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The Steel Manufacturing Industry: What Use Is an ERP System, Anyway?
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steel and level 3 mes  layers of operations in steel manufacturing, as well as to understand which system needs to communicate with which layer, and at which point of the process. ERP solutions satisfy a broad range of requirements, from financials to the supply chain, but when it comes to manufacturing execution, most ERP solutions have gaps in fulfilling the requirements. Areas such as financials, human resources (HR), customer relationship management (CRM), forecasting, planning, order management, inventory management, Read More...
Warehouse Management Systems (WMS)
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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Not Yet Sold on SaaS ERP in Manufacturing? Take a Hard Look at Plex Online - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series explained Plex Systems’ ebullience and growth despite a hostile and depressed environment, especially in the discrete manufacturing

steel and level 3 mes  material (e.g., bundle of steel, box of parts, gaylord of resin, engine block, etc.) gets a unique label, often a barcode. When a worker goes to record production at a work center, they or Plex Online identifies the specific material/parts being consumed. Plex Online then depletes the source material and creates an electronic link between the input and output. This happens at every operation, including the shipping step. If it is determined that there is a problem with a given source material/part, the Read More...
Do Chinese Enterprises Really Need MES and WMS?
Despite rapid industrialization in China and other developing countries, most manufacturing execution systems (MES) and warehouse management systems (WMS) are

steel and level 3 mes  commodities, from oil to steel and cement, and its surging appetite is driving spot prices up in global markets. Western manufacturers criticize China for keeping the Yuan Renminbi's value artificially low, which protects China's competitive advantage as an exporter, but the currency peg also makes imports relatively expensive, putting margins under pressure. Labor costs are rising and the labor market is tight in urban areas. Although still very low by Western standards, wages of manufacturing workers Read More...
The Power of Knowledge -- Knowledge is Power (Part 3)
Part 1 of this blog series introduced the need for knowledge management (KM) software applications as part of a more comprehensive and strategic service

steel and level 3 mes  Power of Knowledge -- Knowledge is Power (Part 3) Part 1 of this blog series introduced the need for knowledge management (KM) software applications as part of a more comprehensive and strategic service management (SSM) suite. One such broad SSM suite has been advanced by Servigistics , and Part 2 zoomed into the capabilities of one particular part of the Servigistics SSM suite: Service Knowledge Management (SKM ). Potential SKM Benefits Redux While some possible benefits from SKM deployments were Read More...
Financial Forecasting and Planning Summit, London UK, June 2-3, 2011
Financial Forecasting and Planning Summit, London UK, June 2-3, 2011. If you're interested in learning about the latest innovations in financial pl...

steel and level 3 mes  Forecasting and Planning Summit, London UK, June 2-3, 2011 Financial Forecasting and Planning Summit, London UK, June 2-3, 2011 If you're interested in learning about the latest innovations in financial planning and business forecasting from some of world's leading experts, the Financial Forecasting and Planning Summit is for you! At this two-day summit of forward-thinking business and financial leaders, you'll learn how to: engage senior leadership around financial forecasts and reviews use the Read More...
Baan Resurrects Multi-Dimensionally Part 3: Market Impact
Baan remains one of only a handful of vendors that are capable of providing full application suites on scaleable platforms that can be globally deployed by

steel and level 3 mes  Resurrects Multi-Dimensionally Part 3: Market Impact Event Summary In its bid to return to its erstwhile short-lived glory, Baan , the resurrected global provider of collaborative enterprise business solutions and a unit of the Invensys Software Systems (ISS) division of Invensys plc, the global automation and controls group with headquarters in the UK, has lately blitzed the market with a number of announcements. The most prominent amongst these were: Deliveries of vertically focused solutions for Read More...
Leveraging 3-D for Sales Automation
Product knowledge is now readily available to buyers online, so it’s no surprise that salespeople are seeking new tools and new skills to close sales. A

steel and level 3 mes  3-D for Sales Automation Originally published - November 9, 2007 The Googlization of information has leveled the playing field between sales representatives and prospects. With easy access to information, buyers are initiating purchasing cycles by performing extensive product research on the Internet long before inviting a sales representatives into the process. Increasingly, buyers today know as much, if not more, about the product and the competition's products as the seller knows. Product Read More...
3 Microsoft Shop Myths Dispelled?
Here’s the context: You’re selecting an ERP system. Your office is standardized on Windows and MS Office Suite. Should you select MS Dynamics and become a full

