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ECM vs. EIM
The IT industry is constructed of three-letter acronyms (TLAs). However, the total number of possible three-letter abbreviations using the 26 letters of the

example letters  the two categories. For example, enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems generally focus on structured transactional data. On the other hand, ECM systems have more focus on managing unstructured data (e.g., natural language text, images, videos, documents). In addition, there are also systems covering both—for example, product lifecycle management (PLM) systems. You can find out more about ECM by visiting TEC’s Content Management System (CMS) Evaluation Center . And, What Is Enterprise Information Read More...
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Mobilizing Change
It's not news that people are resistant to change. Inertia, one of the rules of the universe, applies to people as well as to objects. Many organizations

example letters  undertaking. Using a specific example helps to understand the issues and the approach. The concepts and approach are relevant to any project or change initiative. For our example, we suggest developing a preliminary case for action as the starting point of an evaluation project. Note that we are talking about the evaluation project this is the point before a solution has been identified. At this point, all we know is that there is a problem or opportunity to be solved. We use the preliminary case for Read More...
Situational Intelligence: Not Just Another Fancy Term
Recently, Space-Time Insight released Version 4 of what they call the Space-Time Insight Situational Intelligence Suite. For the company, this is not just a

example letters  situational intelligence solutions. For example, Space-Time Insight registers within its customer list organizations such as California ISO, Florida Power & Light, and a recent deal with Ontario’s Hydro One. Why utilities? Organizations in asset-intensive industries such as utilities, oil and gas, and telecommunications need to have access to massive amounts of data in various forms and structures, and from very disparate sources. For example, smart meters, field sensors, weather reports, and even socia Read More...
Why Systems Fail - The Dead-end of Dirty Data
If your data does not reflect reality, the system can never be effective. In today’s world of collaboration, showing a trading partner dirty data is giving them

example letters  to be detected. For example, if a lead-time is incorrect, order calculations will be incorrect also, resulting in either over stocking or out of stocks. The out of stock condition will alarm us, but the over stocking will usually continue unnoticed. Infrequently, the dirty data may create error conditions, alerting someone of the problem. All to often, the error conditions are not reported and the data remains dirty. Spot checks are used to detect some problems. Auditors send out verification letters to c Read More...
4 Essential Components for Successful Sales
Most companies are aware that the buying processes of the world and its buyers are changing, but many have yet to recognize the need to make changes within

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What You Should Know Before Selecting a WMS
Before an important game, you create a game plan. Before you start building a house, you have a blueprint. And before you start looking at a warehouse

example letters  override mode. A simple example can help illustrate how effective suggested putaway can be. Let's say your company was food products manufacturer where formulas can use ingredients A and B separately but a large number of formulas use ingredients together in a premix operation. To accommodate both possibilities, you would want the WMS to suggest locations where these ingredients can be co-located; not together but as close as possible to reduce warehouse travel time. To satisfy this and other putaway Read More...
Justification of ERP Investments Part 1: Quantifiable Benefits from an ERP System
Studies that surveyed manufacturers about the impact of ERP systems on firm performance indicate that company size and industry do not affect the results

example letters  percent of sales (the example will use 75 percent). Using industry averages for each major benefit, the improved business processes and associated information system almost double the current pretax income. Inventory Reduction . A 20 percent reduction in the current inventory of $3 million results in ongoing benefits of lower inventory carrying charges. Using a carrying cost of 25 percent results in $150,000 in lower carrying charges each year, identified here as part of the administrative expenses. Read More...
The Whitelisting of America: Security for IT
Once upon a time around 1995, the well-known American agency, the National Security Agency (NSA), decided that there was no computer operating system that was

example letters  a file. A second example is that of a “user program” rule which allows the module to write to a subset of of all public data directories. Digital signatures are used to certify each module and to ensure that a replacement module is blocked from execution until a new certification rules/signature for it is registered. Selinux has been a great success, and as a result, it is used in many Unix versions and in Red Hat Linux since 2000 and in SUSE Linux since 2005. Whitelisting is proven. More recently Read More...
Justification of ERP Investments Part Three: Costs of Implementing an ERP System
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementation costs can be divided into one-time costs and ongoing annual costs. Both types of costs can be segmented into

