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How to Achieve Lean Manufacturing
Lean manufacturing is a transformational exercise that requires an organization to cast aside long-held beliefs and business processes. The five main steps to

long term agreements  material and labor as long as possible. To that end, intuitive and visible pull signals should initiate manufacturing and movement of material. This might necessitate support for various types of pull signals or kanbans (e.g., printed-out cards or electronic signals in case of using computers). Production of product can consequently be order-less, with backflushing to report automatic material consumption of components. This should result in major reductions in work-in-process (WIP) and production cycle Read More...
ERP for the Oil and Gas Industry (Upstream)
The model of ERP systems for the upstream oil and gas sector addresses the particularly specialized business model of this industry. It is common practice for companies, individuals, and government...
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10 Key Considerations When Outsourcing QA and Testing Services
With the increase in global IT outsourcing agreements, many companies are looking at outsourcing quality assurance (QA) and testing to ensure high-quality

long term agreements  in the short and long term. Read More...
Epicor Claims The Forefront Of CRM.NET-ification Part 1
By harnessing .NET possibly more zealously than its creator Microsoft’s Great Plains and Navision enterprise counterparts, and while difficult market conditions

long term agreements  expect that in the long term (although quite a long term) the suites will converge in this way. This completes Part One of a two-part analysis of recent news from Epicor. Part Two will continue to examine the Market Impact and make User Recommendations. Read More...
Parametric Technology Corporation's Bold Vision Drives Growth and Innovation
Cooperative markets and clever strategies controlling internal developments and guiding marketing may help Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC) reach

long term agreements  any indicator, PTC's ambitious long term growth projections might be justified. The company reported fiscal year 2005 (ending September 30, 2005) revenues of $720.7 million (USD), up 9 percent over 2004, and a generally accepted accounting principa l (GAAP) net income of $83.6 million (USD), which was well above the fiscal year 2004 net income of $34.8 million (USD). Growth Strategies: A Road Map to $1 Billion (USD) PTC developed a strategic long term plan for growth that includes multiple components, Read More...
Network Engines, Inc. - Double the CPUs for Web Serving
Network Engines, Inc. is a leading vendor of extremely thin rackmount servers used in the rapidly growing area of web serving. In this note, we examine the

long term agreements  and review the company's long term viability, especially as it relates to company size. ANetwork Engines IPO will alleviate some of the viability concerns. Read More...
Onyx Software: CRM Vendor Battling For Viability
Onyx Software is one of the few direct competitors of Siebel Systems with a solid chance at long-term success in the CRM market. A strong customer focus and a

long term agreements  devote IT resources to long implementations. Onyx's average mid-market implementation takes approximately 12 weeks. High-end implementations take approximately 16 weeks. This is considerably shorter than Siebel implementations that can take 6 months for comparable projects. This is an attractive selling point to larger organizations that realize risk of failure positively correlates with implementation time. Onyx's second strength is its 100% web-based architecture. Applications are accessed entirely Read More...
The Third Paradigm
Supply chain systems to date have represented the back-end of that process of servicing markets and have taken us a long way in replacing assets with

long term agreements  has taken us a long way in replacing assets with information. But the fact is, building products still takes a long time . Contrastingly, markets require short response times—days. So far, the game plan is still to hedge with assets—people, plant and materials. Leaner, yes—but we are still victims of the uncertainty created by the gap—between market uncertainties and the expectation for definitiveness. Firms have tried various methods to deal with this—outsourcing many processes to dump risk Read More...
Information Life Cycle Management for Business Data
While companies have long seen their stores of data as valuable corporate assets, how they manage those stores varies enormously. Today, however, new government

long term agreements  Data While companies have long seen their stores of data as valuable corporate assets, how they manage those stores varies enormously. Today, however, new government regulations require that companies retain and control information for long periods of time. Find out what IT managers are doing to meet these new regulatory requirements, and learn about solutions for storing vast quantities of data for the lowest possible cost. Read More...
Case Study: Hyne Timber
Hyne Timber, with over 1,000 employees and 12 wholesale outlets in eastern Australia, finds advantage in taking a long view in developing its strategy. Part of

long term agreements  advantage in taking a long view in developing its strategy. Part of that strategy is its IT operations. PRONTO-Xi, the company’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, offers functionality for effective manufacturing, sales, and inventory management. Discover how Pronto’s ERP offers Hyne an integrated view of timber operations. Read More...
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

long term agreements  (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 especially valuable as it provided more than 800 active customers in the growing  small and midsize enterprise (SME)  market for Logility. Today, Logility’s customer base encompasses about 1,250 Read More...
Application Erosion: More Causes and Cures
Application erosion is real and it has a significant impact on the long-term value of technology. It can have various causes, but there is a possible solution

long term agreements  that the users no longer consider it important that they are correct. Alternatively, the business process does not generate the same numbers as in the past so the system reflects something other than reality. Our CIO experienced this symptom. His action was to increase the visibility of the data within the enterprise, with an emphasis on top management. He implemented a business intelligence (BI) project. Since his BI solution was pre-built for his ERP system, he started seeing results within weeks of Read More...
How Do People in Different Regions of the World Select Software?
The joke “If … Made Toasters” (here is one of many variations) has been circulating and evolving on the Web for quite a long time. The first time I read it was

long term agreements  Web for quite a long time. The first time I read it was at least 10 years ago, but once in a while I still receive it in my inbox. Since we’re always looking for something different, I’m taking the initiative and starting a new topic in a similar pattern—how do people in different regions select software? The United States (US) : In order to select software, Americans need a lot of time and talented people to create derivative selection instruments, key performance indicators (KPIs), and even Read More...
A Modern Tale of Long (Supply Chain) Tails -- Part I
As a little kid growing up in former (and erstwhile happy) Yugoslavia and watching my elders, day in, day out, downing dozens of strong Turkish coffees with

long term agreements  Modern Tale of Long (Supply Chain) Tails -- Part I As a little kid growing up in former (and erstwhile happy) Yugoslavia and watching my elders, day in, day out, downing dozens of strong Turkish coffees with their neighbors and relatives (while discussing sports, weather, world politics, and the neighborhood gossip) I would sometimes naively ask for a sip of coffee. The deterring line (a bogey-man tale) from my folks would be that “kids that drink coffee end up with a tail on their rear side.” A few Read More...
Forecast Less and Get Better Results
Forecasting and planning conventions dictate that planning far into the future is a necessity. But is long-term planning really the most productive way to

long term agreements  a necessity. But is long-term planning really the most productive way to organize your business? No, not really. Detailed forecasts and plans are needed only inside the “planning time fence”—a critical period for acquiring specific components and building certain products—and for many companies, only four to eight weeks into the future. Read More...
IT Telesales: The Key to Short-term Technology and Software Revenue Growth
Companies often overlook telesales as a vital source of core revenue. In fact, telesales can be a major driver of software sales and can make an impact far more

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