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Curbing MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part I
Those that follow manufacturing-oriented enterprise applications have likely noticed for some time an uptick of conversations about the need to better integrate

i shop  of Affairs - Part I Those that follow manufacturing-oriented enterprise applications have likely noticed for some time an uptick of conversations about the need to better integrate high-speed manufacturing operations (the real-time world of the plant) with the planning and engineering departments (the transactional and design world of enterprise systems). The nirvana (or utopia) hoped for thus far has been to provide a single point of operation and control for manufacturers to: Plan, Define, Control, Read More...
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ScheduleSoft: What about Workforce Management on the Shop Floor?
My recent article entitled “Workforce Scheduling @ Optimization: The Missing Link on the Shop Floor?” analyzed the importance of manufacturing workforce

i shop  significant. Enter ScheduleSoft Recently I had a chance to talk to the top management of ScheduleSoft , a Madison, Wisconsin, United States (US)-based privately-held provider of workforce scheduling software, currently with about 40 employees. Although the company has been in existence since 1997, it has finally seen more promising times and an up-tick in customers during the last several years. ScheduleSoft’s first commercial implementation was for the public sector industry. The company has since Read More...
Curbing MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part II
Part I of this blog series expanded on some of TEC's earlier articles about companies' need for better links between the plant (

i shop  - Part II Part I of this blog series expanded on some of TEC 's earlier articles about companies' need for better links between the plant ( blue collar trenches ) and the enterprise ( white collar ivory tower ). It also pointed out the difficulties in achieving this idea. An obvious solution would be a tightly integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) and manufacturing execution system (MES) package that would help manufacturers close the gap between the shop floor and the offices by gaining Read More...
Curbing MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part III
Part II of this blog series expanded on some of TEC's earlier articles about companies' need for better links between the plant floor and the enterprise offices

i shop  the necessary information . I fully agree with AMR Research’s 2007 alert entitled “CDC Software Delivers Operations Excellence in Plain English” that states: “…Knowledge workers on the shop floor can’t waste time—downtime or overtime—filling out forms or navigating complex screens and menus to accomplish their goals… …Role-based workflows, stored procedures, and no-nonsense user interfaces are designed to guide operations personnel through common scenarios. The UI is also designed to Read More...
Consumers Shop Everywhere: Understanding Multichannel Sales
Multichannel retailers must be able to flawlessly execute a full range of services to engage, transact, and fulfill on Web placed orders. Hence, most successful

i shop  of disillusion ( How do I reverse the wrongly clicked transaction? or Where on earth are my goods? ), and enter the phase of clarification how beneficial and cool the technology can be. Many have also turned to on-line holiday shopping in the wake of the events of unspeakable September 11, and due to occasional terrorist threats to shopping malls and other places of mass gathering. Although multichannel sales might look like cannibalization to store executives, these fickle customers want first-class Read More...
PLM (Vendors) and Lean Product Development - Part I: An Overview
“Basically, lean is [focused on] creating more value with less work.” – Wikipedia, Lean ManufacturingNo matter who can be credited with making this

i shop  with making this statement, I have to thank him or her. This statement allows people to apply lean principles in broader circumstances than manufacturing. Following this idea, I’d like to define lean product development (LPD) as this: LPD is focused on developing more products better and with use of fewer resources. To be more specific, LPD contains the following three major elements, in my view: 1. Productivity in product development . Productivity is composed of two aspects: 1) individual Read More...
Have ERP Solutions Become Greener during 2009?
If you haven’t read the blog post ERP Vendors, Are You Green Enough? that I wrote a little over a year ago, I recommend you read it first. After you’ve checked

i shop  You Green Enough? that I wrote a little over a year ago, I recommend you read it first. After you’ve checked it out, I assume you’ll understand that I used a flawed and extremely simplified approach to “confirm” my impression of the correlation between the size of enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors and the greenness of their offerings (see below for further explanation). About a year later, I used the same method to go through the same seven ERP vendors I had looked into the last time, Read More...
TEC’s I&CM Evaluation Center (Slowly but Surely) Gaining Traction - Part II
Part I of this blog series expanded on some of TEC’s earlier articles about companies’ need for better commission and incentives calculations and best sales

