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Are PLM and Global Sourcing Related? Duh, And How! (Part I)
A number of TEC blog posts have discussed benefits but also the inevitable caveats of white papers (including all too common vendors'' self-serving marketing

and other technical activities  and procurement (36 percent), and other functional roles (23 percent). These manufacturers still use manual, time-consuming processes such as phone calls, faxes, and emails with spreadsheets. The high occurrence of errors that often result from these methods can lead to hard-dollar costs that ironically eat up the very savings companies are trying to achieve by outsourcing manufacturing in the first place. In fact, over 52 percent of the companies in the study had suffered from hard dollar losses due to Read More
The Yin and Yang of Electronic Commerce
This note identifies the major corporate functions that engage in E-Commerce activities and the kinds of information flows that result from E-Commerce

and other technical activities  business relations with consumers and other businesses will do well enough. But we have to drill deeper to understand both the promise and the pitfalls. Figure 1 is a picture of E-Commerce that captures many of the issues and complexities. It shows the information flow between a business and a customer. The model is not limited to consumer commerce, however. Here''s where the Yin and Yang come in. In Daoist philosophy, the Yin and Yang symbol represents the two different forces within the life force, Read More
Technical Staff Management Systems for the Aviation Industry
In the airline industry, aircraft maintenance is an activity that has to be done throughout the day, so maintenance personnel must be available at all times

and other technical activities  lights, carpets, luggage compartments, and other issues that do not involve the aircraft''s security or airworthiness. There might be cases where a seat is not functional and the issue will be ignored for several weeks. All these factors create a complicated situation that is hard to solve. We might think that if until now, maintenance has been performed in such a way that has allowed to solve this problems, we should not try to change the situation or job procedures. It is a well known fact that the Read More
Running and Optimizing IT: A Best-practice Approach
IT has long been one of the best ways to address business challenges. Yet significant obstacles at the level of IT infrastructure stand in the way. Siloed IT

and other technical activities  of relationships between services and other system artifacts can change dynamically and thus increase complexity exponentially. Thus, process standards that formalize IT engineering - such as those recommended by ITIL - are critical for SOA success. A Solution-Based Approach to Realizing ITSM Objectives The objectives of ITSM are laudable, and the best practices articulated in the ITIL framework represent significant value for organizations that can implement them. But in the end, ITIL remains a set of Read More
Single Sign-on (SSO): Truths and Myths
Technology products always seem to come out strong, and then wither under intense scrutiny. This was the case with single sign-on (SSO). However, any product

and other technical activities  true SSO for legacy and other custom applications is through its intelligent engine that monitors an application and builds out its authentication sequences and constructs. These new qualities, along with the capability for true SSO, reduced risk, ROI potential, and customer satisfaction, provide a full-fledged opportunity for any organization currently reviewing its authentication process. Spire Viewpoint It is clear from speaking with the organizations in this report that SSO can be used successfully Read More
Driving New Efficiencies in the Indirect Supply Chain: Procurement and Logistics Strategies for Maintenance, Repair, and Operations Supplies
In a challenging economy, many companies focus cost-cutting on direct materials and capital spending rather than maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO

and other technical activities  Indirect Supply Chain: Procurement and Logistics Strategies for Maintenance, Repair, and Operations Supplies In a challenging economy, many companies focus cost-cutting on direct materials and capital spending rather than maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) supplies (also known as indirect materials). But an alternate concept allows you to implement lean processes to create a high-efficiency MRO outsource model. Find out how it offers greater visibility and promotes continuous improvement along the Read More
Product Safety and Stewardship: Taking a Strategic Approach to Safer and
For many product manufacturers, the move toward safer and environmentally friendlier products involves mixed emotions. The benefit to the planet is a given

and other technical activities  Safety and Stewardship: Taking a Strategic Approach to Safer and Greener Products For many product manufacturers, the move toward safer and environmentally friendlier products involves mixed emotions. The benefit to the planet is a given. However, if not approached strategically, it can come at a high cost. This paper provides a perspective on product-related environmental regulations, their business impact, their trajectory, and how companies can move from tactical and reactive risk mitigation Read More
Overnight Success: Helping Small and Mid-Sized Businesses Prepare for Sudden Spikes in Online Traffic and Sales
Just to survive, let alone thrive, smaller businesses need a complete Web infrastructure that is stable, scalable, and secure. And it begins at the very first

