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Has SAP Nailed Plant Level Leadership with Lighthammer?
The acquisition of the formerly loyal composite applications partner Lighthammer bolsters SAP's capabilities of connectivity and visibility into manufacturing

xmii lighthammer  The initial version of xMII is basically the former Lighthammer software, re-released in accordance with SAP software production methodology. Moving forward, the xMII team charter will be to help SAP manufacturing customers achieve better business performance through the synchronization of operations with business functions and continuous improvement. This translates into packaged manufacturing integration and intelligence solutions targeted for real time performance measurement. On the integration Read More
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Enterprise Resource Planning Vendor Gains Connectivity through Acquisition of Plant Intelligence Provider
SAP has gained connectivity to virtually any source on the plant floor and analytical functionality through its acquisition of Lighthammer's products for plant

xmii lighthammer  partners how to use xMII as an underlying platform for delivering preconfigured industry templates and systems. Another uncharted area is the proliferation of Lighthammer to the discrete manufacturing industries, since despite having over a hundred joint customers, the focus of this relationship has been predominantly in process manufacturing (e.g., chemicals or life sciences) environments. It makes sense for SAP to have started with the process industries because there was more apparent opportunity. Read More
SAP NetWeaver Background, Direction, and User Recommendations
SAP is using NetWeaver to reach to the shop floor by aggregating and presenting information to users, thus empowering them to improve manufacturing performance.

xmii lighthammer  the role of SAP xMII relative to SAP NetWeaver and its partners' solutions needs further clarification. Moreover, the standardization on the SAP end of the integration is also limited by the dearth of business process standards, which will force manufacturing user enterprises to use different solutions from different SAP partners and to have continuing custom work done. Beyond the issue of integrating Lighthammer technology into NetWeaver , Lighthammer technology was meant to help SAP's enterprise Read More
Curbing MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part III
Part II of this blog series expanded on some of TEC's earlier articles about companies' need for better links between the plant floor and the enterprise offices

xmii lighthammer  and Intelligence composite application (xMII ), and is today known as SAP Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence (SAP MII) application. SAP MII serves as a plant-level integration hub for core enterprise transactional systems including SAP ERP [ evaluate this product ] and the rest of SAP Business Suite applications . Because it is built on the SAP NetWeaver service oriented architecture (SOA)-based business process platform,  the product provides intimate and secure integration to the broad array Read More
Plant Intelligence as Glue for Dispersed Data?
Enterprises that have manufacturing or plant-level intelligence systems can be guided through the forking paths of exception-based decision-making. Not only

xmii lighthammer  and Intelligence ( SAP xMII , formerly Ligthammer CMS [ Collaborative Manufacturing Suite ]) or Oracle's innovative approach seen in Oracle Discoverer and Daily Business Intelligence . In Oracle's case, its application can seamlessly integrate performance metrics with transactional data, thereby incrementally updating performance metrics as transactions occur. Namely, when the data is stored in the same database, there is no need for the creation and management of ungainly interfaces, because there is Read More
The Impact of the 'Assembler Strategy' in the Enterprise Applications Field
Infor's latest acquisitions and vertically-focused

xmii lighthammer  Impact of the 'Assembler Strategy' in the Enterprise Applications Field Genesis of Infor Process Group In evaluating recent acquisitions in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) field, it will be useful to describe Infor Process Group 's vertically-focused assembler strategy (also see Stability and Functionality for Process and Discrete Manufacturers ). It is interesting to note that the Infor of today originated with the Infor Process Group; its very first acquisition was the 2002 Process Group Read More
A Manufacturing Imperative: Enterprise SOA
In the past, full efficiency was almost impossible for most manufacturing sites thanks to lack of integration between plant systems and business systems. But

xmii lighthammer  Integration and Intelligence (SAP xMII) . To understand the processes enabled, consider what your production supervisors, oblivious to the application source, would be able to access and execute in doing their jobs: Through the Get Order List service, they obtain the scheduled orders for a shift, which reside in mySAP ERP. Through Send Order, they can send the orders, based on priority, to an MES for execution. This is accomplished through an interface that is based on the ISA-95 standard, which resides Read More
The Retail Battleground for Pricing Management
The imperative to respond to constantly-evolving customer requirements more efficiently is driving retailers to look at applications giants to provide

xmii lighthammer  Retail Battleground for Pricing Management The Retail Battleground for Pricing Management To further move its position in the retail market space, SAP acquired privately-held Khimetrics last November. Khimetrics is a Scottsdale, Arizona-based (US) provider of enterprise software solutions that allow retailers to analyze how to price and position items to boost margins and optimize demand; to deliver more accurate, profitability forecasts; and to implement long-term sales strategies that promote customer Read More
Production Intelligence--Improving Production by Filling a Traditional Gap
Enterprises understand the value of integration. One area that has been ignored is the plant. Plant systems and corporate systems must be complementary and

xmii lighthammer  Intelligence--Improving Production by Filling a Traditional Gap Introduction In most plants, a systems gap exists between the corporate systems (ERP, SCM, CRMS, etc.) and the plant systems (MES, LIMS, maintenance, etc.) As with any integration gap, the value of both sets of systems cannot be fully leveraged without integration. We are seeing a relatively new set of applications aimed at both integrating the plant and corporate systems plus providing an integrated view not available from either Read More
User Recommendations for Pricing Management
Price management might improve revenue (by a few percent) and gross margin (even by an umpteen percent), but the truly amazing benefits should only come when

xmii lighthammer  Recommendations for Pricing Management What SAP Gets via Partnerships As explained in Applications Giants Bolster Their Pricing Management Capabilities in retail, pricing and profit optimization are analytic applications that analyze demand patterns and optimize pricing by each stock-keeping unit (SKU) by selling location in order to optimize revenue and gross margins. In a bid to meet the growing demands of the price management market, SAP has entered another partnership, this time with Vendavo . The Read More
The Challenge to Achieve Perfect Order Management
Superior order management can provide you with a competitive edge across the board. To move closer to order perfection and a truly loyal customer base, you must

xmii lighthammer  xMII) composite application. SAP xMII links real-time, plant-floor applications and business applications, including order management. These capabilities not only require the functionality mySAP CRM provides but also, as noted, the technology and architecture for integration, intelligence, and adaptability that enables end-to-end order management that creates the perfect order. SAP Integration The robust and open SAP NetWeaver® platform integrates systems running SAP and non-SAP software, enabling you Read More
SAP for the Chemicals Industry: Challenges and User Recommendations
Using the SAP ERP Chemicals Packaged Solution may represent a significant advantage—but only if SAP is the right enterprise resource planning system for the

xmii lighthammer  for the Chemicals Industry: Challenges and User Recommendations No One Is Immune to Challenges As said many times before, SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) has ruled for some time in the upper tier of the chemicals kingdom, but competition in the chemicals mid-market is far from non-existent, given strong offerings from vendors such as Oracle , Ross Systems / CDC Software , Infor , 3i-Infotech , SSI-World , and SSA Global . These are only the mainstream enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors focusing on the Read More

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