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State of the MES Software Marketplace
Despite predictions that it would be subsumed by enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors encroaching from above and automation vendors encroaching from below

iso 9001 2000 manual  various Lean initiatives to ISO 14000 compliance, ISO 9001:2000 and ISO/TS 16949:2002 registrations, and qualification as a Tier 1 vendor to the automotive industry. Epicor has been a key part of those Lean efforts. Epicor is flexible enough to support what we have done in our Lean transformation, Glaze says. As an example, he points to some of the changes in inventory management: We standardized part numbering and reduced raw material inventory from 200 parts to about 60. We changed the way we

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TEC Lean and Green Manufacturing Buyer’s Guide


While the need for sustainable development is affecting how organizations do business, the idea of environmental and corporate responsibility as value drivers is still relatively new. Many companies are just beginning to adopt an approach that provides measurable results. Learn how reducing waste and creating efficiencies within your company can make a difference to the environment, the economy, and your bottom line.

While the need for sustainable development is affecting how organizations do business, the idea of environmental and corporate responsibility as value drivers is still relatively new. Many companies are just beginning to adopt an approach that provides measurable results. Learn how reducing waste and creating efficiencies within your company can make a difference to the environment, the economy, and your bottom line.

In this lean and green buyer’s guide, we’ll discuss some of the challenges that companies are facing in light of the changes to the economy as well as the pressures of “going green.” We’ll talk about some of the highlevel changes your business can make, with a focus on operational efficiency and on how lean and green practices can both lead to the same result: efficiency equals sustainable business. We will also feature information about some of the vendor offerings targeted at companies looking to adopt or improve their “green business strategies.” The products covered in this guide address various areas within the scopes of both “lean” and “green,” including lean manufacturing, environmental management, operations management, compliance regulations, and more.

We’ve included customer success stories to illustrate how product lifecycle management (PLM), enterprise asset management (EAM), and enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions have helped companies like yours deal with their environmental concerns. For your convenience, there is also a vendor directory to assist companies that are looking for a “sustainability enabling” solution.

We hope this report will provide you with enough insight about the current state of the market—with respect to both lean and green—to help you start making a few decisions about how your company can make a change for the better. We think you’ll find this guide a useful tool for determining which type of solution is best suited to your company’s business model and particular needs.


Table of Contents


Executive Overview
Lean, Green, and Everything in Between

Thought Leadership
Corporate Social Responsibility: Using Technology to Become More Lean and Green

Case Study
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Increases Scheduling Efficiency with Asprova

Case Study
Lean in Action: Manufacturer Cuts Lead Time from Four Weeks to Four Days

Case Study
InkCycle Makes Green Ink, While Staying in the Black

Case Study
A Pragmatic Approach to Gaining Business Efficiencies

Case Studies at a Glance
TEC Analyst Perspective



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State of the Market: Lean and Green


Today’s need for sustainable development (economic, social, and environmental) is increasingly affecting how organizations do business. But the areas of environmental and corporate responsibility are still relatively new to businesses as concepts that drive value. And even though these concepts are rapidly growing in importance, many organizations are still in the early phases of adopting an approach that provides measured results.

The state of market in “green” is improving—albeit at a very slow pace—as organizations learn the value of integrating environmental thinking into their operations, and find more and more ways to align green thinking with their business strategies and goals.

This need for change affects businesses, municipalities, government, and resource-extractive industries like manufacturing. Some of the major influences affecting these organization’s environmental sustainability decisions are regulations and standards, competitive position, and public confidence. In fact, there is a great deal of reputation at stake, since public consciousness towards environmental issues is growing.

Today’s stakeholders (customers, investors, etc.) want to put their money into companies that are sustainable. If businesses don’t take an interest in the environment—and their impact on it—it reflects very poorly on their interest in their bottom line. The current economic situation being what it is, companies cannot afford “bad press,” and it’s in their best interest to realign their business strategies to include environmental awareness. Equally (if not more) important is the fact that green initiatives have a high return on investment (ROI) and end up paying for themselves through cost savings on resources, energy, carbon taxes, etc.

Today’s environmental challenges in business are vast, and range from financial burdens (such as rising energy, input, and transportation costs), to waste disposal and regulatory issues (minimizing/reducing waste), to accountability and sustainability—which can make the decision to go green both complex and convoluted.


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Windows 2000 Bug Fixes Posted


Almost six months after releasing Windows 2000 to the public, Microsoft Corp. has released its first set of bug fixes, formally known as Service Pack 1.

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Microsoft Announces SQL Server 2000


On December 13, Microsoft Corp. announced that the next major release of Microsoft« SQL Server, currently code-named "Shiloh," would officially be named SQL Server 2000. Microsoft also revealed the features within SQL Server 2000 that will take advantage of the Microsoft Windows« 2000 operating system. SQL Server 2000 is due to ship in the first half of 2000 and is currently in beta testing at nearly 750 companies.

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Navision Executes At a Slower Pace


In September, Navision Software released its annual report for fiscal 2000, which ended on June 30, 2000. The company continued to increase its market share and product offerings while remaining constantly profitable. However, the net income has declined 25% compared to fiscal 1999.

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Cloud vs. On-Premise Sales Tax Solutions: Which Works Best for Your Company?


Consider this. No one likes to do sales tax, but it is a mandatory requirement for all businesses. Manual or even semi-manual efforts can result in errors in sales tax rates and rules, collection and remittance and associated audit-related fines and penalties. When considering which sales tax solution software works best for your company, price is only one aspect of the decision. The chart given in this paper highlights some of the differences between cloud-based and on-premise sales tax solutions, as well as the key attributes of both.

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Siemens’ JT Data Format Gets a Nod from ISO


The year 2012 ended with a major win for (and perhaps a sigh of relief from) Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division. Namely, in December 2012, Siemens’ JT data format, a lightweight data format that makes it possible to view and share digital 3D product information in real time throughout all phases of a product’s lifecycle, was approved by the

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Microsoft Exchange 2000 Merits Cautious Optimism


The biggest Exchange 2000 issue is not technology, but detailed and structured planning.

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80 Million Ways to be Agile


On July 26, 2000, Agilera, an application service provider (ASP), announced the signing of a definitive agreement for $80 million in its second equity financing. Agilera will use the financing to fuel the expansion of the company’s general operations, including the development of its operations centers and the expansion of its business model.

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Caldera eDesktop Edges Out Microsoft Windows 2000 in Functionality - Part II


TechnologyEvaluation.com has completed its analysis of the innate functionality of three desktop operating systems – Microsoft Windows 2000, Red Hat Linux 6.2, and Caldera OpenLinux eDesktop 2.4. The winner is Caldera.

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Epicor Continues To Bleed


On April 27, Epicor Software Corporation reported its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2000. Net loss for the quarter was $8.9 million or $0.22 per share, compared with a net income for the same period last year of $2.1 million or $0.05 per share.

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