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The Fatal Flaws for Process Manufacturers
Every piece of software you consider holds the potential for fatal flaws. Miss the fatal flaws and it is difficult to project what the future holds for you

fatal flaws  Fatal Flaws for Process Manufacturers Introduction In the TEC article Find the Software's Fatal Flaws To Avoid Failure , we explored the concept that software can have fatal flaws that can result in anything from discomfort to disaster. Fatal flaws are defined as the gap between what a software product offers and the critical functions that a company needs. Many fatal flaws are the result of a company's industry. The process manufacturing industries, including food, CPG, chemical, pharmaceuticals and Read More...
Discrete 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 or...
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Fatal Flaws in ERP Software Create Opportunity for Niche Software in CPG Companies
ERP software may fail to meet critical business requirements. When companies find that their ERP doesn't meet all of their business requirements, they should

fatal flaws  Software in CPG Companies Fatal Flaws in ERP Software Create Opportunity for Niche Software in CPG Companies Featured Author - Bill Friend* - April 24, 2004 Overview After companies purchase an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system they may discover that the ERP software fails to provide all of the functionality their business requires. These shortfalls have been characterized as fatal flaws . If a company uncovers a fatal flaw in their ERP software they have three choices: keep their paper-based Read More...
Find the Software's Fatal Flaws to Avoid Failure
For any business, software needs exist which will prove difficult to satisfy. Application packages will have fatal flaws where they do not meet these needs

fatal flaws  the Software's Fatal Flaws to Avoid Failure Introduction When compared to the needs of your business, application software can have fatal flaws. These flaws may make it difficult if not impossible for the application software to run the business. If you do not understand the issues in your business that can expose fatal flaws in software—it can cost you a lot more than money to fix them and perhaps put your business at risk. What is a fatal flaw? If we list all the things that application software Read More...
Choosing the Right ERP System: How to Avoid the 7 Fatal Flaws
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) should provide all employees with information that helps them perform their jobs. But process manufacturing is very

fatal flaws  to Avoid the 7 Fatal Flaws Enterprise resource planning (ERP) should provide all employees with information that helps them perform their jobs. But process manufacturing is very complicated, so your ERP software must be robust enough to support your information needs. While no packaged ERP can meet everyone’s needs perfectly, finding the best fit for your needs is key. Learn seven things not to do during your ERP software selection project. Read More...
User Recommendations for the Food and Beverage Industry
Software systems must be able to handle your business basics. A focus on the details is essential. Look meticulously for the fatal flaws. If you don't select a

fatal flaws  For more information, see Fatal Flaws in ERP Software Create Opportunity for Niche Software in CPG Companies and Find the Software's Fatal Flaws to Avoid Failure . Make the vendors prove they understand the issues; walk through the details of your requirements with knowledgeable people from the vendor. If the vendor understands and can satisfy your needs, it will come out during the discussions. However, if its staffers do not fully understand the issues, they can never provide a solution that works. You Read More...
The ERP Market 2001 And Beyond - Part 2: Vendor Reactions
Faced with competitive inadequacies, the major ERP vendors have been vigorously busy developing, acquiring, or bundling new functionality so that their packages

fatal flaws  increased awareness of possibly fatal consequences from selecting the wrong software), the pressure for faster decision-making will mount both from vendors (who want shorter and less fluctuating sales cycles) and users (in order to stay ahead of their competitors). As a rule, every $1 of ERP software sales drives on average another $3-$6 of additional hardware, third party integration and consulting, and resellers revenue, although in some cases additional costs can reach $10-15 for each dollar spent on Read More...
The (NA)Vision of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 - Part 3
Part 1 and Part 2 of this blog series went through the five previous generations of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV (formerly Navision) product. In late 2008, at the

fatal flaws  (NA)Vision of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 - Part 3 Part 1 and Part 2 of this blog series went through the five previous generations of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV (formerly Navision ) product. In  late 2008, at the European Microsoft Convergence user conference , attendees saw the sixth major release of the product, dubbed Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 . The product’s subsequent launch in the US was in February 2009 (the replay can be seen here ). But rather than merely reciting the enhancements from Read More...
Demand at the Fount of Open Source: A Primer Based in Demand Trends
As we witness the inexorable increase in demand for Free and open source software (FOSS), many organizations have yet to glean the FOSS fundamentals. This

