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IBM & ILOG Matrimony: Good for BPM, Uncertain for SCM? -- Part 3
Part 2 of this blog topic continued to analyze IBM’s rationale behind acquiring ILOG to bolster its service oriented architecture (SOA) and business process

logical flow diagrams  IBM is the most logical vendor to step in and acquire a spend management solution provider like Ariba (which offers a somewhat non-traditional combination of software, services and supplier network enablement). Given that i2 Technologies has lately, prior to the JDA Software merger agreement , groomed itself into a more specialized SCM consultant for complex environments, with a possibility of offering its software tools where appropriate, I was at some stage suspecting IBM as a possible suitor. Oh well, 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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ERP Plus and Beyond
ERP Plus provides tools that metal fabricators need to streamline their quoting, order entry, inventory control, production, labor collection, shipping, and

logical flow diagrams  brink of demise? One logical explanation is that since late 2002, the vendor has refrained from targeting general discrete manufacturing markets, and has consequently avoided direct and recurring competition with the likes of Made2Manage Systems , Infor VISUAL (former Lilly Software ), Infor SyteLine (formerly under MAPICS , Frontstep and Symix Systems ), Intuitive Manufacturing Systems , and Microsoft Business Solutions ( MBS ). But this prompts another question: even if ERP Plus has functional parity an Read More
Business Agility for Communication Service Providers: A Few Simple Steps Are a Great Way to Start
In today’s market, customers have no patience for companies that let their size and complex product lines slow them down. The challenge for communication

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Introduction to QLogic InfiniPath InfiniBand Adapters
“The lower the communications latency, the faster the time-to-solution.” This truism, though logical and truthful, is only useful to IT managers if it is

logical flow diagrams  time-to-solution.” This truism, though logical and truthful, is only useful to IT managers if it is accompanied by suggestions targeting ways to reduce communications latency. But help is here: a single-chip application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC), optimized for communications patterns typically found in HPC applications, makes this truism ring truer. Read More
Manufacturing Software for an Integrated Steel Plant
Manufacturing processes for an integrated steel plant typically encompass three distinct types of manufacturing: flow manufacturing, process manufacturing, and

logical flow diagrams  Software for an Integrated Steel Plant An integrated steel plant is huge by any measurement. Capacity is generally more than 1 million tonnes per annum, and in many big plants, it is more than 10 million tonnes per annum. The raw materials that are consumed are also in huge quantities, be it coal (coking coal or non-coking coal depending on technology used for iron making), iron ore, limestone, dolomite, or any other raw material. Properties of these raw materials vary greatly. Despite the Read More
You Need More Than Functions and Features to Implement an ERP Package Part Two: More Tools and Summary
This article continues the examination of tools that a vendor may supply that can make the implementation of an ERP package easier for your project team, end

logical flow diagrams  prevents you from designing illogical or impractical workflows. As a result, you would be prevented from mapping the order taking transaction directly into a shipment transaction. Where is the picklist generation? Where is the pick confirmation? Likewise you would be prevented from mapping a purchase order workflow into a billing process. Configurator must have the built in intelligence to ensure that basic transactional relationships are upheld and enforced. Again, a simple example will illustrate how Read More
Synergy
Exact Synergy allows organizations to create and manage their business communities and processes by bringing together every individual, document, and

logical flow diagrams  Exact Synergy allows organizations to create and manage their business communities and processes by bringing together every individual, document, and activity so that each decision and every action contributes to the flow of business. Synergy includes functionality for human capital management (HCM); knowledge management; portal management; and customer relationship management (CRM). Read More
Is There a Smarter Way to Handle Excess Active and Obsolete Inventory?
Imagine the convenience of a 24x7 intranet marketplace where companies could sell off their inventory to the highest bidder. FreeFlow is one such business

