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Project Management Communication: Developing a Plan (Part 2 Of 3)
Frequently when project teams convene to discuss post-project reviews, project team members feel that if communication had been better, the project would have

b part 3  post-project reviews, project team members feel that if communication had been better, the project would have gone smoother. The reason communication in project management is crucial is because it can impact a project’s success, and it is very important that project managers use the right types of communication during a project. Types of Project Management Communication The issues project managers (PMs) have to communicate about on a regular basis include 1. buy-in and acceptance of major project Read More
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Mega-vendors Warming Up to the Cloud - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series depicted the three evolutionary phases (or waves) of software as a service (SaaS) and cloud computing adoption. The article ended

b part 3  levels and authorizations, system b ackup and recovery , and defining and exploiting operational metrics. Still, all these notable challenges can be parlayed into delivering continuous innovation and ongoing functional enhancements. There is a real opportunity for ISV’s to redefine and expand their product portfolios and business values by, e.g. their ability to aggregate benchmark data on customers actual software features’ use, espouse new offerings, and so on. The Well-established Vendors’ Read More
Not Yet Sold on SaaS ERP in Manufacturing? Take a Hard Look at Plex Online - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series explained Plex Systems’ ebullience and growth despite a hostile and depressed environment, especially in the discrete manufacturing

b part 3  a new industry would be a challenge (for the lack of dedicated product managers, see Part 1 ), would that also be the case with localization requirements? MS & PF : Plex Online is a solution that is easily configurable to meet localization requirements to accommodate different tax laws, regulations and languages. The language support is completely database-driven. New languages can be added very rapidly. Plex Online offers full support of double-bytes languages such as Chinese and Japanese. To understand Read More
Data Management and Business Performance: Part 1-Data
Research for one of my projects led me to ask both software vendors and customers about the factors most important to software users in the selection of a

b part 3  Management and Business Performance: Part 1-Data Research for one of my projects led me to ask both software vendors and customers about the factors most important to software users in the selection of a business intelligence (BI) solution. Two topics resounded: the use of BI tools to improve data management and business performance management. Consumers are continuously looking for innovative ways to move, store, and improve the quality of their data as well as to ways to capture the most valuable Read More
Supplier Logistics Management (SLM) Part 2
Supplier Logistics Management (SLM) offers the opportunity for considerable improvement in efficiency as well as cost reductions. SLM enables companies and

b part 3  senior management the silver bullet they are looking for to minimize operational inefficiencies, reduce costs and gain a sustainable competitive advantage. This is Part Two of three-part note. Part One covered how Technology Enables Supplier Logistics Management. Parts Two and Three cover the Seven Fundamental Issues Targeted by Supplier Logistics Management. (1) Kraft In Sync with Shaw's Supermarkets' Consumer Goods Technology, Ralph Bernstein, June 2001 (2) Unexplainable Losses' Traffic World, John Read More
Dreamforce 2010: Of Cloud Proliferation - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series talked about my attendance of Dreamforce 2010, salesforce.com’s annual user conference, which has over the past several years become

b part 3  Part 1 of this blog series  talked about my attendance of Dreamforce 2010 , salesforce.com ’s annual user conference, which has over the past several years become a highly anticipated and entertaining end-of-the-year fixture for enterprise applications market observers. My post concluded that while Dreamforce 2009 was mostly about continued growth of the  cloud computing  trailblazer and unveiling of Salesforce Chatter , the company’s nascent social platform and collaboration cloud (as duly Read More
Infor ION-izes its Open SOA Strategy - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series started by analyzing a certain change of the guard and a related product strategy shift at Infor. Two late June 2010 news

b part 3  integration strategy. The collaboration business network part of ION will be enabling enterprises to conduct business transactions internally or externally, across both on-premises and cloud applications. The idea is to provide out-of-the-box enablement for Infor cloud-based applications as well as a bridge to third-party  cloud computing  solutions. Rapid configuration of new cloud-based services will be achieved via Microsoft ’s  Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS)  for  single sign-on Read More
Tier 3 And Tier 4 ... Where Do You Go If You Don't Know, What You Don't Know.
If you are an executive in a Tier 3 or Tier 4 manufacturing company and you have wondered where to start, whom to call, what questions to ask, this article is

