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ERP for the Utilities Industry

Utilities (gas, water, electricity, and energy) software is typically built off customer billing systems encompassing a suite of modules covering fleet management, maintenance management, GIS, AMR, financials, and human resources, among others. 

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The Old ERP Dilemma: How Long Should You Pay Maintenance?


After a company has decided to keep an existing ERP system, the next decision is how long should they continue to pay the vendor for maintenance.

erp maintenance cost category  realistic value when the ERP system is old ? The group talked through the various items they see as part of the maintenance agreement. If you are questioning the value proposition of maintenance, an early step is to call in your vendor. Ask the vendor to justify the amount of money you pay versus the value you receive. Hot line The vendor supplies a hot line service where users and IT can call and get answers to questions. The value of the hot line is a function of the quantity of calls made and the Read More

Use a Computerized Maintenance Management System to Improve Predictive Maintenance Performance


Companies that have moved from a highly reactive environment to a more planned one notice significant improvement. A computer maintenance management or enterprise asset management system is useful tool to create a planned environment, help build accurate equipment history, and develop comprehensive analysis capability.

erp maintenance cost category  a trial-and-error basis. An enterprise asset management (EAM) or computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) is a useful tool to build an accurate equipment history and provide comprehensive analysis capability. With a realistic history, companies can balance the cost of replacing the equipment versus maintaining it through an optimal mix of reactive, PM, and PdM maintenance. A CMMS can help calculate the total cost of downtime and poor quality as part of the optimal balance calculation. Perhaps Read More

Supply Chain Cost-cutting Strategies


Process industries (chemicals, food and beverage, oil and gas, etc.) face rising manufacturing and logistics costs. And they’re finding that the old strategies for cost containment no longer pack the same punch. Some surveys show that 75 percent of all respondents are redesigning their supply chains to keep these costs in check. Are you one of them? No? You’ve got a lot of catching up to do—and very little time to do it.

erp maintenance cost category  to demand planning/forecast information, ERP data, and advanced planning and scheduling information. This is driving easier integration of new business and better integrated and more accurate information to support improved decision- making. The company has also deployed Infor''s advanced planning and scheduling applications to help it evaluate different production cost scenarios and tradeoffs across multiple plants. This includes taking into account a wide variety of constraints such as labor, en- ergy, Read More

What Is the Value Proposition of Support and Maintenance?


Mature systems in any enterprise require an approach different from newer implementations to software support—one that focuses on customization, interoperability, and performance support. Yet despite this fact, most vendors continue to offer the same one-size-fits-all models of support.

erp maintenance cost category  Release? , The Old ERP Dilemma—The Refresh Option , and To Upgrade, or Not To Upgrade: That Is Not The Question—But How To Upgrade Is ). Many customers thus have difficulty justifying the substantial cost of implementing major upgrades, and they will resist doing so without a compelling reason (other than vendors mandating these upgrades). The executives questioned the types of enhancements included in new releases. For many of these users, the important features that were missing for their Read More

The Subjective Criteria of ERP Selection


I hope our readers, to greater or lesser degrees, are familiar with our business software selection methodology—as we have been writing a lot on this matter. But the lion’s share of these publications often refer to either the functional or technical sides of the selection process, or what type of business processes a future system can support and how can be achieved. Here, I would like

erp maintenance cost category  Subjective Criteria of ERP Selection I hope our readers, to greater or lesser degrees, are familiar with our business software selection methodology—as we have been writing a lot on this matter. But the lion’s share of these publications often refer to either the functional or technical sides of the selection process, or what type of business processes a future system can support and how can be achieved. Here, I would like to bring your attention to another aspect of business software selection Read More

Choosing the Right ERP Implementation Partner: Five Critical Steps to a Successful ERP Software Implementation


The right implementation partner can get your enterprise resource planning (ERP) system up and running quickly and smoothly, whereas the wrong partner can result in higher costs and considerable disruption to your business, with lasting and cumulative effects. This white paper addresses five key steps in the ERP selection and implementation process that contribute to ERP success.

erp maintenance cost category  the Right ERP Implementation Partner: Five Critical Steps to a Successful ERP Software Implementation The right implementation partner can get your enterprise resource planning (ERP) system up and running quickly and smoothly, whereas the wrong partner can result in higher costs and considerable disruption to your business, with lasting and cumulative effects. This white paper addresses five key steps in the ERP selection and implementation process that contribute to ERP success. Read More

Don’t Forget to Factor In Mobile ERP When Selecting a New ERP System


A 2011 study of mid-market manufacturers sought to understand the nature of demand for mobile access to enterprise resource planning (ERP) and other enterprise software. This study surveyed over 200 executives, all of whom reported involvement in software selection at manufacturing companies with more than $100 million (USD) in revenue. Read this article to learn about the current state of mobile ERP for mid-market manufacturers.

erp maintenance cost category  to Factor In Mobile ERP When Selecting a New ERP System With the proliferation of smartphones, tablet computers, and other mobile computing devices—and the associated increase in applications designed for them—the obvious question is when users of enterprise solutions including enterprise resource planning (ERP) will be able to access company-wide solutions from their mobile devices in meaningful ways. In mid-2011, as IFS prepared for the release of IFS Touch Apps , its mobile ERP initiative, IFS Read More

Process Manufacturing (ERP)


