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APICS 2009 From the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 4
Part 1 of this series talked about my attendance of the APICS 2009 international conference in Toronto (Canada) in early October. I attended only a few

what is sku  addressing strategic decisions, and  what-if analysis to help manage risk and optimize decision making. Also crucial is the ability to view the plan in both unit volumes and financial terms. To that end, some leading S&OP solutions feature the ability to keep a monetary forecast (typically used by finance and sales) synchronized with a unit forecast (typically used by operations). This means that financial and sales targets are always visible to the operations group as they make decisions about 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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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

what is sku  not hard to imagine what would happen if a product family had ten feature options, and each option had ten choices. The result would be ten to the tenth power of potential part numbers. It is easy to see how things could spin out of control when it comes to thousands of products. Obviously, it is not practical to list that many catalog numbers in a paper catalog. Thus, some meaningful part number schema has to be listed in catalogs instead. A customer, for example, can learn a defined part number schema Read More...
Appointment Scheduling - Achieving the Positive Ripple Effect Part 2: A Solution
Integration of the appointment scheduling system with other systems is necessary for maximum benefit.

what is sku  SKU level visibility of what product is actually on the truck at the time of scheduling is believed by one national retailer to be the greatest benefit gained from an Internet based scheduling system. While the delay of any product is costly, the delay of advertised or high-velocity goods is particularly expensive. If the scheduler could determine exactly what items were on the truck for each appointment, correct priority could be assigned for loading and unloading. SKU level visibility ensures that the Read More...
Llamasoft: Supply Chain Design, Modeling, and Analytics Across Product Lines
LLamasoft, long known for strong supply chain design expertise, says that “supply chain design, modeling and analytics” is the more appropriate way to think

what is sku  Which is, after all, what you would expect from a vendor promising to deliver a full end-to-end view of all supply chain activities down to the last operational detail. LLamasoft’s flagship product has been  Supply Chain Guru , known early on for good modeling and simulation. More recently (2012), LLamasoft introduced  Transportation Guru ,  K2 Cloud Solver , and Supply Chain Guru 7.1 , with  Supply Chain Sherpa  coming out in February 2013. The easiest way, perhaps, to understand LLamasoft's Read More...
Can You See the Big Picture?
In today’s competitive global environment, with a proliferation of new products, channels, and SKU counts, maintaining inventory levels that synchronize supply

what is sku  You See the Big Picture? In today’s competitive global environment, with a proliferation of new products, channels, and SKU counts, maintaining inventory levels that synchronize supply with demand is a complex challenge that carries steep consequences if not handled properly. Transform your planning, execution, and optimization processes into a competitive advantage by leveraging a shared picture of demand across your supply and demand chain. Read More...
Cloud/SaaS is the Perfect Solution for Food and Beverage Processors
Fast becoming the preferred delivery model for companies in other manufacturing industries, software as a service (SaaS) is being adopted by food and beverage

what is sku  SaaS is the Perfect Solution for Food and Beverage Processors Fast becoming the preferred delivery model for companies in other manufacturing industries, software as a service (SaaS) is being adopted by food and beverage processing companies using inadequate management systems. See how a SaaS-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) system helps processors operate more efficiently and profitably, and enables world-class security, disaster recovery, and an expandable storage capacity. Read More...
Mobile Is the New Face of Engagement
By 2016, smartphones and tablets will put power in the pockets of a billion global consumers. Mobile is not simply another device for IT to support with a

what is sku  Is the New Face of Engagement By 2016, smartphones and tablets will put power in the pockets of a billion global consumers. Mobile is not simply another device for IT to support with a shrunken Web site. Rather, mobile is the manifestation of a much broader shift to new systems of engagement. Download this paper and know how such systems of engagement will help firms empower their customers, partners, and employees with context-aware apps and smart products. Read More...
What Is Software as a Service?
Though born from the ashes of traditional hosting models, software as a service differs fundamentally from its predecessors. Its software is designed to be

what is sku  how is it measured? What if capacity is allocated on a provisional basis (or as a standby for emergencies), and not used? How are users to be billed? Furthermore, most enterprise applications are used unpredictably, and composite or tightly integrated applications add further complexity. In the future, these applications will increasingly be made of dynamically linked components and services, and some will be used almost continuously, while others only occasionally. To measure such usage, one might Read More...
Is Your Store Customer-centric?
Most retailers might say that they are customer-centric, but what does that really mean? After all, there is a huge difference between simply serving a customer

what is sku  and used more of what they learned about each segment before they expanded the program. Another issue they are trying to address is that many locations have a mix of all five customer segments, and to design a store for just one of these segments can be dangerous. They are trying to integrate areas for all five segments, with one being dominant (without ignoring the others). So, the lesson for soccer and running stores is that customer-centricity is key to future growth and profitability, but it must be Read More...
Resistance is Futile: Computer Associates Assimilates yet another Major Software Firm
Once again, Computer Associates is executing the largest software acquisition in history, eclipsing its Platinum Technology buyout of 1999, which was the

what is sku  management technologies, added to what CA already has, will create the industry's largest supplier. CA should also gain additional consulting resources from Sterling. The merger of Sterling Software and CA brings together two outstanding organizations that share common values, and have compatible strategies and track records of achievement, said Charles B. Wang, CA chairman and CEO. However, as evidenced by Computer Associates purchases of Cheyenne, Legent, Platinum Technology, and others, the Read More...
To Upgrade, or Not To Upgrade: That Is Not The Question-But How To Upgrade Is
Companies can easily spend hundreds of thousands of dollars implementing an enterprise resource planning (ERP) package. After completing this rollercoaster ride

what is sku  more gray hair (of what little they have left). Many companies cannot afford to upgrade to the newer, componentized version of the vendors' software solutions, and if they could, they would have to pay a new license fees for their difficulty. This transition may force more companies to go off maintenance, via the simple reasoning, Why pay for something that we can never get to use? But that's another story for another day. The bottom line is that managing new releases and implementation of Read More...
When Is Talent Management Really Right for Your Business?
Many organizations realize that developing and managing talented employees is integral to the success of their business. But how do you know whether your

what is sku  that given time.   What Is Talent Management? But what is talent management? How is it different from human resources (HR)? And what can it do for your business—both now and in the future? The term talent management generally refers to the process of attracting highly skilled workers, integrating new workers, and developing and retaining current workers to meet current and future business objectives. But talent management can also mean different things to different organizations. For some it’s about Read More...
Is a Two-tier ERP Strategy Right for You?
A two-tier ERP strategy is one where an organization chooses to have more than one enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution to support its business needs

what is sku  organization’s existing ERP systems.” What are the options for a two-tier strategy? There are a many different ways an organization could choose to implement a two-tier ERP strategy. The most common high-level view is that the tier-one solution resides at the corporate headquarters and acts as the hub ERP system. The tier-two or -three ERP solutions are then spoke ERP systems connected to the hub ERP system. A typical two-tier approach is to have the corporate sales and financials managed in the hub Read More...
PLM Is An Industry Affair - Or Is It?
The question, 'Do vertical industry needs play a significant role in a PLM software selection?' should be a simple question to answer. Instead, it is a

what is sku  criteria can be evaluated. What do you mean by PLM ? Before any software selection it is important to identify and prioritize the requirements of the solution. This is just as true for PLM as it is for ERP, Supply Chain, CRM and other solutions. In PLM, however, the documentation and prioritization is even more important because of the large range of solutions that are labeled PLM . It is also difficult because there are no full suite PLM solutions available. Solutions support features from Read More...

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