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Enhancing Lean Practices: Lean Adoption in the Industrial Machinery and Components Industry
Customer churn rates are higher than ever: although businesses say they are devoted to loyalty, their management systems and budgets do not support that claim

kpis apo  paramount importance Measure these KPIs often. Do it on a daily basis. Evaluate technology capabilities to enhance visibility and improve supply chain flexibility Evolve to a to order environment, pulling demand directly from customers Leverage external consultants to pioneer Lean development Conduct Kaizen Blitz workshops to monitor continuous improvement efforts Map the value stream from customer to suppliers Implement basic Lean production techniques   Chapter One: Issue at Hand Companies adopt

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Optiant Going to a (Much) Better Place: Logility - Part 3


Part 1 of this series analyzed the late-March acquisition of long-struggling inventory optimization (IO) provider Optiant by long well-performing supply chain management (SCM) provider Logility. I then discussed Logility’s acquisition history to set the stage for the current offerings that Optiant will join.The 2004 acquisition of Demand Management, Inc. (DMI) and its Demand Solutions brand was

kpis apo  the ability to compare KPIs from multiple plans in a “planned vs. actual” manner. In addition, tabular and graphical presentations include current and prior scenarios. Voyager Manufacturing Planning is well suited for process and discrete manufacturing industries and competes with AspenTech, WAM Systems , and  SAP APO Demand Planning . Transportation and Logistics Management The execution part of Logility Voyager Solutions provides capabilities for optimizing both warehouse and transportation Read More

Sorting Through the ERP, Lean MFG, APS, and MES Clutter - Part 2


Part 1 of this blog series started with the fact that the ability to sense demand and become a demand-driven (responsive) business is more than just the catch phrase du jour: it has become a recipe for survival. Every sensible enterprise is on a quest to deliver on time and as quickly as necessary, with minimum inventory (and working capital), and the highest necessary

kpis apo  allow tradeoffs between critical KPIs (and “what if” scenarios to be tested). In fact, many lean deployments are so focused on removing waste that lean has become a synonym for cost cutting, often at the expense of manufacturing responsiveness and having adverse consequences on customer service levels. Indeed, what about the so-called “repeaters” and “strangers” (in Preactor 's lingo), the products that entail the remaining 94 percent of the product range and that by definition have variable Read More

Logility: Supply Chain Innovator and Workhorse


Logility, a global provider of collaborative supply chain software solutions, is relatively small, but its functional scope (from planning to execution) and depth of expertise is on par with or stronger than that of its competitors for the markets it serves. TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic gives an overview of Logility’s capabilities and interviews Logility’s vice president of marketing, Karen Bursa.

kpis apo  chain key performance indicators (KPIs). Some of its modules are also based on in-memory (or memory resident) solvers (calculation engines). Size Misperception There might be a couple of reasons why Logility’s market visibility is low and why the company is perceived as sitting at the lower end of the market. One reason is the company’s somewhat convoluted ownership structure; Logility is a majority-owned subsidiary of American Software . But as of 2004 Logility has its own autonomous subsidiary, Read More

SAP Tackles Real-time Demand Sensing


SAP has announced the general availability of the SAP Enterprise Demand Sensing application, with new capabilities to improve companies’ demand management and business planning processes. The idea is to transform supply chains to become demand-driven or even market-driven, whereby supply chain professionals and their marketing counterparts can work more closely together. Capabilities within the

kpis apo  Tackles Real-time Demand Sensing SAP has announced the  general availability of the SAP Enterprise Demand Sensing application , with new capabilities to improve companies’ demand management and business planning processes. The idea is to transform supply chains to become demand-driven or even market-driven, whereby supply chain professionals and their marketing counterparts can work more closely together. Capabilities within the SAP Enterprise Demand Sensing application improve the quality of Read More

Curbing MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part III


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kpis apo  For example, comparative factory KPIs would be: the factory's overall equipment effectiveness (OEE ) trends, manufactured units per man-hour across plants, cost per unit (by product and/or product type), and on-time delivery. For its part, plant performance KPIs would be: performance by shift/product, plan attainment, downtime percentage, labor variance, and waste percentage. Finally, operation intelligence and analysis could provide KPIs like the categorization of downtime, reasons for yield loss, or Read More

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The distinction between business performance management and operational business intelligence is sometimes unclear. Many vendor offerings overlap in terms of features and functionality, making it difficult to distinguish between the two. However, there are some differences worth exploring.

kpis apo  management of metrics or KPIs to manage the application of strategic planning, whereas OBI leverages the use of BI to embed those tools within organizational processes. OBI uses general BI tools to leverage the BI platform and analytics in order to help users make timely business decisions. The term right-time BI has been coined to denote the ability to provide the right decision makers with the right information at the right time. This has been accomplished primarily by bringing the traditional BI Read More

Oracle to Offer APS Package for Small Companies


"The upcoming Oracle Applications User Group (OAUG) event, to be held in Orlando, Fla., promises something for businesses large and small. Not only will Oracle Corp. focus on the upcoming release of its Oracle 11i applications suite for large enterprises, the company also will begin to extend its applications into the small enterprise market, sources said. Included in the new suite will be an advanced planning and scheduling tool, Oracle Advanced Supply Chain Planning, sources said." Computer Reseller News, 9/17/99.

kpis apo  to Offer APS Package for Small Companies Oracle to Offer APS Package for Small Companies S. McVey - September 27th, 1999 Event Summary Seeking new avenues for growth, $8.8 billion Oracle Corporation will extend its reach into the small enterprise market. The suite includes Oracle's new APS (Advanced Planning and Scheduling) package announced near the end of June, which includes Demand Planning, Supply Chain Planning, Global Available to Promise, and Manufacturing Scheduling. Details of the small Read More

KPI's: Key Project Impeders


Paying attention to the human nature factors of a project will not overcome poor software selection or poor software design. However, being aware of these factors can minimize project delays, frustrations of team members, and not delivering expected results. Learn about some of these factors and how they can be avoided.

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SAP AG - ERP Leader with a "New Dimension"


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kpis apo  define clear and assertive KPIs that focus on achieving a complete view of the organization and the level of satisfaction it provides to its customers. The book’s four sections cover the following main topics: The basics of performance management The effective use of data The strategic analysis of data for measuring service performance The transformation of service operations and its impact on customer experience The book is organized to follow the implementation of a service performance solution from Read More

Current Trends in Supply Chain Analytics Systems


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kpis apo  the current status of KPIs vis-a-vis their targets. Color codes are an added advantage in that they denote the status of various KPIs. Organizations require a flexible tool that will allow them to model the scorecard by giving different weights to various KPIs. 3. Target setting The supply chain analytics system should be able to capture the target values of KPIs, and should provide the functionality to direct to the bottom level the target that is decided at the top level of the organization’s Read More

Finding the Right BPM Solution-and Making It Work for You


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kpis apo  and/or key performance indicators (KPIs) may provide more concrete and consistent measures of performance. • Considering a BPM application that can be adapted to an organization’s requirements and methodologies to improve performance. And consider the words of SAP’s Timo Elliott from a recent interview with TEC : The key area of improvement that is required is to always remember that BI is about people and the business, not about the software architecture. The technology is, of course, often a Read More

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