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The Role of PIM and PLM in the Product Information Supply Chain: Where is Your Link?
Diverse groups have been discussing PIM from the perspective of data synchronization and syndication, product lifecycle management (PLM), and enterprise

eai case studies  Catalog focused, but includes EAI components; XML publishing. Engineering-focused, includes CAD and PDM; marketing-focused, includes project management and portfolio management. Leading Vendors Best-of-breed PIM vendors. Best-of-breed PLM vendors, some ERP suite providers. See Can ERP Speak PLM . Evolutionary Path Data synch > catalog > integration > workflow > syndication and synchronization to a variety of targets. Product data management > collaborative product data management with separate project

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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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The Blessing and Curse of Rejuvenating Legacy Systems


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Case Study: Acceller


Since its inception in 2005, digital services provider Acceller had been using the same system to manage accounts payable (AP) and accounts receivable (AR). But when business began to increase, the lack of sophisticated financial reporting and the need for improved financial controls became significant issues. Find out how the company chose a solution that provided the needed control and reporting capabilities.

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Case Study: Deftrans


Needing to meet demand from the Internet and other sources, Polish furniture maker Deftrans implemented an enterprise solution with functionality for personnel and payroll, warehouse management, financials, invoice management, and more. With the new system, the company has reduced the time needed to prepare goods specifications and other warehouse operations, as well as ensured greater accuracy of invoices. Learn more.

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Case Study: Virtu


A rapid growth in production encouraged ready-made food product manufacturer Virtu to invest in a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. The ERP solution helps the company manage hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP) standards, recipe-based production planning, warehouse management, bookkeeping, and product shipping. Learn more about the ERP solution and the company’s plans for further automation.

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Case Study: ABB AG


ABB, a specialist in energy and automation technology, needed a business intelligence (BI) and corporate performance management (CPM) solution in order to support varied business needs and processes such as sales control, management reporting, and planning. But the BI software ABB chose couldn’t cope with all the requirements for integrating analysis, planning, and reporting. Learn about the new BI solution ABB deployed.

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