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ERP for Mill-based and Material Converting Environments

The ERP for Mill-based and Material Converting Environments knowledge base focuses on a range of industrial activities that add value to raw materials by processing them into a form suitable for further manufacturing or for immediate end-use. These activities include traditional mills that turn grain into flour or extract sucrose from sugar cane; the spinning and weaving mills of the textiles and carpets sectors; the rolling plants of steel, aluminum, and other metals semi-fabricators; to the continuous outputs of paper and board mills. 

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SSA Global Forms a Strategic Unit with an Extended-ERP Savvy Part One: Event Summary


SSA Global seems to be doing some proper thinking while continuing to acquire new software companies. Recent unification of its broadening collection of supply chain management (SCM) solutions under the SSA SCM brand and formation of a specialized Strategic Solutions division--which also includes other extended enterprise capabilities, such as customer relationship management (CRM), product lifecycle management ([PLM), and more—are both aimed at nurturing existing customers while attracting new prospects with products that exceed far beyond mere enterprise resource planning (ERP) capabilities.

extended value  commitment to address the extended ERP needs of its customers worldwide. To that end, SSA Global's SCM strategy is to deliver robust solutions that address the key requirements of customers and prospects at a competitive price, while extending the value of their existing technology investments . The SSA SCM solution suite combines best-of-breed functionality with specialized industry expertise added through strategic acquisitions, such as Baan and EXE Technologies. The suite leverages erstwhile proven 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.

extended value  customer does not choose Extended Support, or if the support is not offered, the customer may migrate to Sustaining Support . Possibly the most feared notion of a vendor's existing users is the one of funding the vendor's new product developments. Specifically, more and more customers bemoan covering the future developments of a few early adopter customers if they themselves will not likely need any additional functionality or the latest technological bells and whistles any time soon. This is akin to Read More

Interview with NGC Marketer—Flushing Out the Value Prop


New Generation Computing, Inc. (NGC) provides best-of-breed enterprise solutions for PLM, global sourcing/supply chain management, and ERP, along with a full range of consulting services for apparel and fashion companies. TEC's P.J. Jakovlevic recently sat down with Mark Burstein, NGC's president of sales, marketing, and R&D, to get his take on the company's offerings, competitive landscape, and growth strategies.

extended value  the value of our Extended PLM solution, which includes PLM integrated with SCM/global sourcing on the same platform. When companies are looking for a combined PLM-SCM system, NGC is very competitive. NGC's combined PLM-SCM solution encompasses not only product design and development, but also all of the phases of SCM and global sourcing, including WIP tracking, vendor collaboration and management, materials management, quality and logistics, etc. (see figure below). With its combined PLM-SCM offering, Read More

Extended Enterprise Resource Planning Vendor Shows Its Lean Side


About two-thirds of SoftBrands' revenue comes from its manufacturing division, which includes evolution, a platform neutral, extended enterprise resource planning product, and DemandStream for lean automation.

extended value  between plant operations and extended supply chain networks. DemandStream's combination of supply chain execution (SCE) functionality, supply chain visibility, and supply chain event management (SCEM), based on demand-pull and lean manufacturing, might provide the means for advanced operational and supply chain efficiencies of synchronized networks (see Using Visibility to Manage Supply Chain Uncertainty and Supply Chain Management Is Evolving toward Interdependent Supply Networks ). Complex supply Read More

Delivering Superior Customer Value in Insurance


Effective management of customer data is a critical success factor for insurers. To provide products and service that stand out from the crowd, insurers need a 360-degree view of each customer that covers his or her entire experience with the company. Read this white paper on how information technology that supports tightly integrated, end-to-end business processes can increase insurer responsiveness and customer loyalty.

extended value  Superior Customer Value in Insurance Effective management of customer data is a critical success factor for insurers. To provide products and service that stand out from the crowd, insurers need a 360-degree view of each customer that covers his or her entire experience with the company. Read this white paper on how information technology that supports tightly integrated, end-to-end business processes can increase insurer responsiveness and customer loyalty. Read More

Leveraging Value from SAP with IBM Cognos


Organizations may find it easy to accumulate data from their enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, but that information often remains unusable to decision makers. A popular solution is to deploy automated tools for reporting, planning, and budgeting, as well as applications like business intelligence (BI) and performance management (PM). Find out how IBM Cognos BI and PM solutions work with SAP ERP systems.

extended value  Value from SAP with IBM Cognos Organizations may find it easy to accumulate data from their enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, but that information often remains unusable to decision makers. A popular solution is to deploy automated tools for reporting, planning, and budgeting, as well as applications like business intelligence (BI) and performance management (PM). Find out how IBM Cognos BI and PM solutions work with SAP ERP systems. Read More

Discovering and Creating Value in Procurement through Continuous Assessment and Innovation


Improvement is not simply an idea: it is a process. And processes without frameworks are recipes for underachievement, or worse, chaos. For this reason, value leakages in procurement functions must be resolved in a systematic, progressive, incremental, and formalized manner.

extended value  and Creating Value in Procurement through Continuous Assessment and Innovation Introduction About a decade ago, the procurement function was viewed primarily as a cost centre and a routine operation. More recently, it has been considered as a revenue-generating centre because of value-adds in the function. The procurement function now plays a key role in terms of improving the organization's performance, and any improvement in procurement operations can bring tremendous results in a firm's Read More

