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The Theory of Constraints Enters the Lean Manufacturing Arena
Lean principles are difficult to employ in complex environments, but materials requirement planning has well-known limitations. The theory of constraints, which

theory  Theory of Constraints Enters the Lean Manufacturing Arena Limitations of Flow Manufacturing Just as manufacturing realities are continuously changing, so is lean thinking evolving. For example, traditionally, given competitive realities, it was almost exclusively automotive companies that deployed lean techniques such as kanban and sequencing. Today, however, there are some strong indications that only one in five companies using kanban are in the automotive industry. This is Part Six of a multi-part Read More

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Collaborative Demand Planning
In theory, demand planning is the foundation for profitable operations. But in practice, it is often a difficult endeavor. Accuracy can fluctuate wildly, and

theory  Demand Planning In theory, demand planning is the foundation for profitable operations. But in practice, it is often a difficult endeavor. Accuracy can fluctuate wildly, and companies tend to react to inaccuracies with new investments in technology, processes, and people. However, new investments do not guarantee better forecasts. There are often fundamental issues that need to be addressed before achieving positive results. Read More
Challenging the Competition: Mega-mergers and Supply Chain Technology
In theory, the Kmart-Sears merger could produce a new layer of competition to mega-retailers such as Wal-Mart. However, it needs more than just size to be

theory  (USD) in savings. In theory, the merger could produce a new layer of competitive challenge to two undisputed mega-retailers, Wal-Mart and Target , by giving Sears Holdings a combined total of nearly 3,500 stores and by creating a service organization capable of a major expansion to serve the needs of existing Kmart and Sears customers. The merger should generally enable the combined businesses of Sears and Kmart and of Federated and May, respectively, to produce higher profits or profit margins than any o Read More
Aligning Risk and Finance in Banks: From Theory to Practice
After the financial crisis, banks are changing the way that they look at risk and finance integration, and these types of projects have been prioritized again

theory  Finance in Banks: From Theory to Practice After the financial crisis, banks are changing the way that they look at risk and finance integration, and these types of projects have been prioritized again. However, the path to successful risk and finance integration is not simple, and banks face a number of technology and organizational challenges. To understand these problems better and banks' aims for risk and finance integration, read this report on a survey by Chartis Research that questioned risk and fin Read More
How TOC Distribution Increases Profits
In a supply chain managed according to the theory of constraints (TOC), it is clear that there are so many common improvements that virtually all companies will

theory  managed according to the theory of constraints (TOC), it is clear that there are so many common improvements that virtually all companies will benefit. It doesn’t take long for TOC companies enjoying greater sales and lower expenses to gain not only market share, but market dominance. Find out how you can work these principles into your organization with the help of a TOC solution for distribution. Read More
e-Catalysts Delivers Digital Marketplace
e-Catalysts, Inc. launches its B2B digital marketplace with help from VerticalNet and Aspen Technology.

theory  catalysts,home business,b2b industrial,b2b marketplace,b2b market,supply chain automation,b2b supply chain management,b2b portal,b2b supply chain,b2b advertising,manufacturers,catalyst,clothing manufacturing,supply chain software solutions,supply chain execution Read More
How to Unbalance Your Scorecard to Better Measure Business Performance
The Balanced Scorecard is one of the most popular methodologies for measuring business performance, with a view to enhancing it. First made popular in the early 1990s, this performance management framework was intended as a tool to provide managers with a more complete and “balanced” view of their organization’s performance by including nonfinancial metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) in

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Working Toward Truly Strategic Partnerships
If good partnerships seem to be a rarity, true and lasting relationships that benefit both parties are downright unique. How to avoid a Barney relationship and create a partnership that really works!

theory  strategic partnerships,common interest,complementary support,synergy,communication,respect,trust,enterprise resource planning,ERP,supply chain management,SCM Read More
Improving Your Demo-To-Win Ratio - Bridge Building
Ask yourself this simple question: “Have I ever lost a deal to an inferior product?” If your answer is yes, I’ll guarantee that one of the prime reasons for your defeat was because your competitor was a more effective Bridge-Demonstrator.

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Running and Optimizing the Business of IT: The SAP Best-practices Approach
IT has long been seen as one of the best ways to address the challenges of the business environment. Yet the complexity and rigidity of IT infrastructure keep IT from fully serving the business. IT could better help serve your customers and reduce business costs if it were provided as a service. Find out more about IT service management standards and best practices, with a focus on SAP’s approach to IT optimization.

theory  information technology resources,information management,information technology management,information systems development,technology management,knowledge management,information technology governance,enterprise information management,management information system,mis basics Read More
What's Ahead for Users on the Enterprise Infrastructure Battlefront?
The battle between Oracle, Microsoft, SAP, and IBM goes far beyond applications -- it goes right into the technology stack or the enterprise infrastructure. As a result, these vendors are drilling down deeper to compete with each other.

theory  Oracle,PeopleSoft,JD Edwards,merger,court,SAP,acquisition,PeopleSoft Enterprise,PeopleSoft EnterpriseOne,JD Edwards OneWorld,PeopleSoft World,JD Edwards World Software,Project Fusion,technology stack,enterprise infrastructure Read More

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