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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

nice article children  database may be a nice add-on to the parts database. While requirements here will differ from your company's human resource database, typical information includes name, trade, shifts worked, qualifications, special training, and certifications. This information will enable a CMMS to match the available skill set with the work to be performed or equipment to be maintained. You would not want to send an automotive mechanic to service a microprocessor on your blending equipment. Real-time equipment state Read More...
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The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as...
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Facing A Selection? Try A Knowledge-Based Matchmaker Part 4: User Recommendations
This tutorial identifies the significance of researching technology vendors to both buyers and vendors/VARs. Buyers require research to determine the short

nice article children  Sometimes, the person is nice and beyond reproach, but he/she simply does not do much for you (similar to someone's users being indifferent towards the software that seemingly does what is wanted from it). Nonetheless, it is very unlikely that, an avid opera-lover and artistic person will be a good fit with a couch-potato hooked on incessantly guzzling beer and watching sitcoms or the WWF. If a personal relationship is to work, there needs to be a chemistry that cannot be captured by a questionnaire, but Read More...
What Matters Most: An Interview with Jeffrey Hollender
Jeffrey Hollender has a broader definition of the Value Chain that includes the true end-to-end responsibilities as well as sustainability, a term (if you are

nice article children  Forest sounds like a nice natural product, but in reality very little of the paper content comes from recycle, but from basic forest product waste that is bleached in chlorine—not a very natural product. The challenge we business people face, (who support sustainable value chain processes) is to make it obvious and easier for consumers to make choices. Today it is not all that clear how the consumer can know and support responsible business practices. But it's not just the CEO who is responsible. All of Read More...
Software Selection, Mafia-style
The Guardian's excellent article How to Do Business Like the Mafia lists 7 rules for running a successful business—legitimate or otherwise.And where there

nice article children  Selection, Mafia-style The Guardian's excellent article How to Do Business Like the Mafia lists 7 rules for running a successful business—legitimate or otherwise. And where there are business rules, of course, there’s enterprise software. Which led me to wonder just how the Mafia would go about the enterprise software selection process. Happily, we have Cosa Nostra 's “10 Commandments” to help us, thanks to an odd document that surfaced in November 2007. These so-called commandments were Read More...
Taking Stock of Infor’s HCM “Inventory Items” - Part 1
What TEC’s recent in-depth article Waking Up to a “New Day” at Infor hinted, my attendance of Inforum 2012 in late April confirmed. Namely, Infor started out as

nice article children  Stock of Infor’s HCM “Inventory Items” - Part 1 What TEC ’s recent in-depth article Waking Up to a “New Day” at Infor  hinted, my attendance of Inforum 2012 in late April confirmed. Namely, Infor started out as a traditional acquirer and market consolidator, but that is old news now. The re-energized vendor has recently moved on to a new chapter of innovation and industry focus with Charles Phillips and his renewed management team at the helm. The main themes and highlights from the Read More...
Establishing Enterprise Architecture Governance
This article discusses the issues around implementing architecture governance, and what constitutes viable approaches to establishing effective governance

nice article children  Enterprise Architecture Governance Introduction The intent of the Enterprise Architecture is to define how to build systems and capabilities for the greater good of the enterprise. Architecture governance is the process by which IT projects are reviewed in terms of their alignment with a defined architecture, and corrective changes made. John Zackman, in a recent article (DM Review, December 1999) called architecture a 'countercultural' activity. What he meant by this was that IT's attention Read More...
The People Factor: Accelerating Supply Chain Transformation Through Education
This article summarizes the findings from a study of why customers failed to attain the full value potential of their SCM projects. Most SCM projects continue

nice article children  People Factor: Accelerating Supply Chain Transformation Through Education Introduction In software implementations, we constantly talk about need to balance people, process, and technology . Yet, to date, most SCM projects continue to focus much of their energy on technology implementations and simply pay lip service to end-user training and executive alignment. We are now a decade into the technology-enabled supply chain journey, and the lessons learned thus far dictate that this attitude must and wil Read More...
KronosWorks 2011: Beyond Time Clocks for Modern Workforce Management
Kronos, the company that introduced the first micro-processor time clock in the 1970s, knows how tricky workforce management (WFM) can be. In this article, TEC