Maximizing Product Development Value


Creating high-value portfolios is simpler when the factors that create and destroy value for a project are clearly identified, quantified, and managed over the life of the project. Focusing on portfolio and project value throughout the product lifecycle can unlock the hidden potential missing in many portfolio management processes. Learn how product portfolio management (PPM) solutions can help you quantify project value.

extended value  Product Development Value Creating high-value portfolios is simpler when the factors that create and destroy value for a project are clearly identified, quantified, and managed over the life of the project. Focusing on portfolio and project value throughout the product lifecycle can unlock the hidden potential missing in many portfolio management processes. Learn how product portfolio management (PPM) solutions can help you quantify project value. Read More

8th ERP Vendor Shootout: Dallas, TX, USA - Early Bird Pricing Extended


ERP SHOOTOUT. October 6 to 7, 2010. Renaissance Dallas Hotel. Dallas, Texas 75207. Calling all manufacturers, distributors, and professional services organizations!

extended value  - Early Bird Pricing Extended 8th ERP Vendor Shootout: Dallas, TX, USA - Early Bird Pricing Extended VENDORS ADDED - EARLY-BIRD PRICING EXTENDED! ERP SHOOTOUT October 6 to 7, 2010 Renaissance Dallas Hotel Dallas, Texas (US) 75207 Calling all manufacturers, distributors, and professional services organizations! Hosted by the VAR Community and moderated by Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC™) , The ERP Vendor Shootout ™ is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for you and your team to see the best in enterprise Read More

Sage Accpac Extended Enterprise Suite


Sage Software's Sage Accpac Extended Enterprise Suite provides business software solutions for the company’s clients and business partners. The solution includes the following basic and advanced accounting modules: · System manager· Bank reconciliation· General ledger (GL)· Accounts payable (AP)· Accounts receivable (AR)· Order entry· Purchase orders (POs)· Payroll for the United States (US) and Canada. It also includes the award-winning SageCRM sales, marketing, and customer service automation solutions.

extended value  Accpac Extended Enterprise Suite Sage Software's Sage Accpac Extended Enterprise Suite provides business software solutions for the company’s clients and business partners. The solution includes the following basic and advanced accounting modules: · System manager· Bank reconciliation· General ledger (GL)· Accounts payable (AP)· Accounts receivable (AR)· Order entry· Purchase orders (POs)· Payroll for the United States (US) and Canada. It also includes the award-winning SageCRM sales, Read More

Red Hat Makes Extended PaaS Moves


Red Hat has launched a private integration platform as a service (iPaaS), consisting of two new products based on their on-premises counterparts, providing cloud-based integration and messaging services. Red Hat also launched a private PaaS offering.

extended value  Hat Makes Extended PaaS Moves Red Hat has launched a private integration platform as a service (iPaaS), consisting of two new products— JBoss Fuse for xPaaS and JBoss A-MQ for xPaaS . These cloud products are based on their on-premises counterparts and provide cloud-based integration and messaging services, respectively. Red Hat also launched OpenShift Enterprise 2.2 , a private PaaS offering.   xPaaS is Red Hat’s vision for cloud-based enterprise app development—essentially the marriage of the Read More

Protecting Confidential Documents in the Extended Enterprise:


Data security breaches are a common occurrence in business. As such, today’s business climate needs to find better ways to collaborate—without compromising sensitive information. Documents can be kept more secure through best-practice, persistent security strategies that provide end-to-end protection beyond the firewall. By deploying such a strategy, you can securely accelerate business and gain competitive advantage.

extended value  Confidential Documents in the Extended Enterprise: Data security breaches are a common occurrence in business. As such, today’s business climate needs to find better ways to collaborate—without compromising sensitive information. Documents can be kept more secure through best-practice, persistent security strategies that provide end-to-end protection beyond the firewall. By deploying such a strategy, you can securely accelerate business and gain competitive advantage. Read More

Financial Planning: Mastering the Key Value Drivers


In business, planning plays a fundamental role in analyzing and forecasting key financial data. While forecasting future events is one benefit of planning, it can also be used to achieve a series of objectives, including regulatory compliance. In order to achieve these objectives, companies should consider implementing a unified customer performance management (CPM) solution—one that takes compliance into consideration.

extended value  Planning: Mastering the Key Value Drivers In business, planning plays a fundamental role in analyzing and forecasting key financial data. While forecasting future events is one benefit of planning, it can also be used to achieve a series of objectives, including regulatory compliance. In order to achieve these objectives, companies should consider implementing a unified customer performance management (CPM) solution—one that takes compliance into consideration. Read More

Maximizing the Value of an M&A!


Mergers and acquisitions (M&As) often lead to a lot of confusion, particularly with regard to systems and processes. Usually, monolithic enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems are in operation in both the firms, which are programmed with specific knowledge intrinsic to the firm’s core operations. This paper debates the options that have to be considered when both the firms are being managed by similar, competing, or best-of-breed ERP packages.

extended value  the Value of an M&A! Mergers and acquisitions (M&As) often lead to a lot of confusion, particularly with regard to systems and processes. Usually, monolithic enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems are in operation in both the firms, which are programmed with specific knowledge intrinsic to the firm’s core operations. This paper debates the options that have to be considered when both the firms are being managed by similar, competing, or best-of-breed ERP packages. Read More