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Top 10 Reasons For Having A Project Kickoff - Part II
You are about to embark on an important project. Whether the project is software or hardware related, it is a good idea to hold a project kickoff meeting. Don’t

j describing words  hot topics, bottlenecks, and just plain you-won't-believe-that-we-do-it-this-way tasks will help you in structuring this section of the kickoff meeting to your audience. An actual demonstration of the software in front a large audience may be difficult and could even put the audience to sleep. If you have selected the correct topics, a simple PowerPoint slide highlighting the key features with a suitable verbal explanation should suffice. Planting questions with some of the business process owners may 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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The Post-implementation Agility of Enterprise Systems: An Analysis
Very few companies really run standard software applications as

j describing words  gross understatement (see The 'Joy' Of Enterprise Systems Implementations ). But to give the devil its due, over a long period of time, enterprise applications providers (and their resellers and system integration [SI] partners) have made some notable strides to partially ease implementations, and ensure some pre-implementation alternatives—and thus flexibility for their customers (see Software Piloting: How Do You Fly This Plane? and CMMS Templates for Effective Implementations ). Part One of the Read More...
J. D. Edwards FOCUSes on Active Supply Chain
With co-founder McVaney once again at the helm, J. D. Edwards flexed its new supply chain management capabilities at FOCUS 2000 in Denver.

j describing words  portends the demise of J .D. Edwards' alliance with SynQuest that was announced a mere nine months ago, although twelve deals are currently in the pipeline. The agreement likely will persist for the next twelve months (70% probability) or at least until J. D. Edwards can offer ASC for the AS/400, now available only on Unix servers. User Recommendations As with all new releases, users should employ a critical approach in their evaluation of Active Supply Chain and require all potential vendors to Read More...
Transitioning to Lean with Oracle Flow Manufacturing
Lean execution strategies within enterprises and across supply chains can dramatically reduce cycle times, improve quality, reduce waste, and improve bottom

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Are ERP Software Vendors Messing with Your Head? (The Fine Art of Interpreting White Papers)
(Scroll down for my list of Top 10 ERP White Paper Buzzwords!)I first published a version of this post a few years ago. Sad to say, not much has changed

j describing words  the scope of the project, and an idea of potential solutions and approaches. Or maybe you're at the shortlist stage of your software selection project, and you're looking for collateral information on the vendors to get a sense of their overall vision, their development road maps, and their commitment to clients. How are you going to do all this? Well, white papers can help. But only if you know how to parse the buzzwords and marketing jargon. What's a White Paper? No, Really. A white paper is a document Read More...
Fujitsu
Fujitsu Transaction Solutions Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702), collaborates with retailing companies to help reduce their costs

j describing words  Fujitsu Transaction Solutions Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702), collaborates with retailing companies to help reduce their costs and facilitate consumer interactions. Fujitsu's pervasive retailing approach helps companies to minimize the time, cost, and risk of creating interoperability between disparate applications and devices that support a multitude of consumer touch points. Fujitsu's offering includes solution software, point-of-sale store technology, U-Scan Read More...
New CEO at Descartes
Descartes Systems Group has announced the appointment of Edward J. Ryan as Chief Executive Officer, taking the spot that has been occupied by Art Mesher since

j describing words  the appointment of Edward J. Ryan as Chief Executive Officer, taking the spot that has been occupied by Art Mesher since 2004. Mr. Ryan has been serving as Descartes’ Chief Commercial Officer since 2011, and served in other roles since joining Descartes in 2000. The announcement comes just 2 weeks after Descartes’ recent user event, and a week before Descartes is due to announce third-quarter fiscal 2014 (Q3FY14) financial results. Although Descartes states that the elevation of Mr. Ryan is in Read More...
Food and Drug Safety: Prevention Better Than Cure (For Sure) - Part 1
Food production and distribution is a serious and strategic business, and I am not aware of anyone in my surroundings that takes it lightly; food can not only

j describing words  that stopped by to just traditionally exchange holiday gifts). Sure, viral gastroenteritis might likely have had nothing to do with what we ate at the time, but the feeling of being listless and other unpleasant (and unspeakable) G.I. bug symptoms were quite similar to those that food poisoning outbreaks can “treat” us to. Food processing and distribution are not be the only market with burning product safety issues, since similar issues can also apply to the drug and pharmaceuticals sector or Read More...
(Software and Human) Help Wanted in Overwhelmed Retail Stores
My recent series on Quantum Retail presented the many difficult merchandise range and assortment planning issues that retailers face, and the ensuing tough

