Who the Heck Needs ROI?


Ten common errors prevent return on investment (ROI) calculations from being used as much or as well as possible. Avoiding intuitive decision making and basing ROI on quantifiable factors is essential to the success of major decisions, including software selection.

description a famous  case is a written description of the rationale for proposed approaches. Supporting the rationale are calculations showing the financial return, or benefit, relative to the investment cost of achieving the return—adding up to ROI. An approach's return is typically portrayed by contrasting the approach's cost and revenue cash flows with those that could be expected if there were no change (in other words, business as usual). A business case is not necessary in order to use ROI. Risk, Reward, and Payback T Read More

Continuous Data Quality Management: The Cornerstone of Zero-Latency Business Analytics


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description a famous  actual data match our description of the data? In other words, is our meta-data actually accurate? An unused field in a Cobol file is a good example of an integrity problem. Accuracy . It is often necessary to examine the degree of agreement between the data values and a source that is assumed to be correct. Comparing rollup tables to the actual sums generated from transactions often leads to unexpected results. Likewise, many data sources can be compared to external third party sources. Address matching Read More

Ambitious Plans and Promises: An Enterprise Software Provider Keeps Its Word


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description a famous  An even more detailed description of how Infor plans to deliver pragmatically on its multiyear SOA project deserves an entirely separate research article. Infor has kept its promise to some customers by rolling out the Infor Open SOA road map at Inforum 2007 . The road map gave customers insight into reasonably paced SOA-enablement plans and into the long-term direction of the vendor's existing solution. Infor has published statements about its direction and has held design reviews with many customers to Read More

A Very Helpful Tool When You’re Choosing a New Software Solution


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A Step-by-step Guide to Securing Your MS IIS Web Server with a Digital Certificate


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description a famous  Step-by-step Guide to Securing Your MS IIS Web Server with a Digital Certificate You have a Microsoft Internet Information Services (MS IIS) web server. But what about your digital certificate solution? Learn how to test, purchase, install, and use a digital certificate from thawte with your MS IIS, and ensure efficient management of encryption keys and digital certificates with best practices. Learn how you can address online security issues to build the confidence of your customers. Read More

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description a famous  Seeking A New Foster Home -- A Déjà vu Or Not Quite? Part Two: Baan Under Invensys Baan Under Invensys The UK-based global automation and controls group Invensys plc . (London Stock Exchange: ISYS) has announced that Baan is finally and definitely for sale. This is a part of its parent's major divestiture move (i.e., over two thirds of its current business) and as Invensys recoils to its bare fundamentals. (For details of the announcements see Part One of this note ). In second half of 2000, Read More

Charting a Better Course for Your Business: Eight Rules for Investing in a New Accounting System


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Scala Shows Far More Than A Bit Of A Backbone Part 1


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A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 3


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description a famous  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 was the epitome of a well-managed  supply chain management (SCM ) software company in terms of market share, growth, profitability, and its products’ capabilities. Indeed, the company set the industry standard for the supply chain execution (SCE) space and was the envy of its competitors. But Read More

A Firewall is Cheaper Than a Lawyer


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