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Taking Stock of TAKE Supply Chain Solutions - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series introduced TAKE Supply Chain, a supply chain management (SCM) division of TAKE Solutions, Ltd. The TAKE Solutions parent company is a

example of quotations  throughout their value chain. Examples of scenarios delivered to this end include the following: Freight management -- preventing suppliers from expediting inbound shipments (but to rather send them at the customer’s convenience) First article inspection -- preventing unapproved material from loading up on the receiving dock The controlled release solution -- where the release of the token is tied to a particular work order, thus only allowing a supplier shipment when the shop floor needs it More

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The Practical Realities of Automating ETO Business Processes


Today, engineer-to-order (ETO) manufacturers—also known as project-based manufacturers—experience significant market pressure across their sales, engineering and manufacturing groups as they strive to win business and streamline end-to-end processes. But by capturing engineering knowledge and using it to automate key business processes, manufacturers can increase sales bid and win rates, decrease internal operating expenses, and shorten lead times.

example of quotations  sales and engineering. For example, companies looking to improve revenue might best accomplish that goal by shortening engineering lead time and winning more orders. Alternatively, companies looking to streamline engineering tasks might best accomplish that goal by cleaning up the sales quotation process. There are some advantages and disadvantages to both starting points. Starting with Engineering If lead time, shop floor quality or purchasing related issues are at the top of the list, starting in Read More

Justification of ERP Investments Part Two: The Intangible Effects of ERP


The intangible or non-financial benefits of an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) system can be viewed from several perspectives. For illustrative purposes, the discussion will focus on the benefits for accounting, product and process design, production, sales, and management information system MIS functions. From the overall company standpoint, ERP provides a framework for working effectively together and providing a consistent plan for action. Reprinted from Maximizing Your ERP System by Dr. Scott Hamilton.

example of quotations  Duplicate data maintenance, for example, requires personnel time in entering data (and possibly managerial time in determining which set of data should be used for decision making). Expediting efforts have a visible effect of consuming personnel time. These quantified cost savings can also be used to show impacts on financial results. *This is Part Two of a four-part article reprinted from Maximizing Your ERP System by Dr. Scott Hamilton. Bridging the theory and realities of current ERP systems, Read More

Cincom Sticks to CONTROL of ETO and MRO Part 2: Market Impact


Cincom's latest product release covers many new bases, is architecturally adequate and remains a well-attuned offering for ETO and MRO enterprises. While it is a competitive product that will create buzz in its markets, the road to success is by no means guaranteed.

example of quotations  flexibility in mind. For example, in telecommunications switching equipment, in almost every installation as a rule, there often is a mix of new parts, remanufactured parts, and existing parts, and the system must track all these. Since management accounting functionality should also make aftermarket services visible at the bottom line, Aftermarket Management provides detailed reporting to help managers understand the financial impact of aftermarket services, including field service maintenance; Read More

The Strengths of a Vertically Centric Enterprise Software Provider


Verticent, a revitalized reincarnation of the languishing public mid-market enterprise applications vendor PowerCerv, seems to be thriving under a financially stable adopted parent, and it has found a defendable niche where it can exploit its competitors' functional "fatal flaws".

example of quotations  of fatal flaws. For example, they do not adequately accommodate the dimensional inventory, chemical, and physical properties requirements, and such failures are detrimental. See The Exacting Needs of Metal Services Centers . Consequently ERP Plus' ability to address these issues is particularly notable and as a result, Verticent may have an edge over its general ERP competitors, at least in this market. This concludes Part One of a two-part note. Part two will discuss the functionality of ERP Plus and Read More

Analysis of TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. Release of Menu Driven Wireless Web Capability For SMS


The advent of menu driven wireless web capabilities for SMS (Short Message Service) will allow carriers to offer their subscribers fully personalized web based menus for quick access to stock quotes and bi-directional transactions such as e-business or gaming.

example of quotations  to existing data. For example, Jim lives in Costa Mesa and wants to receive a weather report for the Orange County area, given that weather reports change fairly quickly, Jim can select to receive either one update per day, one per hour, and so on. From a carrier perspective, the TCS release is highly customizable, allowing a carrier to define a base set of menus from which a user can select. SMS enabled applications can use the base set of menus to define basic tasks such as dialing emergency response Read More

Future of MOOCs—Repurposing for Enterprise Learning?


