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Software Selection: A Third Alternative Part Two: Seller's Perspective and the Third Alternative
Failed projects do not bode well for the vendor. It can cause their sales cycle costs only to rise even more and their reputation to suffer or, at least, become

lt auditor  Selection: A Third Alternative Part Two: Seller's Perspective and the Third Alternative Introduction It has, indeed, become a difficult task for corporate IT buyers to discern the true capabilities, strengths and weaknesses, and degree of fit when selecting any given enterprise application suite for their business environment. When making strategic IT acquisitions, project teams can be confronted with an abundance of product, technology, and hardware combinations and choices. Accordingly, they Read More
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Evaluating Enterprise Software-Business Process or Feature/Function-Based Approach? All the above, Perhaps? Part Three: Knowledge Bases and User Recommendations
RFPs and selection tools typically focus on features and functions. The business process protagonists consider this focus old fashioned. However, users want and

lt auditor  standards in retail, or multiple-children bills of material [BOM] in the electronics industry), which need to be defined from scratch and prioritized appropriately. But, these should only be a small fraction of the entire immense RFI effort. Likewise, vendors' and VARs' effort in filling the new RFIs should only be limited to filling that delta document. Why haven't these been captured beforehand? For two main reasons: The expertise across over twenty industries is not likely to be found at any selection Read More
Evaluating Enterprise Software - Business Process or Feature/Function-Based Approach? All the above, Perhaps?
Owing to learning from the past experiences and to the help of specialized selection service providers, selecting an enterprise package has to a degree, become

lt auditor  exact science. Vendors' hype, consultants' conflict of interest and consequent bias, users' doubts and apathy, tediously long selection processes, and unclear decision rationales are some of the unfortunate watchwords for the selection practice so far. It has indeed been daunting for corporate IT buyers to discern the true capabilities, strengths and weaknesses, and degree of fit of a given enterprise application suite for their business environment. The fact that these solutions are not readily availab Read More
Jack Link's Beef Jerky Case Study:
The nagging question is,

lt auditor  jerky available. As a result, the company had neglected its supply chain for several years. The company decided to reverse this set of circumstances by implementing radio frequency identification (RFID) technology together with its underlying best practices and the support of Microsoft . This article looks at how the company chose to get in front of the technology curve before the information highway passed it by. Specifically, the article examines RFID philosophy for SMEs (see Part One ) Company Read More
ERP and SCM Implementations Part Two: Interfaces and Priorities
To a large extent, software packages do work out of the box. Packages that do not perform perfectly or as users would expect is when dissatisfaction arises

lt auditor  This dissatisfaction can be dealt with in a rational manner through the employment of effective project and change management procedures. However, an area that typically creates problems, whether expected or not, is the development of interfaces between proprietary software that cannot be replaced. Building these interfaces takes time in terms of defining requirements, designing conceptual and detail specifications, programming, and testing. One question surrounding this issue that may seem repetitive Read More
Will Your HACCP Foundation Crumble?
Complying with current good manufacturing processes (GMPs) is no easy task for food manufacturers. Companies that don t have a solid foundation to help with

lt auditor  foundation for cGMP and, ultimately, HACCP compliance. An ERP, Enterprise Resource Planning, software solution designed for the food manufacturer can help companies meet security and regulatory needs from beginning order entry to product completion. A fully integrated system will provide supplier control, production specifications, product traceability and recall capabilities, and more. Principle 2 of the seven HACCP principles, Determine the Critical Control Points, is the step that determines where Read More
IFS Continues Its Reinvention Through Pruning Part One: Event Summary
Is selling-off of its Brazilian subsidiary and of tangential CAD and payroll applications a sign that IFS is grasping the realities of a mature enterprise

lt auditor  AutoCAD 2000i and AutoCAD LT 2000i software products by Bentley's archrival Autodesk (for more info on Autodesk, see Autodesk to Bring Microsoft Business Solutions Closer to PLM ). As to benefit from its nemesis' predicament, Bentley has devised a survey on its Web site, and will use the survey responses to tailor its upgrade program, which will supposedly include special program pricing and services, to the needs of these AutoCAD users. The upgrade program's product offerings are based on Bentley Read More
ICICI-Infotech's North American Strategy for Success Part One: Company Background and Market Focus
You may not yet have heard of ICICI-Infotech or its ERP offering, ORION. Well, for some time the rest of the world has. ICICI-Infotech is starting to make its

