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SCT Corporation: The Last Viable Process Manufacturing Vendor Standing?
Although a relative newcomer, the Process Manufacturing Solutions division of SCT has been able to remain focused on the process manufacturing industry. With

goldmine proposal  for eCRM functionality are GoldMine , Pivotal , or SalesLogix . SCT Process Manufacturing & Distribution Division's license revenue will contribute more than 35% of its total revenue within the next three fiscal years (60% probability). Within the same period of time, we believe more than 30% of its new customers will be companies with more than $500 million in revenues (70% probability). Within the next two years, not more than 25% of SCT's revenues will come from outside the North American market (60%

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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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6 Specialists, 6 Industry Domains: Trends for 2008 and 2009


In a survey on upcoming trends in employee management, the Learning Review asked six experts in six major industry domains one simple question: what do you think the main trends in [domain] will be for 2008 and 2009? Here are their answers.

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CallidusCloud


CallidusCloud is the leading provider of sales and marketing effectiveness software. Headquartered in Pleasanton, CA, CallidusCloud enables organizations to accelerate and maximize their lead to money process with its complete suite of solutions that identify the right leads, ensure proper territory and quota distribution, enable sales forces, automate quote and proposal generation, automate contract creation and negotiation, and streamline sales compensation—driving bigger deals, faster.  With CallidusCloud, users can: • Boost revenues by delivering more high-value leads • Maximize sales effectiveness by deploying real-time sales guidance, sales coaching, and targeted incentives that focus sales execution on results  • Build a knowledge-based culture with on-the-go mobile learning and training • Build top performing teams by hiring the right people and accelerating their time to productivity  The company’s products include: Marketing Automation to attract and nurture leads; Territory & Quota for optimizing the territory management process: Sales Performance Manager to provide a comprehensive sales coaching program; Sales Enablement to provide a central content repository, playbooks, and deal rooms; Litmos, a learning management system, Configure Price Quote, Contract Lifecycle Management, MySalesGame to drive adoption of new tools with gamification, Incentive Compensation, and Channel Management.  Over 3,400 leading global organizations across all industries rely on CallidusCloud‘s easy-to-use, scalable solutions to streamline business processes, optimize effectiveness, and drive improved performance. The solution suite is delivered as a SaaS platform designed to deliver rapid time to value, reduced cost of ownership, and a superior customer experience.  

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Case Study: Natural Gas Company Builds Quotes in 15 Minutes and Pushes Up Sales Throughput by 20%


A leading developer of compressed natural gas fueling infrastructure needed a better and faster way to build sales proposals. With the company’s homegrown system, it took hours to build proposals, finance lacked margin visibility, there was plenty of room for sales reps errors, and there were reporting and analysis limitations. The company also wanted a simplified learning experience for its customers. It chose CallidusCloud CPQ (Configure Price Quote).

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Maximizer Enterprise 8: A Strong Competitor on the SMB Front Line


TEC recently reviewed Maximizer Enterprise 8. Tailored to the latest Internet technology, the offering is aggressively priced. Rich functionality is offered in a three-module structure that continues to compete in the demanding "best fit," customer relationship management, small and medium enterprise marketplace.

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Rimini Street: The End of Full-price Software Maintenance Is Here!


In a recent press release, Rimini Street boldly declared the end of full-price software maintenance. The vocal and upbeat third-party software maintenance provider for various popular SAP and Oracle enterprise systems believes that a tipping point has finally been reached in the market for annual maintenance (certainly, the public cloud enterprise software providers have long been preaching even

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Competuition: Teach Competition to Your Procurement Process


High-profile corporate scandal has resulted in laws such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, to monitor business practices. To help safeguard against unethical practices during procurement, entities are also adopting elements from the US Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).

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Hoping Jon & Kate Can Come to Terms Like JDA & i2


Many people are aware of a reality show on television titled “Jon @ Kate Plus 8”, which features a couple that is separated and ready to get divorced. Occasionally couples have disagreements and need to get away from each other to sort things out then come back to the table with new perspectives.  That’s what JDA and i2 have done with their deal from last year. JDA plans (once again) to acquire i2

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TurtleSpice ERP! (Week 9)


Just wanted to thank all the readers who voted and gave us this shortlist of ERP vendors for TurtleSpice:Oracle (JD Edwards EnterpriseOne) Microsoft (Dynamics AX) CDC Software (Ross Enterprise) SAP (mySAP ERP) … and BigGun ERP The next steps of the TurtleSpice selection process: vendor demo on-site visits from vendors reference checks And you know what? Overall

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Configure Price Quote (CPQ)


Configure Price Quote (CPQ) by CallidusCloud does more than automate the quote and proposal process. Data is what makes CPQ work for you.  CPQ provides you with pricing behavior intelligence to help determine pricing trends, manager approval behavior, and sales discounting frequency.  See what products are selling most, to whom, when, and at what price.   Requiring only a browser, CPQ by CallidusCloud allows you to quickly configure, price, quote, propose and sell your offerings from any device. Whether direct business to business or through ecommerce, you can respond to your customer on their timeline.  CPQ guides users to select the correct combination of products and services.  Users are presented with the optimum mix of up-sell and cross-sell offers as well as special pricing promotions. Margins are protected with pricing guardrails and approval workflows. Configuring a solution, quoting, and preparing a proposal shouldn’t be a time consuming process for sales.  When your customer is ready to buy, it is vital sales executes quickly to the customer’s needs and timeline.  CPQ by CallidusCloud guides sales through the quoting process, maximizing the deal size, accelerating the sales cycle, and protecting margin.  Even from a mobile device, all in minutes.    

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