b part 3  manufacturing companies it has become abundantly clear that in order to be competitive, there is a definitive need for strong technology systems. Unfortunately, technology needs are frequently preceded by immediate financial demands in payroll, capital equipment, and other areas. In many cases, these small to mid size companies have similar needs as their larger competitors. Without proper technology and information systems tools, their business is unable to successfully compete and the business suffers. Read More
Sorting Through the ERP, Lean MFG, APS, and MES Clutter - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series started with the fact that the ability to sense demand and become a demand-driven (responsive) business is more than just the catch

b part 3  product range and that by definition have variable demand? As said in Part 1, the so-called “runners” that lean manufacturing is well suited for comprise only about 6 percent of products and 50 percent of revenues . Ironically, these more customized products will likely have higher  profit margins  than the runners and they may contribute to more than half of the company’s revenue and profit. If a company has dedicated resources to its runners, how does it cope with (likely profitable) surges in Read More
Curbing MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part II
Part I of this blog series expanded on some of TEC's earlier articles about companies' need for better links between the plant (

b part 3  MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part II Part I of this blog series expanded on some of TEC 's earlier articles about companies' need for better links between the plant ( blue collar trenches ) and the enterprise ( white collar ivory tower ). It also pointed out the difficulties in achieving this idea. An obvious solution would be a tightly integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) and manufacturing execution system (MES) package that would help manufacturers close the gap between the shop Read More
It’s About Process (or the Ability to be Responsive) -- Part V
Part IV of this blog series further analyzed Webcom ResponsAbility, the on-demand workflow automation and business process management (BPM) solution. Anyone

b part 3  (or the Ability to be Responsive) -- Part V Part IV of this blog series further analyzed Webcom ResponsAbility , the on-demand workflow automation and business process management (BPM) solution. Anyone interested can take the product for a free trial test drive here . The vendor just released the ResponsAbility p4 release. Competitive Offerings Do Exist Still, Webcom’s first-to-market (or close to) BPM on-demand advantage has already been challenged by the solutions from Skemma, Appian [ evaluate this Read More
Manufacturing Systems with an IQ: Beating the Odds, Mightily - Part 1
Some time in mid-2005 TEC published a six part article on IQMS, a relatively small and obscure enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendor based in Paso Robles

b part 3  Systems with an IQ: Beating the Odds, Mightily - Part 1 Some time in mid-2005 TEC published a six part article on IQMS , a relatively small and obscure enterprise resource planning (ERP ) vendor based in Paso Robles, California (US), with offices across North America (i.e., in Chicago, Canada, and Mexico), Europe (i.e., Sweden and with recently announced indirect presence in the UK ) and Asia (i.e., China and Taiwan). Some readers were likely wondering why I “made so much mileage” out of a seemingly Read More
FRx Poised To Permeate Many More General Ledgers Part One: Executive Summary
FRx Software Corporation, a Microsoft company and a part of Microsoft Business Solutions, might be the best example of Microsoft’s coopetitiveness.

b part 3  Marriage ) to finally be a part of Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) . It appears that the truly differentiating traits of the group of products recently renamed Microsoft Business Solutions for Analytics , have established the FRx financial reporting application as arguably a de facto financial analysis and reporting standard in the mid-market. This fact has also convinced Microsoft to continue to enhance the product for its loyal customer base and resellers, many of whom ironically belong to MBS's Read More
Case Study: B&K Corporation
B&K Corporation engineers and manufactures test and assembly systems for automotive and other components. But B&K didn’t have the infrastructure and systems

b part 3  Study: B&K Corporation B&K Corporation engineers and manufactures test and assembly systems for automotive and other components. But B&K didn’t have the infrastructure and systems support for effective engineering controls and documentation—manual and paper-based processes meant data was often three weeks old. Find out how B&K decreased costs and improved customer service with a new automated enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Read More

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