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Not Yet Sold on SaaS ERP in Manufacturing? Take a Hard Look at Plex Online - Part 1
The software as a service (SaaS) model is now mainstream in many functional areas of business, quite outperforming its on-premise counterpart in this tough

foss philosophy  ree and open source software (FOSS) , but without being free of charge. Namely, Plex claims to not have the  overhead cost  of internal product managers per se , since a vast majority of the new features are driven by online requests from customers. When a customer asks for some feature, Plex first checks whether there is something similar already available (perhaps called differently, but doing the same function). If not, than that customer pays some affordable fee for the R&D enhancement, and that Read More...
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Demand at the Fount of Open Source: A Primer Based in Demand Trends
As we witness the inexorable increase in demand for Free and open source software (FOSS), many organizations have yet to glean the FOSS fundamentals. This

foss philosophy  The first concerns the FOSS origin and rapid evolution as manifested in global customer demand trends. The second reviews reasons that enterprise clients and government organizations generate this demand as well as why it should push software providers to continue to meet it. A Basic Background Let me note a couple terms used in this article, source code and project . These may seem obvious but to the majority of people the terms are not exactly commonplace. Source code refers to a software programmer's Read More...
Lean as a Response to Global Outsourcing Challenges
The recent trend of manufacturing companies in outsourcing their production tasks to other parts of the world has certainly been effective in reducing

foss philosophy  as a Response to Global Outsourcing Challenges The last few decades have witnessed dramatic changes in the manufacturing and global logistics landscape. Organizations in the highly developed and diversified manufacturing industry have shifted into a service-oriented industry, with product manufacturing becoming almost a rarity (with the exception of food processing companies, defense-oriented companies, car parts manufacturers, and a few others). Facing increasing intensity from global competition, mos Read More...
Ability LLC
Ability is a U.S.-based provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for manufacturers. The Ability 585 ERP system was developed by a manufacturing

foss philosophy  LLC Ability is a U.S.-based provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for manufacturers. The Ability 585 ERP system was developed by a manufacturing company over the course of a decade to become a fully functional, flexible, and affordable ERP solution. The design philosophy of flexibility, accountability, granularity, and ease of use has resulted in a solution that provides the information needed by decision makers to drive non-value-added activities out of the value stream and Read More...
Arabesque Group
Who is Arabesque?Arabesque was founded in 1993 as the first Microsoft Large Account Reseller dedicated to the local Kuwait market. Since then, it has

foss philosophy  Group Who is Arabesque?Arabesque was founded in 1993 as the first Microsoft Large Account Reseller dedicated to the local Kuwait market. Since then, it has diversified to become one of the leading solutions companies in the country, specializing in the area of volume software licensing and ePayment solutions. The company has continued to develop and strengthen its relationship with Microsoft as a core business area and in recognition of its achievements received Microsoft's “Best Infrastructure Read More...
'Collaborative Commerce': ERP, CRM, e-Procurement, and SCM Unite! A Series Study
Now in 2001, the catchphrase is 'Collaborative Commerce', where we unite all of the elements of ERP, CRM, E-Procurement, and SCM into one coherent system within

foss philosophy  Collaborative Commerce': ERP, CRM, e-Procurement, and SCM Unite! A Series Study 'Collaborative Commerce': ERP, CRM, e-Procurement, and SCM Unite! A Series Study R. Garland - September 13, 2001 Introduction  In the early 90's, ERP came of age. Everyone had to have the functionality ERP packages promised. Since then, as Web and Internet technologies have matured, CRM on the front end, and e-Procurement and Supply Chain Management on the back end, have come into their own. Now in 2001, the catchphrase is Read More...
PROMYS Is Now TEC Certified
I'm pleased to announce that the PROMYS project portfolio management for professional service automation (PPM for PSA) solution is now TEC Certified.TEC

foss philosophy  Is Now TEC Certified I'm pleased to announce that the PROMYS project portfolio management for professional service automation (PPM for PSA) solution is now TEC Certified. TEC Certification is an impartial review that verifies a software product's ability to address real-world business processes. This review includes a formal product demonstration, which gave me the chance to see the product up close and in depth. I'll be publishing full details in an upcoming Certification Report, but I just wanted Read More...
Clarizen
Clarizen delivers work execution software that powers the modern real-time enterprise by making employees and companies work better, smarter and faster