and other technical activities  Success: Helping Small and Mid-Sized Businesses Prepare for Sudden Spikes in Online Traffic and Sales Just to survive, let alone thrive, smaller businesses need a complete Web infrastructure that is stable, scalable, and secure. And it begins at the very first point of contact between vendor and customer: DNS, or Domain Name System. This white paper examines how managed solutions for external DNS can combat Web site crashes, distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, and plain old downtime. Read More
Technical Publications: Improving the Quality of Technical Publications Increases Employee Productivity and Customer Satisfaction
Improving the content of technical publications is possible with a product development system (PDS). A PDS solution can automate and optimize the technical

and other technical activities  Publications Increases Employee Productivity and Customer Satisfaction Improving the content of technical publications is possible with a product development system (PDS). A PDS solution can automate and optimize the technical publishing process and can end publication bottlenecks caused by launch delays due to poor process. A PDS solution allows for concurrent development of products and publications—keeping your engineering and publishing departments in sync. Read More
Corporate and Market Lifecycle Factors that Influence Revenue Balance and Growth
Awareness, demand, and education are often required to pull prospective clients to your organization. But in order to produce effective marketing materials and

and other technical activities  and Market Lifecycle Factors that Influence Revenue Balance and Growth Awareness, demand, and education are often required to pull prospective clients to your organization. But in order to produce effective marketing materials and approaches within your go-to market, you must first understand the life cycle of your company in relation to product, market, and buyer. This will lead in turn to mastery of balanced revenue growth and life cycle alignment. Read More
Integrating Fax and E-mail: An Overview of Exchange, Active Directory, and Group Policy Fax Solutions
When you decide to implement a new fax software solution, you should review how the solution will be implemented and managed, as well as its ability to grow

and other technical activities  Fax and E-mail: An Overview of Exchange, Active Directory, and Group Policy Fax Solutions When you decide to implement a new fax software solution, you should review how the solution will be implemented and managed, as well as its ability to grow with your network. Within a Windows network, critical architectural, administrative, and usage concerns should be thoroughly considered. Review your options with this fax server overview outlining the benefits of different fax servers and e-mail Read More
Tokenization: A Cost-effective and Easy Path to Compliance and Data Protection
As companies work to meet regulatory requirements to protect personally identifiable information (PII) such as credit card numbers, one option to minimize the

and other technical activities  A Cost-effective and Easy Path to Compliance and Data Protection As companies work to meet regulatory requirements to protect personally identifiable information (PII) such as credit card numbers, one option to minimize the risk of loss is to replace sensitive data with a non-sensitive replacement value, or “token.” This white paper discusses how tokenization is implemented, its effectiveness in meeting regulatory requirements, and its impact on your IT systems and business processes. BEGI Read More
Consilium Marine and Safety AB Chooses Aras and Minerva for PLM
Aras, the leading open source product lifecycle management (PLM) software solution provider, announced that Consilium Marine and Safety AB, a supplier of safety

and other technical activities  Marine and Safety AB Chooses Aras and Minerva for PLM Aras , the leading open source product lifecycle management (PLM) software solution provider, announced that Consilium Marine and Safety AB , a supplier of safety, navigation, and environmental solutions, headquartered in Nacka, Sweden, has  selected the Aras Innovator PLM solution suite to automate product development processes and improve product planning, compliance, and predictability. Consilium will launch its Aras implementation with Read More
Deliver Smarter Products and Services by Unifying Software Development and IT Operations
Unifying development and operations is a critical aspect of enabling a dynamic infrastructure—one that improves service, reduces cost, and manages risk to

and other technical activities  Smarter Products and Services by Unifying Software Development and IT Operations Unifying development and operations is a critical aspect of enabling a dynamic infrastructure—one that improves service, reduces cost, and manages risk to better meet the evolving challenges of today’s technology, application, and business environments. This white paper introduces a process and product framework to help organizations enable a more dynamic infrastructure for delivery of smarter products and Read More
Convergence, Collaboration, and Culture: The Evolution of Governance, Risk, and Compliance
Traditional governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) programs are siloed initiatives that are not equipped to manage the complexity of the dynamic modern

and other technical activities  Collaboration, and Culture: The Evolution of Governance, Risk, and Compliance Traditional governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) programs are siloed initiatives that are not equipped to manage the complexity of the dynamic modern regulatory and compliance environment. Organizations thus need to adopt a programmatic approach and tightly integrate risk management initiatives with ongoing business processes. BI and reporting can help, as well as provide a powerful mechanism for gaining a deep Read More

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