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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 to stock  efficient on products that make sense to manufacture in large quantities and to be responsive to products that are best handled as special orders. An enterprise application ought to offer tools that allow production to become pull-based, facilitating processes like kanban . Strong kanban functionality will allow companies to pull products through their supply chain, thus leaning the supply chain, minimizing work in process, maximizing responsiveness, and avoiding stock piling of finished goods. Regardless 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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Anticipate, Adapt, Excel: How to Respond Quickly to Changing Markets
In today’s Internet-connected global economy, the market doesn’t allow for companies to sit back and relax into a comfortable niche. Customer loyalty is ever

make to stock  position Flexibility ' to make rapid adjustments in response to changes in market demand Scalability ' to expand and contract projects, workforce, and workload as needed Flexible, integrated information technology makes it easy to adapt the way you do business in response to changing needs. It also helps you outperform the competition. Market Dynamics: Fast And Getting Faster Gone are the days when a company could settle into a predictable niche, perfect a process that would never change, and expect a Read More
One Vendor’s Mission to Make Service Businesses Click - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series introduced ClickSoftware Technologies (NASDAQ: CKSW), which until recently had focused solely on workforce and service optimization

make to stock  (SOA)  strategy. This should make it easier for customers to configure, deploy, and manage their systems. It should also help them respond more quickly to market and process changes. In other words, interoperability with other solutions is a must. Thus, from the earliest versions, ClickSoftware delivered integration capability using  Extensible Markup Language (XML)  messages and  Web services  (for those customers whose IT strategy is based on SOA), with a large and well-documented set of  APIs (Ap Read More
Geocoding: Acquiring Location Intelligence to Make Better Business Decisions
By geocoding your address data, you have the location intelligence that helps you see patterns and create new opportunities to grow your business. There are

make to stock  Acquiring Location Intelligence to Make Better Business Decisions : Geocoding (Wikipedia) Geocoding: Acquiring Location Intelligence to Make Better Business Decisions Geocoding is also known as : Geocode , Geocode Information , Geocode Mapping , Geocode Service , Geocoder , Geocoder Tool , Geocoding Coordinates , Geocoding , Geocode Services , Geocode Software , Geocode Tool , Geocode Web Service , Geocoding Data , Geocoding Information , Geocoding Map , Geocoding Mapping , Geocoding Service , Geocoding Read More
How to Keep Stock Balances Accurate
Distributors must ensure the quantity of products shown to be available in their software system agrees with what is physically in their warehouses. If it doesn

make to stock  products scheduled one day, make a commitment to catch up on the following day. Here is a sample count schedule for one of our customers. They are open for business 250 days per year: Determine an acceptable level for count accuracy ' In a perfect world you would only be satisfied with a 100% accurate count. But how much effort do you want to extend looking for five missing pieces worth a total of 35 cents out of a total inventory of $1,000,000? Most successful distributors set limits on discrepancies t Read More
Accelerating Lead to Cash to Rekindle Profitable Growth New Economic Order Drives Need for Discipline and Integration
Solutions are now available to integrate the lead-to-cash process with the supply chain, back-office accounting, and more. The companies that succeed in the new

make to stock  the new order will make use of these new tools to creatively accelerate their lead-to-cash process. They will achieve the agility necessary to enhance the customer experience, trump the competition, and revitalize profitable growth. Find out how. Read More
Microsoft to Add
Microsoft's Encore acquisition should bring the two former partners' complementary product offerings even closer together and should widen opportunities within

make to stock  Advantage Series suite should make it competitive with the peers, although MBS Solomon maintains the edge due to its being continually enhanced within MBS (see Solomon Stands the Test of Time Despite Changing Masters ). Best's recent acquisition of Timberline , a former provider of integrated financial and operations software and services for small to mid-sized businesses in the construction and real estate industries, has more than 20,000 active customers, predominantly in the US. Moreover, this, in Read More
How to Use Technology to Redefine Today’s Economy
Daniel Burrus examines how using technology can not only help organizations lower costs and become more efficient, but also redefine today’s economy. Learn the

