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Your Guide to Enterprise Software Selection: Part One
Enterprise software selection is a risky undertaking for any organization. Find out how you can reduce the risk with a best-practice approach to assessment

how to flowchart  final recommendations. Phase 1: How to Define Your Business and Technical Requirements Typical enterprise application selections begin with little mention of technology, since the first consideration is modeling the desired business processes that the new technology will enable, and then matching them to the functional requirements within any given software solution. TEC uses a standardized methodology to model and match these processes. The following steps are critical to ensuring overall success within Read More

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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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The Wizardry of Business Process Management - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series provided a lengthy discussion about business process management’s (BPM's) necessary parts-and-parcels, and the software category’s

how to flowchart  challenges of not only how to survive, but also how to possibly capitalize on opportunities. When we think of metaphors to describe the times we are in (some might refer to the Great Depression , others to the New Deal , etc.), Pega came to the Wizard of Oz metaphor after reviewing the past year. Namely, if we go back 12 to 18 months, like Dorothy in the movie, we were all in a beautiful green and verdant place, where businesses could easily enter new markets, people could buy houses without putting any Read More
The Five Sure-fire Strategies for Gaining Management Approval for WMS Projects
Despite the consensus that warehouse management systems (WMS) offer many benefits, getting approval for a new system is challenging. You need to get key

how to flowchart  centralized or decentralized model, how roll-outs to multiple sites are handled, and what the system/material handling equipment ( MHE ) integration capabilities will be. Ease of integration with existing systems, both internal and external, is essential to keeping IT's time and cost investment low. If your company already uses an ERP system or will be implementing one in the near future, you will likely face the ERP versus best-of-breed question when it comes time to talking about your WMS project. Read More
CPR on BPR: Practical Guidelines for Successful Business Process Analysis
Part 2 of a series on Business Process Reengineering: Long Live Business Process Reengineering. In this Part, we discuss some practical steps for actually

how to flowchart  businesses' products or services? How strong a need does upper management feel to change the way they do business? What do they see as broken that needs to be fixed? The consultants also need to communicate some information, and establish that there is a real need for their work. They explain what reengineering is and isn't, and check the necessary conditions for their work; namely: Is there real pain, either current or anticipated? What is the pain? Are sales suffering? Has the company lost market Read More
Leveraging Technology to Maintain a Competitive Edge During Tough Economic Times -- A Panel Discussion Analyzed Part Two: Business Process Modeling
Business processes must be enabled across the artificial boundaries of disparate applications that must work together to support these business processes. To

how to flowchart  a single-site environment. Indeed, how many ways do there need to be to pay vendors, create invoices, book debits and credits, or schedule maintenance? However, with respect to more extrovert applications like SCM and CRM, it is important to be able to model the application to how an organization does business with trading partners, and not be constrained by the software. The need for SOA, Web services, and BPM has been boosted by these external processes, which are most often automated workflows that Read More
The Idea to Delivery Framework: A Holistic Approach to Deliver Customer Value
Today’s “new normal” business environment demands a new view of what customers value and an improved approach to delivering that value. The idea to delivery

how to flowchart  Idea to Delivery Framework: A Holistic Approach to Deliver Customer Value Today’s “new normal” business environment demands a new view of what customers value and an improved approach to delivering that value. The idea to delivery (I2D) framework posits that multiple companies now compete as a business network rather than as individual enterprises, each relying on the others to achieve collective success. This paper includes an action plan with the evolutionary steps companies can take to move Read More
Barcoding 101 for Manufacturers: What You Need to Know to Get Started
For manufacturers, barcoding carries with it numerous benefits, including increased accuracy, efficiency, and traceability, along with easier adherence to

how to flowchart  from real-life manufacturers highlight how barcoding helps improve operations for companies of all sizes and in many different industries. Barcoding, also known as Automatic Identification (Auto ID) , is a method of encoding information into a machine—readable pattern of predefined bar and space patterns that can be quickly and accurately read by a scanner and a computer. Part numbers, purchase order numbers, lot numbers, or any other information can be encoded into a barcode. The basic operation used Read More
The High Cost of Change for ERP: What Does It Take to Keep Up-to-date?
Businesses of all sizes and in all industries are finding it difficult and costly to update and modify enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems after

