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APICS 2009 from the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 1
While my colleagues Khudsiya Quadri and Gabriel Georghiu diligently attended numerous conference sessions and reported their impressions of each convention

s part 55  the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 1 While my colleagues Khudsiya Quadri and Gabriel Georghiu diligently attended numerous conference sessions and reported their impressions of each convention day ( Day 1 ,  Day 2 ,  Day 3 , and  Day 4 ), my much shorter  attendance of the APICS 2009 International Conference in Toronto (Canada) in early October revolved mainly around exploring the expo floor and talking to the exhibitors . My overwhelming impression from the conference''s expo floor was th Read More...
Orchid Orthopedic Solutions Selects CEBOS QMS
Orchid Orthopedic Solutions recently selected CEBOS MQ1 Elements Life Sciences solution to automate its quality management system (QMS) and ensure compliance

s part 55  software solutions designed to simplify ever-changing management compliance requirements, but it provides a wide range of functionality advanced product quality planning (APQP)/production part approval process (PPAP), audit, corrective action preventive action (CAPA), nonconformance, document control, gauge calibration, equipment maintenance, shop floor inspection and statistical process control (SPC), supplier management, project and program management, and training tTracking (for more details, see). Read More...
Soft Economy Dents SAP’s Armored Shield As Well
Since the license revenue plunge in the US, a likely cascading economic slowdown worldwide, and SAP’s high stakes in struggling Commerce One happened much

s part 55  potential usage of each SAP module by end users in each part of their organization. More comprehensive recommendations for both current and potential SAP users can be found in SAP - A Humble Giant From The Reality Land? Part 5: Challenges and User Recommendations and in ''Collaborative Commerce'': ERP, CRM, e-Proc, and SCM Unite! A Series Study: SAP AG . Read More...
The Magic Behind Planning and Executing (Optimal) Service Supply Chains - Part 1
The recent three-part series entitled “Navigating Between Service Management Scylla @ Charybdis” analyzed the phenomenon of service economy, or the

s part 55  and Executing (Optimal) Service Supply Chains - Part 1 The recent three-part series entitled “Navigating Between Service Management Scylla & Charybdis” analyzed the phenomenon of  service economy , or the increasing importance of the service sector  in industrialized economies. But while the vast  customer service  software market’s opportunity was examined there, the series also pointed out the treacherous complexity of planning and executing service supply chains. Compared to manufacturing a Read More...
Retailers Join Forces for a
Today''s competitive retail landscape has lead to mega-mergers between some of the oldest retailers in the US: Kmart and Sears. Before the technical issues of

s part 55  information technology departments and supply chains. Part One of the Retailers Join Forces for a Make or Break Attempt Their Competitive Landscape series. The issue isn''t that they offer diametrically opposed products and services. Kmart is a mass merchandising company that offers customers products through a portfolio of exclusive brands that include Thalia Sodi , Jaclyn Smith , Joe Boxer , Martha Stewart Everyday , Route 66 and Sesame Street . Similarly, Sears is a broad-line retailer providing merch Read More...
Outsourcing 101 - A Primer Part Two: Outsourcing Categories
Outsourcing is a very diverse market, and there are many different outsourcing options and outsourcing service providers to choose from. This part examines the

s part 55  101 - A Primer Part Two: Outsourcing Categories Outsourcing Categories Outsourcing is a very diverse market, and there are many different outsourcing options and outsourcing service providers to choose from. This part examines the four broad outsourcing categories: Application software I.T. infrastructure Business process outsourcing (BPO), and Manufacturing This is Part Two of a three-part note. Part One discussed the history of outsourcing, described outsourcing pros and cons, and introduced Read More...
A Modern Tale of Long (Supply Chain) Tails -- Part II
Part I of this blog series introduced the notion of long tails in modern supply chains. That blog post also introduced the vendor ToolsGroup and its solution

s part 55  Modern Tale of Long (Supply Chain) Tails -- Part II Part I of this blog series introduced the notion of long tails in modern supply chains. That blog post also introduced the vendor  ToolsGroup and its solution for planning and optimizing finished goods in distribution environments. So, How Does ToolsGroup Solve the Distribution Puzzle? Most of the benefits are driven here by the distinctive Stock Mix Optimization capability that has delivered higher service levels with much less inventory for Read More...
Deltek''s Second Bite at the IPO Cherry (Part IV)
Part III of this blog series analyzed the relatively recently launched Deltek Vision 5 [evaluate this product] and Deltek Costpoint 6 [evaluate this product

