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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...
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...
How to Choose a Service and Maintenance Application
If you’re not using a service and maintenance application, you may have reached the point where manual systems no longer support the pace of business. Where to

and other technical activities  data conversion, user training, and other elements. Step 5: Post-implementation review This step includes the ongoing monitoring and review of the system. Is it performing as expected? What elements need to be modified, changed, or customized? What optional elements can be added to further enhance system performance? Service and Maintenance Application Requirements Checklist Overview If you provide services on equipment, or sell equipment with service contracts or site agreements, then you need a system 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...
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...
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...
Sarbanes-Oxley and MAS 90, MAS 200 and MAS 500
The Public Company Accounting Reform and Investor Protection Act of 2002 (also known as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act 0f 2002) was passed by US lawmakers to reinforce

and other technical activities  Oxley and MAS 90, MAS 200 and MAS 500 The Public Company Accounting Reform and Investor Protection Act of 2002 (also known as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act 0f 2002) was passed by US lawmakers to reinforce honest and transparent corporate practices in the wake of the various public accounting scandals and corporate failures of the 1990s. The Act, named after US Senator Paul S. Sarbanes and US Congressman Michael G. Oxley, has changed the way public companies do business. Although not specifically covered Read More...
Enterprise Management and Support in the Industrial Machinery and Components Industry
Industrial machinery and components (IM&C) manufacturers are challenged by global rivalry, industry consolidation, and shrinking margins. And with more

and other technical activities  Management and Support in the Industrial Machinery and Components Industry Industrial machinery and components (IM&C) manufacturers are challenged by global rivalry, industry consolidation, and shrinking margins. And with more manufacturers vying for business, customers are demanding customized products delivered on short lead times—all at lower costs. At the same time, manufacturers are struggling to extend their supply chains to incorporate offshore manufacturing. So where can they turn for Read More...
Organic Supply Chain Management: Issues and Answers for Process Manufacturers of Natural Products (Meats, Agricultural and Chemicals)
Organic supply chain (OSC) companies that dissemble organic raw material (beef, pork, poultry, and agricultural products), have very specific requirements that

and other technical activities  Supply Chain Management: Issues and Answers for Process Manufacturers of Natural Products (Meats, Agricultural and Chemicals) Organic supply chain (OSC) companies that dissemble organic raw material (beef, pork, poultry, and agricultural products), have very specific requirements that generic process ERP systems cannot address, and ERP vendors have not taken the time to develop a solution with the flexibility to manage the variability needed by an OSC company. This paper presents the unique issues and Read More...
Small and Medium Businesses: The Threat Landscape and the Plan of Action
The threats faced by small to medium businesses (SMBs) are multidimensional and must be handled differently from big enterprises, given the smaller number of

and other technical activities  and Medium Businesses: The Threat Landscape and the Plan of Action The threats faced by small to medium businesses (SMBs) are multidimensional and must be handled differently from big enterprises, given the smaller number of personnel dedicated to look after them. The ideal security software for SMBs looking to protect their information systems would be the combination of antivirus, antispam, and content security solutions, combined with a powerful network firewall. Find out why it works. Read More...
The Evolution of Remote Office Backup: From Tapes and Agents to Tapeless and Agentless
Any geographically distributed business with three or more remote sites has likely dealt with tape-based backup systems. If this sounds like your business, then

and other technical activities  Office Backup: From Tapes and Agents to Tapeless and Agentless Any geographically distributed business with three or more remote sites has likely dealt with tape-based backup systems. If this sounds like your business, then you certainly understand the complexities involved with managing growing data—not to mention the risks. The good new is that an agentless, multisite backup and recovery software solution is available that can offer a high-speed alternative to tape-based systems. Read More...
Resource Planning and Optimization for Broadcasters and Their Production Companies
The media industry is undergoing radical and rapid change driven by liberalization, privatization, and digitization. Broadcasting is no longer highly regulated,

and other technical activities  Planning and Optimization for Broadcasters and Their Production Companies The media industry is undergoing radical and rapid change driven by liberalization, privatization, and digitization. Broadcasting is no longer highly regulated, but is ever more dynamic and competitive—and the logistical challenges of production planning for TV and radio ever more complex. Implement a composite resource planning and scheduling solution to maximize your equipment, facilities, and employees. Read More...
The Myths and Realities of Product Development and Outsourcing
Recent years have shown a dramatic boom in outsourced product development, and it seems most companies are changing and adapting this practice. However

and other technical activities  Myths and Realities of Product Development and Outsourcing Recent years have shown a dramatic boom in outsourced product development, and it seems most companies are changing and adapting this practice. However, companies should be wary of some of the false promises and myths of outsourcing. Many outsourcing firms, especially product development firms, can be misleading in their promises. Discover the myths and realities of product development outsourcing. Read More...
SAP BusinessObjects Solutions Provide BI and Analytics Capabilities to SaaS and Independent Software Vendors
Today’s uncertain economic climate, rapidly changing customer preferences, intensifying competition, and increasingly dispersed workforce are driving

and other technical activities  BusinessObjects Solutions Provide BI and Analytics Capabilities to SaaS and Independent Software Vendors Today’s uncertain economic climate, rapidly changing customer preferences, intensifying competition, and increasingly dispersed workforce are driving organizations to rethink how they collect and disseminate information in order to make better business decisions. This profile examines solutions that are helping independent software vendors (ISVs) and software-as-a-service (SaaS) vendors overcome Read More...

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