steel and level 3 mes  Microsoft Shop Myths Dispelled? Here’s the context: You’re selecting an ERP system. Your office is standardized on Windows and MS Office Suite. Should you select MS Dynamics and become a full-fledged “MS shop”? We’ll look at three reasons you should lean toward MS Dynamics—and then look at why those reasons might be less compelling than you think. Myth #1: User Adoption Is Easy True: User familiarity leads to an easier transition period. Due to the learning curve effect, it is common to see Read More...
3 Critical Considerations When Choosing Your SCM Solution
SCM software selection is a tricky and painful activity for most companies. Why? Despite the plethora of solutions currently available, it may be hard to find

steel and level 3 mes  Critical Considerations When Choosing Your SCM Solution Supply chain management (SCM) software selection is certainly tricky and painful on the good days, even for those that have been down the road a few times. Why? Despite the number of vendors offering a plethora of solutions, of different qualities, there are just more business models that need to find a fit (or as close as it gets) than are available solutions that fit those models. In addition, decision makers need to invest significant time and Read More...
3 Strategies for Growing Your Midsize Business
The white paper three strategies for growing your midsize business gives you a look at all three growth models and describes the challenges, the wa...

steel and level 3 mes  Strategies for Growing Your Midsize Business Growth is making a comeback ! But what type of growth, and how will you manage it? Organic growth, growth by acquisition, and growth through business model innovation are all different and each calls for a different strategy to succeed . The white paper Three Strategies for Growing Your Midsize Business gives you a look at all three growth models and describes the challenges, the ways to overcome them, and the role technology can play. Find out why delivering Read More...
Manufacturing Software for an Integrated Steel Plant
Manufacturing processes for an integrated steel plant typically encompass three distinct types of manufacturing: flow manufacturing, process manufacturing, and

steel and level 3 mes  the mold, the liquid steel solidifies and takes the shape of the bottom end of the mold, generally forming a slab or a bloom. This solidified steel is continuously removed from the bottom of the mold at the same rate at which liquid steel is poured into it. If formed into a slab, it is then rolled to form various shapes of plates, sheets, or coils. If it is a bloom, the steel is extruded into shapes of rails, channels, wires, rods, bars, etc. In the case of cold steel ingots, they are first reheated in Read More...
Service Level Goal Strategy: Path to Profit
How can retailers maximize their return when investing in cutting-edge replenishment solutions? After all, if forecasting and purchasing decisions are driven by

steel and level 3 mes  Level Goal Strategy: Path to Profit How can retailers maximize their return when investing in cutting-edge replenishment solutions? After all, if forecasting and purchasing decisions are driven by advanced math and logic, then surely there is little room for users to influence success? Actually, establishing a service-level goal strategy can blaze the path to profit for retailers looking to separate themselves from the competition. Read More...
Appointment Scheduling - Achieving the Positive Ripple Effect Part 3: An Illustration
Reducing wait time to just 17 hours per week would reflect a gain of approximately 32,160 miles per year by each trailer.

steel and level 3 mes  Scheduling - Achieving the Positive Ripple Effect Part 3: An Illustration Appointment Scheduling Achieving the Positive Ripple Effect Part 3: An Illustration Featured Author - Rachel Nemecek - July 1, 2002 Carrier Illustration The example shown below of a national truckload carrier illustrates perfectly benefits described in Part Two. Particularly noteworthy is the additional capacity made available through decreased waiting time. Figure 1. Taking a carrier who drives 1 billion miles per year, Read More...
3 Steps to Making Every Interaction Count
What happens between the time customers begin to research a product and the final purchase? They’re likely to check out your—and your competitors’—websites

steel and level 3 mes  Steps to Making Every Interaction Count What happens between the time customers begin to research a product and the final purchase? They’re likely to check out your—and your competitors’—websites, retail stores, contact centers, and blogs. And each point of contact puts your company in a competitive situation. That’s why the most important issue is how your company tracks customer activity in today’s multichannel world. Read More...
ERP and BI: When 1 + 1 = 3
Prompted by volatile markets and a troubled economy, the need to contain or reduce costs is key for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). SMEs are turning

steel and level 3 mes  and BI: When 1 + 1 = 3 Prompted by volatile markets and a troubled economy, the need to contain or reduce costs is key for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). SMEs are turning to enterprise resource planning (ERP) or business intelligence (BI) solutions to provide control and visibility. Each provides value, but the marriage of the two becomes the perfect storm, igniting improved performance and visibility. This report discusses their synergistic relationship. Read More...

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