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The 1 Percent Solution: How to Drive Your Financial Performance
There are seven core operational measures that can be leveraged to fine-tune a company’s business processes and achieve a higher return on capital employed

measurements bushel peck  modest gains in these measurements can spur a significant increase in RoCE. If the level of performance against each core operational measure rises by just one percentage point, for example, RoCE can nearly double. Read More...
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A warehouse management system (WMS) should provide database and user-level tools in order for a company to optimize its storage facilities while at the same time providing user level task direction...
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The Challenges of Integrating Enterprise Resource Planning and Manufacturing Execution Systems
While enterprise applications solutions are moving closer to the plant floor, and plant-level systems are moving closer to enterprise planning application

measurements bushel peck  system will deal with measurements such as pounds of sugar and fruit or liters of juice. In such cases, the raw, real-time data collection is essentially ineffectual. Conversely, MES systems use bills of material (BOMs) or recipes and route operations to map machine or equipment assets with the products that flow through them, but they typically are not capable of detailing cost and schedules, and they cannot discern assets performance and other useful information. Also, the ERP application will want Read More...
The Perfect Order--Inside-Out or Outside-In?
The Perfect Order measurement has proven to be a powerful measurement of a business. Should The Perfect Order be defined from an internal point of view or from

measurements bushel peck  of KPIs are internal measurements that the customer does not care about, but the business does. An inside-out Perfect Order metric looks at profitability of an order. Did the order create the need for a special effort to satisfy the customer, etc. For example, using premium shipping to get the product to the customer on time is okay with the customer but it signifies internal problems. Why was premium shipping required? Perhaps two definitions of The Perfect Order need to exist. The first is an Read More...
The Five Keys to World-class Distribution
When looking at extended enterprise resource planning (ERP), supply chain management (SCM), or customer relationship management (CRM) solutions, some companies

measurements bushel peck  a delivery date. Performance measurements are a must; if you don’t know how you are performing, you cannot improve upon it. It is not unusual for companies to consistently have 98% - 99% success in meeting agreed-to delivery dates. Quality of both product and your service must be considered a given. Work with your customers and suppliers as early as possible in the product development cycle to determine the required measurements. Measuring and improving all processes through the order and fulfllment Read More...
Are You Considering Distribution Software?
Distribution organizations play a key role between the manufacturers and retailers. Being the middle organization between a manufacturer and a retailer, a

measurements bushel peck  is one of the measurements used within a DC to determine the overall performance based on customer order fill rate and operations cost. Ever since the Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) regulation came into effect in 2002 , the distributors need to have a close tie between financial and the inventory information for reporting and auditing. Inventory has to be tied closely with other modules like Sales Order Management, Purchasing Management, and Customer Service Management as well. Modules like Sales Order Management, Read More...
Is ROI King In Evaluating IT Investments? Part 1. Should We Make the Investment?
IT managers should recognize that cash flow measurements are being increasingly used to evaluate IT investments, even though initial estimates of cash flows

measurements bushel peck  recognize that cash flow measurements are being increasingly used to evaluate IT investments. Initial estimates of cash flows from IT projects are often hard to determine because underlying business assumptions can change. One way for IT managers to meet financial analysis requirements is to develop Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for IT projects that can logically be associated with the original cash flow assumptions. In the June 2002 issue of Managing Automation there was a continuation of the theme Read More...
Process versus Discrete ERP Systems
Sorting out the differences between the two main types of manufacturing software can be mind-boggling for companies when searching for an ERP system. Companies

measurements bushel peck  work well to distinguish measurements in a formula versus measurements in eaches. Process manufacturing, on the other hand, is defined as Production that adds value by mixing, separating, forming, and/or performing chemical reactions. It may be done in either batch or continuous mode. Some examples of products that are derived from a process mode of manufacturing include food, beverages, paints, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and dietary supplements. Process manufacturing is the branch of manufacturing Read More...
Aras Provides Embedded CAD to 3D PDF Converter in PLM
During its ACE 2013 user conference, Aras, an open source product lifecycle management (PLM) software provider, announced a computer-aided design (CAD) to 3D

