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Appointment Scheduling - Achieving the Positive Ripple Effect Part 1
Accurate appointment scheduling can provide great benefit to all in the supply chain through improvements in efficiency, visibility, resource and capacity

schedule appointments  receiver in order to schedule appointments on their own, without relying on calling the scheduler each time to confirm an appointment. Enabling access to the same information by all parties in real-time allows for the creation of an accurate scheduling plan. 24/7 Scheduling The limited hours during which appointments can be made present another barrier in the way of a productive scheduling plan. Unfortunately, delays such as weather, traffic congestion and mechanical failure do not always occur during nor Read More...
Discrete Manufacturing (ERP)
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 or...
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The Magic Behind Planning and Executing (Optimal) Service Supply Chains - Part 2
Part 1 of this series established that service supply chains have many planning levels and time horizons, which can be roughly divided into the following: the

schedule appointments  does not re-optimize the schedule swiftly enough then some appointments at the end of the day will be missed (resulting in some unhappy customers). Sickness : Resources unexpectedly call in sick or perhaps fall ill during the day. One must then re-optimize the schedule to reallocate the work to maximize the number of jobs the other resources can complete. Accidents and delays : The geographic nature of field service means that traffic delays due to construction works or accidents are inevitable – these Read More...
Just How Smart Is Your Scheduler?
Intelligent scheduling optimizes your resources. Intelligent scheduling software uses predictive analytics to establish both predictable and “unpredictable

schedule appointments  to yield a realistic schedule that can be continuously optimized. Intelligent scheduling is perhaps the most critical functionality that has been missing from the feature set for field service activities and processes in other systems, such as enterprise resource planning (ERP), enterprise asset management (EAM), or customer relationship management (CRM). Field service management solutions have begun to emerge that include scheduling—the bottom line is that intelligent scheduling helps to ensure that pa 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

schedule appointments  selection project is behind schedule and over budget, don’t hide the fact. And for heaven’s sake, don’t try to make up the shortfall with shortcuts. Every shortcut you take is a software selection disaster waiting to be published… 9. Money cannot be appropriated if it belongs to others or to other families. Software selection lesson : Like most of these commandments, commandment #9 centers around respect for your own. Which, in software selection terms, is code for “consensus.” If you fail to Read More...
Some Belated Insights from, well, Deltek Insight 2010 - Part 1
The month of May is usually the high season of software vendors’ conferences, but mid-May 2010 was a bit extreme: I was invited to four major user

schedule appointments  (cost metrics, bulls-eye charts), schedule metrics, subcontractor performance reports, and even labor reports pulled from an ERP system, all in one place. This could be a huge innovation since managing all of this information to understand risk is where most programs break down. Currently, I am not aware of any other vendor that could pull this all together because no one else owns the planning & scheduling, EVM, risk management and accounting systems on the back end. Deltek does that via the respective Read More...
Integrated Workforce Management (WFM) Platforms: Fact or Fiction? - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series analyzed the major modules of integrated workforce management (WFM) suites that organizations can deploy to better schedule and

schedule appointments  can deploy to better schedule and assign work in their production and distribution facilities and in retail stores. Concrete examples of commercially available products included those from Kronos and RedPrairie Corporation , given those two vendors’ notable recent moves in the WFM field. While Part 1 explained the data collection, time and attendance (T&A), activities, and absence management modules  of WFM (and their importance), Part 2 focused on the forecasting and scheduling, reporting and Read More...
GSA Schedule Partnership Gets Network-1 in the Door
Lyme Computer, a woman-owned 18 person consultancy specializing in setting strategic IT agendas and implementation services for Federal Agenices, partners with

