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To Upgrade, or Not To Upgrade: That Is Not The Question-But How To Upgrade Is
Companies can easily spend hundreds of thousands of dollars implementing an enterprise resource planning (ERP) package. After completing this rollercoaster ride

justification to training  reflected in the cost justification process. Upgrading Rationale The most obvious answer to the upgrade dilemma is that if you've already paid for the new release, why not use it? You do the math. ERP software selling conservatively for $250,000 comes with an annual maintenance price tag of $50,000 to $60,000. If you don't upgrade, you may be throwing money down the software drain. Now let's look at some the less obvious considerations. Service Packs The decision to apply service packs should be fairly

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Learning Management Suite (LMS)

These are tools for managing, creating, scheduling training or learning in your organization. The terminology varies from vendor to vendor. Learning management systems (LMS) typically help to manage both classroom and on-line learning. They do not normally include content creation or management tools but may in some cases. Some LMSs may manage just classroom or just e-learning rather than both. Some LMSs may also include content authoring and managment and virtual classrooms. Learning content management systems (LCMS) emphasize the management of content for courses/training/learning. In most cases, they include content authoring tools. In some cases, they may also include some of the features of LMSs. Content authoring tools are often provided as part of an LCMS. They may also be stand-alone products. Virtual classrooms (web conferencing tools) normally are separate third party offerings but may be included as part of a suite of tools. Suites of tools include features of at least two or more of the above categories. While some companies offer just LMS or LCMS systems others offer suites of products, which provide all or most of the features of the other tools. Suites combine several capabilities of learning management--usually two or more of the following: learning management, classroom training management, e-learning management, custom content creation, learning content management, learning object repositories, or virtual classrooms.  

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Top 10 PLM Pitfalls To Avoid


Product lifecycle management (PLM) implementation strategies are in many cases unique from company to company. However, it is not uncommon for companies to encounter some of the same obstacles or pitfalls along the way. Understanding where these nasty little pitfalls lie will hopefully help you steer clear of them, and improve your chances for PLM success.

justification to training  definition of needs Unclear justification for introducing PLM Underestimate of management and training requirements Lack of skills and knowledge Lack of implementation support tools Lack of understanding of available solutions Departments disagreeing about working methods Difficulty of objectively identifying benefits of PLM systems Lack of clarity about PLM scope, and what to integrate Underestimate of the required investment Uncertainty about the Return On Investment (ROI) of PLM An outside expert Read More

Justification of ERP Investments Part 1: Quantifiable Benefits from an ERP System


Studies that surveyed manufacturers about the impact of ERP systems on firm performance indicate that company size and industry do not affect the results. Benefits have been indicated for large and small firms, whether they make standard or custom products or are in discrete or process manufacturing environments. This section explains the quantifiable benefits in terms of several areas of improvement. Reprinted from Maximizing Your ERP System by Dr. Scott Hamilton.

justification to training  investment provides the cost justification and motivation for investing in ERP. There are quantifiable benefits as well as intangible benefits in the ERP investment decision. The quantifiable benefits have a bottom-line impact on profitability, asset turnover, and a potential effect on stock value. This section discusses the quantifiable and the intangible benefits of an ERP system, which compares firm performance before and after implementing ERP. Other scenarios are encountered in justifying ERP Read More

Easy ERP: A Challenge to Conventional Thinking


There is a new paradigm when it comes to evaluating ERP systems. With little difference between industry players' solutions, the key is the longevity of the system, its usability, and total cost of ownership.

justification to training  cost of ownership (TCO) justification model like you used to replace a phone system. Now you review the selection criteria that formed the basis for selecting your current system. Do you need to re-document all your current business processes and create a new list of 1,000 plus features to select the best fit system for your unique situation? A quick review of the old functional gap analysis showed that all the finalists were grouped in a narrow range from an 89 percent to 93 percent fit. Functionality Read More

Optimizing the Lead-to-order Process


A superior lead-to-order (LTO) process is essential in today's environment of mass customization. Companies striving to build and maintain market share require an LTO process supported by robust IT and product configuration capabilities. Learn how optimizing your LTO process can help you implement a successful mass customization strategy, and how the benefits of an optimized LTO process relate to lean manufacturing.

justification to training  customer loyalty, offer sufficient justification to upgrade the current LTO process. Quite the contrary: intangible benefits lack the accountability found in quantified ROI analyses used to justify an aggressive implementation effort. There are more than enough direct benefits, including those listed above, to justify the investment and the effort required for success with upgrading LTO. Furthermore, benefits are only one side of the ROI equation. A complete ROI analysis also identifies the Read More

Too Hard to Adopt PLM? Find Ways to Make It Easier


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justification to training  Hard to Adopt PLM? Find Ways to Make It Easier Product lifecycle management (PLM) systems are too complicated, too expensive, and take too long to implement. That’s what I said last month in a blog post . However, more and more companies find that adopting PLM is an unavoidable route to take regardless how many obstacles ahead. Can companies find ways to adopt PLM more easily and faster? After listening to Lectra ’s introduction to its Easy Start PLM implementation approach, I think I’ve found Read More

Microsoft to Add "Encore" Functionality to MBS Great Plains 8.0 Part Two: Market Impact


Microsoft's Encore acquisition should bring the two former partners' complementary product offerings even closer together and should widen opportunities within the public and nonprofit sectors under the Microsoft umbrella. The products' technologies are quite compatible and so their integration will not be terribly complex, if it is to be complex at all.

justification to training  to Add Encore Functionality to MBS Great Plains 8.0 Part Two: Market Impact Market Impact On April 27, Microsoft Corporation 's (NASDAQ: MSFT) Microsoft Business Solutions ( MBS ) division announced the acquisition of accounting products from a Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada-based vendor Encore Business Solutions , Inc . that could be critical to the success of customers and partners in the public sector. The acquisition includes Encore's not-for-profit accounting products and the inter-company Read More

Got BI? Now You Need to Hire a Data Geek. Here’s What to Look For.


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justification to training  BI? Now You Need to Hire a Data Geek. Here’s What to Look For. According to a poll conducted by KDnuggets, salaries in the analytics and data mining space are up in 2011 . While there is no direct proof that the data explosion is increasing the need for business intelligence (BI) or business analytics (BA) specialists, it’s only natural that the increase in BI software adoption and demand for analytics should promote the growth of BI job offerings. So, if your organization already has a BI or BA Read More

Do You Want Your App to Talk Back to You (as a Chatterbox)? - Part 3


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justification to training  You Want Your App to Talk Back to You (as a Chatterbox)? - Part 3 In Part 1 of this blog series I admitted to being a late adopter of a sort , in part for not immediately jumping onto the  social media  bandwagon. In particular, my initial reaction to  Salesforce Chatter (a.k.a. Collaboration Cloud)  was tepid  when it was introduced at the Dreamforce 2009 conference . However, a few months have passed and this period has helped salesforce.com craft the much clearer cloud computing evolution Read More

Using ERP to Deliver E-commerce for Engineer-to-order Companies


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SAP Invited to White House to Showcase Consumer Innovation in Advancing Public Safety


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How to Use Technology to Support the Lean Enterprise: Achieving Profitable Growth through Lean


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justification to training  to Use Technology to Support the Lean Enterprise: Achieving Profitable Growth through Lean Many competitive businesses are implementing “lean” initiatives to expose and attack waste and setting goals for continuous improvement through Six Sigma principles. Consensus is growing that technology is key for successful lean initiatives. This white paper defines addresses the impact lean initiatives have on profitability and considers the role of information technology (IT) in enabling lean initiatives. Read More

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