s part 55  more comprehensive competitive landscape, see Part II of this blog series ). Staying Away From On-demand, For Now One potential stumbling block could come from the company not yet having any plans to roll out on-demand versions of its software, which would allow customers to download its applications over the Internet, and which is a backbone of businesses such as Salesforce.com and NetSuite . Software as a Service (SaaS) vendors such as Salesforce.com, ADP and RightNow compete only in Deltek’s Read More...
Global Trade Hits Home at MegaResistCap-Part III: Be Careful What You Ask For
In the first two parts of this series (part I, part II), Jim, director of IT at MegaResistCap, learned that the company’s recently rolled out enterprise

s part 55  two parts of this series ( part I , part II ), Jim, director of IT at MegaResistCap, learned that the company’s recently rolled out enterprise resource planning (ERP) system would have to support global trade management (GTM) functionality more quickly than expected. He had sent an e-mail off to his chief information officer (CIO), Mike, suggesting a new project be set up and managed by the project management office, MegaPMO. Now, with some trepidation, he awaited the response from the CIO. The week Read More...
UNIT4: The (Largely) Untold Story - Part 2
Part 1 of this series started with my invitation by UNIT4 (formerly Unit 4 Agresso), the second-largest business applications provider in continental Europe, to

s part 55  The (Largely) Untold Story - Part 2 Part 1 of this series  started with my invitation by  UNIT4 (formerly Unit 4 Agresso ), the second-largest business applications provider in continental Europe , to attend its  UK 2010 user conference . Frankly, I was a bit skeptical about what new and exciting I might see and hear about at this event in light of the vendor’s analyst tour in Boston in late 2009. My post then talked about another important development that preceded both the UK user conference Read More...
Lean Manufacturing: Part 1
With all the discussion, books, Web sites, and other materials on the topic of lean manufacturing, it''s hard to know which resources are credible@much less

s part 55  the discussion, books, Web sites, and other materials on the topic of lean manufacturing, it''s hard to know which resources are credible—much less understand the mounds of information. The first part of this series breaks down the definition of lean manufacturing into easy-to-digest concepts and shares the real-life example of a supplier of remanufactured solvents that is working toward the goal of lean. Get tips on how to determine what you need in your production operation and why. Read More...
A Case Study and Tutorial in Using IT Knowledge Based Tools Part 2: A Tutorial
This tutorial, part 2 of a two part series on Knowledge Based Selection, demonstrates the selection processes and capabilities of Knowledge Based Selection

s part 55  processes. In this, the second part of this article, we shall follow a simplified process as an illustration. The method was used by the author to conduct a selection on a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA). In this case, the end result was the purchase of the suggested item! The first part, is an overview of decision support systems and knowledge based selection. About This Note : This is a two part note where Part 1 is a discussion of the use of an IT Knowledge Based selection tool as part of a Decision Read More...
The Path to ERP for Small Businesses - Part 1: The Research
Most consultants agree that there are three stages that precede a software implementation project: research, evaluation, and selection. This three-part article

s part 55  Path to ERP for Small Businesses - Part 1: The Research When looking for business software, small companies might fall into the trap of being selected instead of selecting vendors. This usually happens because small companies do not allocate extensive time and resources to the process and do not have selection methodologies, which help decision makers select a product without further investigation. Not every company takes advantage of a sound software selection methodology. The good news is that other Read More...
Taming the SOA Beast - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog topic introduced the notion of how complex and tricky it can be to manage and govern enterprise applications'' service oriented architecture

s part 55  the SOA Beast - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog topic introduced the notion of how complex and tricky it can be to manage and govern enterprise applications'' service oriented architecture (SOA). That blog post also tackled Progress Software ’s recent acquisition of Mindreef in order to round out its SOA governance solution for distributed information technology (IT) environments. Mindreef joined the Progress Actional SOA Management product family that provides policy-based visibility, security, and co Read More...
Do You Want Your App to Talk Back to You (as a Chatterbox)? - Part 3
In Part 1 of this blog series I admitted to being a late adopter of a sort, in part for not immediately jumping onto the social media bandwagon. In particular

s part 55  late adopter of a sort , in part for not immediately jumping onto the  social media  bandwagon. In particular, my initial reaction to  Salesforce Chatter (a.k.a. Collaboration Cloud)  was tepid  when it was introduced at the Dreamforce 2009 conference . However, a few months have passed and this period has helped salesforce.com craft the much clearer cloud computing evolution message that was analyzed in Part 2 . The article then also went on to explain my change of heart and discussed Salesforce Read More...

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