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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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Minimizing the Total Cost of Technical Support for Enterprise Applications


Many organizations don’t follow formalized processes for technical support evaluation. However, technical support is a vital component of any enterprise software solution. The fact is, poor technical support can have a severe impact on a solution’s total cost of ownership.

erp minimizing maintenance costs  of Technical Support for Enterprise Applications Originally published - November 20, 2006 Enterprise software selection is a big decision for any organization. Licensing fees are costly, and choosing the software that matches the company’s business model can be a daunting decision. If the enterprise decides to go with a particular vendor, and the vendor does not deliver, the company will incur a large financial loss. Thus, when selecting an enterprise software solution, there are many factors that need Read More

Reduce the Pain of ERP Upgrades with Better Planning


Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems now support many organizations’ most important business processes, and house their most sensitive corporate data. As a result, senior management needs to fully understand both the timing and project plan before proceeding with any ERP upgrade. Learn how to plan and manage your next ERP upgrade project, and develop an overall corporate strategy for maintaining your ERP system.

erp minimizing maintenance costs  COE Center of excellence ERP Enterprise resource planning ROI Return on investment The Bottom Line The key to minimizing the pain of ERP upgrades is to have both a long-term ERP lifecycle strategy and a comprehensive tactical plan for the actual upgrade project. Executive Summary In many organizations, the ERP system has become the application support for the majority of business processes and the repository for the corporation''s most sensitive data. As these systems become more important and pervasive, Read More

Reliability Driven Maintenance--Closing the CMMS "Value Gap"? Part Two: Reliability Driven Maintenance


Reliability driven maintenance (RDM) focuses on understanding the "asset health" to determine what maintenance work should occur and when something should be done. It enables preemptive intervention before failure occurs, whereby failure would mean that equipment is not delivering required performance regardless of whether it is actually broken down or not.

erp minimizing maintenance costs  competitors may be the ERP likes of Oracle , IFS, Intentia, SAP, and Ramco Systems that offer more integrated ERP and EAM capabilities like automated maintenance scheduling, tracking, and management; remote diagnostics; RCM; fleet and facility management and planning; centralized access to engineering data; parts planning, sourcing, valuation and category spend management; asset performance reporting, and so on. Nevertheless, enterprises from the above-mentioned industries and the regions that Ivara Read More

Essential ERP - Current Market Trends - Part II


ERP applications are designed to optimize an organization’s underlying business processes — primarily accounting/financial, manufacturing, distribution, and human resources/payroll. This note identifies current trends in the ERP market that we believe are the direct consequence of vendors’ attempts to 1) resolve current ERP functional and/or technological deficiencies, and/or 2) expand software sales both within their existing and potential customer bases.

erp minimizing maintenance costs  in response to such ERP woes as support expenses, misbehaving application, and server downtime. Assuming an organization ports all application functionality to an ASP, the only real concern for internal IT individuals would be ensuring a rich and stable connection to the Internet. ASPs use a Thin Client configuration, which means that any hosted application accessed by an end user, such as e-mail or word-processing application, is transmitted to the desktop via a series of streaming screenshots, Read More

Must-have ERP Features for the Automotive Industry


This paper summarizes the benefits an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution provides to the entire manufacturing process, "from shop floor to top floor." Included are key features in a software as a service (SaaS) solution to help an auto manufacturer optimize performance throughout the enterprise.

erp minimizing maintenance costs  automotive parts manufacturers. The ERP system must include traceability features with serialized container and individual tracking. It must also include materials requirements planning (MRP) functionality, enabling the manufacturer to plan just-in-time delivery of raw materials. Plex Online includes this functionality, enabling manufacturers to achieve detailed container-to-container traceability, both upstream and downstream through production to shipment. Its streamlined MRP functionality helps its Read More

Sage ERP X3: Discrete Manufacturing (ERP) Competitor Analysis Report


The discrete enterprise resource planning (ERP) knowledge base addresses discrete manufacturing (distinct items such as auto parts or chairs) as well as non-manufacturing industries. Research vendors that support a range of functionality for production planning, shop floor control, and product costing. The knowledge base also provides information on financials, human resources, and other enterprise management modules.

erp minimizing maintenance costs  ERP X3: Discrete Manufacturing (ERP) Competitor Analysis Report The discrete enterprise resource planning (ERP) knowledge base addresses discrete manufacturing (distinct items such as auto parts or chairs) as well as non-manufacturing industries. Research vendors that support a range of functionality for production planning, shop floor control, and product costing. The knowledge base also provides information on financials, human resources, and other enterprise management modules. Read More

To ERP or Not to ERP, that Is the C-level Question


Whether your organization is looking to take the leap into an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system for the first time or seeking to add to the current ERP system’s functionality, your organization no longer must be bound to a one-size-fits-all ERP solution. One can pick and choose from the best of the best from ERP component vendors to fit your needs.

erp minimizing maintenance costs  ERP or Not to ERP, that Is the C-level Question To ERP , or not to ERP , that is the question: Whether ''tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous ERP vendors , Or to take arms against a cloud of component solutions …   Whether your organization is looking to take the leap into an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system for the first time or seeking to add to the current ERP system’s functionality, the words of the Bard of Avon (updated for the present day) might be Read More

Can ERP Answer Your Business Needs?


