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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 7  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 proposed Read More...
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Lean Maintenance: Best Practices to Turn Asset Management into a Profit Center
It’s common knowledge that asset downtime disrupts production and drives up both process and per-unit operating costs. However, executives often lose sight of

w part 7  just at the outset, when progress can be most visible, but as a part of daily routines. That is why cross-training personnel can provide the impetus for continued reduction in wasted time, e ort, material, and production capacity. Each member of the maintenance team must be encouraged and empowered to initiate improvements. All such initiatives should be recorded and tracked to quantify true improvements and to ensure that the initiatives continue to match the overall goals of the maintenance program - an Read More...
E-mail Archiving: A Business-critical Application
Small and medium businesses are especially vulnerable to disruptions caused by e-mail loss, compliance demands, and the threat of e-discovery. Yet these

w part 7  perform their own archiving will backup the email files to tape or other backup media. But archiving email to backup tapes may be the easiest part of the email protection dilemma. Retrieving that essential but lost proposal, spreadsheet, or email exchange can be the most challenging task. Tape Backup and Restore of Archives The first reaction for many businesses is to immediately turn to the data backup systems to solve the problem of missing messages and attachments. Restoring lost email from tape is nei Read More...
The Sarbanes-Oxley Act May Be Just the Tip of a Compliance Iceberg
The Sarbanes-Oxley Act is not the only government regulation that enterprises must comply with. Several others make it imperative that appropriate enterprise

w part 7  for this purpose, as well as the range of functions for supporting Basel II as part of the extended portfolio of analytical applications that have to be especially developed for carrying out financial and profitability analyses and risk management. If one thinks about this a bit more, Basel II affects not just banks, but all organizations. In particular, it effectively requires organizations to demonstrate their ability to meet their payment obligations—a process called rating —which typically involve Read More...
Top 10 Considerations When Changing Payroll Software
When choosing a payroll software vendor, there are numerous considerations that must be taken into account when narrowing down the choices. Obviously, you have

w part 7  analyze reports for accuracy while performing sideby- side processing of your new and old payroll systems. 5. Payroll Tax Management Payroll tax management is certainly a critical aspect of any payroll software, and plays a big part in how successful the software will be at meeting your ongoing needs. When evaluating software vendors, be sure to inquire about the process for updating tax table information. It's most convenient for customers to receive updated tax table information on an automatic basis at Read More...
The (NA)Vision of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 - Part 3
Part 1 and Part 2 of this blog series went through the five previous generations of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV (formerly Navision) product. In late 2008, at the

w part 7  purchase orders was introduced with Dynamics NAV 5.0 (mentioned in Part 2), but there is no underlying Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) orchestration engine like it was done within Dynamic GP 10 , Dynamic AX 2009 , and Dynamic CRM 4.0 . Along similar lines, there is the lack of the unified communications (UC) technology to identify users’ presence in real-time, as was done within Dynamic AX 2009 and Dynamic CRM 4.0. The e-mail notification feature from Navision 4.0 (mentioned in Part 2) looks quite Read More...
A Case Study and Tutorial in Using IT Knowledge Based Tools Part 2: A Tutorial
This tutorial, part 2 of a two part series on Knowledge Based Selection, demonstrates the selection processes and capabilities of Knowledge Based Selection

w part 7  a two part note where Part 1 is a discussion of the use of an IT Knowledge Based selection tool as part of a Decision Support System selection process. This second part of our two-part article is a tutorial with which illustrates using such a system to select a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA). Though a PDA is far less complex than, for example, an ERP system, processes and procedures enabling narrowing down of solutions, and avoiding dissatisfaction, while taking on assessed risks, are part of process Read More...
TradeStone Software STARS 2013: Retail Rocks! Part 2
Part 1 recapped TradeStone Software's user conference, STARS 2013. TradeStone’s Core CapabilitiesTradeStone Software’s bread-and-butter capabilities

w part 7  Software STARS 2013: Retail Rocks! Part 2 Part 1 recapped TradeStone Software's user conference, STARS 2013.   TradeStone’s Core Capabilities TradeStone Software’s bread-and-butter capabilities continue to be sourcing, supplier management (including quality testing, inspections, and social, legal, and compliance-based supplier performance as exemplified in Guitar Center ’s case study), and order management, which includes global trade management (GTM) as well. Enterprise resource 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 7  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...
The Wizardry of Business Process Management - Part 4
Part 1 of this blog series started a lengthy discussion about the value proposition and parts-and-parcels of business process management (BPM), with an ensuing

w part 7  business objectives and intent, while Part 3 focused on Pega’s ability to automate programming and execute actual workflows at customer organizations. This part continues with more of Pega’s value proposition and its “BPM secret sauce” ingredients, such as a so-called “servicing backbone” for service organizations.   Showing a Servicing Backbone Customer service  typically moves service requests through many systems and many hands in departmental silos (e.g., sales, service, operations, Read More...
Bonitasoft, Part 2: Interview with Marketing VP Mac McConnell
Part 1 offered some background on Bonitasoft, provider of open source business process management (BPM) software, and highlighted its approach of targeting

w part 7  Part 2: Interview with Marketing VP Mac McConnell Part 1 offered some background on Bonitasoft, provider of open source business process management (BPM) software, and highlighted its approach of targeting process owners. To further flesh out Bonitasoft’s value prop, we recently talked to Mac McConnell, Bonitasoft’s vice president of marketing. He is responsible for all aspects of global marketing, including brand awareness, communications, demand and lead generation, and go-to-market Read More...
Frankie Does ERP, Part 2
[Editor’s note: Frank is not a composite character. He is a real person, employed at a real company. I’ve changed certain identifying particulars at his request

w part 7  22, 2010: Find out what happens next, in Part 3 ! Frankie’s resources (to date) Reader comments from Episode 1 TEC's Software Selection Methodology TEC Advisor ERP Selection Challenge: Sage vs. Microsoft Read More...
Do You Want Your App to Talk Back to You (as a Chatterbox)? - Part 2
In Part 1 of this blog series I admitted to being a late adopter of a sort, in part for not immediately jumping onto the social media bandwagon. In particular

w part 7  and Larry Dignan  as well as from Sameer Patel . The final part of this blog series will explain many design principles and possible use of Chatter and Chatterbox via my dialogue with Jeremy Roche, FinancialForce.com’s CEO and President,and UNIT4 CODA's chairman. In the meantime, please send me your comments, opinions, etc. I would certainly be interested in your experiences with the social software category in general and with Chatter in particular (if you happen to be an early beta user). Read More...
Nothing Succeeds Like Success(Factors) - Part 2
Part 1 of this series introduced SuccessFactors, a public provider of software as a service (SaaS) talent management solutions. My post first analyzed the

w part 7  one place The feature will be initially available to a limited number of SuccessFactors’ customers on a free trial basis in early 2011. For more information and opinions on the offering, see the  related blog post from mark Smith of Ventana Research . The final part of this blog series will analyze SuccessFactors’ strengths and potential challenges. In the meantime, your comments, thoughts, suggestions or individual experiences with talent management and business execution solutions are more than wel Read More...

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