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Benefits of a Single Database Solution: Improved Enterprise Quality Management from IQMS
IQMS appears to be raising the competitive bar for quality management among its ERP competition with a single database software solution and seamless ERP

free preventive maintenance schedule templates  data collection used for free-form reporting. The system also has ample data export capabilities that include histograms, and capability analysis. It also provides for X-bar, which is a control chart where the subgroup average (X-bar) is used to evaluate the stability of the process level; and R charting, a control chart where the subgroup range, R, is used to evaluate the stability of the variability within a process. Further, with the Gage and Device module one can track and maintain gages and devices.

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TEC Lean and Green Manufacturing Buyer’s Guide


While the need for sustainable development is affecting how organizations do business, the idea of environmental and corporate responsibility as value drivers is still relatively new. Many companies are just beginning to adopt an approach that provides measurable results. Learn how reducing waste and creating efficiencies within your company can make a difference to the environment, the economy, and your bottom line.

While the need for sustainable development is affecting how organizations do business, the idea of environmental and corporate responsibility as value drivers is still relatively new. Many companies are just beginning to adopt an approach that provides measurable results. Learn how reducing waste and creating efficiencies within your company can make a difference to the environment, the economy, and your bottom line.

In this lean and green buyer’s guide, we’ll discuss some of the challenges that companies are facing in light of the changes to the economy as well as the pressures of “going green.” We’ll talk about some of the highlevel changes your business can make, with a focus on operational efficiency and on how lean and green practices can both lead to the same result: efficiency equals sustainable business. We will also feature information about some of the vendor offerings targeted at companies looking to adopt or improve their “green business strategies.” The products covered in this guide address various areas within the scopes of both “lean” and “green,” including lean manufacturing, environmental management, operations management, compliance regulations, and more.

We’ve included customer success stories to illustrate how product lifecycle management (PLM), enterprise asset management (EAM), and enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions have helped companies like yours deal with their environmental concerns. For your convenience, there is also a vendor directory to assist companies that are looking for a “sustainability enabling” solution.

We hope this report will provide you with enough insight about the current state of the market—with respect to both lean and green—to help you start making a few decisions about how your company can make a change for the better. We think you’ll find this guide a useful tool for determining which type of solution is best suited to your company’s business model and particular needs.


Table of Contents


Executive Overview
Lean, Green, and Everything in Between

Thought Leadership
Corporate Social Responsibility: Using Technology to Become More Lean and Green

Case Study
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Increases Scheduling Efficiency with Asprova

Case Study
Lean in Action: Manufacturer Cuts Lead Time from Four Weeks to Four Days

Case Study
InkCycle Makes Green Ink, While Staying in the Black

Case Study
A Pragmatic Approach to Gaining Business Efficiencies

Case Studies at a Glance
TEC Analyst Perspective



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State of the Market: Lean and Green


Today’s need for sustainable development (economic, social, and environmental) is increasingly affecting how organizations do business. But the areas of environmental and corporate responsibility are still relatively new to businesses as concepts that drive value. And even though these concepts are rapidly growing in importance, many organizations are still in the early phases of adopting an approach that provides measured results.

The state of market in “green” is improving—albeit at a very slow pace—as organizations learn the value of integrating environmental thinking into their operations, and find more and more ways to align green thinking with their business strategies and goals.

This need for change affects businesses, municipalities, government, and resource-extractive industries like manufacturing. Some of the major influences affecting these organization’s environmental sustainability decisions are regulations and standards, competitive position, and public confidence. In fact, there is a great deal of reputation at stake, since public consciousness towards environmental issues is growing.

Today’s stakeholders (customers, investors, etc.) want to put their money into companies that are sustainable. If businesses don’t take an interest in the environment—and their impact on it—it reflects very poorly on their interest in their bottom line. The current economic situation being what it is, companies cannot afford “bad press,” and it’s in their best interest to realign their business strategies to include environmental awareness. Equally (if not more) important is the fact that green initiatives have a high return on investment (ROI) and end up paying for themselves through cost savings on resources, energy, carbon taxes, etc.

Today’s environmental challenges in business are vast, and range from financial burdens (such as rising energy, input, and transportation costs), to waste disposal and regulatory issues (minimizing/reducing waste), to accountability and sustainability—which can make the decision to go green both complex and convoluted.


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St. Marys Paper Ltd.: Customer Profile


St. Marys Paper Ltd. is a pulp and paper mill located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario (Canada). In 1989, it implemented a CHAMPS computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) to help reduce costs and improve efficiencies. In 1998, St. Marys decided to investigate potential vendors for a maintenance system upgrade. After reviewing several vendors, the mill again turned to CHAMPS.

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What Are the Support and Maintenance Options?


Enterprise software licensees do have a choice when it comes to software support and maintenance (S&M) providers, with several, less expensive options existing for any company that is considering discontinuing S&M for an application product.

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What Is the Value Proposition of Support and Maintenance?


Mature systems in any enterprise require an approach different from newer implementations to software support—one that focuses on customization, interoperability, and performance support. Yet despite this fact, most vendors continue to offer the same one-size-fits-all models of support.

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Business Process Management in Free and Open Source: An Overview of the Demand and the Supply


Free and open source software (FOSS) has become a hot topic in the business process management (BPM) market. This article discusses the relevance between BPM and FOSS, and makes suggestions for BPM seekers that prefer FOSS.

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TEC 2013 EAM/CMMS Market Survey Report: What Organizations Want in Enterprise Asset Management and Computerized Maintenance Management System Software


This report gives an overview of current considerations for organizations seeking to purchase an EAM/CMMS solution. Based on data collected from EAM/CMMS software comparisons performed using Technology Evaluation Centers’ (TEC’s) TEC Advisor software selection application during 2012, the report details what TEC data reveals about your peers' requirements for EAM/CMMS solutions, including functionalities, delivery models and access, customization and integration, server and database platforms, and budgeting.

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eMaint X3


eMaint's state-of-the-art X3 CMMS system can be tailored to meet the exact specifications of any maintenance, facilities or operations department and saves companies valuable time and money by better organizing, planning and managing maintenance activities. The results: less equipment downtime, greater return on assets, and improved efficiency, productivity and profitability.

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Maintenance Connection Onsite/Online: CMMS – EAM Competitor Analysis Report


The EAM knowledge base is geared toward groups that need to analyze requirements for a system, which supports maintenance management tasks. Asset management systems typically enable planning, controlling, and monitoring of physical asset events. This knowledge base includes criteria for comparing general computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) functionality, fleet maintenance, workflow, reporting, and other areas that touch upon asset management practices.

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How Airlines Can Stop Getting Murdered by Maintenance Costs


Patchwork maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) systems can cost large airlines millions in duplicated effort, extra inventory, and delays. But with round-the-clock schedules to maintain, few airlines can afford to upgrade to an integrated MRO solution any time soon. Today TEC Analyst Philippe Reney looks at two ways airlines can improve their MRO capabilities without a complete IT overhaul.

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