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Case Study: Nugo Nutrition Maximizes Growth while Minimizing Overhead with Enterprise 21 ERP


Following several years of significant growth, Nugo Nutrition, a leading producer of nutrition bars and snacks using only the finest all natural ingredients in its products, needed an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that would meet its expanding business requirements. Read the case study and see how Nugo chose TGI’s Enterprise 21 and brought all departments and units on to a single, fully-integrated ERP system.

bars  leading producer of nutrition bars and snacks using only the finest all natural ingredients in its products, needed an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that would meet its expanding business requirements. Read the case study and see how Nugo chose TGI’s Enterprise 21 and brought all departments and units on to a single, fully-integrated ERP system. Read More

Manufacturing Software for an Integrated Steel Plant


Manufacturing processes for an integrated steel plant typically encompass three distinct types of manufacturing: flow manufacturing, process manufacturing, and mill manufacturing, meaning that such a plant is effectively a mixed-mode manufacturer. Software systems for these manufacturers' diverse needs are of critical importance. Learn about specific software capabilities you should be looking for.

bars  plates. Extruded products include bars, wires, rails, channels, and many other products. After refining iron ore, liquid or sponge iron is produced. This iron is sent to steel-melting plants, where after further refining, liquid steel is produced. This liquid steel is either sent to a continuous casting plant, or it is poured into molds and cools to make steel ingots. If sent to a continuous casting plant, the liquid steel is poured into the top of a mold whose bottom end is open and water-cooled. During Read More

Nutritional Extracts Manufacturer Selects DEACOM ERP


Deacom, Inc. is the producer of DEACOM, an astute enterprise resource planning (ERP) system for process manufacturers with difficult-to-handle requirements. The company has more than 100 customers in specialty chemicals, adhesives, paints @ coatings, food @ beverage, pharmaceutical, and nutraceutical markets, and it continues to add customers in those verticals. After recent wins at Quaker Color

bars  common ingredient in nutritional bars and nutritional supplements, and can be found in many popular cereals, snacks, granola bars, and dozens of popular crackers. Working together as divisions of McShares but operating as separate business units had created a high level of operational complexity among the three companies that had the potential to hinder opportunity for growth if it was not managed efficiently. As the divisions were currently using highly customized legacy ERP systems, the selection Read More

Experience Montreal While at the TEC Vendor Challenge, III


This is the third in a series of posts highlighting the best of Montreal, location of the upcoming TEC Vendor Challenge – ERP for Distribution.The Plateau is the hippest, edgiest, and artiest area of Montreal, and quite possibly all of Canada! Historically a working class neighborhood and predominantly French, it took on a bohemian cachet in recent decades and is now thoroughly gentrified

bars  Plateau residents take their bars very seriously. You are guaranteed to find a bar on every street corner. 1.  Baldwin Barmacie 2.  Le Lab 3. Big in Japan (there''s a restaurant as well as a bar) 4.  Bílý Kun (pronounced “Billy Coon”) 5.  Plan B —If plan A (Bílý Kun) is packed... Read More

SaaS BI Provider BIME Announces Release of v1.60: Geospatial Analysis


With the belief that business intelligence (BI) applications are sometimes too hard to use, manage, and deploy, We Are Cloud, a software provider company based in France (Oh la la!), created BIME, a software-as-a- service (SaaS) BI application. BIME’s goal is to offer a powerful tool from the cloud to make BI easy. Yes, I am talking about a SaaS BI offering. Recently, a colleague and I

bars  size and colors of bars, columns, and line charts. You can see the official press release here or you can visit the BIME page. Congratulations to the BIME team! If you want to know more about BIME and SaaS BI providers, stay tuned for more information. I welcome your thoughts—leave a comment below, and I’ll respond as soon as I can. Read More

Oracle E-Business Suite (12.1) for Process ERP Systems Certification Report


Oracle E-Business Suite (12.1) is now TEC Certified for online comparison of process manufacturing enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems in TEC's Evaluation Centers. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary.

bars  from the crowd. The bars in this FI chart represent neither the quality of the product nor an absolute quantity of supported functionality. Rather, the bars show support relative to the average solution. The functional focus arrow indicates which modules of this product provide an equal or greater quantity of support than the average solution. Modules near the top of the functional focus arrow reveal where Oracle E-Business Suite is more likely to differentiate itself through breadth of functionality. Read More

Enterprise Resource Planning Systems Audio Conference


This is a transcript of an audio conference on Enterprise Resource Planning Systems presented by TechnologyEvaluation.Com. The presentation used the TEC patented selection engine WebTESS to conduct a real time evaluation and selection. It then reviewed the critical differentiating ERP criteria, as well as detailed comparisons of the several major ERP vendors: SAP, Oracle, PeopleSoft, J.D. Edwards, Baan, Intentia, System Software Associates (SSA),Geac Computers, Industrial & Financial Systems (IFS), QAD, MAPICS, Symix Systems, Great Plains, and Lawson Software.

bars  clicking on the colored bars to the right of the criteria. For the ERP model, the weights chosen are based on settings we obtained from past engagements and represent broadly defined best practices. Product functionality remains the most important criterion, but is followed closely by service and support. Corporate viability comes next, then product technology and corporate strategy have roughly the same level of importance. Next, we''ll take a look at the vendor ratings. Do this by clicking on the ''view Read More

Navigator Business Solutions Navigator One for SAP Business One (v88) for Discrete ERP Certification Report


