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Manufacturing 2007 Executive Summary
For a decade, IndustryWeek and the Manufacturing Performance Institute (MPI) Census of Manufacturers have provided data to US manufacturers. This year, MPI

format a summary  presented either in the format presented on the survey or, where more meaningful, in descending order based on the percentage of responses for a particular answer category (i.e., the answer category with the highest percentage is listed first). Data for directive questions list the frequency (N) and the percentage of responses for each answer category. The tables for open-ended questions are presented with the frequency (N), mean, median, 25th percentile, and 75th percentile statistics. The Executive Read More...
Discrete Manufacturing (ERP)
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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Encompix--Thriving on Encompassing Complexity Part One: Event Summary
If Encompix has for any reason deliberately maintained its ETO-oriented (engineer-to-order) enterprise resource planning system as one of the best-kept secrets

format a summary  with the MS Project format, but the product on its own cannot give the visibility and scheduling over a great number of concurrent products, and that is where the products like Encompix come into the picture. Encompix indeed seems to have responded to many nitty-gritty aspects of the project-based industries. After over a decade of somewhat stealth operation, Encompix has begun to make some noise in the North American midrange ETO ERP market, with the above-mentioned recent wins and product related Read More...
Financial Reporting, Planning, and Budgeting As Necessary Pieces of EPM Part One: Executive Summary
Enterprise performance management (EPM) is an emerging portfolio of applications and methodologies with business intelligence (BI) architectures and

format a summary  three building blocks: Row format , which lets users specify the data source and what they want to do with each row of a report. By using a link to the GL, users can select individual accounts, a range of accounts or a list of non-continuous accounts to be included in a report. Once created, a row format can be saved and used again as required. Column layout , which lets users specify the data source and select the type of column they want from a list. Combined with row format, Column Layout lets users Read More...
Microsoft Business Network (MBN)--Coming of Age? Part One: Event Summary
While the Microsoft Business Network (MBN) product is worth considering for a number of compelling reasons, it will take some immense doing before it becomes a

format a summary  XML, and any other format are merely semantics and input streams for expressing data, and whether a transaction is transmitted in EDI format or XML is largely secondary to the fact that electronic document and data exchange is growing rapidly. For more information, see EDI versus XML--Working in Tandem Rather than Competing? To that end, Microsoft has begun talking to many independent software vendors (ISVs) about providing support for applications, services, and infrastructure. For example, working Read More...
Microsoft to Add
By adding nonprofit and public sector accounting capabilities to the forthcoming MBS Great Plains 8.0 release via acquiring a former independent software vendor

format a summary  called Web Parts to format and display information tailored to particular individuals and their roles within the enterprise. Microsoft Business Portal 1.2 To that end, the Human Resource Management (HRM) Self Service Suite for Microsoft Business Portal 1.2 , which was released in August 2003, was designed to help employees review their HR and payroll information and complete common tasks, such as filling out and approving timecards, submitting requests for time off, reviewing paycheck and benefit 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

format a summary  aim. There are also informational actions, which do not require input but, instead generate a notification of some type as a process passes through the action step. Further, based on the decision criteria (which can also be automated or manual), the flow will be routed either to path A, path B, or elsewhere. The combination of a start step, action or decision steps, a route or routes, and an end step constitutes a workflow, which in turn represents a business process. Consequently, BPM has evolved from Read More...
On-demand ERP in the Enterprise: A Practical CIO Guide to Implementation
Discover a framework for crafting a software-as-a-service (SaaS) strategy in your company. Examine key concerns such as data integrity, maintaining compliance

format a summary  the exact content and formatting required, especially for master records such as customers, products and orders. How often does data need to be exchanged with each separate application? A weekly, daily or hourly batch job is simpler to implement than real-time integration-especially to older systems that may not have been engineered for a service-oriented environment. Will integrations need to accommodate other on-demand applications? Consider mediation via an integration-as-a-service platform rather Read More...
Challenges and User Recommendations for a Global Trading Solutions Provider on a Roll
The market is competitive, rapidly evolving, and highly fragmented, and one should only expect the intensity of competition to increase in the future. For the

