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Process Manufacturing ERP in a Nutshell
A couple of weeks ago, we started a series of blog posts product lifecycle management (PLM) about how TEC defines different types of enterprise resource

erp in a nutshell  Manufacturing ERP in a Nutshell A couple of weeks ago, we started a series of blog posts product lifecycle management (PLM) about how TEC defines different types of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and what sets them apart. We will continue with a detailed description of process manufacturing ERP, and we will introduce some of the top-rated vendors in this domain. As in the initial post, we will not discuss system modules that are common to all ERP systems: financials, human resources, and Read More...
ERP System for Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
A U.S.-based manufacturer of industrial machinery turned to TEC for help selecting an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution.
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They do it like that in the Balkans -- Select and deploy ERP, I mean (Part I)
The launch of TEC’s blog has somewhat coincided with my visit to Belgrade, Serbia (what used to be Yugoslavia and then Serbia @ Montenegro) for personal reasons

erp in a nutshell  for many avant-garde domestic ERP providers in the 1990s was the closing of Oracle’s office in Belgrade. Amid UN sanctions and NATO bombing, some resilient ERP entrepreneurs were left to their own scarce means to continue developing and supporting their applications. However, the positive political and economic changes that took place after October 5, 2000 (when the Serbian velvet revolution took place) have resulted in the emergence and penetration of foreign packaged software systems into the Serbian Read More...
CAD-centric PLM, ERP-centric PLM, and Organic PLM: What's Right for You? - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series started with the assertion that product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions are becoming increasingly important to enterprises in a

erp in a nutshell  of its CAD or ERP origin) in a rip-and-replace manner will not necessarily solve most of the aforementioned issues. Can the New Organic Crop of PLM Apps Help? But as in the case of rigid and monolithic old ERP replacements (e.g., see  Workday ’s recent ongoing success ), the fact is that some companies are switching PLM systems when they have a failure condition. I believe that the economic/political reality moving forward into the future will make the multi-million dollar big bang implementation Read More...
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) in a Nutshell
In this blog, we want to make readers more familiar with the logic behind our Evaluation Centers on our Web site by categorizing them—and, at the same time, we

erp in a nutshell  can be killed with ERP standards. In such cases, obviously some modifications or system customizations are required; and particular prudence and care in ERP selection is highly recommended. Our Way of Classifying Manufacturing All types of manufacturing can be categorized based on a large number of factors; however, just a few of them are widely used. For example, the categorizations can be made by level of continuity (discrete or process, or a combination) or by company size (small to medium businesses Read More...
A Leader in Service Management Tackles Multidimensional Growth
Founded in 1999, Servigistics, initially a service parts planning and optimization (SPP/O) specialist, has become a full-fledged service lifecycle management

erp in a nutshell  parts and service, since ERP systems often struggle in areas such as forecasting, managing distributed inventories and aligning resources with specific service or maintenance events.” Read More...
A Guide to Selecting the Right ERP Partner
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems enable organizations to reduce costs, become easier for customers to do business with, and manage growth expectations

erp in a nutshell  to Selecting the Right ERP Partner Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems enable organizations to reduce costs, become easier for customers to do business with, and manage growth expectations. As organizations determine their ERP strategy, they need to choose the right ERP vendor partner. This guide explores the pros and cons of the four types of ERP partners: partner ecosystems, frameworks, best-of-breed packages, and end-to-end integrated solutions. Read More...
Get Closer to Your Best Customers: A Shift in Customer Strategies in a Time of Crisis
An unsettled economy needs a different approach to managing revenues. Companies must identify their most profitable customers and the most effective marketing

erp in a nutshell  into customer needs and interpreting demand signals are not as simple as they sound. Companies are awash in customer data but get little insight from it. They know what customers have bought, but not what they are likely to buy in the future. Insights from the field are too slow to reach marketing planners and sales managers to enable timely action. How then do best-run companies stay close to customers? Successful strategies include the following: Develop a single view of customers across product lines, 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

