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Has SAP Nailed Plant Level Leadership with Lighthammer?
The acquisition of the formerly loyal composite applications partner Lighthammer bolsters SAP's capabilities of connectivity and visibility into manufacturing

lighthammer  the enterprise by acquiring Lighthammer Software Development Corporation ( http://www.lighthammer.com ), a privately-held supplier of enterprise manufacturing intelligence and collaborative manufacturing software, based in Exton, Pennsylvania (US). Lighthammer and SAP shared a vision of adaptive business networks (ABN), as illustrated by their longstanding partnership, during which Lighthammer was a premier SAP Powered by NetWeaver and SAP xApps partner. The company's approximately sixty employees have 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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User Recommendations for Pricing Management
Price management might improve revenue (by a few percent) and gross margin (even by an umpteen percent), but the truly amazing benefits should only come when

lighthammer  and A2i ); and Lighthammer to deliver enhanced connectivity between the plant floor and the enterprise (see Has SAP Nailed the Plant Level Leadership with Lighthammer? ). Part Three of the Applications Giants Bolster Their Pricing Management Capabilities series. Vendavo has long been a strategic marketing and development partner of SAP. It has an industry-centric pricing product, which is delivered as an SAP xApp -like composite application. Consequently, the SAP and Vendavo product roadmaps are jointly Read More...
Curbing MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part III
Part II of this blog series expanded on some of TEC's earlier articles about companies' need for better links between the plant floor and the enterprise offices

lighthammer  Solutions’ assertion that SAP’s Lighthammer buy, however, stands out as a notable SAP Perfect Plant milestone. This solution quickly evolved into SAP’s Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence composite application (xMII ), and is today known as SAP Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence (SAP MII) application. SAP MII serves as a plant-level integration hub for core enterprise transactional systems including SAP ERP [ evaluate this product ] and the rest of SAP Business Suite applications Read More...
SAP NetWeaver Background, Direction, and User Recommendations
SAP is using NetWeaver to reach to the shop floor by aggregating and presenting information to users, thus empowering them to improve manufacturing performance.

lighthammer  how its recently acquired Lighthammer technology will be integrated into the NetWeaver stack (beyond now being part of SAP xMII), how it will be licensed to other software vendors and SAP customers (i.e., whether it will be a central piece, or the independent business units can dictate their own rules), and how its lack of a persistent data model for multiple industries will be addressed down the track. In other words, the role of SAP xMII relative to SAP NetWeaver and its partners' solutions needs Read More...
The Impact of the 'Assembler Strategy' in the Enterprise Applications Field
Infor's latest acquisitions and vertically-focused

lighthammer  SAP's recent acquisition of Lighthammer (see Has SAP Nailed Plant Level Leadership with Lighthammer? ), certainly raise the bar for Infor in comparison to the capabilities of SSA Global, Intentia , IFS , Oracle, IBS , Ross Systems /CDC Software , Epicor Software , QAD , Glovia , and so on. Datastream Benefits Datastream's asset performance management strategy delivers value to customers by connecting critical maintenance and asset information with operational data, in order to improve organizational Read More...
SAP Q3 Results Cause Mixed Reactions
On October 19, SAP announced its results for Q3 2000, in which revenues rose 27% and net income increased 96% over the same period last year. However, bear in mind that SAP’s export figures have been bloated to a degree by currency effects, namely a recent favorable exchange rate between dollars and Euros . Even without that effect, 17% revenue growth in the US is much less compared to recent reports from its direct competitors, which should indicate a possible loss of market share.

lighthammer  Plant Level Leadership with Lighthammer? | Where is Oracle in the Product Lifecycle Management Software Market? | SAP NetWeaver Background, Direction, and User Recommendations | Multipurpose SAP NetWeaver | Pelion Systems Champions Manufacturing Process Optimization | Enterprise Resource Planning Giants Eye the Shop Floor | As Hype Becomes Reality, a Radio Frequency Identification Ecosystem Emerges Part Two: The Middleware Dilemma, Partnerships, and What Next? | As Hype Becomes Reality, a Radio Frequency Read More...
SAP for the Chemicals Industry: Challenges and User Recommendations
Using the SAP ERP Chemicals Packaged Solution may represent a significant advantage—but only if SAP is the right enterprise resource planning system for the prospective user company, and if the prepackaged business processes are a suitable fit.

