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Core PLM for Discrete Industries

The foundation of product lifecycle management (PLM) for the discrete manufacturing industries is product data management (PDM). It covers design and product-related aspects of PLM including management of material specifications, product structures, production processes, design tools, document management, and design collaboration. 

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SAP SCM-Stepping Out of Obscurity


Major new SAP products are being released in the realms of supply chain management (SCM), manufacturing execution systems (MES), and product lifecycle management (PLM). TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic examines the solutions that SAP is offering for supply chain executives to expand beyond the traditional boundaries of SCM, PLM, and enterprise resource planning (ERP).

core component of sap  the following are the core APO modules, all of which share the same data model, and in many cases the same or similar user interface (UI): DP—Demand Planning SNP—Supply Network Planning PP/DS—Production Planning and Detailed Scheduling SNC—Supply Network Collaboration GATP—Global ATP CIF—Common Interface Function, to provide integration between APO and ERP One could create a similar list of modules and capabilities for the advanced planning and scheduling (APS) offerings by JDA Software Read More

SAP - A Humble Giant From The Reality Land? Part 4: SAP's Strategy


It appears as though SAP feels confident now that its software solutions outside of its core ERP can stand on their own and attract new customers.

core component of sap  its software solutions outside core ERP can stand on their own and attract new customers beyond its humongous install base. SAP strategy is to decouple systems into components, to transactionally connect them through exchanges, and to present the information to users through portals. To that end, SAP has identified the following product lines as main pillars of its product strategy: Portals - through its SAP Portals subsidiary Market places/Internet exchanges - through its SAPMarkets subsidiary SCM - Read More

Multipurpose SAP NetWeaver


The capabilities of SAP NetWeaver and its peer service-enabled platforms, which were originally transaction and integration platforms, have lately been expanded to include composition and business process-oriented capabilities, such as master data management and business process management.

core component of sap  thus remains at the core of BPP, and will be the unifying platform for the industry ecosystem. One of the primary differences between NetWeaver as an integration platform and the more encompassing BPP is the emphasis of the latter on the SAP enterprise services repository (ESR). The ESR will contain not only the definitions of services, but also the definitions of business processes that utilize those services, and which are in turn implemented as business objects. SAP ESR thus serves as the common Read More

Running and Optimizing the Business of IT: The SAP Best-practices Approach


IT has long been seen as one of the best ways to address the challenges of the business environment. Yet the complexity and rigidity of IT infrastructure keep IT from fully serving the business. IT could better help serve your customers and reduce business costs if it were provided as a service. Find out more about IT service management standards and best practices, with a focus on SAP’s approach to IT optimization.

core component of sap  Adapt Processes with preintegrated core processes and the ability to quickly compose applications from existing resources using SOA-based development Empower and Connect People with business processes based on proven best practices that are delivered in the right user context across more than 25 industry solution portfolios Manage and Deliver Information by consolidating information across business processes and leveraging built-in analytics for performance and governance While a full discussion of the Read More

Oracle Corporation: Flying High for Being Jack-of-All-Trades and Master of Some


Database and enterprise application vendor Oracle has streamlined itself, overcome the hardships of the past and seems prepared and eager for the future. We express our view regarding its latest announcements.

core component of sap  Oracle regards as four core customer facing activities, namely: Customer Interaction Management, Customer Service Management, Sales Management and Marketing Management. We consider this somewhat insufficient. Although these OBM''s will provide some help to implementation, Oracle should have focused on vertical industries, like Siebel, and SAP typically do, rather than task specific, horizontal functionality. It is unlikely that for example a discount retailer and a stock market broker require the same CRM 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.

core component of sap  on its open source core product, Sugar Sales . The following study concerns the SugarCRM phenomenon and one of its customers, Prevalent Networks . It highlights some of the reasons a company like Prevalent would be attracted to an open source solution such as SugarCRM, as well as some of the potential difficulties. SugarCRM''s business is to sell a more feature-packed commercial version of its open source product (licensed under its version of the Mozilla Public License), while eventually working the Read More

Wipro Point of View: Changing Nature of the Wealth Management Industry


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Types of Project Management Communication: Part One of a Three-part Series


As with almost every business activity, the importance of communication cannot be overstated when managing projects. Examining the various phases of project management, it’s easy to see the importance of all types of communication at each phase. By taking a closer look at the main phases of project management listed below, we will discuss strategies to obtain both internal and

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SAP - A Humble Giant From The Reality Land? Part 2: Expanding Functionality


During its international e-business conference, SAPPHIRE, SAP displayed a bullish attitude, contradicting the current market malaise. SAP touts a multi-pronged answer to prevailing heterogeneous IT environments. The company is staking its future on five pillars - exchanges, portals and the three extended-ERP applications: customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM), and product life-cycle management (PLM).

core component of sap  - A Humble Giant From The Reality Land? Part 2: Expanding Functionality SAP - A Humble Giant From The Reality Land? Part 2: Expanding Functionality P.J. Jakovljevic - August 1, 2001 Event Summary  During its international e-business conference, SAPPHIRE, on June 12--15, SAP AG (NYSE: SAP), the leading provider of business software solutions, released a spate of upbeat announcements in its effort to portray itself as a reformed vendor of choice for all aspects of e-Business, including planning and Read More

The Art Of Distributed Development Of Multi-Lingual Three-Tier Internet Applications


In this article we describe author's experience with the distributed development of multi-lingual three-tier Java/ CORBA/database Internet applications. We believe that the described tips and tricks of trade may be of great use to readers who are involved with Java applications development.

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Managing the Total Cost of Ownership of Business Intelligence: A 360-Degree Perspective


For many companies, total cost of ownership (TCO) of business intelligence (BI) solutions is out of control. And the problem is growing, fueled by ever-increasing demands from the user community, massive new sources for data, new capabilities, shadow it landscapes, and the cost of keeping people abreast of all the changes. This paper focuses on developing a framework for monitoring and managing the TCO of BI.

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Challenges of the Future: The Rebirth of Small Independent Retail in America


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core component of sap  to understand who your core customer base is and you need to figure out where they are. What are they reading? What are they doing? A big problem for small independents is getting help with your advertising. Many get help from the ad salespeople who have as much background in successful advertising as the guy selling shoes does with running in the Olympics. They''re selling their product and program and what do you know? You believe them. The one-size-fits-all advertising strategy is a huge problem. On Read More

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Has SAP Become a PLM Factor to Be Reckoned With?


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core component of sap  shares a set of core PLM capabilities with its aforementioned discrete counterpart, such as Document Management, BOM Management, Workflow, etc. In addition, the product benefits from the aforementioned SAP PPM and Project Management execution tools, and is a fully integrated component of SAP ERP with integrated change management (including alternate formulas and version management) and integrated quality management (see figure 3). For an SAP-centric process manufacturing customer, SAP PLM provides strong Read More