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Manufacturing 2007 Executive Summary
For a decade, IndustryWeek and the Manufacturing Performance Institute (MPI) Census of Manufacturers have provided data to US manufacturers. This year, MPI

make summary  3) in order to make cross-tabulations that appear throughout the Executive Summary easier to understand. Methodology IW/MPI 2006 Census of Manufacturers: This survey was conducted using an online questionnaire and a hard-copy questionnaire that was twice mailed from MPI to approximately 12,000 plant leaders. There were 798 valid surveys received (415 online respondents and 383 hard-copy mail respondents) from April through July 2006. Responses were received by MPI, and then entered into a database, Read More...
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Merchandising systems are the enterprise back and front-office software solutions upon which the majority of retailers rely to manage and support their daily tasks. These systems typically record p...
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Rewrite or Wrap-Around Old Software? Part One: Event Summary
Product architecture is going to do much more than simply provide the technical functionality, the user interface (UI)/presentation, and the platform support

make summary  a new language or make the major structural changes necessary to employ a newer, more powerful database or operating system (OS) platform technology. Therefore, when that compelling new technology does appear, it is quite common in the industry for an enterprise application provider to surround its old ERP/accounting core software in a wrapper of newer technology, whose goal is to effectively obfuscate the old technology, giving it the latest graphical look, or providing an easier means to access the Read More...
SAP Bolsters NetWeaver's MDM Capabilities Part One: Event Summary
SAP's determination to become a service-oriented architecture (SOA) applications lingua franca evangelist through SAP NetWeaver might have been further shown by

make summary  will discuss challenges and make user recommendations. SAP Acquires A2i Thus, having seemingly no longer been under the flirting acquisitive eye of Microsoft , mid-July, SAP announced that it has acquired substantially all of A2i Inc a Los Angeles, California-based (US), privately-held software company. A2i Inc has, since 1993, developed and marketed xCat , the platform for enterprise-wide product content management (PCM) and cross-media catalog publishing, but with the touted simplicity and Read More...
ERP Systems and the ETO Manufacturing Market Part One: Event Summary
Users increasingly look for an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system designed for a specific business, since software that combines industry-specific

make summary  while Part Three will make user recommendations. Vertical Focus Is Key While competitive costs (i.e., ever lower and more flexible software license pricing with shorter implementations) and outstanding global service (i.e., proven implementations' payback benefits and subsequent customer loyalty) will remain important requirements for success, particularly in the lower end of the market; vertical focus will still be the key factor for survival. Vendors that weather the ongoing carnage will have focused Read More...
JDA Portfolio: For the Retail Industry Part One: Event Summary
From how to price and promote products to how to optimize profits, JDA Portfolio tries to create that perfect

make summary  the retail market and make user recommendations. JDA Background Jim Armstrong, now JDA's chairman, first launched JDA Software Services in Calgary, Canada in 1978, which grew to be one of Canada's largest IBM technology-based companies for the mid-market. In 1985, Armstrong sold the Canadian business, and, with a partner, formed the Scottsdale, Arizona-based (US) JDA Software, which nowadays, has over $200 million (USD) in revenues and employs more than 1,300 associates operating from 33 offices in major Read More...
ERP for Small Businesses Buyer's Guide (Summary Edition)
If you’re a small business owner considering enterprise resource planning (ERP), you undoubtedly have numerous questions. Should you choose an on-premise, on

make summary  Technology Evaluation Centers,small business,erp,edi,saas,smb,small businesses,erp system,crm erp,open erp,small enterprises,erp systems,small business solutions,free erp,erp definition Read More...
As Hype Becomes Reality, a Radio Frequency Identification Ecosystem Emerges Part Three: Radio Frequency Identification Opportunities Abound and Summary
We may soon find radio frequency identification (RFID) tags routinely associated with common products. However, in order for RFID to achieve its full potential,

make summary  costs are concerned, practice makes perfect; so as more and more RFID implementations are completed by experienced systems integrators and as the ecosystem of service providers grows, competition should drive implementation costs downward. In addition, while maintenance contracts for RFID services can generate substantial service revenues, the cost of supporting such contracts should also decrease. Today, most RFID implementations are in some fashion custom projects, but the degree of customization Read More...
Epicor's Mid-Market Pitch Becomes Higher For (One) Scala Part One: Event Summary
One should imagine Epicor has carefully thought out the rationale for the recent acquisition of its European counterpart Scala. The merger seems to have much of

