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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

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Quote-to-Order (Q2O) Systems

Quote-to-order (Q2O) solutions (sometimes known as configure, price, and quote or CPQ) enable manufacturers to mobilize their mass customization initiatives. These systems can reduce time-consuming quoting and ordering processes, decrease unit costs, and lower sales costs. Q2O suites can further help enterprises increase sales effectiveness across all channels. These solutions help companies that sell complex products and services shift their focus to customer-facing sales and service issues. 

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Labor Management Systems: Optimizing Worker Productivity While Reducing Labor Costs


Labor management systems (LMSs) are used primarily as a way for distribution operations to manage and track its labor activities. This includes real-time interaction with warehouse management and warehouse control systems in order to collect data on what workers are doing, how many locations they have visited, what inventory they have handled, what equipment they have used, and what paths they

decrease it costs  increase worker productivity; •    decrease employee turnover; •    reduce asset costs; •    enhance customer service; and •    reduce warehouse labor resource costs. Labor Management: Providing the Proper Tools and Training for Distribution Workers In a recent study, The Supply Chain Consortium found that the average temporary distribution worker requires between 20 and 96 hours of training. It goes onto say that when managers can see and predict incoming work, they can plan their Read More

Getting It Right: ERP Solutions for Mixed-mode Manufacturers


Falling somewhere between discrete and process manufacturing, mixed-mode manufacturers haven’t always been well served by traditional discrete or process enterprise resource planning solutions. But that’s changing now, as mixed-mode manufacturers finally have access to solutions that truly address their needs.

decrease it costs  finished goods increase or decrease in production yields based on ingredient levels or on lot or batch size limitations governmental and regulatory compliance related to lot control and traceability, as well as product quality—issues that the pharmaceutical and the food and beverage industries in particular must consider maintenance and tracking of quantities and costs of raw material process variances within the manufacturing process Furthermore, a mixed-mode manufacturer may encounter the problems of Read More

Business Process Management: A Crash Course on What It Entails and Why to Use It


Business process management (BPM) has to integrate existing enterprise applications, Web services, and people in such a way that it can also quickly change, destruct, or construct processes. This is far beyond the realm of traditional enterprise application integration (EAI).

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Epicor Shows Resilience When It Needs It The Most


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decrease it costs  partly owing to the decrease of accounts receivable, deferred revenue and days sales outstanding (DSO). Despite the economic weakness experienced throughout the technology industry, we are pleased by the sequential increase in software license revenue over last quarter; and, we believe that last quarter was the low point for our software license sales, said George Klaus, Chairman, CEO and President. We are also pleased that during the quarter, we generated $6.1 million in cash flow from all sources Read More

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Leading companies are reducing energy consumption and costs as a top-priority initiative—with benefits ranging from more efficient operations to increased shareholder value, improved environmental conditions, and new market opportunities. A global asset sustainability approach will give you opportunities to further lower costs while ensuring reliable operations in all your properties, plants, and equipment. Learn how.

decrease it costs  expense, a very small decrease in energy consumption can impact overall operating costs significantly. As well as driving energy costs down, combining a view of energy consumption with operational effectiveness in the GAS index may reduce the risk of fines and environmental or regulatory problems. A company operating in a more socially responsible manner may also improve its brand. With carbon emissions carrying credits or taxes, this approach may also generate new sources of revenue for organizations. Read More

The Consumer IT Revolution


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Simatic IT Interspec


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