foss philosophy  Clarizen delivers work execution software that powers the modern real-time enterprise by making employees and companies work better, smarter and faster. Employees can more efficiently manage and complete the highest-value tasks on time and in budget. Companies have direct visibility into work being accomplished and can course correct and/or plan resources accordingly to maximize results and profits. Clarizen's philosophy of 'robust simplicity' translates into products that model and enhance the Read More...
CRM, Success, and Best Practices: A Wake Up Call Part Two: Modeling Success with Senior Management and CRM Culture
To maximize the return on investment of a customer relationship management system, a new CRM best practices model should be used. A point-based system, self

foss philosophy  Success, and Best Practices: A Wake Up Call Part Two: Modeling Success with Senior Management and CRM Culture CRM, Success, and Best Practices: A Wake Up Call Part Two: Modeling Success with Senior Management and CRM Culture Featured Author - Glen S. Petersen - October 22, 2004 Review In the previous article of this series (see Searching And Establishing The Business Parameters Of CRM ) it was established that customer relationship management (CRM) is an industry where the technology has outpaced the Read More...
Enter IFS RCM Toolkit for Reliability-Centered Maintenance in the Cloud
In a flurry of product announcements at the IFS World Conference 2012 in Gothenburg, Sweden, last week, IFS announced the launch of it reliability-centered

foss philosophy  IFS RCM Toolkit for Reliability-Centered Maintenance in the Cloud In a flurry of product announcements at the IFS World Conference 2012 in Gothenburg, Sweden, last week, IFS announced the launch of it reliability-centered maintenance (RCM) toolkit. Based on IFS’ long experience and heritage in asset-intensive industries, the solution is optimized for any industry that implements complex or capital-intensive assets and is delivered through a flexible cloud-based model. The IFS RCM Toolkit aims to Read More...
PLM Migration: Migrate Your Mind First
This article identifies the increasing requirements of system replacements in the product lifecycle management (PLM) area and recommends users rethink the

foss philosophy  software areas (for example, FOSS in enterprise content management [ECM] and SaaS in customer relationship management [CRM]) quite noticeably, and now they are seen in the PLM market, not quite significantly but representing a trend nonetheless. FOSS PLM: Aras Innovator, the only enterprise open source PLM solution, has been offered for over three years without asking for license fees. The partner and user communities of Aras Innovator have been growing very fast since the company changed the licensing Read More...
International Trade or ITL Adoption
Globalization of the Supply Chain means adoption of ITL is not an option.

foss philosophy  Trade or ITL Adoption Winning Retailers' Philosophy of Business Winning retailers' philosophy of business is that every product not sitting in front of a customer is an inefficient use of capital. They are increasing the velocity between factory and shelf, and improving in-store service levels using mechanisms such as cross-docks, continuous replenishment, and VMI. Because the retail supply chain is so distribution and logistics-intensive, it is not an exaggeration to say that the Read More...
Jaspersoft on Amazon Web Services Marketplace
Jaspersoft has decided to take the JasperReports Server Community Edition and make it available on Amazon’s recent offering called AWS Marketplace, free of

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Pull vs Push: a Discussion of Lean, JIT, Flow, and Traditional MRP Part 1: Tutorial
Flow manufacturing leverages techniques to help manufacturers create any product on any given day, in any given quantity including the

foss philosophy  vs Push: a Discussion of Lean, JIT, Flow, and Traditional MRP Part 1: Tutorial Flow Manufacturing The lean manufacturing support philosophy has recently received increased interest, potentially allowing it to break like a huge wave across industry. The Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems of the 1990s have been burdened with the liability of carrying on some well-publicized Material Requirements Planning (MRP) problems like complex bills of material (BOMs), inefficient workflows and unnecessary t Read More...
Demand at the Fount of Open Source Part Two: A Primer Based in Demand Trends
Organizations globally, are contributing to increased demand for Free and open source software but vendors may not yet be meeting this demand. This article

foss philosophy  offer an overview of FOSS concepts for both enterprise software clients and vendors that would like to be let in on the buzz resonating from FOSS-related change in the software industry. It is a misconception that Free and open source software is available at no cost. This is not necessarily the case, both can be sold. FOSS licenses typically stipulate that the source code of the software (not the software itself) must be made available at no additional cost beyond what is required for its distribution Read More...

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