format a summary  Stone Unturned . For information on TradeStone's history, see Collaborative Sourcing Solution Vendor Leaves No Stone Unturned . Also see Well-designed Solution for Sourcing: Its Technological Foundation and How It Works , Web-based Solution Steps Out for Cohesive Retailer Sourcing , and The Future for an E-Sourcing Solutions Builder . Moreover, the vendor lacks name recognition. In fact, the names of its individual executives may ring more bells (as far as credibility goes) in the target segment at this Read More...
Get ERP Right the First Time: A Practical Guide to Selecting and Implementing a New ERP System
Every company faces different challenges and has different needs in regard to enterprise resource planning (ERP). Choosing the right ERP system can be difficult

format a summary  ERP Right the First Time: A Practical Guide to Selecting and Implementing a New ERP System Every company faces different challenges and has different needs in regard to enterprise resource planning (ERP). Choosing the right ERP system can be difficult because there is really no one-size-fits-all ERP solution. However, there are certain basic principles that apply to nearly every company’s situation. Find out what they are, and learn how you can increase your chances of a successful ERP implementation. Read More...
A CRM System Needs A Data Strategy
A customer relationship management (CRM) system is inherently valuable for supporting customer acquisition and retention by gathering data from each contact

format a summary  On first contact, what information did they seek? Did the sale stem from self-service or assisted interaction? What was the ROI for the campaign? Consider also the absence of certain inquiries. Why, for example, are there no Web inquiries from prospects already in the non-Web channel customer base? Analyzing Web-based self-service usage (i.e., searching knowledge base or initiating support cases) can uncover customer interests and suggest process improvement. Keep in mind that prospects may have far Read More...
Get a Grip: 5 Ways to Better Manage the Cloud
The causes of a cloud outage can differ—software updates, networking interruptions, a bolt of lightning. But one thing is for certain: a cloud computing outage

format a summary  a Grip: 5 Ways to Better Manage the Cloud The causes of a cloud outage can differ—software updates, networking interruptions, a bolt of lightning. But one thing is for certain: a cloud computing outage can significantly impact revenue generation, business continuity, and customer satisfaction. That’s all the more reason for companies to stay on top of their cloud computing environment. This white paper offers five ways to better manage a cloud-based IT infrastructure. Read More...
App Development in a Mobile World: A CIO Handbook
As a senior stakeholder driving mobile initiatives in your organization, you may be lost in a sea of technologies and claims from vendors promising rapid

format a summary  Development in a Mobile World: A CIO Handbook As a senior stakeholder driving mobile initiatives in your organization, you may be lost in a sea of technologies and claims from vendors promising rapid delivery of applications to your employees, customers, and partners. To help explain some of the topics you will need to be aware of, and to separate the must-haves from the nice-to-haves, SAP has developed a reference guide for applying a mobile strategy in the context of application architectures, best Read More...
Move from a
While the role of IT in product development and sales has increased tremendously, a disconnect remains between the IT and business sides of an organization

format a summary  from a Cost Center to a Game Changer While the role of IT in product development and sales has increased tremendously, a disconnect remains between the IT and business sides of an organization. Some organizations also incorrectly believe that IT spend does not add direct value to the business and hence is not justified. The onus is on IT to mend this perception by delivering tangible business value. Learn how. Read More...
Designing a Converging-beam Electron Gun and Focusing Solenoid
A frequent electron gun design goal is to produce a converging beam that matches to a focusing solenoid. This white paper describes a case study for a system to

format a summary  a Converging-beam Electron Gun and Focusing Solenoid A frequent electron gun design goal is to produce a converging beam that matches to a focusing solenoid. This white paper describes a case study for a system to generate a narrow electron beam at high-current density and to transport it over a distance exceeding 8.0 cm for experiments on high- frequency microwave generation. Read More...
A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog post series followed the progress of Manhattan Associates from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan

format a summary  (ROI) . For more information on the current state of affairs in the sector, see TEC ’s recent article “Retailers, Consumers, and the Recession: Weathering the Storm.”   What Do Retailers Need (and Want)? Capabilities that can be implemented relatively easily and that retailers need to succeed nowadays are as follows: one synchronized view of  demand market-driven product assortment management flexible  pricing  and  promotion  management global  multi-modal (intermodal) transportation  and Read More...

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