make to stock  as well as what makes you unique. Then decide how technology can redefine the way you compete. For example, when was the last time you bought something from the Polaroid Company ? At one time, they were the king of instant photography. But then technology and digital photography changed their industry, and the way they competed (instant photography) changed—but Polaroid didn’t change with it. Instead, they made the mistake many businesses do: they used technology to get more efficient and lower their Read More
Best Practices in Food Traceability: Be Able to Respond to Audits in Just Minutes
Today’s ever-increasing frequency and cost of food and beverage recalls harm not only the companies directly affected, but all processors in the industry. See

make to stock  Practices in Food Traceability: Be Able to Respond to Audits in Just Minutes Today’s ever-increasing frequency and cost of food and beverage recalls harm not only the companies directly affected, but all processors in the industry. See how leading food processors are turning to innovative software solutions, like Plex Online, to develop a complete food safety management system that enables them to achieve best practices in food and beverage processing quality and a high level of traceability. Read More
Managed Services: How to Adapt to the Channel Model of the Future
Low margins, a boom in the managed services sector, and a decreasing reliance on client–server-based infrastructures are drastically changing the business

make to stock  Services: How to Adapt to the Channel Model of the Future Low margins, a boom in the managed services sector, and a decreasing reliance on client–server-based infrastructures are drastically changing the business landscape for many traditional IT channel players. This paper assesses the challenges facing the IT channel and describes how IT resellers can transform the growing demand for managed services from a threat into a key opportunity for future business success. Read More
The Prescription to Buying an EMR Solution to Improve Patient Care and Staff Productivity
Purchasing an electronic medical record (EMR) system is a daunting task, as there are many software vendors who cater to this niche industry. That’s why it’s

make to stock  Prescription to Buying an EMR Solution to Improve Patient Care and Staff Productivity Purchasing an electronic medical record (EMR) system is a daunting task, as there are many software vendors who cater to this niche industry. That’s why it’s essential for you to know what kind of functional requirements your practice or hospital will require to run your daily operational needs. You also need to forecast that whichever system you choose (whether on-demand or on-premise), the software will allow Read More
How to Adapt to Changing Consumer Behaviors
Agile commerce means engaging with your customers in a consistent and relevant way, over whatever device or touch point your customer wants to engage with you

make to stock  to Adapt to Changing Consumer Behaviors Agile commerce means engaging with your customers in a consistent and relevant way, over whatever device or touch point your customer wants to engage with you. This white paper explores what agile commerce is all about, the benefits of an agile commerce strategy, as well as the steps organizations should take to shape an agile commerce environment. Read More
What Small Staffing Agencies Need to Know to Protect Themselves and Their Clients
For small staffing agencies, background screening of temporary employees is not only a key component in protecting their customers and their business, but also

make to stock  Small Staffing Agencies Need to Know to Protect Themselves and Their Clients For small staffing agencies, background screening of temporary employees is not only a key component in protecting their customers and their business, but also necessary to compete with large staffing agencies that typically employ such vetting procedures as a matter of course. This industry brief outlines the risks that arise from bad hires and how careful background screening can mitigate those risks. Read the white paper. Read More
End-to-End Monitoring Is Critical to Meeting End User Expectations Today and Tomorrow
To function as a business partner, IT must deliver service at predictable levels—and also contribute to enterprise strategy, by planning for services that

make to stock  to-End Monitoring Is Critical to Meeting End User Expectations Today and Tomorrow To function as a business partner, IT must deliver service at predictable levels—and also contribute to enterprise strategy, by planning for services that enable growth. That’s why IT needs end-to-end infrastructure views that reveal issues as they happen, and track trends that predict future needs. But how can IT create unified views of the environment without draining critical resources? Read More
The High Cost of Change for ERP: What Does it Cost to Keep Up to Date?
Companies are finding it difficult and costly to update and modify enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems after they have been installed. The question isn’t

make to stock  High Cost of Change for ERP: What Does it Cost to Keep Up to Date? Companies are finding it difficult and costly to update and modify enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems after they have been installed. The question isn’t whether an ERP solution supports change, but rather at what cost? How quickly can adjustments be made, and what stresses do such changes place on the organization. To answer these questions, this paper provides results from a survey of senior finance executives. Read More
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