example letters  annual costs, along with example calculations for a $100,000 (USD) ERP software package. The one-time and ongoing annual costs for hardware are not included in the example. In many cases, the use of de facto standard hardware means that a firm already has the hardware for an ERP system. The example shown in figure 3.4 indicates an estimated $300,000 (USD) for one time costs and $65,000 (USD) for annual costs related to an ERP system. OnGoing Annual Costs Software . Ongoing software costs should include Read More...
Driving Costs Out of the Supply Chain: Inbound Logistics
One of the most neglected areas of the manufacturing and retail supply chain is the inbound logistics segment. Following best practices and creating a

example letters  In other industries, for example the bulk commodities industries (cement, asphalt, chemical) commodities do not lend themselves well to potential information and asset related logistics costs reduction opportunities. Understand and analyze the optimization problem for inbound logistics practices. Do not create an optimization problem you cannot solve. Pick your constraints and your optimization time buckets judiciously. Different types of industries face different logistics management problems. For Read More...
The Alignment-focused Organization: Bridging the Gap between Strategy and Execution
Aligning your business plans with your method of execution requires more than a peek at financial metrics. Initiatives, tasks, people, and metrics must be

example letters  Figure 5 shows an example of an online discussion thread. Figure 5: An Online Discussion Thread Optimizing operational reviews Reports on performance are part of every organization's operations ' from weekly status meetings to quarterly or annual reviews. Regular, frequent operational reviews keep everyone informed, especially when reports make sense and are based on reliable data. Strategy management software can automate the preparation of reports for these reviews and provide access to live data. Read More...
TEC Vendor Challenge (ERP for Distribution) - Not Just for Distributors
Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC), with partners Aberdeen Group, Pemeco Consulting, and SupplyChainBrain, will be hosting the TEC Vendor Challenge, “ERP

example letters  large, national customer. Another example is a small Web startup that put together a great business model for delivering high-end products to a select subscriber list. Again, this company was fine with one warehouse where they’d bring in the product, stage it, and ship it out via common carriers using a few spreadsheets that were custom developed for the product distribution department to manage the orders on a daily basis. Then the company found an angel investor that allowed business to be quadrupled Read More...
Microsoft Axapta: Design Factors Shape System Usage Part One: User Interface and Customization
If you are implementing or considering Microsoft Axapta as your ERP system, or providing Axapta-related services, this note provides an overall understanding of

example letters  item master maintenance, for example, the user could access the main table for the Item Group field to create a new value. During purchase order entry, for example, the user can access the vendor master information. Find and Filter . Find capabilities can be based on any string of embedded text in a record identifier or its attributes. A filter limits the displayed records based on values in one or more fields, with sorting based on any field. The user can browse forward and backward through the subset. Read More...
Managing Your Supply Chain Using Microsoft Axapta: A Book Excerpt Part Three: Common Scenarios
The nature of a sales and operations planning (S&OP) game plan depends on several factors, such as the need to anticipate demand, the item's primary source of

example letters  other components. Figure 5.4 Example of a Make-to-Order Standard Product The forecast consumption logic—via a manual, open order or reduction percentage approach—ensures that only sales orders drive final assembly production orders. Direct linkage involves generating the production order from the sales order for the equipment. After generating the end-item's production order, the system automatically generates a linked production order for a make-to-order component and a linked purchase order for a bu Read More...
Stability and Functionality for Process and Discrete Manufacturers
While superficially, Infor's acquisition strategy may appear to be impulsive, it has actually been calculated to develop a stronger vertical functionality. This

example letters  discrete industry is an example of Infor's strategy to combine best of breed components into a super-breed suite. The same might hold in the future for leveraging and combining the SCT Process (now known as Agilisys) and acquisitions from IncoDev for disparate markets in process manufacturing within the Infor Process division. Valuation expansion . Acquisitions should also improve Infor's corporate valuation profile in terms of additional scale (such as improved economies of scale), profitable growth Read More...

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