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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

w part 2  schedule according to the W-6 principle from Part 1 (i.e., Who, does What, with What, When, Where, and for Whom? ).  Logically, one should begin by creating an optimized schedule. To that end, the service jobs scheduled for a certain day did not all necessarily appear that morning or at the same time. Namely, some jobs can be planned installations for new customers and they may have appeared last week. Others will be scheduled periodical maintenance jobs, which the dispatcher knew about quite some time Read More...
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Lawson Software-IPO and Several Acquisitions After
Lawson Software, almost two years since a successful IPO amid adverse conditions at the time, has had its share of difficulties while rounding up its vertical

w part 2  Parts Three and Four will discuss the market impact. Part Five will cover challenges and make user recommendations. Health Care Vertical Initiatives Lawson's dominant vertical market has always been health care, where it serves more than 400 health care industry customers representing more than 4,500 facilities, including eight of the top ten integrated delivery networks. The company also serves managed care systems, academic medical centers, hospitals, clinics, physician group practices, home health Read More...
Modern ERP Processes Behind Historic Scotch Whisky
The whisky industry is an example of a process industry where it is impossible to accurately predict demand for the final product. Goods stocked must also be

w part 2  or bottlers. Because the Workbench is part of the TROPOS ERP package, it offers inherent and uninterrupted traceability (this is necessary to ensure accurate reporting for HMCE purposes), from the receiving vats at the distillery, through warehouse maturation, further vatting, bottling, and dispatch to the customer. The product manages the entire process of reduction, filtration, mixing, and tinting (the only legal additive in whisky is caramel coloring), through to the bulk finished product. It can then Read More...
Architecture-Centered Information Systems In The Manufacturing Domain - Part III - Steps in the Architecture Process
Architecture bridges the semantic gap between the requirements and software. Application software systems must be architected in order to deal with the current

w part 2  Ridge Consulting, Niwot, Colorado, www.niwotridge.com. References - Part III [Abow95] Formalizing Style to Understand Descriptions of Software Architecture, G. Abowd, G. Allen and D. Garland, ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methods, 4(4), pp. 319-164, 1995. [Adow93] Using Style to Understand Descriptions of Software Architecture, G. Adowd, R. Allen and D. Garlan, ACM Software Engineering Notes, December, 1993, pp. 9-20. [Adow97] Recommended Best Industrial Practice for Software Read More...
An Overview of Product Lifecycle Management Implementation Challenges
Product lifecycle management (PLM) implementation brings its own set of challenges, whether considering vendor selection, employee perception management, or

w part 2  one for the organization. We took part in PLM implementations in the automotive, hi-tech, and food industries. We have gathered the inputs of these experiences, and upon studying the various means of software selection pertaining to PLM, we summarize the following process for vendor selection. i) PLM system document preparation An enterprise has to prepare a document on how they envision their PLM system: this is their company's PLM system document. First of all, let all the stakeholders of the Read More...
The 'Joy' Of Enterprise Systems Implementations Part 3: Causes of Failures
This part discusses the causes of ill-fated implementation

w part 2  and research network worldwide, which links executives from different companies, industries, and countries. The general feeling is that the situation can be mirrored across the entire enterprise applications space. This is a four-part note. Part One summarized a report titled ERP Trends by The Conference Board. Part Two covered the major key success factors (KSF's) for enterprise applications projects. This part discusses the causes of enterprise systems implementation failures. Part Four will make User Read More...
Can We Intelligently Use Part Numbers to Configure and Order the Right Products?
In the industrial automation industry, an overlooked, fatal flaw of sales configurator solutions is their inability to simultaneously configure part numbers and

w part 2  the prospective customer exactly what part it is, what its features are, and its price. Another example of the significance of configurable part numbers can be seen through a seemingly simple product like a control switch. There are regulatory norms within the US National Electrical Code (NEC) as well as safety standard agencies, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Canadian Standards Association (CSA), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), etc., in which, for example, the switch has to be 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

