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Sorting Through the ERP, Lean MFG, APS, and MES Clutter - Part 1
Especially in today’s globally competitive and recessionary environment it is imperative that companies further eliminate waste, become leaner, and become

heijunka excel  rate or drumbeat ),  heijunka (load leveling and line balancing ), and manufacturing process redesign to make it more agile (i.e., the ability to quickly change between product runs and reduce setups). For more information, see TEC’s previous article entitled  “Lean Tools and Practices That Eliminate Manufacturing Waste. ”  Many lean evangelists and consultants have been saying that 6 percent of products create 50 percent of the total manufacturing workload at most manufacturers. These products Read More...
Discrete Manufacturing (ERP)
The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as or...
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Manual versus Information Technology Enabled Lean Manufacturing
All good lean systems have both physical systems in the plant and near real time information technology backbones that centralize data. The primary advantage of

heijunka excel  as kanban management and heijunka calculations (see Lean and World Class Manufacturing and the Information Technology Dilemma—The Loss of Corporate Consciousness ). It is interesting to note, however, that even in such cases, material requirements planning (MRP) systems still can be used to hold core master data on items and bills of material (BOM), though these records have to be tweaked with an eye toward lead time-oriented information. Some lean purists go even further, and believe that lean Read More...
Organizational Readiness
Today’s executives have more challenges and concerns than ever, from compliance to use of technology. To thrive and ultimately excel within a competitive

heijunka excel  Readiness Today’s executives have more challenges and concerns than ever, from compliance to use of technology. To thrive and ultimately excel within a competitive landscape, an organization must have a technology framework capable of meeting today’s marketplace requirements while positioning the company for future growth and challenges. Find out how to better leverage technology investments and become a best-run business. Read More...
Microsoft Takes A Shot at the Business Intelligence Market
Microsoft Business Scorecard Manager 2005 has allowed Microsoft to enter the business intelligence (BI) market by using its client base to expand its offering

heijunka excel  Takes A Shot at the Business Intelligence Market Introduction Although business intelligence (BI) touts itself as being able to provide analytics to the general user population within organizations, in most instances only a small portion of decision makers actually use BI tools and applications. Generally, applications are implemented in silos across an organization. In some cases, this means implementing various applications and vendor solutions based on the needs identified within individual Read More...
The Impact of Lean on Consumer Product Manufacturers
While consumer products manufacturers are relatively recent adopters of lean programs, they are already achieving value through a firm commitment to

heijunka excel  Impact of Lean on Consumer Product Manufacturers The Impact of Lean on Consumer Product Manufacturers 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, including the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and NYSE under the symbol SAP. Read More...
Globally Distributed Software Testing Team Enhances Communication and Simplifies Issue Management with ProjectLocker
TESTCo was accustomed to managing its issue tracking for software testing using Microsoft Excel or one of its customers’ homegrown solutions. But as operations

heijunka excel  Distributed Software Testing Team Enhances Communication and Simplifies Issue Management with ProjectLocker TESTCo was accustomed to managing its issue tracking for software testing using Microsoft Excel or one of its customers’ homegrown solutions. But as operations expanded, the company realized it needed a better system to manage this process—one that could monitor issues and ensure they were resolved and documented. Using ProjectLockers Issue Manager, TESTCo has benefited by saving on Read More...
Microsoft Business Network (MBN)--Coming of Age? Part Two: Market Impact
Microsoft Business Network (MBN) has the potential to deliver the never really (or hardly ever) realized benefits of early dot-com era Internet trading

heijunka excel  Business Network (MBN)--Coming of Age? Part Two: Market Impact Market Impact At the end of March, during its annual conference for North American customers, Convergence 2004 , Microsoft Corporation's (NASDAQ: MSFT) Microsoft Business Solutions ( MBS ) division previewed upcoming versions of its enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) solutions: MBS Axapta , MBS Great Plains , MBS Navision , MBS Solomon , Microsoft CRM , and related services. The main takeaway Read More...
Reporting Tools
Analysis and reporting services are an important part of the enterprise resource planning process. Microsoft Dynamics NAV has been designed to give users

