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Intelligent Manufacturing Systems: Beating the Odds, Mightily - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series explained IQMS’ upbeat posture despite a hostile and depressed environment, while Part 2 analyzed the recent developments of

flowcharting  with drill-down capabilities internal flowcharting tool for creating visual process flow diagrams RealTime Production Monitoring  “speedometers” that filter by manufacturing cell or a plant and give instantaneous shop floor feedback alert messaging ( management by exception ) from both remote and local business units to do Web approval lists with direct access to approval details direct customer relationship management (CRM ) access with internal calendar, calls, tasks, support actions, notes, and Read More...
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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 or...
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Software Selection: A Third Alternative Part One: The Buyer’s Perspective
There are two prevailing approaches for selecting enterprise-wide software: the functions and features approach and the business processes approach. Yet a third

flowcharting  white board sessions, and flowcharting. While you could argue that these activities provide a good learning experience, when time is of the essence, finding effective shortcuts can save the project and preserve the team’s morale. A selection service can help break through this logjam by providing or suggesting features for each functional area, as shown in figure 1. Then it is a simple matter of filling out a worksheet to specify the features desired. The theory is that this “laundry list” of Read More...
How One Vendor Supplies Agility to Post-implementation Enterprise Systems
Agresso's information warehouse, business process, and reporting and analytics information delivery models are inextricably linked in a virtual cycle. A change

flowcharting  then created in a flowcharting tool, which describes the activities, decisions, and actions to be taken at each stage of the process. The workflow engine is integrated with Microsoft Outlook and Novell GroupWise , so that e-mails seeking approval for financial reporting adjustments can be passed automatically along the pecking order, showing the nature of the approval required, and the individual seeking permission. Reviewers can, depending on the setup of the system, approve the request, reject the Read More...
How to Avoid Becoming Another CMMS Implementation Failure Statistic
Anywhere from 40 to 80 percent of CMMS implementations fail to meet expectations. However, by evaluating the company's business process flow, having proper

flowcharting  the flipcharts to a flowcharting software product such as Visio, which provides a means to easily manage and distribute the BPFs. Once the Visio form has been distributed to all of the relevant individuals, these individuals can then take these flows to their respective job locations and compare to see if what they mapped is what actually transpires in their work place. Then any changes to the Visio drawings should be made and redistributed for final approval by the team members. Once this has been Read More...
Leveraging Technology to Maintain a Competitive Edge During Tough Economic Times -- A Panel Discussion Analyzed Part Two: Business Process Modeling
Business processes must be enabled across the artificial boundaries of disparate applications that must work together to support these business processes. To

flowcharting  a graphical tool or flowcharting program. This model or flowchart defines how and where data will travel (i.e., be orchestrated) along the process pipeline, as depicted above. We do not see BPM as a significant factor for mature ERP or computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) applications, particularly not in a single-site environment. Indeed, how many ways do there need to be to pay vendors, create invoices, book debits and credits, or schedule maintenance? However, with respect to more Read More...
CPR on BPR: Practical Guidelines for Successful Business Process Analysis
Part 2 of a series on Business Process Reengineering: Long Live Business Process Reengineering. In this Part, we discuss some practical steps for actually performing business process analysis and fostering change in your company.

flowcharting  3: Internal As Is flowcharting Map the current processes in detail. Document: time, cost of poor quality, and where frustration occurs. The bottlenecks, delays, areas of poor quality and high frustration are ranked and prioritized. As-Is Flowchart  At each step in the flowchart, ask team members to identify their level of frustration experienced (H = high; M = medium; L = low). Write a brief description of what the frustration is so that you can go back and specifically redesign out those areas that Read More...
Advanced Front Office Lean with Business Modeler Software
When part of an enterprise software environment, business modeler software can reduce training costs, prevent errors, and minimize non-value added work. And if properly integrated, it can be both a tool for senior management and for hands-on system users.

flowcharting  very granular level. Some flowcharting tools have become dynamic enough to encompass a variety of business processes, but are still essentially generate standalone documents. Enterprise simulation tools are designed to model an enterprise for the purpose of comparing existing processes to new processes, but still might fall short of the process automation functions that represent the height of value that can be realized using business modeler software. Workflow tools, meanwhile, are designed to automate Read More...
How One Vendor Supplies Agility to Post-implementation Enterprise Systems
Agresso's information warehouse, business process, and reporting and analytics information delivery models are inextricably linked in a virtual cycle. A change in any of these core competencies automatically informs a change in the others without instilling business disruption.

flowcharting  then created in a flowcharting tool, which describes the activities, decisions, and actions to be taken at each stage of the process. The workflow engine is integrated with Microsoft Outlook and Novell GroupWise , so that e-mails seeking approval for financial reporting adjustments can be passed automatically along the pecking order, showing the nature of the approval required, and the individual seeking permission. Reviewers can, depending on the setup of the system, approve the request, reject the Read More...
How to Avoid Becoming Another CMMS Implementation Failure Statistic
Anywhere from 40 to 80 percent of CMMS implementations fail to meet expectations. However, by evaluating the company's business process flow, having proper organizational structure and buy-in, you can realize the true benefits of CMMS and avoid becoming another failure statistic.

flowcharting  the flipcharts to a flowcharting software product such as Visio, which provides a means to easily manage and distribute the BPFs. Once the Visio form has been distributed to all of the relevant individuals, these individuals can then take these flows to their respective job locations and compare to see if what they mapped is what actually transpires in their work place. Then any changes to the Visio drawings should be made and redistributed for final approval by the team members. Once this has been Read More...
Leveraging Technology to Maintain a Competitive Edge During Tough Economic Times -- A Panel Discuss
Business processes must be enabled across the artificial boundaries of disparate applications that must work together to support these business processes. To that end, business process management (BPM) could assist in compliance issues, can reduce training requirements, and increase the overall efficiency of a business.

flowcharting  a graphical tool or flowcharting program. This model or flowchart defines how and where data will travel (i.e., be orchestrated) along the process pipeline, as depicted above. We do not see BPM as a significant factor for mature ERP or computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) applications, particularly not in a single-site environment. Indeed, how many ways do there need to be to pay vendors, create invoices, book debits and credits, or schedule maintenance? However, with respect to more Read More...
Evaluating Enterprise Software - Business Process or Feature/Function-Based Approach? All the above
Owing to learning from the past experiences and to the help of specialized selection service providers, selecting an enterprise package has to a degree, become a routine occurrence in the life of an IT organization. Recently however, there has been much noise created by some pundits and vendors belittling the supposedly "archaic" way of selecting software through functions and features. Contrary to that, they would rather sell "business processes" or "solutions," further confusing the already overwhelmed customer. The nagging doubts and questions like "Have we been selecting software the wrong way all this time?!" naturally abound.

flowcharting   white board sessions, and flowcharting. While you could argue that this is a good learning experience, when time is of the essence, finding effective shortcuts can save the project and preserve the team s morale. The selection project teams have no effective way to define their business requirements and thereby identify the critical vendor and product questions (criteria) necessary to successfully initiate the evaluation process. One possible option is to hire an outside consultant who will lead you Read More...

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