schedule appointments  Schedule Partnership Gets Network-1 in the Door GSA Schedule Partnership Gets Network-1 in the Door L. Taylor - June 26, 2000 Event Summary Lyme Computer Systems, a $16 million full-service computer reseller specializing in host embedded intrusion prevention systems has formed a strategic partnership with Network-1 Security Solutions to deliver host-embedded intrusion prevention systems. Lyme, which holds a GSA and Federal Supply Schedule, caters to Federal Agencies and the educational market. Figure Read More...
Enterprise Applications--The Genesis and Future, Revisited Part One: 1960s--Pre-Computer Era
Knowing the history and evolution of enterprise applications is essential to understanding their current use and future developments. Each step in the evolution

schedule appointments  usually created the plant schedule (for the items manufactured in-house) in those days. As a result, persons who had little or no access to material availability information loaded forecasted sales and actual customer orders into the schedule. This lack of visibility, combined with the cumbersome inventory record-keeping process, caused frequent schedule changes and missed or delayed customer deliveries. Often the shop would start an order only to learn that required material was not available. As a resul Read More...
Case Study: Kvichak Marine Industries Inc. Doubles in Size with ERP
A premium aluminum boat builder struggled to fit into a standard enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution. But the company found it difficult to schedule and

schedule appointments  found it difficult to schedule and track engineer-to-order (ETO) jobs, and it was wasting a lot of time duplicating efforts. Also, it needed effective communication between computer-aided design (CAD) and ERP systems. Read about the solution that helped the company streamline its processes. Read More...
Case Study: Meeting Room Manager-Scheduling Software
A software consulting service provider needed to develop a web-based interface having touch screen functionality to provide instant schedule visibility

schedule appointments  functionality to provide instant schedule visibility, eliminate double bookings, and fully automate the reservation process—including sending attendee invitations, managing catering orders, and reserving equipment. The service provider turned to Rishabh for development services. Read More...
Enhancing the Agility of Customer Information Systems in Utilities
Customer information system (CIS) projects in the utilities industry have earned a reputation for being disruptive to business, very expensive, and always

schedule appointments  expensive, and always behind schedule. As a mission-critical cash register for utilities, it pays to examine CIS more closely. Learn about the perspectives on strategic CIS assessment frameworks and how a structured solution can help you improve the agility of CIS without a huge investment. Read More...
Workforce Scheduling and Optimization: The Missing Link on the Shop Floor?
Today’s manufacturers must be able to promptly cater to customer fluctuations in demand and maintain profitability. With agile workforces, companies have a real

schedule appointments  and change the production schedule and corresponding workforce schedule. The bottom line is that there are many methodologies, tools, and processes to help organizations become competitive, but if the workers executing these plans can’t respond to abrupt changes, such as supply shortages, plant breakdowns, and other unexpected disruptions, a manufacturing operation will be less than optimal. WFM has become as much of an execution issue as it is a planning issue. Without an agile workforce that can flex Read More...
Project Management Communication: Developing a Plan (Part 2 Of 3)
Frequently when project teams convene to discuss post-project reviews, project team members feel that if communication had been better, the project would have

schedule appointments  status reports on project schedule and deliverables 4. providing classroom training and preparing user guides 5. negotiations with third-party software vendors 6. presentations to project sponsors and stakeholders 7. mapping current processes and validating their findings 8. development of process models and managing project documentation 9. kickoff meetings 10. executive reports 11. presentations 12. financial reports 13. issue logs 14. risk logs 15. change request logs 16. role-responsibility matrix 17. Read More...
How to Measure Customer Satisfaction
Organizations often rely on surveys and questionnaires to determine customer satisfaction ratings, but such methods merely offer a perceived customer rating

schedule appointments  been fully met. Delivery Schedule Rating Nothing is more frustrating than not receiving a delivery on an agreed-upon day. This frustration may be eased if somebody calls to tell you that the delivery is going to be delayed, but the frustration is there just the same. The funny part is, even if a delay is the result of a change that the customer requested, late delivery still frustrates the customer. It is as if the customer is thinking, Can't they accommodate this teeny-weeny change without postponing Read More...

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