logical flow diagrams  sales force. The first logical step would be to engage the existing channel by establishing a private auction platform to post the inventory. Members of the sales team—or selected channel partners and retailers—could then bid competitively on the inventory. Minimum price thresholds would be set and bidding activity would take prices upward from there. These opportunities would afford sales representatives and retailers alike the opportunity to generate upside sales revenue by buying in inventory at a Read More
Is ROI King In Evaluating IT Investments? Part 1. Should We Make the Investment?
IT managers should recognize that cash flow measurements are being increasingly used to evaluate IT investments, even though initial estimates of cash flows

logical flow diagrams  IT projects that are logically associated with the original cash flow assumptions can still indicate the results of the IT project even if the underlying business assumptions change. About the Authors William Bill Friend and Olin Thompson are consultants who specialize in the application of IT to business problems in the process industries. Bill is a principal of WR Friend & Associates ( www.wrfriend.com ) and has over 25 years executive experience in food and chemical manufacturing and can be reached Read More
SAP Takes HANA Enterprise to the Cloud
SAP has announced SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service, taking the logical but no less important step of taking its SAP HANA platform to the cloud, giving

logical flow diagrams  service , taking the logical but no less important step of taking its SAP HANA platform to the cloud, giving organizations a new deployment option for the in-memory platform. The SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service will enable organizations to run mission-critical instances of SAP’s enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), and Netweaver Business Warehouse solutions in the cloud, powered by HANA. SAP plans to deliver the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud through its partners Read More
Input/Output StreamGuard Implementation and Uses
Ideally, your service area network (SAN) permits an uninterrupted flow of data all the time. Unfortunately, with changes to the SAN fabric—when a server comes

logical flow diagrams  Output StreamGuard Implementation and Uses Ideally, your service area network (SAN) permits an uninterrupted flow of data all the time. Unfortunately, with changes to the SAN fabric—when a server comes online, or when storage ports are added—the attendant tape backups might cause a serious lapse in the flow of data. However, an interoperable solution can keep registered state change notifications (RSCNs) from making your SAN go haywire. Read More
APICS 2009 Webcast Session 3: Lean for Materials Managers
In the forthcoming 2009 APICS International Conference and Expo, many educational tracks will be covered by industry leaders, and lean is one of them. Since we

logical flow diagrams  2009 Webcast Session 3: Lean for Materials Managers In the forthcoming 2009 APICS International Conference and Expo, many educational tracks will be covered by industry leaders, and lean is one of them. Since we are in a global economic crisis where every manufacturer, supplier, and producer is trying to reduce cost and minimize waste while increasing production or throughput, I am particularly interested in the “lean” educational track to hear what the experts are saying. Recently, I had the Read More
MySQL Replication Using DRBD
The distributed replicated block device (DRBD) is a software-based replicated storage solution mirroring the content of block devices (hard disks, partitions

logical flow diagrams  devices (hard disks, partitions, logical volumes, etc.) between servers. DRBD mirrors data in real time, transparently, and synchronously or asynchronously. Learn how to initialize it and configure your MySQL server to use DRBD to synchronize your data, as well as troubleshooting tips. Read More
Lean Tools and Practices that Eliminate Manufacturing Waste
A number of lean manufacturing tools and practices have long been used to reduce manufacturing waste. These include the five S's, visual controls, standardized

logical flow diagrams  Tools and Practices that Eliminate Manufacturing Waste Tools and Practices that Deal with Waste Lean Manufacturing: A Primer described seven categories of waste. The following dozen or so fundamental technical tools and practices of lean manufacturing have long been used to curb or eliminate some of these types of waste. Note that this is not necessarily an exhaustive list, nor are the items within it in any particular order of importance. This is Part Two of a multi-part note. The Five S's The first Read More
Web-Based Account Receivable Management Application for Electronic Invoice Payment Presentment (EIPP)
Adopting on-line payment systems can help businesses improve cash flow and save time and money. Inovium’s integrated, web-based account receivable management

logical flow diagrams  Based Account Receivable Management Application for Electronic Invoice Payment Presentment (EIPP) Adopting on-line payment systems can help businesses improve cash flow and save time and money. Inovium’s integrated, web-based account receivable management application for electronic invoice payment presentment is one such system. Read More

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