lighthammer  customers between SAP and Lighthammer (prior to the acquisition), and about twenty shared customers with Vendavo , it is obvious that customers are amenable to a tightly integrated partner solution rather an endless wait for SAP functionality. The Chemicals IBU thus wants to develop and grow an ecosystem for the chemicals industry that should provide value to its customers, partners, and SAP. Indeed, the chemicals unit is one of the first within SAP to pilot SAP s Industry Value Network (IVN) program. Read More...
On-demand Product Life Cycle Management: Not Just for Small to Medium Businesses Anymore
Product lifecycle management (PLM) is set to transition to an on-demand model. On-demand models are quicker and cheaper to deploy, but software providers must gain user enterprises' trust before on-demand PLM really takes off.

lighthammer  Plant Level Leadership with Lighthammer? | Where is Oracle in the Product Lifecycle Management Software Market? | SAP NetWeaver Background, Direction, and User Recommendations | Multipurpose SAP NetWeaver | Pelion Systems Champions Manufacturing Process Optimization | Enterprise Resource Planning Giants Eye the Shop Floor | As Hype Becomes Reality, a Radio Frequency Identification Ecosystem Emerges Part Two: The Middleware Dilemma, Partnerships, and What Next? | As Hype Becomes Reality, a Radio Frequency Read More...
Ramco Systems - Diversity Marshaled Through Flexibility
While Ramco System’s combination of experienced offshore application developers, the best practices of component-based applications development and code generation, and strategic partnerships is possibly a unique value proposition, it will still take some doing for a full-blown expansion worldwide.

lighthammer  Plant Level Leadership with Lighthammer? | Where is Oracle in the Product Lifecycle Management Software Market? | SAP NetWeaver Background, Direction, and User Recommendations | Multipurpose SAP NetWeaver | Pelion Systems Champions Manufacturing Process Optimization | Enterprise Resource Planning Giants Eye the Shop Floor | As Hype Becomes Reality, a Radio Frequency Identification Ecosystem Emerges Part Two: The Middleware Dilemma, Partnerships, and What Next? | As Hype Becomes Reality, a Radio Frequency Read More...
ROI Systems - A Little ERP Fellow That Gets By
ROI Systems continues its disciplined new technology adoption. The moderation component of its strategy has been paying off, which proves crucial these days when many of its peers that have traditionally had more exciting and flashy products are facing the crunch.

lighthammer  Plant Level Leadership with Lighthammer? | Where is Oracle in the Product Lifecycle Management Software Market? | SAP NetWeaver Background, Direction, and User Recommendations | Multipurpose SAP NetWeaver | Pelion Systems Champions Manufacturing Process Optimization | Enterprise Resource Planning Giants Eye the Shop Floor | As Hype Becomes Reality, a Radio Frequency Identification Ecosystem Emerges Part Two: The Middleware Dilemma, Partnerships, and What Next? | As Hype Becomes Reality, a Radio Frequency Read More...
Frontstep Ups The .NET Ante Part 2: Challenges and User Recommendations
Frontstep needs to promulgate its strategy of helping its manufacturing customers and their business partners automate and streamline business processes inside and outside the four walls of the enterprise, such as on-line collaboration with customers, suppliers, distributors, and employees, to make everyone’s internal operations more efficient. In a market with stringent IT budgets, Frontstep has to demonstrate how its CRM, ERP, and SCM products deliver actual savings.

lighthammer  Plant Level Leadership with Lighthammer? | Where is Oracle in the Product Lifecycle Management Software Market? | SAP NetWeaver Background, Direction, and User Recommendations | Multipurpose SAP NetWeaver | Pelion Systems Champions Manufacturing Process Optimization | Enterprise Resource Planning Giants Eye the Shop Floor | As Hype Becomes Reality, a Radio Frequency Identification Ecosystem Emerges Part Two: The Middleware Dilemma, Partnerships, and What Next? | As Hype Becomes Reality, a Radio Frequency Read More...

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