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SAP Learns The Ropes Of Fashion/Outfitting
With a heavy heart, in 1999, SAP had to go back to the drawing board, to do a thorough redesign of its erstwhile ill-reputed Apparel & Footwear Solution (AFS

lesson planners  time, and that the lesson of catering to SMEs has been learned as well. Another interesting fact to notice is a somewhat similar genesis of SAP CRM product, which, at the release 3.1 is finally showing full-fledged CRM product characteristics (see SAP Keeps Traction On Some Tires Of Its Omni-Wheel-Drive ). SAP has indeed made significant strides to meet the vast majority of apparel manufacturers' requirements. The fashion industry remains abundant with enterprises' challenges to remain competitive in 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 Two Faces of Risk: Cultivating Risk Intelligence for Competitive Advantage
You needn’t be a seer or sage to perceive risk@it’s as predictable and devastating as a Florida hurricane and as far-reaching as a corporate scandal. But you do

lesson planners  expansion proves a painful lesson, as evidenced by weak sales figures, scant market penetration and, ultimately, withdrawal from the country altogether. The cost of this folly? In the tens of millions. For many companies, the failure to imagine failure represents a gaping void. Fundament questions that must be asked, not avoided, including the following. What could cause us to fail in: attaining and sustaining revenue growth? increasing our operating margins and improve the efficiency of our assets? Read More...
J.D. Edwards and Numetrix Ponder the Future as One
Deciding that acquisition is the better part of valor, Numetrix cancelled its IPO to combine fortunes with ERP vendor J. D. Edwards & Company. Though

lesson planners  it has learned a lesson from PeopleSoft in this regard. Capitalize on Numetrix's considerable advances in web-enabled collaborative planning to jump-start extensions to their product suite and industry coverage, as well as to enhance existing initiatives in CRM, Business Intelligence and E-Commerce (see TEC's note, J.D. Edwards Creating OneWorld of Mid-sized ERP Users ). User Recommendations Numetrix has always built their business around the technology and were committed to satisfying customer Read More...
Siemens Releases Tecnomatix 11
Siemens PLM Software has announced the release of the latest version of its widely used digital manufacturing solution for manufacturing engineering, Tecnomatix

lesson planners  Releases Tecnomatix 11 Siemens PLM Software has announced the release of the latest version of its widely used digital manufacturing solution for manufacturing engineering, Tecnomatix 11 . The latest release offers a more advanced digital manufacturing solution that promises to deliver smart, fast, and lean manufacturing, including Manufacturing Process Management (MPM). New in Tecnomatix 11 Tecnomatix 11 provides customers the ability to take control with a single source of manufacturing knowledge Read More...
Product End-of-life: A Primer
There are five stages that usually make up the lifecycle of a product: introduction, growth, maturity, decline, and termination.During introduction

lesson planners  End-of-life: A Primer There are five stages that usually make up the lifecycle of a product: introduction, growth, maturity, decline, and termination. During introduction, companies typically focus on the success of the product. Maturity is the stage when their focus is to take advantage of momentum and sell as much as possible. Only during maturity or decline do they start worrying about product end-of-life—which may be too late, as the transition from maturity to decline can happen very quickly Read More...
Expert’s Guide to Successful MRP Projects
To succeed in their tasks, planners and schedulers rely on materials resource planning (MRP) software to make recommendations and send signals. To make

lesson planners  Guide to Successful MRP Projects To succeed in their tasks, planners and schedulers rely on materials resource planning (MRP) software to make recommendations and send signals. To make meaningful suggestions, MRP requires a steady diet of accurate, relevant, and timely data. This guide breaks down two critical MRP project success factors: 1) tips to select the right MRP software, and 2) best practices to extract meaningful value from MRP solutions. Read More...
Managing Your Supply Chain Using Microsoft Axapta: A Book Excerpt Part Two: Understanding Planning Calculations
The S&OP game plans drive coordination of supply chain activities based on planning calculations. The primary coordination engine-termed the master scheduling

lesson planners  Your Supply Chain Using Microsoft Axapta: A Book Excerpt Part Two: Understanding Planning Calculations Managing Your Supply Chain Using Microsoft Axapta: A Book Excerpt Part Two: Understanding Planning Calculations Featured Author - Dr. Scott Hamilton - March 24, 2004 Understanding Planning Calculations The S&OP game plans can be expressed as master schedules for stocked items and a finishing (or final assembly) schedule for make-to-order manufactured items. These game plans drive coordination of Read More...
ERP: Origins, Developments, and Trends
ERP first developed as a form of inventory control and later grew to link disparate bodies of information together from across the enterprise. Now, ERP