Navigator One for SAP Business One (v88) is now TEC Certified for online comparison of discrete enterprise resource planning (ERP) software in TEC's Evaluation Centers. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary.

bars  from the crowd. The bars in this FI chart represent neither the quality of the product nor an absolute quantity of supported functionality. Rather, the bars show support relative to the average solution. The functional focus arrow indicates which modules of this product provide an equal or greater quantity of support than the average solution. Modules near the top of the functional focus arrow reveal where Navigator One for SAP Business One is more likely to differentiate itself through breadth of Read More

Supply Chain Management Audio Conference Transcript


This is a transcript of an audio conference on Supply Chain Management presented by TechnologyEvaluation.Com. The presentation used the TEC patented selection engine WebTESS, to conduct a live real time evaluation and selection. It then reviewed the critical differentiating supply chain management criteria, as well as detailed comparisons of i2 Technologies, Manugistics, Aspen Technology, Logility, and Adexa.

bars  clicking on the colored bars to the right of the criteria. For the supply chain management model, the weights chosen are based on settings we obtained from past clients and represent a broadly defined standard. Product functionality remains the most important criterion, but is followed closely by service and support. Corporate viability comes next, then product technology and corporate strategy have roughly the same level of importance. Next, we''ll take a look at the vendor ratings. Do this by clicking Read More

A Spoonful of SugarCRMCase Study and Review of an Open Source CRM Solution


SugarCRM is a rapidly growing open source CRM company with solutions that appeal to a community of enthusiastic users. This study, based on a client who selected the Sugar Sales Professional CRM solution, compares product functionality to the competition and highlights some of SugarCRM's open source business practices.

bars  functionality. In the graph, bars running to the right of the zero baseline mean the product supports a greater quantity of functionality than Sugar Sales Professional, while bars running to the left of the zero baseline mean the product does not support as great a quantity of functionality. This graph is useful for identifying general competitive functional areas from a high level. It addresses the whole hierarchy of over 2,000 criteria from TEC''s CRM model so really a company should look more deeply Read More

Epicor To Give All Its Applications More Than A Pretty Facelift


In August, Epicor announced a revised portal strategy to provide rich portal content through a more secure and standardized portal platform. By leveraging Microsoft .NET across all product families, Epicor Portal will reportedly deliver data exploration, collaboration, and on-line management features.

bars  controls, pull-down menus, tool bars, and tab menus that facilitate the use of the software. The products also incorporate the latest and modern GUI features such as process wizards, cue cards, advanced on-line help and on-line documentation. The UIs are based upon today''s single document interface (SDI) standards, while, as the model for distributed computing continues to evolve through the advent of Internet technologies, Epicor offers additional client deployment models, including thin-client, Read More

Vendor Extends Welcome Mat for Hospitality Industry


SoftBrands Hospitality business supports the enterprise information management needs of hotels and resorts. SoftBrands' range of hospitality software products includes the property management systems Medallion and PORTfolio, and RIO, a leisure management system.

bars  management of restaurants and bars. For details on SoftBrands'' recent history, see SoftBrands'' Recovery Softens the AremisSoft Bankruptcy Blow . For a discussion of the Classic Fourth Shift and FourthShift for SAP Business One products, see Classic Enterprise Resource Planning Solution Shifts Over . For a discussion of the evolution and DemandStream products, see Extended Enterprise Resource Planning Vendor Shows Its Lean Side . This is Part Four of the five-part SoftBrands'' Recovery Softens the AremisSof Read More

Oracle E-Business Suite (12.1) for ERP for Non-manufacturing Services Certification Report


Oracle E-Business Suite (12.1) is now TEC Certified for online comparison of enterprise resource planning (ERP) for services solutions in TEC's Evaluation Centers. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary.

bars  from the crowd. The bars in this FI chart represent neither the quality of the product nor an absolute quantity of supported functionality. Rather, the bars show support relative to the average solution. The functional focus arrow indicates which modules of this product provide an equal or greater quantity of support than the average solution. Modules near the top of the functional focus arrow reveal where Oracle E-Business Suite is more likely to differentiate itself through breadth of functionality. Read More

How the Mining Industry Benefits from ERP Systems


Integrated enterprise resource planning software normalizes the reporting requirements for a mining company’s various departments. This article loosely shows the parallels between the operations in a mining company and those of a manufacturer whose product is sold on store shelves.

bars  Other customers take ingot bars for further cold processing. Costs consist of the base smelting, the mixing, the purifying, and transportation. The transportation cost (ton-kilometer rates) is elevated, as the goods shipped require improved handling. The addition of alloys to make a special form of metal increases the finishing or work-in-process costs. 5. Sales and Marketing The sales and marketing operations for manufacturing and mining are similar. The sales team for mining companies looks to manage Read More

Making Large UPS Systems More Efficient


As energy resources become scarcer and more expensive, electrical efficiency is a more important performance factor in the specification and selection of large uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems. There are three subtle but crucial factors that can affect the cost of operating a UPS system. Sadly, these factors are often unrecognized. Find out what they are, as well as common errors in evaluating UPS efficiency.

bars  the figure, the green bars represent all the power going to the IT loads while the red bars represent internal UPS losses that define the efficiency curve in Figure 1. If a UPS had perfect efficiency, all the power supplied to the UPS would be delivered to the data center loads resulting in completely green bars (no losses) for all load levels. In this case, the efficiency curve would look like a horizontal line (100% for all loads). However, as indicated by the red bars, some of the input power is Read More