how to flowchart  High Cost of Change for ERP: What Does It Take to Keep Up-to-date? Businesses of all sizes and in all industries are finding it difficult and costly to update and modify enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems after installation. The question isn’t whether a typical ERP solution supports change, but rather at what cost? Learn what midsize companies are doing about maintaining, modifying, and updating their ERP systems post-implementation, and what you could be doing better. Read More
To Have or Not to Have Supply Chain Software: Can the Riddle Be Solved?
In a previous blog post, I discussed two approaches to bringing down the overall cost of your supply chain (by using either cost-cutting or -reducing methods

how to flowchart  Have or Not to Have Supply Chain Software: Can the Riddle Be Solved? In a previous blog post, I discussed two approaches to bringing down the overall cost of your supply chain (by using either cost-cutting or -reducing methods ). Another blog was about bringing cost down by using better or best inventory management processes and practices . As we have already discussed the methods, processes, and practices, let’s look now at some of the technological aspects of reducing cost. The first question that Read More
Product Developers Need to Shift to an All-Digital Mindset
Over the past several decades, processes to design and build cars, airplanes, and other products have typically followed a linear, sequential path. But the

how to flowchart  transition occurs depends on how fast software becomes much more tightly integrated with hardware. Manufacturers need to do this because software helps accelerate product manufacturing and creates intelligent and versatile digital systems. Industry executives are aware of this. A new Accenture survey found aerospace and defense companies are likely to invest more in software used within PLM processes. An overwhelming majority of respondents, 81 percent, said that software-oriented application lifecycle Read More
Using ERP to Deliver E-commerce for Engineer-to-order Companies
Engineer-to-order (ETO) companies can use e-commerce strategies in order to improve customer service, reduce waste, and increase profits through a lean approach

how to flowchart  truly offers this capability. How to Select ERP for ETO E-commerce How you set up this UI is important. You want to make sure it is not an entirely different implementation to set up this portal. It is important that there is already a framework within the application to develop the portal pages targeting each type of collaborator. You could add a supplier portal, an engineering portal, a customer portal, a customer service portal, a field service portal—all easily developed with a few clicks. Identify Read More
5 Ways to Improve Outbound Sales Performance: Best Practices to Increase Your Pipeline
There’s a quality-based prospecting approach that is gaining traction among sales professionals these days. It’s not about finding someone willing to listen to

how to flowchart  Ways to Improve Outbound Sales Performance: Best Practices to Increase Your Pipeline There’s a quality-based prospecting approach that is gaining traction among sales professionals these days. It’s not about finding someone willing to listen to you; instead, it’s about finding someone who wants to collaborate with you. The goal becomes about developing relationships that can yield ongoing results. By applying the strategies in this paper, you can transform the dynamic of outbound sales. Read More
Keys to Success for Industrial Equipment Suppliers to Meet Today’s Top Three Issues
Although the industrial equipment market has been growing, based on strong customer demand, companies cannot rest on their laurels. Manufacturers and

how to flowchart  to Success for Industrial Equipment Suppliers to Meet Today’s Top Three Issues Although the industrial equipment market has been growing, based on strong customer demand, companies cannot rest on their laurels. Manufacturers and distributors must keep adding value to maintain existing contracts and win new business. They must be efficient enough to meet new demands while maintaining margins. Discover solutions that can help total industrial solution suppliers stay profitable during this expansion. BE Read More
How to Make People More Willing to Share Knowledge in Their PLM Environment
In Why Some People Don’t Like PLM, Graham McCall said that some product lifecycle management (PLM) users’ reluctance to share knowledge with others is the

how to flowchart  next big thing is how to make these data and information more useful. Analytics and search are two promising components that will help. Siemens PLM has been offering reporting and analytics capabilities for a while—the first availability seen in 2006—and its analytics capabilities are not limited to PLM data but to data from virtually any enterprise application. One use case I’m interested to see is the combination of analytics and community involvement in the product development environment (or so Read More
Expand Accelerators Datasheet: How to Use WAN Optimization to Solve the Server Consolidation Challenge
Delivering access to applications over the wide area networks (WANs) is now an essential aspect of any IT strategy to reduce total cost of ownership and improve

how to flowchart  Accelerators Datasheet: How to Use WAN Optimization to Solve the Server Consolidation Challenge Delivering access to applications over the wide area networks (WANs) is now an essential aspect of any IT strategy to reduce total cost of ownership and improve return on investment. For example, server-based computing and server consolidation strategies can remove servers out of the branch offices to consolidate and centralize them in the data center, usually based on a virtualization infrastructure. Read More

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