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Generating Major Savings in Healthcare
The U.K.'s National Health Service (NHS) has to deliver £20 billion in savings by the end of the 2014/2015 financial year, with £1.2 billion to come from

major  Major Savings in Healthcare The U.K.'s National Health Service (NHS) has to deliver £20 billion in savings by the end of the 2014/2015 financial year, with £1.2 billion to come from improving procurement. Several NHS Trusts have been in touch with Waer Systems to discuss how WAERlinx can help NHS in solving its procurement issues. Read on to learn how WAERlinx could help to achieve major savings in the NHS hospitals, through solving issues with inventory control, product traceability,

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Business Software Challenges for Medium and Large Manufacturers


Medium and large manufacturing companies face many challenges that threaten to disrupt the operations, processes, and growth of their business. These challenges relate to the use of legacy systems, ensuring legal and regulatory compliance, (re)engineering of business processes, the impact of mergers and acquisitions, off-shoring and re-shoring initiatives, limitations of information technology (IT) infrastructure, and the advent of social media and collaboration.

In addition, these manufacturers must continuously respond to changes to the supply and demand of consumer products—brought about in part by disturbances to the economy, presence of competing products, and changes in the attitudes and needs of consumers—all the while aiming to reduce costs, increase profits, and remain competitive. They must find ways to alleviate redundancy within and quicken the pace of their production cycles, improve visibility throughout the product lifecycle process, and reduce their time to market to maintain a competitive advantage.

To address the challenges in today’s business market, medium and large manufacturers often look to their enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, the proper functioning of which affects all aspects of the business nolens volens. These companies need a robust ERP system that can handle complex operations across departments, the exponential growth of data, etc., optimally integrating all aspects of the business into one coherent system to facilitate the entire manufacturing process


Download the full copy of the TEC 2011 ERP Buyer’s Guide for medium and large manufacturers.

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