measurements bushel peck  can collaborate via 3D measurements, redlines, markups, and 3D comments in those PDF documents. They can hide, show, and isolate components, perform cross-sectioning, and store views as necessary. This nifty capability is not necessarily earth-shattering, but it saves license fees for each collaborative viewer. On the other hand, Aras does not have to license and embed proprietary viewers from third-party providers. It will be interesting to watch what traction this converter will achieve given that many Read More...
Paradoxes of Software Estimation
Software development has spawned an independent industry in its own right. But the processes of asking for service, offering service, and pricing are all

measurements bushel peck  and so forth). Productivity measurements of inspection activities and functional testing are measured only in mass or batch production industries, but are not attempted in the job-order (tailor-made to customer specifications) industry. Productivity measurements of design activity and repair (bug-fixing) activities are likewise not attempted, as they are considered to contain a creative component in the work. We have not replicated this manufacturing industry model in software development industry, and Read More...
Overcoming Chemicals Industry Challenges through Optimization of Distribution and Inventory
For chemical companies, optimizing the distribution network and rationalizing inventories are the keys to an efficient supply chain and smoother operations

measurements bushel peck  requires conversion of US measurements to metric or imperial measurements, liquids to solids, or gases to liquids, such conversions should be transparent to the production of the finished goods; in some instances free form conversion tables can be extremely useful. The aforementioned ATP capability comes in handy here for providing a tool to almost instantly analyze and commit customer orders while keeping an eye on profitability; users can also instantly determine if an order is within forecast, and see Read More...
Technology's Role in Strategic Human Resources
The human resources (HR) department can—and should—deliver contributions to the organization's bottom line. Through technologies and service providers, HR can

measurements bushel peck  staffing levels, and predictive measurements can help plan more accurately for the normal ebbs and flows of business. Selecting the Right Outsourcing Provider As important as deciding to outsource HR functions, however, is selecting the right partner. Partnering with an HR provider is a critical business decision, and should be considered with the same due diligence as a merger or joint venture. Companies should be culturally compatible and share a common vision. An outsourcing partner's service framework Read More...
Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)-A Critical Component of Enterprise Business Intelligence (BI)
The wise enterprise recognizes the need for objective metrics and measurements and for its users to establish metrics to monitor and manage results at every

measurements bushel peck  for objective metrics and measurements and for its users to establish metrics to monitor and manage results at every level in the organization. To meet these goals, an enterprise must select a sophisticated BI solution with powerful KPI and other BI and CPM features that are simple enough for every user and accessible from within and outside the walls of the enterprise. See how. Read More...
How to Unbalance Your Scorecard to Better Measure Business Performance
The Balanced Scorecard is one of the most popular methodologies for measuring business performance, with a view to enhancing it. First made popular in the early

measurements bushel peck  of traditional financial data measurements: return on investment (ROI), revenue, cost-benefit, etc. The Customer. Different measures of customer satisfaction and customer experience will generally lead to customer gain and retention. The Business Process. An efficient organization measures how well internal business processes are performing and ascertains whether these processes lead to customer satisfaction, market gain, and even supply efficiency. The Learning and Growth. This aspect is about Read More...
3D Systems to Acquire Geomagic: Set to Capture Market Share of Scan-to-CAD Market
Recently, 3D Systems signed a definitive agreement to acquire Geomagic. Geomagic develops the software that is used for scanning physical objects into 3D data

measurements bushel peck  compares and verifies the measurements of an actual physical product with its design. This acquisition fits well with the portfolio and offerings of 3D Systems, which is well known for its 3D content-to-print solutions. While the deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2013, the terms of the transactions were not disclosed. The acquisition of Geomagic is part of 3D Systems’ strategy to develop its design-scan-print platform. 3D Systems also acquired Rapidform in the last quarter of 2012. Both Read More...
Taking an Integrated Approach to Energy Efficiency
The high costs of new or expanded data centers, exponential growth in power costs, increased regulations, and the desire to minimize carbon emissions are all

measurements bushel peck  collect both traditional IT measurements and environmental measurements into a common dashboard that displays an integrated view of power usage, thermal data and application performance metrics. From there, you can feed the temperature data into data warehouses to share with other applications for real-time and historical trending analysis. For example, you might home in on a particular asset that consistently uses more energy than the others. By correlating this information with service level targets, Read More...

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