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Supply Chain Management 101
I covered the basics of ERP previously, and thought I'd move on to supply chain management (SCM), which we're also featuring in tomorrow's TEC Newsletter (go to

stock tutorials  chain breakdown, the company's stock plummeted 20 percent—making a $100 million loss look nearly trivial. Later that year, Cisco announced a $2.2 billion inventory write-off. The culprit, once again: supply chain problems. This fiasco was—and still is—the largest inventory write-off in history. These debacles are not necessarily the direct result of poor software selection or faulty SCM evaluation—but they are potent reminders that software evaluation can be the single most important factor 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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How to Choose a Manufacturing System
If you’ve worked for more than one manufacturing company, you know that each one is different. Different processes, systems, problems—all these variations mean

stock tutorials  to be out of stock even though there are still chips on hand from the other supplier. There's a right and a wrong way to set up inventory control when you have more than one supplier. If the program you're using doesn't have multiple supplier capabilities, you won't be able to properly set up Inventory Control to reflect this. Make sure the system you are considering maintains a cross-reference between your internal part number and each supplier's part number. Insufficient control of content for bills of Read More...
Show Me, Don't Sell Me
Are you having trouble finding concrete information about how enterprise software actually works? I know I am.I’m not talking about feature lists—you can

stock tutorials  “typical user” personas, dull stock photography, and a few marketing-y bullets, but the SAP videos are pretty well focused on the end user. Which is nice. It’s one thing to know that a piece of software “manages customer interactions, from contact data and history to calendaring and tasks.” It’s another thing to see how a real customer service call might be handled using that software. Especially if you work in customer service. It’s not that hard “Of course,” you’re saying, Read More...
BUY.COM Called
Service911.com has inked a deal with BUY.COM to provide customer service through the Internet.

stock tutorials  for $250 million in stock. The deal unites a technology systems integrator with an Application Service Provider model. Service911.com and BUY.COM's relationship is another example of how companies are using ASP models to support business needs. In August of 1999, IDC reported spending in the ASP space could reach 2 billion by 2003. In October 1999, Dataquest predicted the entire ASP market would reach 22.7 billion by 2003. While groups attempt to define the size and evolution of the market, one message Read More...
Taking Stock of TAKE Supply Chain Solutions - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series introduced TAKE Supply Chain, a supply chain management (SCM) division of TAKE Solutions, Ltd. The TAKE Solutions parent company is a

stock tutorials  Stock of TAKE Supply Chain Solutions - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series introduced TAKE Supply Chain , a  supply chain management (SCM)  division of TAKE Solutions, Ltd. The TAKE Solutions parent company is a global technology solutions and service provider, with significant focus across two principal business areas – life sciences and SCM, with an almost even breakdown of revenues between these divisions ( the company is listed on the Indian Stock Exchange ) . My blog post first described TAKE Read More...
Customer Success Story: Batchmaster Provides Superior Inventory Control
Superior Quality Foods was growing, but poor inventory control was impacting its profitability. To ensure there was enough stock to meet production needs, it

stock tutorials  ensure there was enough stock to meet production needs, it always ordered extra raw materials—just in case. To reduce costs and improve inventory control, Superior chose an enterprise resource planning (ERP) and mobile wireless inventory system—and since its implementation has realized 98 percent accuracy in inventory. Read More...
Inventory Planning & Optimization: Extending Your ERP System Part Two: How It Works
Organizations today realize that although strategies focusing on outsourcing transportation, e-business and new distribution models are important, these are all

stock tutorials  while also reducing out-of stock situations and ensuring that the correct stock is available to satisfy demand. These are benefits that can't be realized by increasing sales. (Source: J.Healy, Profit from the inside out, isourceonline.com , 2002) Traditionally, inventory management was measured by way of the number of times stock was turned. However, by focusing exclusively on this measure, organizations failed to take advantage of things like volume discounts and customer service levels. To avoid Read More...
Less Stock, More Profit: Inventory Optimization
Inventory optimization is the area where most enterprise resource planning (ERP) software implementations get the highest and fastest return on investment (ROI)