j describing words  top of more complex projects with multiple tasks that have to be executed in a certain order such as an entire seasonal campaign (e.g., Back to School, Halloween, Black Friday, etc.) with specific promotions in specific departments. Store operations also have the responsibility to execute (and occasionally rearrange) the planogram layouts that scientifically determine how many facings of item multi-packs and flavors (say, yogurt, cereal, or pudding) there should be in rural and suburban stores serving Read More...
And the Real ERP Is…
On October 9, I ran a contest asking readers to define ERP in their own words. Why? Because there are so many different definitions floating around on the Web

j describing words  SCM systems! ERP was just the organization's generic way of referring to any enterprise system… Here are your entries to the Real ERP Challenge (I've edited them very lightly): Manuel Ortiz: An ERP when chosen correctly is a tool that allows the company to be more efficient, increasing productivity and profits. When chosen incorrectly it can be an expensive proposition. My thoughts: This is an interesting comment, because it raises the point that an ERP system is only as efficient as the Read More...
Frankie Does ERP, Part 1
[Editor’s note: Frank is not a composite character. He is a real person, employed at a real company. I’ve changed certain identifying particulars at his request

j describing words  whom want my boss’s job after they’ve digested and shat mine out. Thanks to the latest round of layoffs, there are only 300 of us left at Scrotchets, Inc., so upward mobility is at a premium. I’m a little older than I thought I’d be at this stage of my career. My boss is an asshole. He likes to call me Frankie when I screw up. My home life is, well, frayed is the word. Financial pressures will do that to a family. My boss, on the other hand, comes from a family of means. His name is Theodore. Read More...
ERP Selection Facts and Figures Case Study - Part 2: Qualitative Assessments and Analysis
This is part two of a note describing an opportunity TEC had to evaluate and compare the four top ERP vendors for a client. Each vendor’s offering differed in

j describing words  Planning and Scheduling (APS). J.D. Edwards Advantages : Online Expense reports and procurement cards are highly integrated with the General Ledger. JD Edwards' back-flush capabilities are also very strong. The ability to report deviations from Bill of Materials in production is very sophisticated Disadvantages : Distinguishing between internal and external comments on Purchase Orders and Purchase Requisitions is poor. Identification of components with long purchase lead times at an early design stage Read More...
ERP Vendor to Client:
The backstory: a lawsuit filed in 2008 by Alabama pet food maker Sunshine Mills over a Ross Systems ERP implementation.Fast-forward to December 3, 2010

j describing words  2010, when an Alabama jury awarded Sunshine Mills $61 million (USD) in damages ($45 million of which were punitive). From CIO.com's article about the verdict , quoting Sunshine Mills attorney Daniel McDowell: Ross Systems handled the training of Sunshine workers on the system, he said. In an internal e-mail, one Ross employee called Sunshine workers clueless fools who were unable to learn how to use it. To be precise : Ross Systems officials allegedly made fun of Sunshine Mills employees behind their Read More...
What I Hate About HTML5, Multi-Tenancy, and Context-Aware Computing
The terms HTML5, multi-tenancy, and context-aware computing are often-used technology buzzwords representing the current megatrends of mobility, the cloud, and

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Liberty Alliance vs. WS-I; J2EE vs. .NET; Overwhelmed .YET? Part 2: Comparison, Challenges, & Recommendations
The battle for the dominance in Web services has so far largely been a war of words without the clear winner yet (and not any time soon). While interoperability

j describing words  Alliance vs. WS-I; J2EE vs. .NET; Overwhelmed .YET? Part 2: Comparison, Challenges, & Recommendations Event Summary February appeared to be the month in which Web Services earned notable legitimacy. Recently, IBM and Microsoft , the two largest proponents of Web Services, and a slew of other prominent IT companies and enterprises ( Accenture , BEA Systems , Hewlett-Packard , Fujitsu , Intel , Oracle , and SAP to name some) have joined to form the Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I, Read More...

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