A variety of massive open online courses, commonly referred to as MOOCs, are available to individuals worldwide. While the long-standing impact of MOOCs on enterprise learning may be obvious, TEC’s research analyst Raluca Druta predicts that enterprise learning itself will have a huge impact on the design and development of MOOCs in the future. But here’s a word of caution for the repurposing of MOOCs.

example of quotations  of MOOCs—Repurposing for Enterprise Learning? The idea of open online courses appeared as a form of online learning primarily for higher education institutions in the late 1990s, early 2000s. According to Wikipedia, the MOOC concept stems from the open educational resources movement—“freely accessible, openly licensed documents and media that are useful for teaching, learning, educational, assessment and research purposes.” The term itself stands for “massive open online course.” It Read More

Software-as-a-service ERP versus On-premise ERP through the Lens of Total Cost of Ownership


This IDC white paper looks at the growing applicability of software as a service (SaaS) for enterprise-level business applications, and analyzes the adoption rate and total cost of ownership (TCO) of this technological approach. Download this white paper to find out how a hosted option can drive significant cost savings, reduce initial implementation times, and bring new functionality with relative ease and convenience.

example of quotations  as-a-service ERP versus On-premise ERP through the Lens of Total Cost of Ownership This IDC white paper looks at the growing applicability of software as a service (SaaS) for enterprise-level business applications, and analyzes the adoption rate and total cost of ownership (TCO) of this technological approach. Download this white paper to find out how a hosted option can drive significant cost savings, reduce initial implementation times, and bring new functionality with relative ease and Read More

Oracle Announces Latest Release of Enterprise Manager 12c


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example of quotations  Announces Latest Release of Enterprise Manager 12c Oracle announced the latest release of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c with extended support of the latest version of Oracle Database 12c. The releases of Oracle Database 12c and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12 provide significant enhancements for organizations needing to manage large and complex database deployments, particularly in cloud environments. The new tools will be a great boon to IT department database administrators (DBAs) and provide a Read More

Comparing the Total Cost of Ownership of SME On-premise Business Management Applications and SAP Business ByDesign


This document analyzes the cost of ownership for a typical on-premise small and medium enterprise (SME) business management system, and compares it to the cost of an equivalent SAP Business ByDesign implementation. It uses a mixture of different on-premise systems rather than any single vendor's product. Although there are many similarly equipped business management products available, they all compete closely on price.

example of quotations  the Total Cost of Ownership of SME On-premise Business Management Applications and SAP Business ByDesign This document analyzes the cost of ownership for a typical on-premise small and medium enterprise (SME) business management system, and compares it to the cost of an equivalent SAP Business ByDesign implementation. It uses a mixture of different on-premise systems rather than any single vendor's product. Although there are many similarly equipped business management products available, they Read More

Technology Evaluation Centers Mourns Loss of Chairman, Marcel Côté


It was with great sadness that TEC learned of the death of Marcel Côté, chairman of TEC’s board of directors.

example of quotations  Evaluation Centers Mourns Loss of Chairman, Marcel Côté Montreal, Canada (May 28, 2014) — Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) was saddened to learn of the death of Marcel Côté, who died suddenly on Sunday, May 25, 2014. Marcel Côté was chairman of TEC’s board of directors, and had been a board member since 2003. Marcel took a special interest in TEC’s activities and development over the years and was always available to advise and assist management and employees alike.  He will be Read More

Never Was A Story Of More Woe Than This Of RJR And Nabisco


The complex maneuvers involved in RJR’s divestiture of Nabisco will prove simple compared to the efforts required to join Kraft and Nabisco in a way that ensures future success.

example of quotations  Was A Story Of More Woe Than This Of RJR And Nabisco Never Was A Story Of More Woe Than This Of RJR And Nabisco S. McVey - August 2, 2000 Event Summary Like a farmer hurrying to gather crops before the onset of locusts, R. J. Reynolds recently sold its Nabisco food subsidiary to Philip Morris, rival and co-defendant in the Florida lawsuit. Philip Morris will merge Nabisco with Kraft Foods, its $17 billion subsidiary, and expects the combination to produce $600 million in cost-savings over the next Read More

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Customer Experience Management: The Value of Moments of Truth


Customers perceive value based on the experiences they receive—and many big-name companies have tuned into this because they’ve made a connection with customers that transcends the basic functional value they offer. In this first part of a two-part series, learn how traditional customer relationship management (CRM) has often failed in this respect, and how managing customer experiences can drive your revenues.

example of quotations  Experience Management: The Value of Moments of Truth Customers perceive value based on the experiences they receive—and many big-name companies have tuned into this because they’ve made a connection with customers that transcends the basic functional value they offer. In this first part of a two-part series, learn how traditional customer relationship management (CRM) has often failed in this respect, and how managing customer experiences can drive your revenues. Read More