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Discrete Manufacturing (ERP)
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Security for Small and Medium Businesses
We all know what security means when we think of our home. Did we lock the door when we left for the day? Is the stove turned off? Computer security for the

and similar institutions  installed on network servers, and servers must be configured to block open, unprotected ports. (A port is similar to an apartment doorway in an apartment building.) Surveillance by network administrators must be performed. Detected viruses should be met with immediate remedial action, and a log should be kept of such occurrences. Match the rules imposed by financial institutions. Use public key encryption to transfer files to and from business partners. Network servers are an area usually overlooked and Read More...
The ERP Market 2001 And Beyond - Part 5: Recommendations
Winning ERP products will demonstrate deep industry functionality and tight integration with best-of-bread ‘bolt-on’ products in a particular vertical. Users

and similar institutions  Answers to these questions and a myriad of similar ones should help users create a long list of vendors to include in an ERP package selection. Precedence should be given to vendors with a proven vertical focus on the user''s industry. Another frequently forgotten, but important aspect in software selections is detail . Selections that fail to consider requirements at a sufficient level of detail inevitably produce costly surprises during subsequent implementation. Focus On The Selection Process Read More...
The Promise (and Complexities) of Private Labels
Recent studies have shown that retail winners (that is, companies that outperform their peers in year-over-year, comparable store sales) carry a significantly

and similar institutions  ultimately drive gross margin and sales improvements. Similar conclusions were drawn in another late 2006 report titled The New Retail: Driving Growth through Product and Supplier Innovation by analysts Industry Directions . The research revealed that leading retailers are moving beyond the severe cost-cutting measures of the past decade to pursue more strategic private label programs that deliver differentiated products with higher margins to the market. According to Industry Directions, retailers that Read More...
An Interview with Shoshana Zuboff and James Maxmin
Many corporations have failed the customer; they focus on transactions, rather than customers. Ann Grackin recently talked to Shoshana Zuboff and James Maxmin

and similar institutions  a limitation of capacity and effectiveness within an individual company, so the collaborative or federated model needs to be applied to meet these individual needs. Through collaboration we create new institutions supporting distributed unions. Ann: This means IT has to change too—static models cannot reconfigure the value chain or structure to gain the information or knowledge needed to service each customer as you define. Jim : That''s right. Of course, the technology infrastructure that is being Read More...
Agresso Bucks the Slump (and Fights the “ERP Madness”) - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series revisited Agresso’s post-implementation agility capabilities as a major tenet for the vendor’s continued growth in a hostile and

and similar institutions  video) he begins to panic and hyperventilate. Many unhappy ERP users will act in a similar vein when suggested a change of the system (albeit maybe they will not cut their heads off by the ceiling fan, like the bozo in the video). We should note that Agresso has been a quiet company for nearly 30 years and this was an atypically bold move for the vendor, compared to its US counterparts. So for example, when you ask someone in Europe (particularly the British) how they are, they typically reservedly Read More...
''Collaborative Commerce'': ERP, CRM, e-Proc, and SCM Unite! A Series Study: Baan and Parent Company, Invensys
Baan is now iBaan, fully focused on the Internet via Portals and web technologies, across CRM, ERP, and SCM spaces.

and similar institutions  Commerce'': ERP, CRM, e-Proc, and SCM Unite! A Series Study: Baan and Parent Company, Invensys ''Collaborative Commerce'': ERP, CRM, e-Proc, and SCM Unite! A Series Study: Baan and Parent Company, Invensys R. Garland - September 20, 2001 Introduction  In the early 90''s, ERP came of age. Everyone had to have the functionality ERP packages promised. Since then, as Web and Internet technologies have matured, CRM on the front end, and e-Procurement and Supply Chain Management on the back end, these packages Read More...
Microsoft SharePoint and Citrix Application Optimization Deployment Best Practices and Performance Validation
If you’re moving toward outsourcing and a dispersed workforce, deploying a centralized knowledge and document repository is going to be one of your biggest

and similar institutions  SharePoint and Citrix Application Optimization Deployment Best Practices and Performance Validation If you’re moving toward outsourcing and a dispersed workforce, deploying a centralized knowledge and document repository is going to be one of your biggest challenges. All users, regardless of their location, expect reasonable application response times to actively participate in the knowledge exchange process within your organization. Find out what you can do to overcome this challenge—before Read More...
PLM Trends Impacting the Retail, Footwear, and Apparel (RFA), and Consumer Products Industries
In today’s challenging economic environment, forward-thinking companies are looking at technology solutions that can help them weather the economic storm, and

