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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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Smaller Vendors Can Still Provide Relevant Business Systems Part Two: Market Impact
ERP and other enterprise applications products will thus demonstrate deep industry functionality and tight integration with best-of-breed 'bolt-on' products in

request off cycle billing requests  modifications upon a customer request that varies from the original specification; visibility of proposals, open orders, and materials (including the estimated-to-complete), and so on. This concludes Part Two of a five-part note. Part One contained the event summary and vendor background. Part Three will discuss project-oriented organizations. Part Four will cover MRO and spare parts management. Part Five will detail challenges and make user recommendations.

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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ERP for the Utilities Industry

Utilities (gas, water, electricity, and energy) software is typically built off customer billing systems encompassing a suite of modules covering fleet management, maintenance management, GIS, AMR, financials, and human resources, among others. 

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TEC Lean and Green Manufacturing Buyer’s Guide


While the need for sustainable development is affecting how organizations do business, the idea of environmental and corporate responsibility as value drivers is still relatively new. Many companies are just beginning to adopt an approach that provides measurable results. Learn how reducing waste and creating efficiencies within your company can make a difference to the environment, the economy, and your bottom line.

While the need for sustainable development is affecting how organizations do business, the idea of environmental and corporate responsibility as value drivers is still relatively new. Many companies are just beginning to adopt an approach that provides measurable results. Learn how reducing waste and creating efficiencies within your company can make a difference to the environment, the economy, and your bottom line.

In this lean and green buyer’s guide, we’ll discuss some of the challenges that companies are facing in light of the changes to the economy as well as the pressures of “going green.” We’ll talk about some of the highlevel changes your business can make, with a focus on operational efficiency and on how lean and green practices can both lead to the same result: efficiency equals sustainable business. We will also feature information about some of the vendor offerings targeted at companies looking to adopt or improve their “green business strategies.” The products covered in this guide address various areas within the scopes of both “lean” and “green,” including lean manufacturing, environmental management, operations management, compliance regulations, and more.

We’ve included customer success stories to illustrate how product lifecycle management (PLM), enterprise asset management (EAM), and enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions have helped companies like yours deal with their environmental concerns. For your convenience, there is also a vendor directory to assist companies that are looking for a “sustainability enabling” solution.

We hope this report will provide you with enough insight about the current state of the market—with respect to both lean and green—to help you start making a few decisions about how your company can make a change for the better. We think you’ll find this guide a useful tool for determining which type of solution is best suited to your company’s business model and particular needs.


Table of Contents


Executive Overview
Lean, Green, and Everything in Between

Thought Leadership
Corporate Social Responsibility: Using Technology to Become More Lean and Green

Case Study
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Increases Scheduling Efficiency with Asprova

Case Study
Lean in Action: Manufacturer Cuts Lead Time from Four Weeks to Four Days

Case Study
InkCycle Makes Green Ink, While Staying in the Black

Case Study
A Pragmatic Approach to Gaining Business Efficiencies

Case Studies at a Glance
TEC Analyst Perspective



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State of the Market: Lean and Green


Today’s need for sustainable development (economic, social, and environmental) is increasingly affecting how organizations do business. But the areas of environmental and corporate responsibility are still relatively new to businesses as concepts that drive value. And even though these concepts are rapidly growing in importance, many organizations are still in the early phases of adopting an approach that provides measured results.

The state of market in “green” is improving—albeit at a very slow pace—as organizations learn the value of integrating environmental thinking into their operations, and find more and more ways to align green thinking with their business strategies and goals.

This need for change affects businesses, municipalities, government, and resource-extractive industries like manufacturing. Some of the major influences affecting these organization’s environmental sustainability decisions are regulations and standards, competitive position, and public confidence. In fact, there is a great deal of reputation at stake, since public consciousness towards environmental issues is growing.

Today’s stakeholders (customers, investors, etc.) want to put their money into companies that are sustainable. If businesses don’t take an interest in the environment—and their impact on it—it reflects very poorly on their interest in their bottom line. The current economic situation being what it is, companies cannot afford “bad press,” and it’s in their best interest to realign their business strategies to include environmental awareness. Equally (if not more) important is the fact that green initiatives have a high return on investment (ROI) and end up paying for themselves through cost savings on resources, energy, carbon taxes, etc.

Today’s environmental challenges in business are vast, and range from financial burdens (such as rising energy, input, and transportation costs), to waste disposal and regulatory issues (minimizing/reducing waste), to accountability and sustainability—which can make the decision to go green both complex and convoluted.


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Q2O Systems: Solutions for Quotation Management and Pricing Configuration


Quote-to-order systems include quotation management and pricing configuration solutions. Pricing configuration engines automate pricing and quoting processes for manufacturers with complex requirements. Their benefits include quotes that are quick and accurate, leading to increased customer satisfaction.

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Transportation Management and the Adaptive Supply Chain Network


To respond to the demands of today’s highly competitive global environment, traditional linear supply chains are evolving into complex, global ecosystems. These “pull” (demand-driven) environments working in conjunction with traditional “push” environments are known as adaptive supply chain networks (ASCNs). ASCNs allow all supply chain stakeholders to share knowledge, make collaborative decisions, and sense and respond immediately to changing conditions.

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How to Maximize Your IT Services with Lifecycle Management


As businesses become increasingly dependent on technology, service quality becomes more important. With so much riding on IT’s performance, a new service-centric model has emerged: service lifecycle management (SLcM). Based on the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) principles, SLcM provides a framework that enables organizations to optimize business outcomes and facilitate continual service improvement.

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ERP for Municipalities RFI/RFP Template


Financials, Human Resources, Customer Care and Billing, Maintenance Management, Asset Management, Project Management, Quality Management, Analytics, Product Technology

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On-demand Product Life Cycle Management: Not Just for Small to Medium Businesses Anymore


Product lifecycle management (PLM) is set to transition to an on-demand model. On-demand models are quicker and cheaper to deploy, but software providers must gain user enterprises' trust before on-demand PLM really takes off.

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Cost Benefits of Complete Change Life Cycle Management for PeopleSoft


In hard economic times, IT organizations can maintain operational excellence and sustain service quality while still reducing costs. Achieving this objective involves at least three aspects of application management: managing change, managing technical performance, and managing user performance. Learn more about managing the change process in your PeopleSoft environment, and the value of an integrated change solution.

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A Unified Approach to Workload Life Cycle Management


Traditionally, data centers have been seen as a mix of servers, operating systems, applications, and data. Moreover, the data, applications, and operating systems have been inextricably tied to the hardware on which they reside, impeding the optimal use of server resources, whether physical or virtual. Find out how to adopt a more unified approach to managing workloads in the data center—today.

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Customer Analytics Pay Off


To help organizations develop a customer analytics strategy designed to drive growth and increase customer satisfaction, the IBM Institute for Business Value has identified four stages of organizational capabilities and associated customer analytics strategies.

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Lifting a Veil of Mystery Off Jesta I.S.


Even after nearly 15 years as an enterprise analyst, I still find myself coming across a vendor that has been around for more than 40 years but one that I am not familiar with. One such example is Montreal, Canada-based Jesta I.S., a vendor that delivers integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain management (SCM) solutions to manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, and

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