fatal flaws  Free and open source software,Linux,small and medium enterprise,Unix,http://foss.technologyevaluation.com/,Evaluation Center Read More...
So, You’re Considering a Paperless Office?
The concept of the paperless office has been around for many years, but only recently has this concept been turned into reality. This article analyzes the

fatal flaws  or procedure may prove fatal to your goal. Yet, despite these inherent disadvantages, the paperless office has considerable benefits. The Benefits of a Paperless Office While it is relatively easy to calculate the long-term savings of going paperless given your current off-site storage costs, employee time spent transferring and locating files, and the amount of office space being used for storage, the real benefits of moving away from a paper-based operation can surpass these savings. Perhaps the chief Read More...
A Matter of Trust
When important information is withheld, it leads to enormous inefficiencies or even disasters in the supply chain. Trust is needed to streamline decision making

fatal flaws  Matter of Trust To Trust or Not to Trust: What to Share with Trading Partners I recently asked a question to a senior supply chain executive: When should you trust your trading partners and when should you withhold information from them? His answer: Never and Never. His answer was only partly tongue-in-cheek. It highlights a dilemma we all face. When important information is withheld, it leads to enormous inefficiencies or even disasters in the supply chain. Trust is needed to streamline decision Read More...
Yet another Case for Industry-Specific Solutions
Technology is changing at a breakneck pace, and is there anyone out there who will debate me on that issue? The undeniable evidence that I am getting old is

fatal flaws  ’s article entitled  “The Fatal Flaws for Process Manufacturers”  talked about the so-called fatal flaws that can result in anything from discomfort to disaster. Fatal flaws are defined as “the gaps between what an enterprise software product offers and the critical functions that a company needs.” These functions can range from major business processes to minor data fields or industry conventions. Many fatal flaws are the result of a company's industry. In other words, while a company 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

fatal flaws  Is the Value Proposition of Support and Maintenance? User enterprises are becoming more aware of how software vendors' support and maintenance (S&M) agreements affect their bottom lines, and many are not particularly pleased with what they see. For a definition of the problem, please see Will User Enterprises Ever Get onto an Easy (Support and Maintenance) Street? and Support and Maintenance: No Longer the Software Industry's Best Kept Secret ? It might be useful at this point to explain, at a very Read More...
Winning your market - with
Positioning Part 3: Why we should love dumb questionsPart 2 was about the choices to consider when formulating your campaign positioning—now we’ll see why those

fatal flaws  for evidence of a fatal disconnect between what the advertiser wished to achieve and how well he was positioned to achieve it. Was it like a drunk hillbilly trying to score a date with Halle Berry—a mismatch in style and substance, maybe? Or was the promotion focused too much on the what and missing the critical why ? Any such disconnect leads to, well, a disconnect between you and your audience—never a good thing. Like a drunk hillbilly trying to score a date with Halle Berry Now, I got to play Read More...
The 7 Deadly Sins of Software Selection
Q: How many doomsday prophets does it take to change a light bulb?A: None. The light is still on.“Knock knock.”“Who’s there?”“The Raptured. SURPRISE!”

fatal flaws  Sin #6: Overlooking the fatal flaws The Harold Camping sin: In the spirit of fatal flaws, I would like to highlight Camping’s dubious reliance on biblical numerology . As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle : 5 times 10 times 17 is telling you a story, Camping said. It's the story from the time Christ made payment for your sins until you're completely saved. I tell ya, I just about fell off my chair when I realized that. In other chair-falling news, Camping’s full name, Harold Egbert Camping Read More...
Microsoft Dynamics AX: The Chosen One Among Microsoft Dynamics ERP Equals? - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series positioned all four Microsoft Dynamics enterprise resource planning (ERP) product lines and concluded that Microsoft Dynamics AX

fatal flaws  Dynamics AX: The Chosen One Among Microsoft Dynamics ERP Equals? - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series positioned all four  Microsoft Dynamics   enterprise resource planning (ERP)  product lines and concluded that Microsoft Dynamics AX [ evaluate this product ] has been selected as the ace and  global “platform” player in selected industries in the Dynamics ERP lineup . In other words, the product has been providing an industry-enabling layer upon which certified partners can build their Read More...

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