and similar institutions  Impacting the Retail, Footwear, and Apparel (RFA), and Consumer Products Industries In today’s challenging economic environment, forward-thinking companies are looking at technology solutions that can help them weather the economic storm, and deliver long-term performance benefits. Discover four key trends that are relevant to today’s economic situation, and learn how leading retailers and brands are embracing product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions to enhance bottom-line efficiency. 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 similar institutions  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...
Gen Y Talent: How to Attract and Retain the Young and the Restless
Because “Generation Y” will soon make up the bulk of the workforce, companies need to evolve their human resources (HR) programs and services to deliver to Gen

and similar institutions  Talent: How to Attract and Retain the Young and the Restless Because “Generation Y” will soon make up the bulk of the workforce, companies need to evolve their human resources (HR) programs and services to deliver to Gen Y, and focus on recruiting and retaining this next generation of workers. For HR programs to be successful, you need to know the issues surrounding Gen Y in the workplace, including why Gen Y behaves differently from Generation X and the Baby Boomers. Learn more. Read More...
Innovative, Sustainable, and Responsive: Food and Beverage Manufacturers Evolve for the New Economy
To satisfy customer requirements profitably, food and beverage (F&B) manufacturers must work at the pace of change, which has accelerated in regulations

and similar institutions  Sustainable, and Responsive: Food and Beverage Manufacturers Evolve for the New Economy To satisfy customer requirements profitably, food and beverage (F&B) manufacturers must work at the pace of change, which has accelerated in regulations, consumer buying patterns, and the needs of retail, restaurant, and industrial foodservice customers. Know the three major challenges facing F&B manufacturers today and what they need to do to streamline their operations for greater efficiencies and waste Read More...
Cisco and Jive Partner for Unified Communication and Collaboration Suite
Cisco and Jive Software have partnered to offer a complete communication and collaboration offering. The aim is to make it possible for companies to deploy an

and similar institutions  and Jive Partner for Unified Communication and Collaboration Suite Cisco and Jive Software have partnered to offer a complete communication and collaboration offering, combining Jive''s enterprise collaboration platform with Cisco''s real-time technologies such as WebEx for Web conferencing and Jabber for corporate instant messaging (IM) and voice/video over IP. The aim is to make it possible for companies to deploy an integrated and seamless experience for their employees (to communicate and Read More...
Announcements from UNIT4 and SYSPRO: New Phraseology and Sustainable Development
I attended Judith Rothrock’s 2010 Analyst Roadshow event in Boston last week, and was startled by a few news items from ERP vendors UNIT4 and SYSPRO. Here’s my

and similar institutions  from UNIT4 and SYSPRO: New Phraseology and Sustainable Development I attended Judith Rothrock’s 2010 Analyst Roadshow event in Boston last week, and was startled by a few news items from ERP vendors UNIT4 and SYSPRO. Here’s my take: UNIT4 Known as an ERP vendor that targets businesses challenged with constantly changing needs, UNIT4 is usually quite ingenious in their product marketing and branding (e.g., I have never seen other ERP vendors traffic in angels or the like). No exception Read More...
Lean and World Class Manufacturing and the Information Technology Dilemma-The Loss of Corporate Consciousness
Companies relying on manual implementation and support for lean and world class methodologies risk losing corporate consciousness. Avoid the pitfalls of lost

and similar institutions  and World Class Manufacturing and the Information Technology Dilemma-The Loss of Corporate Consciousness Introduction Lean and world class companies, and those that are actively on the journey toward a world class level of performance are generally admired and used as a benchmark. Yet, many of these companies, in their quest to get lean, have fallen victim to what we will call a loss of corporate consciousness , which results from manually implemented and supported lean and world class manufacturing Read More...
Selecting ERP for Oil and Gas Industry Contractors and Vendors
Suppliers to the oil and gas industry are under more pressure than ever before to increase quality, collaborate closely with the customer, and take on more

and similar institutions  ERP for Oil and Gas Industry Contractors and Vendors IFS Applications gives suppliers to the oil & gas industry an integrated standard solution designed for discrete manufacturers of oil & gas equipment. With the complete product and project lifecycle in focus, from design and mixed-mode manufacturing to after-sales support, IFS Applications helps you manage all the business-critical processes within your enterprise and global organization. Source: IFS Resources Related to Selecting ERP for Oil Read More...

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