w part 2  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...
Inovis Delves into PIM by Snatching QRS Part Four: Market Impact
While owing to a number of similar products and to former competition between the merging parties this merger has a merit of growth by acquisition in a slow

w part 2  from Inovis, which they would logically not have had from JDA. This concludes part four of a five-part note. Parts one, two, and three detailed the event. Part five will cover challenges and make user recommendations. Read More...
Pricing Management in a Down Economy -- Part 1
Not long ago, I wrote about the pricing management and optimization software market, and in particular depth about two bullish vendors and fierce competitors in

w part 2  Management in a Down Economy -- Part 1 Not long ago, I wrote about the pricing management and optimization software market , and in particular depth about two bullish vendors and fierce competitors in the business-to-business (B2B) manufacturing and distribution segments:  Zilliant and Vendavo . Look for similar write-ups down the track on DemandTec , Symphony Metreo , and on the Servigistics pricing solution (whereby the last will focus solely on spare parts pricing and planning ). While I do Read More...
Plex Systems at a Crossroads: Part 1
Plex Manufacturing Cloud is an integrated manufacturing software solution for managing the manufacturing process (including specific lean manufacturing needs

w part 2  system whereby an expert would respond to the ticket from his/her place (depending on the time of the day), but the response time could be over an hour. The aforementioned real-time call center should be a major customer service upgrade. Also, there have been no education services and training courses and materials provided by Plex—user training generally happens during implementation and as part of service and support. It goes without saying that Plex was hereby losing a major revenue opportunity, Read More...
Grape Escape 2013: Customer Value a Priority for Both SYSPRO and UNIT4-Part 2
This is part 2 of a 2-part blog post on Grape Escape 2013, with my analyst take on the announcements and conversations with UNIT4 at the recent analyst event in

w part 2  on Grape Escape 2013, with my analyst take on the announcements and conversations with UNIT4 at the recent analyst event in Boston. UNIT4 Representing UNIT4 at the event were two top managers: regular attendee Ton Dobbe, the company’s vice president of product marketing, and Anwen Robinson, managing director in UK and Ireland, who was invited to share some of UNIT4’s news in that region with analysts. Similarly to the events of the last several years, this time UNIT4 also made several interesting Read More...
Project Management Communication: Part 3 of 3
In this final installment of the Project Management Communication series, we look at a vital project management tool. This system has provided visibility to

w part 2  Project Management Communication series, we look at a vital project management tool. This system has provided visibility to senior management, as well as justification for projects based on the expected value of each product in its planning stage, and in projects both in progress and completed. What Is Project Portfolio Management? Project portfolio management (PPM) is a resource system that permits an enterprise to collect (or document), maintain, and view information on the various stages of all its Read More...
PeopleSoft Internationalizes Its Mid-Market Forays Part 2: Challenges & User Recommendations
Despite the challenges, PeopleSoft has raised the bar in providing solutions for smaller enterprises, and Tier 2 and Tier 3 vendors might be in for a tough

w part 2  value-adding reseller (VAR) channels with expertise in local and/or vertical segments' business practices. This is Part Two of a two-part analysis of recent PeopleSoft announcements. Part One discussed the announcements and began the Market Impact. Challenges Consequently, one should not expect PeopleSoft's (or any other Tier 1 vendor's) mid-market initiative to have a smooth ride yet. Although less notoriously negatively publicized than SAP, PeopleSoft remains a complex application, and the Internet Read More...
Vendors Jostle and Profess Economic Stimulus Readiness - Part III
Part I of this series analyzed the opportunity as well as the related attached strings stemming from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA

w part 2  (Navigating the Brave New World).” Part II of this series then analyzed why Deltek believes  it can help government contractors, architecture, engineering & construction (AEC) firms, and other  public sector  organizations in their endeavors to obtain ARRA funds (i.e., the opportunity part) and duly report on them (for transparency and accountability ). But what about the construction industry’s current challenges, its outlook, and the market trends?  The Construction Industry’s Outlook The Read More...

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