Deploying an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution is an extremely important event in the development of a company. A well-managed ERP solution can help a business handle global competition. Fortunately, modern ERP systems are relatively user-friendly, easy to implement, and easy to afford. Read this white paper to learn about the benefits of ERP and some of the issues that arise in implementing an ERP solution.

erp minimizing maintenance costs  ERP Answer Your Business Needs? Deploying an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution is an extremely important event in the development of a company. A well-managed ERP solution can help a business handle global competition. Fortunately, modern ERP systems are relatively user-friendly, easy to implement, and easy to afford. Read this white paper to learn about the benefits of ERP and some of the issues that arise in implementing an ERP solution. Read More

The Path to ERP for Small Businesses, Part 3: Selection of ERP Software


The third and final part of the path to ERP for small businesses series describes the software selection stage, including the dos and don’ts during vendor product demos, how to create a shortlist, and finally selecting the vendor that provides the best product and services for your needs.

erp minimizing maintenance costs  Path to ERP for Small Businesses, Part 3: Selection of ERP Software Parts 1 and 2 of this series described the processes of research and evaluation of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. At the end of these two stages, you should have a pretty good idea which type of software might fit the needs of your organization and which vendors might provide this solution. Part 3 will describe the final stage—selecting the software that best fits your specific needs. You started by defining the main Read More

ABAS Business Software-One Mid-market ERP Vendor to Watch For


ABAS Business Software has built a name for itself as a mid-market enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendor to contend with. In his latest article, TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic reviews the company’s major ERP offering, describes how the mid-market ERP vendor the differentiated itself from the pack, and talks with Alan Salton to get the president’s perspective on the company’s products, challenges, and strategies.

erp minimizing maintenance costs  Business Software-One Mid-market ERP Vendor to Watch For TEC ’s previous article Demystifying “Vendor Shootout for ERP” Events talked about our attendance of the Vendor Shootout for ERP event that took place in Boston in mid-August 2011. We were able to experience this co-opetitive gathering of eight solution providers and several dozen end users seeking new solutions firsthand as a neutral (and yet very active) observer. The follow-up blog post series described abas-USA as a dark horse vendor Read More

Four Reasons Why You Need to Consolidate Your Various ERP Packages


If your business is running more than a single enterprise resource planning (ERP) software package, you need to consolidate down to one. In this white paper, we’ll provide you with four good reasons for making this move, and how to get around the various organizational barriers to doing so.

erp minimizing maintenance costs  to Consolidate Your Various ERP Packages If your business is running more than a single enterprise resource planning (ERP) software package, you need to consolidate down to one. In this white paper, we’ll provide you with four good reasons for making this move, and how to get around the various organizational barriers to doing so. 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 minimizing maintenance costs  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 minimizing maintenance costs  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

ERP as a Living System: The Power of Community-Driven Product Enhancement


Today’s manufacturer is challenged by static enterprise resource planning (ERP) with annual complex upgrades. See how powerful change-on-demand capabilities allow companies to instantly align their ERP and business processes without a time-consuming IT effort. With a community-driven development approach, enhancements are driven by a community of users, and the system constantly improves in the exact way a user requires.

erp minimizing maintenance costs  to instantly align their ERP and business processes without a time-consuming IT effort. With a community-driven development approach, enhancements are driven by a community of users, and the system constantly improves in the exact way a user requires. Read More

The ERP Ecosystem


Three major parties (vendors, consulting services, and adopting organizations) are identified in the ERP ecosystem, in which different parties need different key success factors. This article also discusses some challenges that may have an impact on the ERP ecosystem.

erp minimizing maintenance costs  ERP Ecosystem Considering the short life cycles of many things we experience these days, enterprise resource planning (ERP) has a long history, if we trace it back to the advent of inventory management and control systems in the 1960s. After forty years of development, ERP has grown to an industry with over $30 billion (USD) in application revenue (AMR Research, 2007), with an ecosystem that has grown to a mature level allowing every party within to function together, with all other factors of the Read More