i shop  - Part II Part I of this blog series expanded on some of TEC ’s earlier articles about companies’ need for better commission and incentives calculations and best sales performance management (SPM) practices. It also introduced the latest entry in TEC’s I&CM (Incentive & Compensation Management) Evaluation Center , Varicent Software ’s flagship product, Varicent SPM [ evaluate this product ]. Varicent SPM Architecture Overview The product suite’s architecture consists of several layers, starting Read More...
One Year Later at Deltek: More of the Same (And Then Some More) - Part I
Time and again during my decade or so of covering the enterprise applications market as an industry analyst I have witnessed what difference a year can make

i shop  Some More) - Part I Time and again during my decade or so of covering the enterprise applications market as an industry analyst I have witnessed what difference a year can make. And boy, would 2008 be such a year! A year ago or so, I concluded an in-depth four-part series on Deltek (NASDAQ: PROJ ), whose executives were recently happy to tell me that 2008 was not that terrible a year for the company. Quite the contrary, Deltek feels comfortable as a company even in these troubled economic times. This Read More...
Lectra Fashion PLM Becomes the First TEC Certified Solution in PLM for the Fashion Industry
“I can name more fashion PLM solutions than PLM solutions.” This was what I told my colleagues last year when I was working on the creation of a product

i shop  solutions.” This was what I told my colleagues last year when I was working on the creation of a product lifecycle management (PLM) evaluation model geared specifically to the fashion industry. Of course, this was intended as a joke—a fashion PLM solution is still a PLM solution! But, here is the first fashion PLM solution to receive TEC certification. In recent years, we’ve seen more and more players rush to the fashion PLM playground. In addition to some traditional PLM vendors now paying Read More...
SaaSy Discussions (Part I)
Much has been said and written lately, on TEC's web site as well as on many other peer sites, about the on-demand deployment model, especially about multi

i shop  changes (based on who I am and what I do at the company). Rapid deployment (measured in weeks -- versus months or years -- and cost-effective) and robust integration (with existing applications & data, support for industry-standard application and data interfaces, and portal-based infrastructure) are other tenets of adaptive CRM. Also critical for adaptive CRM are the inherent business intelligence (BI) capabilities to understand customer and market dynamics, and business process management (BPM) in a Read More...
The Lexicon of CRM - Part 1: From A to I
C.R.M. itself is an acronym, standing for Customer Relationship Management. This is part one of three-part article to provide explanation and meaning for most

i shop  1: From A to I The Lexicon of CRM Part 1: From A to I R. Garland - October 12, 2001 0 - A  360 degree view of the customer - A term used to describe the ability for virtually anyone in the company to know anything about the customer (products bought, support calls made, web site visits conducted, etc.). A complete, 306 degree view of customer information. 3G - Supposedly the ultimate wireless protocol technology that is already being used in areas outside of North America where countries have more Read More...
Tentative Unification in Server I/O Architecture Battle
The Next Generation I/O (NGIO) and Future I/O groups have agreed to unify their efforts to develop the next I/O architecture.

i shop  Unification in Server I/O Architecture Battle Tentative Unification in Server I/O Architecture Battle R.A. Krause - September 3rd, 1999 Event Summary The Next Generation I/O (NGIO) and Future I/O (FIO) groups announced on August 31st, 1999, that they intend to merge their specifications into one, to be used by server and peripheral vendors throughout the industry. The unified architecture will be called System I/O. (NGIO includes Intel, Dell, Sun, Hitachi, NEC and Siemens; FIO was founded by Read More...
I Know What You Did Last Week - But I'll Never Tell
Internet advertising is under attack from privacy advocates and private citizens as DoubleClick reveals that it can correlate surfing behavior with individual

i shop  Know What You Did Last Week - But I'll Never Tell Event Summary Abacus Direct was a direct marketing specialist that had a great deal of information about individuals - more than two billion records of catalog transactions. Do you buy from the Sharper Image catalog? Did you send money when you received those free address labels in the mail? Do you use your supermarket's affinity card to buy organic yogurt and diet Dr. Pepper? Chances are that Abacus Direct or a similar company knows all about it. So, Read More...

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