lesson planners  Origins, Developments, and Trends Introduction History teaches everything, including the future. —Lamartine The names for new technology systems continue to change, but the promises they make remain the same: improve the bottom line. This is the first installment of Back to the Basics , an intermittent series that will unearth the core definitions of buzzwords and key application systems, and chart their evolution. Understanding their evolution is essential to knowing their current use, future Read More...
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

lesson planners  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 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 Read More...
AspenTech Keeps on Enhancing aspenONE
Process industries often find the sophisticated software products from Aspen Technology (a.k.a., AspenTech) quite functional and useful in catering to their

lesson planners  Keeps on Enhancing aspenONE Process industries often find the sophisticated software products from  Aspen Technology (a.k.a., AspenTech ) quite functional and useful in catering to their complex supply chain planning (SCP), manufacturing execution, and engineering process optimization needs. The vendor has about 1,500 companies in the energy, chemical, construction, and pharmaceutical industries as its customers (its name, curiously, stands for “Advanced System for Process Engineering”). In Read More...
The Demand-Driven Supply Chain and Demantra
Demand-driven supply chains focus on pulling demand and maximizing effectiveness and profitability while traditional supply chains push products and create

lesson planners  Demand-Driven Supply Chain and Demantra Introduction Demand-driven supply chains focus on pulling demand and maximizing effectiveness and profitability while traditional supply chains push products and create efficiencies. This difference is the key to improving all supply chain processes and generating significant cost savings and growth. The concept of the Demand-Driven Supply Chain is the convergence of marketing and supply chain management. In the consumer products industries, this is of key Read More...
Six Keys to Exceeding Expectations with Inventory Optimization Initiatives
Inventory optimization is a proven vehicle to gain competitive value through reduced inventory, freed-up working capital, and improved service levels. But

lesson planners  Keys to Exceeding Expectations with Inventory Optimization Initiatives Logility Voyager Inventory Optimization improves the performance of multi-echelon supply chains, releasing millions in confined working capital and providing a new level of confidence in every supply chain decision. Source: Logility Resources Related to Six Keys to Exceeding Expectations with Inventory Optimization Initiatives : Supply Chain Optimization (Wikipedia) Six Keys to Exceeding Expectations with Inventory Optimization Read More...
Enterprise Applications--The Genesis and Future, Revisited Part Two: 1990s--Enterprise Resource Planning
Integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) software solutions became synonymous with competitive advantage, particularly throughout the 1990's. Customers

lesson planners  Applications--The Genesis and Future, Revisited Part Two: 1990s--Enterprise Resource Planning Enterprise Applications—The Genesis and Future, Revisited Part Two: 1990s—Enterprise Resource Planning P.J. Jakovljevic - April 1, 2004 1990s—Enterprise Resource Planning Integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) software solutions became synonymous with competitive advantage, particularly throughout the 1990's. The idea behind ERP systems was to replace islands of information with a single, Read More...
Beware Supply Chain Excel Users (You Are Doomed!)
Last week, I attended a supply chain management (SCM) user conference in Florida.The main objective of the user conference was to help users learn and share

lesson planners  Supply Chain Excel Users (You Are Doomed!) Last week, I attended a supply chain management (SCM) user conference in Florida . The main objective of the user conference was to help users learn and share experiences to eliminate business pains faced either due to lack of technology or business processes. MS Excel, was proudly mentioned in many of the conversations I had with supply chain professionals. It felt like SCM professionals were married to Excel, and their supply chain and operational Read More...
Overcoming Chemicals Industry Challenges through Optimization of Distribution and Inventory
For chemical companies, optimizing the distribution network and rationalizing inventories are the keys to an efficient supply chain and smoother operations

lesson planners  Chemicals Industry Challenges through Optimization of Distribution and Inventory Optimizing Distribution and Rationalizing Inventories Most chemical companies are still unable to profitably respond to highly variable demand, or to execute predictable product supply strategies. A previous note, So What's the Big Deal with Chemicals? , presented the current state of the chemicals industry, including a discussion of the challenges the industry faces. Part Two of the series So What's the Big Deal Read More...

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