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Process vs Discrete ERP
When researching the right manufacturing software for your business, it is important to realize there is a difference between process and discrete software. A

discrete and process manufacturing  and discrete software. A discrete software solution for a process manufacturing company will inevitably fall short, but after you identify your manufacturing operation and requirements, what is the next step? Learn about what guidelines to follow when viewing manufacturing software to ensure your company needs are addressed.

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Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)

This comprehensive product lifecycle management (PLM) knowledge base models modern product and design-related aspects of PLM for both discrete and process industries. It details product development and portfolio management, manufacturing process management, ideation and requirements management, service data, and regulatory and compliance criteria. This comprehensive knowledge base incorporates the criteria of TEC's other PLM knowledge bases. 

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What Makes Process Process?


The systems dealing with manufacturing, inventory, procurement, and customer order management systems are among the systems that often prove to be the hardest to acquire due to the unique issues of the process enterprise.

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Process vs. Discrete


When researching the right enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for your business, it is essential to realize there is a difference between process and discrete ERP software. The first step is to identify the type of manufacturing operation, either process or discrete, and specific manufacturing requirements. This white paper will help you determine if your software is truly meeting your process manufacturing needs.

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Product Life Cycle Management (PLM) in Process Part 1 Proven in Discrete, Ready to Blossom in Process


Process industry companies could benefit from many of the PLM concepts that have accrued to discrete industries. But PLM has had minimum penetration into the process industries. Why?

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Process Manufacturing Software: A Primer


This article defines process manufacturing; discusses its formulation, packaging, and pricing issues; talks about interfaces; and provides cautions and caveats.

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Process 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 order processing and production scheduling. ERP began as a term used to describe a sophisticated and integrated software system used for manufacturing. In its simplest sense, ERP systems create interactive environments designed to help companies manage and analyze the business processes associated with manufacturing goods, such as inventory control, order taking, accounting, and much more. Although this basic definition still holds true for ERP systems, today its definition is expanding. Today's leading ERP systems group all traditional company management functions (finance, sales, manufacturing, human resources) and include, with varying degrees of acceptance and skill, many solutions that were formerly considered peripheral (product data management (PDM), warehouse management, manufacturing execution system (MES), reporting, etc.). While during the last few years the functional perimeter of ERP systems began an expansion into its adjacent markets, such as supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), business intelligence/data warehousing, and e-Business, the focus of this knowledge base is mainly on the traditional ERP realms of finance, materials planning, and human resources. The old adage is "Such a beginning, such an end", and, consequently, many ERP systems' failures could be traced back to a bad software selection. The foundation of any ERP implementation must be a proper exercise of aligning customers' IT technology with their business strategy, and subsequent software selection. This is the perfect time to create the business case and energize the entire organization towards the vision sharing and a buy in, both being the Key Success Factors (KSFs). Yet, these steps are very often neglected despite the amount of expert literature and articles that emphasize their importance.  

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TEC 2015 ERP for Discrete Manufacturing Buyer's Guide


The TEC ERP for Discrete Manufacturing Buyer’s Guide was developed to provide unique perspectives on the state of the enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution market for manufacturers. Discrete manufacturers face a number of business challenges in the 21st century, including the traditional challenges of planning and managing production, managing costs, and staying compliant with regulations, and newer challenges related to the ability to support customizable and complex products and global markets, and hiring qualified staff.

How are manufacturers and vendors dealing with these changing requirements for manufacturing ERP? Read on to find out. In addition to a functionality comparison of manufacturing ERP products currently on the market, the TEC 2015 ERP for Discrete Manufacturing Buyer’s Guide includes the results of TEC’s ERP trends survey (showing some surprising trends and stats), a discussion about how ERP vendors are differentiating themselves these days with elements enhancing user experience, and a special section dedicated to configure, price, and quote (CPQ) solutions and their growing importance to discrete manufacturers. Case studies and thought leadership from leading vendors in the discrete manufacturing ERP software space are also included as examples of recent successful ERP implementations and upgrades.

Download the free guide now for TEC's expert analyst insight into manufacturing ERP trends, functionality comparisons, and vendor differentiation.

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SAP Manufacturing


Managing complexity while enhancing agility is a real challenge. To respond to customer needs, manufacturers must reduce their time to market and time to volume. And to respond to demand and supply shifts, they must be able to adapt to changing situations. To meet these challenges, companies require integrated solutions ensuring that manufacturing runs at the pace of their business.

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VDoc Process


VDoc Process for IBM Websphere Portal Server or Lotus Domino is a business process automation solution that allows SMBs and corporate departments to place the responsibility for developing business process-driven applications in the hands their business managers. From administration, finance, and human resources, to customer service, quality, and marketing, non-IT staff can draw and generate collaborative applications without programming or IT skills. They can also follow up and track events; pilot processes with reports and indicators; and capitalize on existing infrastructures to build collaborative portals.  

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Business Process Management Lifecycle


Business process management (BPM) is being widely used across organizations to manage processes effectively and to accelerate business process improvement which increases value generation and sustains the market competitiveness of an organization. The objective of this whitepaper is to create awareness about various phases of the BPM lifecycle and to demonstrate how each phase helps organizations in realizing their business value.

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Business Process Management Notations within Business Process Management


Business process management notation (BPMN) is an initiative to increase standardization within process modeling. What are the principles of BPMN, and what is the value of BPMN to vendors and organizations using business process modeling?

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