erp in a nutshell  than, for example, an ERP system, processes and procedures enabling narrowing down of solutions, and avoiding dissatisfaction, while taking on assessed risks, are part of process in Knowledge Based Selection methods. A Selection as a Tutorial    In this article, we shall follow a simplified Knowledge Based selection process as an illustration. To follow this process as a tutorial, you should go to the WebTESS 2.0 website, and bring up the PDA knowledge base on a separate browser window. Click here to Read More...
Is It Time to Purchase a New ERP?
For decades, enterprise resource planning (ERP) replacement has been compared to brain surgery: You just don't do it unless the patient is dying. So how do you

erp in a nutshell  invest in a new ERP system? Download this white paper to find out. Read More...
A Delicate Dance of Supply & Demand, Part 1: A Primer on Dairy Industry Complexity
The dairy industry is grueling. For farmers, the past decade has been a roller coaster of soaring fuel and feed prices and plummeting dairy sales prices

erp in a nutshell  Delicate Dance of Supply & Demand, Part 1: A Primer on Dairy Industry Complexity The dairy industry is grueling. For farmers, the past decade has been a roller coaster of soaring fuel and feed prices and plummeting dairy sales prices, crushing many industry veterans. This white paper is intended to provide a baseline understanding of the historic and present-day challenges players in the industry face that are largely the product of governmental involvement and outside their individual control. Read More...
To ERP or Not to ERP (In Manufacturing, It Isn't Even a Question)
Despite the benefits that enterprise resource planning (ERP) brings to manufacturers, Aberdeen findings from 2010 suggest that 26% of manufacturers have yet to

erp in a nutshell  ERP or Not to ERP (In Manufacturing, It Isn't Even a Question) Despite the benefits that enterprise resource planning (ERP) brings to manufacturers, Aberdeen findings from 2010 suggest that 26% of manufacturers have yet to implement ERP. This report looks at the performance of companies that have implemented ERP software versus the companies that have not. It also examines the capabilities that companies with ERP have compared to those that don't. Read More...
Sage 500 ERP: Engineer-to-Order (ETO ERP) Competitor Analysis Report
The engineer-to-order (ETO) enterprise resource planning knowledge base supports the requirements of companies that manufacture products based their customers

erp in a nutshell  500 ERP: Engineer-to-Order (ETO ERP) Competitor Analysis Report The engineer-to-order (ETO) enterprise resource planning knowledge base supports the requirements of companies that manufacture products based their customers' unique engineering designs. Companies building ETO products require special processes for estimates, purchasing materials, engineering changes, cost allocation and tracking, and ongoing work with customers. Read More...
Why CRM Software is a Smart Investment in a down Economy
Find out more about why CRM is such a smart and timely investment for your small or midsized business in the white paper, crm: a business imperativ...

erp in a nutshell  CRM Software is a Smart Investment in a down Economy Is it really possible to grow your company during an economic downturn—and still cut costs? Fortunately, the answer is yes—and there's no better way to do it than with the right customer relationship management (CRM) software. By its very nature, CRM is one of the only technologies that can both increase your company's revenues and reduce its costs . And that's a pretty good combination during tough economic times. Find out more about why CRM is Read More...
Baan Seeking A New Foster Home -- A Déjà vu Or Not Quite? Part Two: Baan Under Invensys
Baan's phase under Invensys, after a turbulent three years that have seen considerable people, market and technology change, and considerable worthwhile

erp in a nutshell  to supplant its older ERP predecessors Baan IV and iBaan Enterprise , and which is code named Gemini and slated for delivery in September 2003. Although publicly traded, Invensys does not report its parts' P&L statements, but our estimates of Baan revenues in 2002 would be nearing $350 million. Second, during its recent revenue predictions on February 14, Invensys was conspicuously cautious on its second half of the year results, citing weak demand at Baan, but strengths in other areas. In order to stem Read More...
The Benefits of Focusing on a Niche and Serving it Well: EcFood - A Dot-com Making It
ecFood is a strategic sourcing vendor focused on the industrial food market. Its recent financial results prove that being highly focused can bring value to

erp in a nutshell  a principal of Process ERP Partners. He has over 25 years experience as an executive in the software industry with the last 17 in process industry related ERP, SCP, and e-business related segments. Olin has been called the Father of Process ERP. He is a frequent author and an award-winning speaker on topics of gaining value from ERP, SCP, e-commerce and the impact of technology on industry. He can be reached at Olin@ProcessERP.com . Read More...

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