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Managing the Aches and Pains of Long Cycle Times: Automating Controls for Pharmaceutical Manufacturers
One of the biggest challenges (or business pain points) for pharmaceutical manufacturers (or life sciences companies) is the long cycles that are required for

cycle times  generic drugs, for which cycle times can average 20 months or more (and the full time-to-market period upwards of 12 years). Why are long cycles a problem? Simply put, it comes down to the familiar equation that “time = money.” More time needed means more capital spent, and manufacturers watch their bottom lines slip farther and farther away. To begin to formulate a plan to address the issue of long cycle times, it’s important to understand the factors that contribute to this challenge. Long R&D Read More...
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Cost Benefits of Complete Change Life Cycle Management for PeopleSoft
In hard economic times, IT organizations can maintain operational excellence and sustain service quality while still reducing costs. Achieving this objective

cycle times  of Complete Change Life Cycle Management for PeopleSoft In hard economic times, IT organizations can maintain operational excellence and sustain service quality while still reducing costs. Achieving this objective involves at least three aspects of application management: managing change, managing technical performance, and managing user performance. Learn more about managing the change process in your PeopleSoft environment, and the value of an integrated change solution. Read More...
A Tectonic Shift in Communications Customer Life Cycle Management
Amdocs recently announced a complete revamp of its marketing philosophy and its offering to its customers, which it believes to be the most important shift

cycle times  areas such as bill cycle time, hardware performance, error handling, service time-to-market, customer satisfaction, and quality. Possibly the most important facet of Amdocs integration services is that the vendor will now also provide integration services to operators that have not purchased its billing or customer relationship management (CRM) system, including software management, checking and testing, and carrying out the changes necessary to prepare the operator's system to go live. The vendor plans Read More...
Ramco’s Good Times in Puerto Rico
Ramco Systems seems to be on a roll of late. Having just recently launched Ramco HCM On Cloud, the Indian enterprise software vendor, focused on delivering its

cycle times  address the entire business cycle from transaction to analytics. After evaluating a number of prominent cloud ERP solutions, Vassallo reportedly chose Ramco ERP on Cloud, based on the product strength, industry experience, usability, and flexible costing. The product’s ability to allow mobility and provide role-based WorkSpaces were the clinchers. Ramco has more than 150,000 users from over 1,000 customer organizations across 35 countries, with several global offices. While its North American expansion Read More...
These are the Times of CRM Vindication and Validation - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series analyzed two white papers entitled “Customer Relationship Management: The Winning Strategy in a Challenging Economy” and “Maximizing

cycle times  stage of the sales cycle. Or it could be a suboptimal product mix in a region given local preferences. The best way to achieve triangulated forecasting is by integrating historical information from a data warehouse into the analysis, which brings us back to the intrinsic link between CRM and  business intelligence (BI)  that was mentioned in Part 1. In case of insurers and financial service organizations, CRM features could include:  managing member enrollment and communications, guiding personalized Read More...
Leveraging Technology to Maintain a Competitive Edge during Tough Economic Times -- A Panel Discussion Analyzed Part Five: Profitability and Changing Existing IT Systems
Every technology deployment should be about improving business. Old software hardly ever dies; however, old technology may become too costly to operate, which

cycle times  Across the application life cycle, the high cost of development, support, and enhancements in terms of money, time, and quality limit the ability of installed software to meet the many demands of business. While the aged product architecture is a technology problem, it is still not a business problem, which considers time, money, and quality. Using modifications as an example, the reason that they are bad is that they take too long, cost too much, and often have quality issues. Although custom or Read More...
A Unified Approach to Workload Life Cycle Management
Traditionally, data centers have been seen as a mix of servers, operating systems, applications, and data. Moreover, the data, applications, and operating

cycle times  Approach to Workload Life Cycle Management Traditionally, data centers have been seen as a mix of servers, operating systems, applications, and data. Moreover, the data, applications, and operating systems have been inextricably tied to the hardware on which they reside, impeding the optimal use of server resources, whether physical or virtual. Find out how to adopt a more unified approach to managing workloads in the data center—today. Read More...
Leveraging Technology to Maintain a Competitive Edge During Tough Economic Times -- A Panel Discussion Analyzed Part Three: Applications Hosting
Mid-market enterprises might benefit from objectively evaluating the value propositions represented in successful next-generation applications service providers

cycle times  Technology to Maintain a Competitive Edge During Tough Economic Times -- A Panel Discussion Analyzed Part Three: Applications Hosting Introduction At the IFS Executive Forum , which took place on March 29 and 30 in Orlando, Florida (US), leading research analysts and industry experts discussed how companies can still leverage technology to maintain their competitive edge, even during tough economic times. The event was held in conjunction with IFS World Conference 2004 , and it included six Read More...
Inventory and Lead Times - Understanding Decoupling Points
While inventory is necessary in manufacturing, most companies would like to reduce their inventory, but only if that did not cause problems. Managing inventory

cycle times  and Lead Times - Understanding Decoupling Points While inventory is necessary in manufacturing, most companies would like to reduce their inventory, but only if that did not cause problems. Managing inventory according to decoupling theory is the most effective approach to reducing (the wrong kinds of) inventory without damaging service level—without increasing the risk of shortages that disrupt production (components and materials) and hurt customer service (finished goods). Read more. Read More...
Remote Access to SourceSafe (100 Times Faster)
Remote access to source code is a requirement for today’s development teams. Popular source control packages are ideal for sharing code across a local area

cycle times  Access to SourceSafe (100 Times Faster) Remote access to source code is a requirement for today’s development teams. Popular source control packages are ideal for sharing code across a local area network (LAN), but when used remotely over the Internet, they cause problems in performance, security, and flexibility. Find out how remote-access middleware does more than increase your network speed. It can protect your code base and provide multiplatform support. Read More...
Value-selling Maturity Model: Key to Sales in Tough Times
Showing value has always been key to greater sales and higher prices. However, the bar has been raised. It’s often no longer enough to claim value@now the

cycle times  selling Maturity Model: Key to Sales in Tough Times Showing value has always been key to greater sales and higher prices. However, the bar has been raised. It’s often no longer enough to claim value—now the customer has to see, believe, and care about the value. Sales organizations must get their eyes back on the value ball, with five value-selling maturity levels that tie in to sales effectiveness. Learn how to improve your revenues while reducing sales effort and costs. Read More...
Sales and Operations Planning Part One: Identifying and Forecasting Demand
An effective sales and operations planning game plan results in fewer stock-outs, shorter delivery lead-times, higher on-time shipping percentages, a manageable

cycle times  order modifiers and reorder cycle provide a similar implicit inventory plan for a replenishment method based on MRP logic. Other Sources of Demand Visibility of all demands is critical to formulating an effective S&OP game plan. Surprise demands can cause shortages that impact customer service or production and result in expediting. Some sources of demand may need interpretation or alternative ways to express the demand, as illustrated in the following examples. Customer Schedules . Customer schedules rep Read More...
Cost Benefits of Complete Change Life Cycle Management for the Oracle E-Business Suite
IT service delivery departments today need to keep spending under control without compromising service quality@running a very tight technical and operational

cycle times  of Complete Change Life Cycle Management for the Oracle E-Business Suite IT service delivery departments today need to keep spending under control without compromising service quality—running a very tight technical and operational ship is vital. Achieving this involves at least three components of application management. Find out what they are, and how you can reduce costs and maximize staff productivity while managing the change process for the Oracle E-Business Suite. Read More...

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