stock tutorials  , Service Level , Stock Management , Economic Order Quantity , Operations Research , Cash Conversion Cycle , Consignment Stock , Inventory Accounting , Logistics . Less stock, more profit: Inventory optimization Inventory optimization is the area where most ERP software implementations normally get the highest and fastest Return on Investment (ROI) . However, many companies that have implemented an ERP solution have not added a dedicated inventory optimization module. It is a huge potential for companies Read More...
RFID Case Study: Gillette and Provia Part One: Background
The goal of the pilot project was not to see whether RFID tags on pallets and cases could be read automatically (although one should not assume that it is easy

stock tutorials  business processes for better stock identification, and the act of automating information collected from stock movements requires considerable additional business logic and analytics. For example, just an RFID reading event will not give any indication as to whether the stock is moving out or in , and without the use of multiple readers upstream and downstream, and the analysis of previous read events, directionality of stock movements cannot be assumed. Whereas manual inventory management processes Read More...
Achieving Effective Inventory Management
In today’s competitive business environment, wholesale distributors face critical factors that directly affect customer satisfaction and profit margins. These

stock tutorials  costing methods Achieving optimal stock levels and return on investment Forecasting future demand and stock purchases Maintaining pricing policies that retain profitability These challenges, combined with customer demands for product availability, can conflict with operational goals of increasing inventory turnover and minimizing costs. Powerful business automation software, such as the Inventory Management application of Sage MAS 500 ERP, delivers sophisticated distribution capabilities designed to Read More...
Are ERP Consolidators (
Even in such a volatile stock market and under investor/regulatory scrutiny, going public as a means of getting some capital investment is still an option

stock tutorials  in such a volatile stock market and under investor/regulatory scrutiny, going public as a means of getting some capital investment is still an option -- the most recent examples being Deltek and NetSuite . On the established public vendor side, CDC Software , Epicor Software , Lawson Software and Oracle (if not even SAP too) would be examples of mostly unrelentingly acquisitive vendors in the enterprise applications space. On the other hand, there has been a general feeling lately of a money crunch in Read More...
Microstrategy Moves Up with e-Business
On October 4, MicroStrategy announced the release of MicroStrategy 6, the latest in their line of Intelligent E-Business software products. On October 5

stock tutorials  other OLAP vendors. The stock market has reacted favorably to MicroStrategy's market strategy, as their stock price has tripled over the last two months, and made very strong moves in the last two weeks. Fig. 1 User Recommendations Companies engaging in technology selection for OLAP tools should investigate MicroStrategy's offerings. Microstrategy has placed a strong emphasis on E-Business offerings, and MicroStrategy 6 is designed to be a platform that empowers organizations to understand the Read More...
Meet Sage Inventory Advisor in the Cloud
Sage recently announced the general availability of Sage Inventory Advisor, a new cloud forecasting and planning solution that integrates with Sage enterprise

stock tutorials  the best-fitting algorithm Safety stock : uses five inputs (service level, lead time, replenishment cycle, forecast risk, and supply risk) to determine the appropriate amount of buffer stock to keep for each and every stock-keeping unit (SKU) Dashboard and key performance indicator (KPI) measurements : keep track of stock and fill rates as well as those items that require attention (such as items in stock-out, potential stock-out, excess and surplus purchase orders) Classification : the classification Read More...
Big Bird Dines Again
Harbinger has agreed to be acquired by Peregrine in a stock exchange. The merger mates an infrastructure company that has already begun feathering its nest

stock tutorials  (NASDAQ: HRBC) in a stock transaction valued at $2.1 billion. The deal is expected to close, after approval by the stockholders of both companies, in July. Harbinger was an early leader in e-commerce, with a specialization in EDI (electronic data interchange), a protocol used extensively in a number of industries, including banking and manufacturing. The company has been going through restructuring upheavals in the past few years as it attempted, largely through acquisitions, to retarget itself away from Read More...
Key Product Delays Take a Toll on Oracle Users
Amid the hoopla of strong earnings projections and a record-high stock price, Oracle Corp. is letting the release of a pair of highly touted applications slip

stock tutorials  product development companies,marketing consultants,crm systems,innovation consulting,crm market share,peoplesoft software,product software development,erp consulting,erp consultants,erp applications,peoplesoft erp,product concept,erp software,database software,product development Read More...

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