make summary  address more challenges and make user recommendations. Epicor Acquires Scala Accordingly, back at the end of 2003, Epicor and Scala Business Solutions (Euronext: A.SCALA), an Amsterdam, the Netherlands-based provider of collaborative enterprise software for mid-size enterprises and subsidiaries of global corporations, jointly announced that the expectation was justified that they would reach agreement on a merger. The proposed merger was effected by a public offer by Epicor for all the outstanding Read More...
Make Sure Metrics Don’t Kill Your Business
Measuring programming progress by lines of code islike measuring aircraft building progress by weight.—Bill GatesBusiness metrics—the quantifiable

make summary  performance in order to make it possible for an organization to improve business performance, make more sales, or increase customer satisfaction. But metrics when defined and managed improperly can not only give poor results but also mislead and create more problems than they solve. Why? In the important 1998 paper Metrics: You Are What You Measure!, it’s explained as follows : Every metric, whether it is used explicitly to influence behavior, to evaluate future strategies, or simply to take stock, Read More...
Nine Ways to Use ERP to Make the Manufacturing Supply Chain Lean
There are entire books and thorough training and certification processes devoted to lean supply chain practices. But within any manufacturing environment, there

make summary  to Use ERP to Make the Manufacturing Supply Chain Lean Originally published - March 9, 2009 Lean in a supply chain context is about a holistic view of procurement, manufacturing distribution, and sales order processing. This means that some level of enterprise technology is necessary to view the organization in an integrated context instead of as functional islands. However, before technology can facilitate the lean supply chain, manufacturing executives need to start thinking in lean supply chain terms. Read More...
Microsoft Business Network (MBN)--Coming of Age? Part One: Event Summary
While the Microsoft Business Network (MBN) product is worth considering for a number of compelling reasons, it will take some immense doing before it becomes a

make summary  information they need to make educated business decisions. Given the immense ongoing development undertaking, which began at MBS even before its strategy was espoused in 2002 (see Microsoft Lays Enforced-Concrete Foundation for Its Business Solutions ), the incremental approach towards building a more complete enterprise applications portfolio seems logical, if not the only possible option. MBS strives to not only retain the existing install base within the maturing ERP product lines, but also to Read More...
Knowledge at the Point of Action: 6 Ways to Make Sure Your Customers Love Your Company
Exceptional customer experiences revolve around one central principle: knowledge at the point of action (KAPA). Learn how your marketing, customer service, and

make summary  Action: 6 Ways to Make Sure Your Customers Love Your Company Exceptional customer experiences revolve around one central principle: knowledge at the point of action (KAPA). Learn how your marketing, customer service, and sales systems can work together to drive customer loyalty and advocacy. Read More...
Traffic Audits Make Strange Bedfellows: Part I - The Why’s and What’s of Auditing
Have you heard the one where the Director of Product Marketing, the CIO and the auditor are found together in a small conference room? Couldn’t happen, you say

make summary  Audits Make Strange Bedfellows: Part I - The Why’s and What’s of Auditing This is Part I of a two part article. Part I : The Why's and What's of Auditing Part II : The Audit Process Why Audit The Numbers? If you're ever feeling really and truly mean, here's a nasty trick to play on your marketing and ad sales colleagues. Wait, with a friend, until some of these folks get on the elevator, and follow them in. Here's what you say to your companion in crime: I just heard that there was a real Read More...
SoftBrands to Institute Fourth Shift for SAP Business One Manufacturing Work-Plan Part One: Event Summary
As the contest for the lower-end of the market intensifies, SAP is further honing a twofold strategy of promulgating its mySAP All-in-One vertical offerings for

make summary  will cover challenges and make user recommendations. CRM Functionality and More With these most recent enhancements, SAP Business One has made CRM functionality an intrinsic and fundamental part of core business automation, as opposed to a discrete silo of customer information in the shape of a customary add-on module. This relieves small businesses of the need to purchase separate products; maintain costly, patch-work integrations; or utilize different user interfaces (UIs). The vendor believes it is Read More...
Can Technology Make CFO's and Controller's Jobs More Strategic? (Part 2)
Part 1 of this blog series established that by offloading non-essential and non-value-adding routine tasks to third-party business process outsourcing (BPO

make summary  Technology Make CFO's and Controller's Jobs More Strategic? (Part 2) Part 1 of this blog series established that by offloading non-essential and non-value-adding routine tasks to third-party business process outsourcing (BPO ) specialists, many human resource (HR) and payroll managers are now able to focus more on strategic and more important tasks of managing talent and human capital of the company. The discussion then went into the possible liberation of chief financial officers (CFOs) and Read More...

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