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Question: When is Six Sigma not Six Sigma? Answer: When it's the Six Sigma Metric!!©
Six Sigma Quality is a popular approach to process improvement, particularly among technology driven companies such as Allied Signal, General Electric, Kodak

what is tqm  Fall 1996, p. 6. What is an opportunity ? I've trained improvement teams, team leaders, and black belts for one of the aforementioned companies in their 6s metrics module. Once they get through the distinction between defects vs. defectives and attribute vs. variable data, the greatest difficulty that the trainees encounter is in determining what constitutes an opportunity for a defect. Obviously, by increasing the number of opportunities (the denominator of dpmo), you can improve the metric, Read More...
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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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What's Really Driving Business Intelligence?
Typical explanations given for increased spending in business intelligence include, meeting government regulations, managing information overload, tracking

what is tqm  the bubble—the difference between what a business is worth on its balance sheet and what the market would be willing to pay for it—did indeed correct, but not as much as many expected. Since 1982, the businesses making up the S&P 500 had been growing in market value over and above what they appeared to be worth. After the bust, the trend didn't reverse, it merely corrected to the curve that had been steadily increasing for two decades. According to Jonathan Knowles of Brand Finance, a consultancy Read More...
Human Capital Supply Chains: Book Review
“Goods are uniform and people are unique.” Too obvious? Maybe, but with the success that supply chain management (SCM) has brought to manufacturers, it’s time

what is tqm  a better understanding into what works, what doesn’t, and how a simple SCM history lesson can change the way you do business—and manage your workforce. And unlike its product supply chain counterpart, the HCSCM concept can be used by organizations in any industry and of any size. Final Notes The authors marketed this book by developing a one-minute book trailer hosted on Facebook . This simple (and hip) presentation clearly demonstrates the power of supply chain management to transform businesses. Read More...
Do Chinese Enterprises Really Need MES and WMS?
Despite rapid industrialization in China and other developing countries, most manufacturing execution systems (MES) and warehouse management systems (WMS) are

what is tqm  the opportunity to dominate what is likely to become one of the world's fastest-growing markets for business software. The market for conventional industrial automation, MES and WMS applications, by contrast, will remain a comparatively small niche comprising the handful of Chinese and multinational companies that have capital-intensive operations. About the Author Nelson Nones has over twenty-eight years of experience in manufacturing, information technology, and business consulting, and has spent many Read More...
TEC Lean and Green Manufacturing Buyer’s Guide
While the need for sustainable development is affecting how organizations do business, the idea of environmental and corporate responsibility as value drivers

what is tqm  Compliance Adhering to Standards What is a standard? According to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) , a standard consists of documented agreements containing technical specifications or other precise criteria to be used consistently as rules, guidelines, or definitions of characteristics, to ensure that materials, products, processes, and services are fit for their purpose. But it's important to remember that standards are relative to specific industries and often to particular Read More...
What Is the Health of My Project?
We all know about the three monkeys: See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. But as project managers, we need to control our projects. In order to do this, we

what is tqm  Is the Health of My Project? We all know about the three monkeys: See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. But as project managers, we need to control our projects. In order to do this, we must ignore the advice of the three monkeys. We need to see the potential for cost overruns, hear about the risks, and speak about the likelihood of failure. Read More...
Why CRM Is So Hard and What To Do About It: Data is key to making CRM work
Making a CRM investment work is a two-step process that begins with unifying disparate systems by creating and managing standardized, reusable business

what is tqm  from system to system: what is a customer in one system may be a household in another. Or, worse, what makes up the customer record in one system may be completely different - or even conflict with - what constitutes a customer record in another system. Despite spending millions on CRM systems for call center scripting, campaign management software and the like, companies can't accommodate a marketing department's simple request to link direct mailing or call center results to Web site hits for a Read More...
Is Real-time Defragmentation Needed in Today’s Environment?
The exponential growth of storage requirements is driven by the information age—the thirst for information and the increased complexity and size of applications

what is tqm  Real-time Defragmentation Needed in Today’s Environment? The exponential growth of storage requirements is driven by the information age—the thirst for information and the increased complexity and size of applications, operating systems, and data. There are bigger disks storing an abundance of larger files than ever before, so the effects of fragmentation can worsen noticeably over time. To keep up with same-day performance degradation, disks must be defragmented in real time. Read More...
Where is Oracle in the Product Lifecycle Management Software Market?
Oracle is in the processing of developing their product lifecycle management capabilities. The question is whether they will accomplish this through the

what is tqm  Oracle has taken a somewhat more risky and expensive acquisition approach for certain functional areas, as demonstrated by the acquisitions of Siebel for CRM, G-Log for multimodal transportation planning and execution, and Retek for unique retail applications and expertise. PLM, however, seems to be a more difficult puzzle for Oracle to solve. Internal development and commitment to the PLM solution set continues in earnest, while any speculation that their game plan may include a PLM acquisition Read More...
UNIT4 Coda Financials Is Now TEC Certified
TEC is pleased to announce that Coda Financials software by UNIT4 has been TEC certified and is now available for online evaluation in the TEC Accounting and

what is tqm  Coda Financials Is Now TEC Certified TEC is pleased to announce that Coda Financials software by UNIT4 has been TEC certified and is now available for online evaluation in the TEC Accounting and Financial Packages Evaluation Center . As usual, the vendor performed an in-depth demonstration of software capabilities following a demo script suggested by TEC research analysts. So we had a good opportunity to see the system in real time, assessing its performance with requested tasks and its workflow Read More...
Is Your Enterprise Application on a Road to Nowhere?
Consolidation is a well-documented trend and is to be expected in the market for enterprise applications. This article outlines the evolution of the enterprise

what is tqm  and marketed it. To what extent is this application built with industry-standard technologies, including Java and .NET? Proprietary programming languages, middleware, and development tools will be harder to support as the market evolves away from them. Questions for Unified Technology Companies Unified technology companies provide enterprise applications based on a single integrated platform. Examples include SAP and IFS. Here are key questions to ask unified technology companies: How can this Read More...
Integration is the Name of the Game in Software Systems
This article, originally published in Engineering Times, on how companies are employing ERP is based on an interview with Ben Spencer, TEC’s Senior Director of

what is tqm  of many different vendors. Whatever specific software or Web-based ERP solution you choose, carefully test and evaluate it first to be sure it's the right solution for your company, Spencer advises. Engineers should think about the business issues that are driving them to adopt an ERP system, document the unique requirements of their system, and develop checkpoints of software that will help them achieve their business goals. It's like going out and buying a suit, he says. A solution for one company Read More...
Failure Is No Accident
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems are complicated beasts, and buying one without a plan is like giving your 16-year-old the keys to a Porsche without

what is tqm  for expert advice on what you should know. Read More...
How to Cope When Your Service Provider is Acquired
Challenges are aplenty when a vendor is acquired. Financial health is no longer a safe indicator to gauge a vendor's future during this mega merger era. Knowing

what is tqm  put it mildly, about what the new number two applications provider will offer in terms of application services and functionality. The competition is anticipating merger fallout having devised programs to woo the disenfranchised with promises of attractive, low-risk migration platforms. SAP has even gone so far as to promise to maintain the competitor's applications as customers transition to SAP alternatives (see part seven ). Indeed, such platforms may be very attractive to the 2,000 or so companies Read More...

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