heijunka excel  Tools Reporting Tools If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. You can create reports in Microsoft Dynamics AX by using Microsoft Dynamics AX reporting tools for Visual Studio or by using MorphX reporting tools. Source : Microsoft Dynamics Resources Related to Microsoft Dynamics NAV Reporting Tools : Microsoft Dynamics NAV (Wikipedia) Enterprise resource planning (ERP) (Wikipedia) Reporting Tools Microsoft Dynamics NAV Read More...
IBM Cognos Express: Easy BI?
On Monday, IBM gave me a sneak peek of its new business analytics software tool for midsized clients. The name of the new product is Cognos Express, and IBM’s

heijunka excel  Cognos Express: Easy BI? On Monday, IBM gave me a sneak peek of its new business analytics software tool for midsized clients . The name of the new product is Cognos Express , and IBM’s press release says it’s an “all-in-one business intelligence and planning solution designed specifically for midsized clients.” Designed and priced for midsized companies and derived from the original IBM Cognos software, Cognos Express is composed of a set of modules delivered in a preconfigured solution: Read More...
Vendors Harness Excel (and Office) to Win the Lower-end of Business Intelligence Market
Small and medium businesses wanting the benefits of business intelligence (BI) without having to implement a large enterprise system may find a viable option in

heijunka excel  Harness Excel (and Office) to Win the Lower-end of Business Intelligence Market Excel Both Opportunity and Threat The need for business intelligence (BI) is of real and increasing strategic importance for all enterprise applications users because of economic and regulatory pressures. Unfortunately, users rarely feel that they get all (or most) the information they need from their enterprise software systems. Business intelligence is also known as analytics , though there are some distinctions Read More...
Source Code Translation
Everyone who writes computer software eventually faces the requirement of converting a large code base from one programming language to another. But source

heijunka excel  Code Translation Use MacTranslator and WinTranslator to understand legacy code, reuse it, fix defects and develop new projects. Click a few buttons and piles of source code are transformed into an organized stack of diagrams. Source: Excel Software Resources Related to Source Code Translation : Source Code (Wikipedia) Source Code Translation Source Code Translation is also known as : Source Code Translator , Source Code Conversion , Code Translation Process , Translating Source Code , Converting Read More...
Case Study: Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems
Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems was having problems with its product development processes. The company’s home-grown system of Windows folders, Excel

heijunka excel  Study: Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems was having problems with its product development processes. The company’s home-grown system of Windows folders, Excel files, and Access databases was causing data inconsistencies that led to costly rework. Learn how Astronics chose a product lifecycle management (PLM) solution that eliminated data inconsistencies, streamlined communication, and helped save the company time and money. Read More...
Is There Much More (Pro)Clarity In Microsoft’s BI Strategy Now? - Part 1
Tough times demand tough decisions and sacrifices even from seemingly untouchable corporations. Most of us were likely discouraged (if not necessarily

heijunka excel  There Much More (Pro)Clarity In Microsoft’s BI Strategy Now? - Part 1 Tough times demand tough decisions and sacrifices even from seemingly untouchable corporations. Most of us were likely discouraged (if not necessarily disappointed or surprised) by Microsoft ’s mid-January 2009 layoffs announcement, the first ever in the company’s illustrious (at least when it comes to financial performance) history .  Whether related to these layoffs or not ( some will argue the former ) one day after that Read More...
Cognos Express-a New “Big” Product for the Midsized Market?
Many midsized companies have to deal with a very particular problem: the need of a true business intelligence (BI) solution, while having to select and deploy

heijunka excel  Express-a New “Big” Product for the Midsized Market? Many midsized companies have to deal with a very particular problem: the need of a true business intelligence (BI) solution, while having to select and deploy one within a tight budget. On September 29, 2009, IBM Cognos announced the launch of Cognos Express, a new product specially designed to meet the needs of the midsized market. Of course, here at TEC, we took the time to give it a try. We downloaded the trial, and got our hands on this Read More...
Understanding Business Intelligence and Your Bottom Line
Given that virtually all small and midsized businesses can benefit from business intelligence (BI) tools, the real question is how much of this technology

heijunka excel  Business Intelligence and Your Bottom Line Understand Business Intelligence and Your Bottom Line If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. Sage provides business software, services and support to small and medium sized businesses. Whilst our heritage is in the small business market we also have the experience and expertise to meet the needs of specific industries and larger organisations. Source : Sage Resources Relat Read More...

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