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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 Manufacturing: A Primer
Lean manufacturing emphasizes the minimization of the amount of all the resources (including time) used in the various activities of the enterprise. The typical

foss philosophy  Manufacturing: A Primer Introduction It is not exactly breaking news that, due to the need for driving down costs and increasing efficiency, manufacturers (if not enterprises of all kinds) are increasingly subject to massive pressures. These pressures, however, often invalidate the traditional materials requirements planning (MRP) batch- and push-based production planning and associated economies of scale product costing approaches. This is Part One of a multi-part note. For this reason, there has Read More
Hitting the Moving Target of Operational Excellence
Accessing the right information is a crucial step in achieving operational excellence. But companies can examine performance in so many ways@and deliver that

foss philosophy  the Moving Target of Operational Excellence Hitting the Moving Target of Operational Excellence: Identifying and Obtaining the Information Needed for Continued Success If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. Founded in 1972, SAP has a rich history of innovation and growth as a true industry leader. SAP currently has sales and development locations in more than 50 countries worldwide and is listed on several exchanges, Read More
Emptoris: Opening a New Chapter of Prosperity - Part 1
Good news is scarce these days across the board, and I am always keen on reporting on rare bullish enterprise applications businesses, especially if the

foss philosophy  Opening a New Chapter of Prosperity - Part 1 Good news is scarce these days across the board, and I am always keen on reporting on rare bullish enterprise applications businesses, especially if the company is in my neck of woods. Recently, I had an upbeat and constructive business update meeting in person at Emptoris ’ headquarters. The Burlington, Massachusetts, US-based company was founded in 1999 as a  strategic sourcing software  company, pioneering the use of optimization in  strategic 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
Get Your Head Out of the Clouds: Cloud Confusing… I Mean Computing
Public Clouds and Hybrid Clouds,Private Clouds and Fluffy Clouds?That was the first thought that came to mind after attending this year’s IBM Rational

foss philosophy  Your Head Out of the Clouds: Cloud Confusing… I Mean Computing Public Clouds and Hybrid Clouds, Private Clouds and Fluffy Clouds? That was the first thought that came to mind after attending this year’s IBM Rational Conference at Orlando’s Walt Disney World. I believe Dr. Danny Sabbah, General Manager of IBM Rational Software, said it best in his keynote presentation to thousands of conference attendees when he stated, “Vision without Execution is Hallucination.” This year’s theme “As Read More
Synergy Resources
About UsSynergy Resources provides leading edge ERP software and services to manufacturing companies. With a staff of over 80 professionals in our offices in

foss philosophy  Resources About UsSynergy Resources provides leading edge ERP software and services to manufacturing companies. With a staff of over 80 professionals in our offices in New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Toronto and Quebec, Synergy focuses on not just implementing software, but also Business Performance improvement. Business Philosophy At Synergy Resources, we recognize that it's the people that make the difference, not just the software. With a staff of over 80 professionals spread Read More
Micropayments Rise Again
eCharge, whose previous initiative was a service that would allow consumers to charge purchases to their phone bill, will announce a new charging and billing

foss philosophy  Rise Again Event Summary eCharge, whose previous initiative was a service that would allow consumers to charge purchases to their phone bill, will announce a new charging and billing system that is completely Internet based. The eCharge system will allow consumers to sign up, get real-time approval and buy immediately. Other features allow the creation of sub-accounts with spending limits for individual family members. A consumer can use eCharge on any website that had signed up with the Read More
Infor’s Acquisition of PeopleAnswers Foregrounds Big Data Behavioral Analysis of Employees
Infor has announced the acquisition of PeopleAnswers, a company specializing in predictive talent analytics. PeopleAnswers’ application maps the behavioral DNA

foss philosophy  Acquisition of PeopleAnswers Foregrounds Big Data Behavioral Analysis of Employees Infor has announced the acquisition of PeopleAnswers, a company specializing in predictive talent analytics. The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Founded in 2001, PeopleAnswers developed a cloud-based (multitenant software-as-a-service [SaaS]) solution meant to help companies with employee selection, retention, and succession planning. PeopleAnswers’ application maps the behavioral DNA of Read More
Implementing Lean Manufacturing Principles in an A&D Environment
Lean manufacturing is a management philosophy, enabled and supported by various techniques, to eliminate non-value adding activity. However, aerospace and

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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
The IT Rights of Digistan
The Hague Declaration, recently published by The Digital Standards organization, proposes that all governments adhere to free and open standards for IT

foss philosophy  different issues. I think FOSS helps enable free and open standards because the freedom to study, modify, distribute, etc. is inherent but nothing prevents a proprietary software product from supporting free and open standards--the standards are independent of the software development model. So how can software vendors operate in a way that enables such equal access? Part of Digistan's definition of a free and open standard is The standard has been published and the standard specification document is Read More
ERP Upgrades: What's Your Philosophy? 2012 OAUG Survey on Enterprise Application/ERP Suite Upgrade Strategies
Moving to the latest release of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is often perceived as a daunting task. But a new survey of enterprise system

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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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