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IFS Joins the Corporate Social Responsibility Fray
While day 1 of the IFS World Conference 2012 in Gothenburg, Sweden was mostly about mobility, day 2 expanded into some other interesting themes and topics. IFS

environmental corporate social responsibility  range of industries, covering environmental needs, workplace safety, global trade management (GTM), and quality compliance aspects of CSR. IFS seems to understand well the importance of CSR, both in terms of legal compliance and leveraging enhanced business insight to boost profitability. While some political parties and the general mood of the public in the US might currently be inclined to belittle CSR and green (sustainability) initiatives as mere tree-hugging, CSR is a wide-ranging concept that has

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Enterprise Asset Management Strategies: Creating Social and Financial Value by Going Green


Progressive companies are discovering that they can optimize processes and assets to make the best use of resources, reduce negative impact on the environment, and strengthen business results—all at the same time. Improving enterprise asset management (EAM) processes provides opportunities for you to create less waste, reduce resource use, and decrease emissions. Find out how you can take advantage of EAM’s benefits.

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Do Your Customers Really Trust You? Well, That Depends …


Crises such as the one we’re currently going through seriously damage the trust bestowed by individuals upon corporations. This is more likely to result in the development of new corporate techniques to change these perceptions, which will most probably translate into new pressures from individuals, pressure groups, societies, or governments. Most likely, companies will be requested to

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TEC Lean and Green Manufacturing Buyer’s Guide


While the need for sustainable development is affecting how organizations do business, the idea of environmental and corporate responsibility as value drivers is still relatively new. Many companies are just beginning to adopt an approach that provides measurable results. Learn how reducing waste and creating efficiencies within your company can make a difference to the environment, the economy, and your bottom line.

While the need for sustainable development is affecting how organizations do business, the idea of environmental and corporate responsibility as value drivers is still relatively new. Many companies are just beginning to adopt an approach that provides measurable results. Learn how reducing waste and creating efficiencies within your company can make a difference to the environment, the economy, and your bottom line.

In this lean and green buyer’s guide, we’ll discuss some of the challenges that companies are facing in light of the changes to the economy as well as the pressures of “going green.” We’ll talk about some of the highlevel changes your business can make, with a focus on operational efficiency and on how lean and green practices can both lead to the same result: efficiency equals sustainable business. We will also feature information about some of the vendor offerings targeted at companies looking to adopt or improve their “green business strategies.” The products covered in this guide address various areas within the scopes of both “lean” and “green,” including lean manufacturing, environmental management, operations management, compliance regulations, and more.

We’ve included customer success stories to illustrate how product lifecycle management (PLM), enterprise asset management (EAM), and enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions have helped companies like yours deal with their environmental concerns. For your convenience, there is also a vendor directory to assist companies that are looking for a “sustainability enabling” solution.

We hope this report will provide you with enough insight about the current state of the market—with respect to both lean and green—to help you start making a few decisions about how your company can make a change for the better. We think you’ll find this guide a useful tool for determining which type of solution is best suited to your company’s business model and particular needs.


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Executive Overview
Lean, Green, and Everything in Between

Thought Leadership
Corporate Social Responsibility: Using Technology to Become More Lean and Green

Case Study
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Increases Scheduling Efficiency with Asprova

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Lean in Action: Manufacturer Cuts Lead Time from Four Weeks to Four Days

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InkCycle Makes Green Ink, While Staying in the Black

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A Pragmatic Approach to Gaining Business Efficiencies

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TEC Analyst Perspective



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State of the Market: Lean and Green


Today’s need for sustainable development (economic, social, and environmental) is increasingly affecting how organizations do business. But the areas of environmental and corporate responsibility are still relatively new to businesses as concepts that drive value. And even though these concepts are rapidly growing in importance, many organizations are still in the early phases of adopting an approach that provides measured results.

The state of market in “green” is improving—albeit at a very slow pace—as organizations learn the value of integrating environmental thinking into their operations, and find more and more ways to align green thinking with their business strategies and goals.

This need for change affects businesses, municipalities, government, and resource-extractive industries like manufacturing. Some of the major influences affecting these organization’s environmental sustainability decisions are regulations and standards, competitive position, and public confidence. In fact, there is a great deal of reputation at stake, since public consciousness towards environmental issues is growing.

Today’s stakeholders (customers, investors, etc.) want to put their money into companies that are sustainable. If businesses don’t take an interest in the environment—and their impact on it—it reflects very poorly on their interest in their bottom line. The current economic situation being what it is, companies cannot afford “bad press,” and it’s in their best interest to realign their business strategies to include environmental awareness. Equally (if not more) important is the fact that green initiatives have a high return on investment (ROI) and end up paying for themselves through cost savings on resources, energy, carbon taxes, etc.

Today’s environmental challenges in business are vast, and range from financial burdens (such as rising energy, input, and transportation costs), to waste disposal and regulatory issues (minimizing/reducing waste), to accountability and sustainability—which can make the decision to go green both complex and convoluted.


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IBM Brings Cloud and Mobile Enhancement to Its Social Business Offering


IBM announced a new cloud-based solution as part of its IBM SmartCloud for Social Businesses platform. The product includes new social networking features and a new collaboration and document-sharing tool—IBM SmartCloud Docs. The application accommodates the creation, storing, and co-editing of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation documents, in real time. IBM SmartCloud

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Three Ways to Improve Employee Engagement and Productivity with Social Business Media


The surge in social media use and younger people moving into positions once held by baby boomers are transforming today’s workplace, creating both challenges and opportunities for companies trying to keep employees happy and businesses healthy. This white paper looks at the benefits for employee engagement and productivity that come with social media for business use.

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Social Media and Collaboration: Not for “Serious” Manufacturers? Think Again.


Many people consider social media as a set of tools for communicating with others and/or entertaining themselves and collaboration as a characteristic of business processes and workflows that allows employees to work together to be more efficient. In reality though, both social media and collaboration can help employees communicate and share information, and thus work more efficiently. In

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Social Media Analytics: Making Customer Insights Actionable


Social media is reshaping the relationships that customers have with products, services, and brands. Read this white paper from IBM to learn how you can use insights from social media to understand emerging consumer trends and increase the ROI of your marketing campaigns.

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Social Networking and Opportunities in the Public Sector


Some social networking tools, such as e-mail and instant messaging, are already used in the public sector. Emerging tools, such as blogs and wikis, can also be beneficial, allowing more efficient sharing of information, and greater input in decision-making processes. But, there are also headaches involved in managing security issues. Learn about the advantages and how to avoid the disadvantages of new collaboration tools.

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