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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,

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Consumers Shop Everywhere: Understanding Multichannel Sales


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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

3 Microsoft Shop Myths Dispelled?


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i shop  work, what else could I have chosen? False: Microsoft does ERP software? Compared with other big ERP players, Microsoft is still quite small. According to AMR Research, Microsoft is ranked fifth, with about 3 percent of the application revenue of the total ERP market. Taking price and project scale into consideration, the adoption rate of Microsoft Dynamics should be higher, but the brand is still weak in the ERP market. Microsoft has a good tradition of taking good ideas and making them ten times more 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 ("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

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

Preactor: Predict and React on the Shop Floor


Many best-of-breed advanced planning and scheduling (APS) vendors have come and gone since the late 90s, when APS was hyped as a tool that would be a key enabler for manufacturing companies. But one vendor that has distinguished itself is Preactor, a world leader in production planning and scheduling software. Learn more in this in-depth report, which includes a Q&A with Preactor founder and CEO Mike Novels.

i shop  an interesting question and I am not sure I have all the answers. I guess in starting at the “bottom” of the scheduling market in terms of price and company size, we very quickly developed a function set that met most manufacturing company’s requirements, but realized that many of them wanted more flexibility still. This focused our attention on making the product very flexible in terms of database structures and scheduling rules without changing Preactor’s core code. Additional functionality Read More

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i shop  Customer Data: How Much is Your Customer’s Trust Worth? Part I: The Business Case for Privacy Customers are a company’s true source of value creation, and maintaining their trust is imperative. When companies understand this, privacy protection will become an important business tool, rather than just a regulatory requirement (as many companies think of it). Obtaining, using, and especially protecting customer data has never been more important to the strength and positioning of a company’s Read More

Dassault Systèmes to Acquire IBM PLM: Big News, but Not a Big Surprise


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i shop  few months ago while I was listening to Dassault Systèmes (DS) executives explaining the company’s sales and marketing strategies and achievements, I wondered what the next move might be since I found the relationship between DS and IBM was becoming more delicate than before. My concern was that a very sophisticated approach would be required in order to grow DS’s own sales capability, while keeping the strong and long-time DS/IBM partnership in good shape. Here’s the answer to my question: a Read More

I-Impact Predicts Your Customer Retention!


More and more, the market is requesting that a CRM or an ERP application include analytics which can be used in a myriad of businesses to predict customer behavior and help businesses increase the effectiveness of their customer acquisition, retention, and cross-sell programs. It is a costly operation to develop such functionality from scratch. Vendors like I-Impact offer packaged application providers the opportunity of a shortcut.

i shop  Impact Predicts Your Customer Retention! Event Summary Data warehouses and analytics have been around for a number of years, but never has their presence proven to be more crucial than now. For years businesses have been gathering tons of data from interactions with their customers, suppliers, and other related service providers. Both back-office enterprise resource planning (ERP) and front-office customer relationship management (CRM) systems have played a vital role in collecting these terabytes of Read More

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E = Excellent Value in the ETO Landscape: How Global Shop Solutions Excels for ETO Industry Challenges


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i shop  as a backdrop that I and fellow TEC analyst Leslie Satenstein engaged in conversation with Global Shop Solutions ERP engineer Marc Atnipp in order to review their product One-System as part of a recent TEC Certification exercise. A Word About the Vendor Over three decades ago, from deep in the heart of Texas, Global Shop Solutions founder Dick Alexander was a proponent of such core manufacturing principles as continuous improvement and just-in-time manufacturing. In these approaches the goal is always to Read More

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i shop  the last few years I have repeatedly seen ads for the Vendor Shootout TM for ERP  event  appearing in TEC ’s website banners and newsletters. In addition, I would come across mentions of the event in other industry magazines, press releases (PRs), social media feeds, Web site banners, and so on and so forth. Needless to say, I was curious (and dismayed by my lack of information) about the event that even carried the “Moderated by TEC” tagline on its official logo. Even more, every now and again Read More