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Product Developers Need to Shift to an All-Digital Mindset
Over the past several decades, processes to design and build cars, airplanes, and other products have typically followed a linear, sequential path. But the

forth shift  can flow back and forth more directly and efficiently between the central hub and all surrounding processes. This allows for faster and more varied back-and-forth transmission of data, sharper insights, and, ultimately, better decisions. Compared with the linear model, a digital PLM manufacturing model is more rapid, scalable, intelligent, and connected. Capable of full-blown interactivity, these networks enable exceptional speed to market due to extraordinary planning and execution. They are scalable bec

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Quote-to-Order (Q2O) Systems

Quote-to-order (Q2O) solutions (sometimes known as configure, price, and quote or CPQ) enable manufacturers to mobilize their mass customization initiatives. These systems can reduce time-consuming quoting and ordering processes, decrease unit costs, and lower sales costs. Q2O suites can further help enterprises increase sales effectiveness across all channels. These solutions help companies that sell complex products and services shift their focus to customer-facing sales and service issues. 

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Are You Considering Distribution Software?


Distribution organizations play a key role between the manufacturers and retailers. Being the middle organization between a manufacturer and a retailer, a distribution center (DC) needs to have a robust operation and accurate information for delivering products and services to its customers.In the past, DCs focused primarily on selecting a strategic location in order to be as close to

forth shift  feeds information back and forth to make decisions and deliver product and services to its customers. These modules are tied with inventory and financials as DCs need to communicate upstream and downstream in real-time internally and externally (i.e., suppliers and customer both need to be aware of what’s happening within the DC). Rankings for modules like transportation and human resources are higher in 2010 than previous years, which is an interesting trend. In my opinion, these trends will continue, Read More

Quoting and Costing for Multiple Units of Measure


A common need of plastics producers is real-time shop floor production monitoring. This serves many purposes, including tracking cycles on tools or machines, data collection, precision measurement, analysis and reporting, gage management, and material usage and labor tracking.

forth shift  the order, and so forth. This capability helps improve customer service with quick and accurate quoting; easily retrieve quotes for multiple items, by customer, or sales representative; and create sales orders, inventory, and customer records. Real-time Shop Floor Production Monitoring Another common need of plastics producers is real-time shop floor production monitoring. This serves many purposes, including tracking cycles on tools or machines, data collection, precision measurement, analysis and Read More

JDA FOCUS 2010 Impressions - Part 2


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Infor ION-izes its Open SOA Strategy - Part 1


2010 has certainly been an interesting (if not a crossroads) year for Infor. Namely, after a number of new high-profile hires at the beginning of the year, which signalled Infor’s intention to be taken seriously, the vendor then entered an eerily quieter period of several months. Except for the ongoing vocal marketing campaign entitled “Down with Big ERP” with witty

forth shift  so on and so forth? If Infor’s product development work now focuses on integrating and putting Microsoft front-ends (i.e., “lipstick on the pig”), what about substantial functional enhancements to the products? If customers are not getting a significant flow of enhancements in addition to mere integrations, why would they upgrade anyway? How long will it take for, say, 10 percent of customers to upgrade to the latest release of one particular Infor ERP solution, let alone on all of the ERP Read More

The Consumer-Retailer Power Shift: Capitalize on Change and Overcome 7 Challenges to Delight the New Consumer


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From Manufacturing to Distribution: The Evolution of ERP in Our New Global Economy


Because manufacturers are now competing globally, they have shifted production to developing countries where cost of labor and resources is low. Software vendors have combined supply chain management functionality with enterprise resource planning software to stay globally competitive.

forth shift  Manufacturing to Distribution: The Evolution of ERP in Our New Global Economy Originally Posted - July 30, 2007 Over the past fifty years, manufacturing has changed from individual companies producing and distributing their own products, to a global network of suppliers, manufacturers, and distributors. Efficiency, price, and quality are being scrutinized in the production of each product. Because of this global network, manufacturers are competing on a worldwide scale, and they have moved their Read More

Fourth Shift's evolution Within SoftBrands' DemandStream Part 2: Challenges and User Recommendations


In addition to putting the problems of blending two former independent organizations together behind, the company is still entangled in figuring out how best to bring different technologies and industrial experiences to bear. Further, the new company is left with multiple products whose brand recognition is quite low given recent re-branding effort that may be even more impeded by SoftBrands/Fourth Shift/evolution brand confusion (not to mention the plethora of hospitality products).

forth shift  Shift's evolution Within SoftBrands' DemandStream Part 2: Challenges and User Recommendations Announcement Summary Fourth Shift Corporation , though its manufacturing group, SoftBrands Manufacturing , has three supposedly complementary product sets tailored for mid-sized manufacturers: Fourth Shift , evolution , and DemandStream . These products are detailed in Part One. This broad product set, bundled with a reputation for quick and easy implementation, low start up and running costs, one of the Read More

Predictive Analytics; the Future of Business Intelligence


Business intelligence (BI) is evolving as it grows in popularity. Within BI, there is a shift from traditional analytics to predictive analytics, and predictive analytics is emerging as a distinct new software sector.

forth shift  Analytics; the Future of Business Intelligence Introduction The market is witnessing an unprecedented shift in business intelligence (BI), largely because of technological innovation and increasing business needs. The latest shift in the BI market is the move from traditional analytics to predictive analytics. Although predictive analytics belongs to the BI family, it is emerging as a distinct new software sector. Analytical tools enable greater transparency, and can find and analyze past and Read More

Classic Enterprise Resource Planning Solution Shifts Over


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forth shift  Enterprise Resource Planning Solution Shifts Over SoftBrands Manufacturing SoftBrands, Inc . (AMEX: SBN; http://www.softbrands.com/ ), is a Minneapolis, Minnesota (US)-based provider of enterprise solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMB) in the manufacturing and hospitality industries worldwide. The company's revenue nowadays comes mostly (about two thirds or more) from the SoftBrands Manufacturing division. For details on SoftBrands' recent history, see SoftBrands' Recovery Softens Read More

Nova Software


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