The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as order processing and production scheduling. ERP began as a term used to describe a sophisticated and integrated software system used for manufacturing. In its simplest sense, ERP systems create interactive environments designed to help companies manage and analyze the business processes associated with manufacturing goods, such as inventory control, order taking, accounting, and much more. Although this basic definition still holds true for ERP systems, today its definition is expanding. Today's leading ERP systems group all traditional company management functions (finance, sales, manufacturing, human resources) and include, with varying degrees of acceptance and skill, many solutions that were formerly considered peripheral (product data management (PDM), warehouse management, manufacturing execution system (MES), reporting, etc.). While during the last few years the functional perimeter of ERP systems began an expansion into its adjacent markets, such as supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), business intelligence/data warehousing, and e-Business, the focus of this knowledge base is mainly on the traditional ERP realms of finance, materials planning, and human resources. The old adage is "Such a beginning, such an end", and, consequently, many ERP systems' failures could be traced back to a bad software selection. The foundation of any ERP implementation must be a proper exercise of aligning customers' IT technology with their business strategy, and subsequent software selection. This is the perfect time to create the business case and energize the entire organization towards the vision sharing and a buy in, both being the Key Success Factors (KSFs). Yet, these steps are very often neglected despite the amount of expert literature and articles that emphasize their importance.  

erp maintenance cost category  processing and production scheduling. ERP began as a term used to describe a sophisticated and integrated software system used for manufacturing. In its simplest sense, ERP systems create interactive environments designed to help companies manage and analyze the business processes associated with manufacturing goods, such as inventory control, order taking, accounting, and much more. Although this basic definition still holds true for ERP systems, today its definition is expanding. Today''s leading ERP Read More

TEC 2014 ERP for Midsize Manufacturers Buyer's Guide


It’s hard to imagine a contemporary manufacturer running its business without using some type of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software to facilitate managing its day-to-day production and financial, logistical, and other operations. In fact, many current manufacturers have selected and implemented several different ERP software solutions in their lifetime. Midsize manufacturers have the largest choice from the available ERP software on the market.

The purpose of this buyer’s guide is to provide clarity on the ERP software market for midsize manufacturing companies, its characteristic features, the market trends, as well as the major players and their products. The guide also includes a special report on cloud ERP solutions.

erp maintenance cost category  2014 ERP for Midsize Manufacturers Buyer''s Guide It’s hard to imagine a contemporary manufacturer running its business without using some type of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software to facilitate managing its day-to-day production and financial, logistical, and other operations. In fact, many current manufacturers have selected and implemented several different ERP software solutions in their lifetime. Midsize manufacturers have the largest choice from the available ERP software on the Read More

Glovia G2 for Discrete Manufacturing (ERP) Certification Report (2011)


Glovia G2 is TEC Certified for online evaluation of discrete manufacturing enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions in the ERP Evaluation Center. 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.

erp maintenance cost category  (ERP) solutions in the ERP Evaluation Center. 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. Read More

Is Your Business Ready for ERP?


While small businesses may be able to get by with spreadsheets, growing enterprises need to adopt new, better-suited technology such as enterprise resource planning (ERP). This white paper examines key questions such as: How do we know we need a new ERP system? What are most important factors to consider in a modern ERP selection? Download this white paper now, for answers to these questions and more.

erp maintenance cost category  we need a new ERP system? What are most important factors to consider in a modern ERP selection? Download this white paper now, for answers to these questions and more. Read More

Wrong ERP Demise Predictions Have (Only Partly) Created Skills Shortage


With so much frenzy surrounding e-business and CRM applications, ERP may be a far cry from its halcyon days. However, ERP implementation skills are still in demand, particularly as a foundation and a facilitator to other sexier applications.

erp maintenance cost category  ERP Demise Predictions Have (Only Partly) Created Skills Shortage Wrong ERP Demise Predictions Have (Only Partly) Created Skills Shortage P.J. Jakovljevic - February 2, 2001 Event Summary As reported on January 9 on VNUnet.com , a leading European IT news portal, e-business and customer relationship management (CRM) may be all the rage, but IT recruiting professionals say the demand for enterprise resource planning (ERP) professionals is hot as well. While the ERP market may still be recuperating Read More

iScala ERP Software


Epicor’s iScala enterprise resource planning (ERP) software enables businesses to automate and manage their standard business processes, and includes an e-business infrastructure focusing on a fully integrated set of ledgers. Among the software’s many features are: multi-dimensional account structure, currency and ledger revaluation, continuous and periodic consolidation, cash flow forecasting, automatic payments with payment ledger integration.    

erp maintenance cost category  ERP Software Epicor’s iScala enterprise resource planning (ERP) software enables businesses to automate and manage their standard business processes, and includes an e-business infrastructure focusing on a fully integrated set of ledgers. Among the software’s many features are: multi-dimensional account structure, currency and ledger revaluation, continuous and periodic consolidation, cash flow forecasting, automatic payments with payment ledger integration. Read More

Midmarket ERP Solutions Checklist


Before you commit to any enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, you should first answer several questions about what your organization needs and wants to accomplish with its ERP strategy. The answers will help you determine which applications and what kind of functionality your organization requires from its ERP solution, as well as go a long way toward easing the implementation process. Read how to prepare yourself.

erp maintenance cost category  ERP Solutions Checklist Before you commit to any enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, you should first answer several questions about what your organization needs and wants to accomplish with its ERP strategy. The answers will help you determine which applications and what kind of functionality your organization requires from its ERP solution, as well as go a long way toward easing the implementation process. Read how to prepare yourself. Read More