lt auditor  infrastructure management, security consultancy, and business process re-engineering and management. Some of the industries to which ICICI-Infotech caters include banking, retail, insurance, manufacturing, energy, government, and fashion. Market Focus As you have just read, ICICI-Infotech has prospered in many and varied markets. However, in North America the company has initially decided to narrow its focus on two significant market aspects in order to develop a critical mass. First, ICICI-Infotec Read More
ERP and WMS Co-Existence: When System Worlds Collide
You are currently using enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. You want to improve your warehouse management and operations and are considering a

lt auditor  of selecting finished goods resulting from production runs, assembling them for shipment and loading, and, then, shipping the goods to customers. Assuming that you produce in bulk or volume, picking for customer orders occurs more frequently and in smaller quantities (See TEC article on What You Know Before Selecting A WMS Posted on May 29, 2003). Consequently, efficiencies to be gained from these picks can be more significant and numerous than those for production orders. Rules for tweaking the way Read More
Computerized Maintenance Management Systems: A Tutorial Part One: Challenges and Features
Companies are looking for more areas to squeeze savings out of operations. One such area that may be fertile ground to explore is equipment maintenance. The

lt auditor  further out of control, resulting in inconsistent or delayed repairs. The high value of capital equipment and high cost of downtime demand a complete and current knowledge of a piece of equipment's performance and history. The break-fix mode needs to be stopped in favor of failure prevention. The overall control and consistency of repairs needs to be greatly enhanced. Finally, to obtain the maximum value from maintenance personnel, scheduling effectiveness and equipment utilization must be improved. If Read More
Implications and Attitudes As the Andersen's Split under the ICC Ruling: Consulting To Go for a Name Change
Andersen Consulting has had a running battle with Arthur Andersen and Andersen Worldwide over Arthur Andersen's encroachment on the management and technology

lt auditor  under the ICC Ruling: Consulting To Go for a Name Change Implications and Attitudes As the Andersen's Split under the ICC Ruling: Consulting To Go for a Name Change E. Robins - August 31, 2000 Event Summary Andersen Consulting was set up in 1989 to more effectively split technology consulting from the tax and audit accounting component. Andersen Worldwide (AWSC) was intended to coordinate the activities of the two firms, and ensure they did not cross paths, AWSC was a follow on from the Andersen Worldwide Read More
Sarbanes-Oxley Readiness with Microsoft Dynamics NAV
Organizations cannot achieve Sarbanes-Oxley compliance without the proper tools. But once these tools have been obtained, compliance becomes an opportunity for

lt auditor  accounting and financial information. Simultaneously, other initiatives were taken to improve corporate governance. These include the Basel II initiative, due for implementation in 2006, which will impose a new operational risk management framework on financial institutions in G10 nations. The International Accounting Standards (IAS) body is also developing a number of new and revised standards for better reporting from an international perspective. The possible benefits of these changes and the Read More
Intentia's Movex for Food and Beverage: Gaining a Foothold in North America Part Two: SCM and Other Functions
The SCM features of Movex should assist you in streamlining your operations to make them more efficient and cost-effective. Movex has meanwhile expanded its

lt auditor  used and what products resulted, the SCM features of Movex assist you in streamlining your operations to make them more efficient and cost-effective. Movex's SCM includes the traditional modules to facilitate forecasting (how much the product is needed), planning (where to make the product); and scheduling (what processes to use to make the product). However, because of its tight integration with the other modules, Movex not only provides a view from inside the four walls of the plant but also into some Read More
Demystifying SAP Solution Manager
Many large organizations are struggling to manage all their software systems—let alone the different software versions across departments. In his article, TEC

lt auditor  first release of SAP LT software already covers a number of solutions to support the execution of transformation projects. In addition, SAP LT contains complementing service offerings of the System Landscape Optimization (SLO) group to support various additional requirements in transformation projects. Product functionality is expected to evolve with future releases. Custom Code Management—The innovative concept of Custom Code Management from SAP provides comprehensive insight into how companies can Read More
Top 10 Reasons For Having A Project Kickoff - Part III
You are about to embark on an important project. Whether the project is software or hardware related, it is a good idea to hold a project kickoff meeting. Don’t

lt auditor  for the vendor's functional consultant and it is fairly typical to have different consultants on a project as schedules and priorities get changed. After you have determined the involvement levels of the resources, this information needs to be presented to the team and users. You must walk a fine line when delivering this message for fear of the how-am-I-going-to-do-my-normal-work backlash. The presentation format below can be an effective medium for a software implementation project. Click Here to View Read More
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