nice article children  issue yet. It’s a nice stream of revenue for the company and I doubt Kronos is going to lose many deals over hardware. After all, Apple has proven many folks wrong with its success largely based on proprietary hardware and software solutions. *According to IMS Research in The World Market for Workforce Management Solutions—2011 Edition , October 2011. Further Reading TEC. Integrated Workforce Management (WFM) Platforms: Fact or Fiction? – Part 3 . August 12, 2010. TEC. Workforce Scheduling and Read More...
Remote Implementations--Why They Can Make $ense
Everything in the computer industry seems to be going off-shore, why not software implementations? This article looks at reasons why remote implementation of

nice article children  Implementations--Why They Can Make $ense Introduction Your enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is developed in India; your web site is hosted in China; and your help desk calls are answered in Costa Rica. Despite language barriers and related problems, offshoring can provide significant benefits in terms of increased productivity and reduced wages—a tough 1-2 punch that is difficult to ignore or explain away. So why not also consider off-shore or remote implementation of software? This 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

nice article children  SAP Solution Manager This past decade has seen the advent of SAP Solution Manager , a unique offering for centralized support and system management. Needless to say, a typical SAP system landscape at global corporations may include a large number of SAP and non-SAP systems. “Complex” SAP environments (or heterogeneous IT landscapes) often comprise huge global corporations that use SAP ERP worldwide, with different divisions possibly using different releases of the product (which is a Read More...
Nothing Succeeds Like Success(Factors) - Part 3
Part 1 of this series introduced SuccessFactors, a public provider of software as a service (SaaS) talent management solutions. The article first analyzed the

nice article children  and succession planning), some nice-to-have capabilities, and the most recent developments , such as the 2010 tuck-in acquisitions of Inform , CubeTree , and YouCalc .  What Have Been SuccessFactors’, Well, Success Factors? From its early days, the vendor understood the following simple fact: that its success depends on its customers' success. SuccessFactors still believes that it can contribute to its customers' success by providing them with applications and metrics for managing talent Read More...
Maximizing Potential Benefits in Reverse Auctions
Reverse auction (RA) has emerged as a strategic tool for consumer packaged goods companies pursuing cost efficiencies in their sourcing programs. This article

nice article children  reverse auction,RA,consumer packaged goods,CPG,e-auctions,e-purchasing application,e-sourcing purchases,cost of goods sold,COGS,sourcing,pre-auction quotation,request for quotation,RFQ,transparency,FMCG Read More...
Upside Software Remains on the Upside of the Contract Management Market
My recent article entitled “Why Should Enterprises Manage their Contracts Closely?” analyzed the importance of enterprise-wide contract lifecycle management

nice article children  Software Remains on the Upside of the Contract Management Market My recent article entitled “Why Should Enterprises Manage their Contracts Closely?” analyzed the importance of enterprise-wide contract lifecycle management (CLM) solutions and stated that many enterprises still use inappropriate makeshift tools to manage their important  contractual terms  and conditions. The article concluded with the fact that  enterprise resource planning (ERP)  systems handle transactional details of an Read More...
The Demo Crime Files!
This article is part of the continuing education all software demonstrators need to ensure their fundamental skills remain sharp. It points out three common

nice article children  Demo Crime Files! Originally published - November 7, 2001 Please forgive me. I'm normally optimistic and maintain a positive outlook. This article, however, is devoted to the negative aspects of demonstrations. It's important to point out the common crimes made in demonstrations because most people don't recognize them. Just like in real life, some crimes are minor offenses while others carry the death penalty. I'm not suggesting any demo crime is acceptable. Crimes aren't acceptable in society, nor Read More...
Deltek Providing Clarity for Government Contractors
TEC’s mid-2011 article, which reported on the Deltek Insight 2011 conference, indicated that Deltek has lately become the leader in market intelligence for

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