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Pull vs Push: a Discussion of Lean, JIT, Flow, and Traditional MRP Part 1: Tutorial
Flow manufacturing leverages techniques to help manufacturers create any product on any given day, in any given quantity including the

demand flow disciplines  He named this methodology Demand Flow Technology ( DFT ), and in 1984, started JCIT, an Englewood, Colorado, (USA) based company, to educate thousands manufacturers ever since. The term flow manufacturing is closely related to and thus often confused with other demand-driven manufacturing strategies, such as agile, just in time (JIT), and lean manufacturing. They also streamline processes, eliminate waste, use kanban signals to replenish supplies and are subject to continuous improvement. (The Japanese Read More
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Front-office Lean-Taking Lean Manufacturing Beyond the Shop Floor
Lean manufacturing practices are employed to some degree on almost every manufacturing floor, but many companies aren't realizing the real benefits of lean by

demand flow disciplines  in order to meet demand) is applicable in the front office as well. Tracking the amount of time it takes to turn around an engineering change order is just as relevant as the amount of time it takes to produce a custom assembly once a shop order is issued. Whether we are talking about manufacture of a discrete object on the shop floor or the execution of an abstract process by one or more white-collar workers, the more time it takes to turn the activity around, the more time and energy is required in the Read More
Not Yet Sold on SaaS ERP in Manufacturing? Take a Hard Look at Plex Online - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series explained Plex Systems’ ebullience and growth despite a hostile and depressed environment, especially in the discrete manufacturing

demand flow disciplines  and ready for an on-demand manufacturing ERP product? Read More
ERP Systems and the ETO Manufacturing Market Part One: Event Summary
Users increasingly look for an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system designed for a specific business, since software that combines industry-specific

demand flow disciplines  handles kanban replenishment and demand smoothing, but not line design and operation method sheets (OMS) since these features would not bring much benefit to ETO manufacturers. These customers often specify product families that include products that require one or two unique and expensive components with distinctly long lead times, in addition of the fair share of common parts (stocked items), which could benefit from flow methods of smoothing spikes in demand. Further, for any organization, that lean Read More
The Return of Supplier Relationship Management
Globalization, technology stabilization, inventory visibility, and traceability are forcing organizations to reevaluate supplier relationship management systems

demand flow disciplines  to efficiently predict consumer demand was beginning to come into focus. As organizations realized the need for these separate functionalities, they started to look toward a solution that would combine these tasks. Enter SRM. As time marched on, organizations were less than impressed by the unacceptable results of how these solutions were implemented. Vendors and resellers did not educate organizations on the full user capacity or on how everything ties together. Lack of knowledge transfer from vendor to Read More
SAP Tackles Real-time Demand Sensing
SAP has announced the general availability of the SAP Enterprise Demand Sensing application, with new capabilities to improve companies’ demand management and

demand flow disciplines  Tackles Real-time Demand Sensing SAP has announced the  general availability of the SAP Enterprise Demand Sensing application , with new capabilities to improve companies’ demand management and business planning processes. The idea is to transform supply chains to become demand-driven or even market-driven, whereby supply chain professionals and their marketing counterparts can work more closely together. Capabilities within the SAP Enterprise Demand Sensing application improve the quality of Read More
Collaborative Demand Planning
In theory, demand planning is the foundation for profitable operations. But in practice, it is often a difficult endeavor. Accuracy can fluctuate wildly, and

demand flow disciplines  Demand Planning In theory, demand planning is the foundation for profitable operations. But in practice, it is often a difficult endeavor. Accuracy can fluctuate wildly, and companies tend to react to inaccuracies with new investments in technology, processes, and people. However, new investments do not guarantee better forecasts. There are often fundamental issues that need to be addressed before achieving positive results. Read More
From Local to Hosted: The Story of One Company’s Migration to On-demand ERP
Here’s the inside story on how an international manufacturer using a traditional, local enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution shifted gears to end up with

demand flow disciplines  One Company’s Migration to On-demand ERP Here’s the inside story on how an international manufacturer using a traditional, local enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution shifted gears to end up with an on-demand, remotely hosted ERP system. It wasn’t the change the company originally intended, but the benefits proved too overwhelming to resist. Read More
Attribute-based Demand Planning: A Powerful Tool for Process Manufacturers
As manufacturing becomes a global process, advances in demand management software have given rise to attribute-based demand management software. In the process

demand flow disciplines  based Demand Planning: A Powerful Tool for Process Manufacturers Originally published - February 11, 2008 Today, manufacturing is a global activity. As supply chain management (SCM) becomes more prevalent in this industry, process manufacturers need to know what raw materials, or ingredients, are available in inventory and when they are needed, since sourcing these ingredients is a complex process. Demand management (DM) software has been developed so that it can be integrated within the supply Read More
Kinaxis’ Response Management Helps Keep Supply and Demand in Balance
Kinaxis has always been known as a vendor with a solid value proposition around responding to demand changes that happen between planning cycles with a ’what-if

demand flow disciplines  Helps Keep Supply and Demand in Balance Kinaxis has always been known as a vendor with a solid value proposition around responding to demand changes that happen between planning cycles with a ’what-if’ simulation capability. As Kinaxis likes to say, no forecast is ever right, and so the ability to react quickly to changes is paramount. This is perhaps even more important in today’s business climate as an accelerating pace of business puts increasing pressure on planning cycles. With the advantages Read More
ERP Demand Being Re-heated
As reported on March 5 in The Dallas Morning News/KRTBN -- E-commerce may get all the attention, but information technology experts say the demand for

demand flow disciplines  Demand Being Re-heated ERP Demand Being Re-heated P.J. Jakovljevic - April 19th, 2000 Event Summary As reported on March 5 in The Dallas Morning News/KRTBN -- E-commerce may get all the attention, but information technology experts say the demand for enterprise resource planning professionals is almost as hot. Companies, cured of the Y2K bug, are investing billions of dollars on ERP, which are software applications that are supposed to streamline and improve business processes. Once the Y2K wrap Read More
Demand and Delivery Management in IT Services
Even when business revenues decline, the demand for IT services often continues to increase. To meet those challenges, both businesses and IT partners must come

demand flow disciplines  business revenues decline, the demand for IT services often continues to increase. To meet those challenges, both businesses and IT partners must come to terms with the demand and delivery needs of each group. Strong communication between the user and the IT provider is essential. Strategize your initiatives and transform your business: find out key recommendations to manage IT supply and demand relationships. Read More
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SAP BusinessObjects BI, Now On-demand
Yesterday, SAP announced the release of the SAP BusinessObjects BI OnDemand solution. This new product will enable users with no previous experience with

demand flow disciplines  BusinessObjects BI, Now On-demand Yesterday, SAP announced the release of the SAP BusinessObjects BI OnDemand solution. This new product will enable users with no previous experience with business intelligence (BI) applications to use a BI toolset with complete ease. It also will let users access and navigate through their on-demand and on-premise data by incorporating the complete set of BusinessObjects tools. This announcement brings to mind the phrase “where there’s smoke, there’s fire,” Read More

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