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Eco-positive Rice Producer Expects System Upgrade to Significantly Lower IT Costs
Lundburg Family Farms, a grower of organic and sustainably farmed rice products, aims for top efficiency in all areas, and so it looks for new IT management solutions that offer long-term cost savings and efficiencies. The company’s old operating system didn’t provide adequate network security, and it wanted to find a flexible security solution that would enhance security while improving network user access. Learn more.

grower   Lundburg Family Farms, a grower of organic and sustainably farmed rice products, aims for top efficiency in all areas, and so it looks for new IT management solutions that offer long-term cost savings and efficiencies. The company’s old operating system didn’t provide adequate network security, and it wanted to find a flexible security solution that would enhance security while improving network user access. Learn more. Eco-positive Rice Producer Expects System Upgrade to Significantly Lower IT Costs Read More
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Intentia's Movex for Food and Beverage: Gaining a Foothold in North America Part Two: SCM and Other
The SCM features of Movex should assist you in streamlining your operations to make them more efficient and cost-effective. Movex has meanwhile expanded its hardware base and has long added customer relationship management (CRM) modules.

grower  of the production process; grower and farmer relationship management to provide visibility to crop and livestock maturity; and grower and farmer SCM integration. Of these efforts, the latter integration with SCM, is the most intriguing. Such integration will provide cradle-to-marketplace control of the manufacturing process. Instead of being a totally push environment, namely when the tomatoes are ripe you must make tomato soup, food processors will be able to more accurately schedule resources based on e Read More
JD Edwards ERP Products Thriving under Oracle
TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic reviews the history and success of JD Edwards product lines as part of Oracle’s applications portfolio. Oracle has allowed the JD Edwards division to retain those traits that make it different (e.g., its modesty and no-nonsense treatment of its customers), and it remains a strong independent voice within the Oracle Applications community. Read this article for more.

grower  a specific vertical is grower management, which is a typical gap in basic ERP systems, but there are several best-of-breed (BoB) solutions for grower accounting. While there are many growers/farms, there are relatively few agricultural cooperatives (co-ops), and most growers sell through these few co-ops. So while this agribusiness subvertical within the food and beverage vertical (see figure 3) requires the functionality to manage these transactions, many ERP vendors don’t recognize it as a sufficientl Read More
Aligning Information Technology with Corporate Strategy
Aligning information technology (IT) with corporate strategy is key to maximizing the business impact of IT investments. Tree Top's structured process of reviewing proposed IT investments will allow an enterprise to understand this alignment, and prioritize investments.

grower  Background Established as a grower-owned apple processor in 1960, Tree Top has 1,460 grower-owners in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho (US). Its corporate headquarters and two processing facilities are located in Selah, Washington. There are three additional Tree Top processing facilities in Washington State, one in Oregon, and a bottling facility in Rialto, California (US). Tree Top provides consumer products and ingredients to other food companies. Apple juice and cider remain the backbone of Tree Top s re Read More
The Supply Chain of Sitcoms-Enhanced with Radio Frequency Identification
Imagine what sitcoms like Cheers, Laverne and Shirley, and Green Acres would look like if they were radio frequency identification (RFID) enhanced. Then picture the impact that RFID technology can have on the customer experience in your own enterprise.

grower  the fourth largest barley grower in the country. They purchased a fleet of trucks to handle distribution with Mr. Ziffle running the fleet, which is aptly named: Arnold s Trucking. Each Arnold s truck is fully equipped with a global positioning system (GPS), and each pallet, crate, or container of barley is RFID tagged as well. Life is quite good on the farm these days! ... And Your Enterprise If you think that what RFID did for these three sitcoms is cool, this was just the tip of the iceberg just think Read More
Food and Beverage "Delights"
Food and beverage manufacturers and distributors have many challenges on their plate, and even industry giants cannot afford to sit back. Given this backdrop, how can small to medium manufacturers cope with the same external pressures with comparatively fewer resources?

grower  associated with cold storage. Grower cooperatives plant a variety of vegetables from spinach, carrots, peas, beans, and cauliflower, to sprouts and celery. In a typical northern hemisphere setting, the harvest begins in May, and the last vegetables are brought in towards the end of December. The produce is delivered to a freezing unit, where it is quick-frozen to around 20C and stored in bulk containers in the cold store. Over a twelve-month period, the frozen vegetables are prepared, processed, and consu Read More
Margin Squeeze and Globalization in the Food and Beverage Industry
In the food and beverage industry, the channel master makes final volume decisions and mostly controls the unit price, with the manufacturer having limited power to increase or maintain prices. The only real variable the manufacturer does control is cost.

grower  supply chain from the grower to the retailer. Is globalization an opportunity or a threat? Looking at the entire food industry, the answer is both. Looking at individual categories, it can be an opportunity, a threat, or even a combination. Globalization clearly provides the opportunity to sell to new markets. But any discussion of globalization must begin with the impact of China. As a market for food products, the Chinese economy has been doubling in size roughly every six years. By some estimates, Ch Read More
The Strengths of a Vertically Centric Enterprise Software Provider
Verticent, a revitalized reincarnation of the languishing public mid-market enterprise applications vendor PowerCerv, seems to be thriving under a financially stable adopted parent, and it has found a defendable niche where it can exploit its competitors' functional "fatal flaws".

grower   The Worlds of Organic Grower and Aggressive Consolidators ). This coupled with the dread of functional parity and software commoditization among the surviving solution providers has lead many to believe that only a vendor s size will matter from now on, and that small, focused local or niche providers have little to offer, let alone to hope for in the market. (see If Software Is A Commodity...Then What? ) However, one should still not be hasty and dismiss small specialist providers as some are making Read More
The Enterprise Applications 'Arms Race' To Be Number Three
Although their consolidation appetite is not diminishing by any means, some major acquisition protagonists like SSA Global and Infor seem to be showing signs of more deliberation and even restraint, rather than jumping the gun to indiscriminately gain market share.

grower  a sort of organic grower of the businesses that it has assembled—adding close to 1,000 new customers annually. Related to this is the similar youth of the companies, which are both around toddler age. We know them now as SSA Global and Infor respectively, but via their progenitor companies, they can each boast about thirty years of market existence and industrial experience. For example, from bankruptcy (with about $130 million [USD] in revenues and a cash hemorrhage of $16 million [USD]) in late 2000, Read More
What's Ahead for Users on the Enterprise Infrastructure Battlefront?
The battle between Oracle, Microsoft, SAP, and IBM goes far beyond applications -- it goes right into the technology stack or the enterprise infrastructure. As a result, these vendors are drilling down deeper to compete with each other.

grower  group of focused organic grower vendors that have a single-code, flexible product, and decent geographic coverage. Similarly, IFS , Lawson, Glovia , SYSPRO , Ross Systems , Intentia, IBS , Cincom Systems , and Intuitive Manufacturing Systems also belong in this category, albeit QAD cites that some of these vendors have dubious or subdued new revenue streams, stressed financial situations, or support for a limited selection of platforms. Some are not direct competitors of QAD, as QAD focuses on repetitiv Read More

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