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TEC Lean and Green Manufacturing Buyer’s Guide
While the need for sustainable development is affecting how organizations do business, the idea of environmental and corporate responsibility as value drivers

implementing lean tco  is no doubt that implementing lean principles can lead to a greener business; but it''s important to recognize that lean alone cannot achieve this. Lean strategies although not driven by a responsibility framework like green strategies are can help businesses move toward operational efficiency which aligns perfectly with green initiatives. Technology: What to Look for in a System What can technology offer companies looking to adopt lean and green strategies? Can one solution do it all? The truth of the Read More...
Filling the Holes and Breaking Down Artificial Walls in a Process PLM Solution Set - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series established that the product lifecycle management (PLM) software market for process industries (food @ beverage, life sciences

implementing lean tco  in recipe coverage. Without re-implementing, upgrading and/or extensive custom coding, Formula Modeling and  Design of Experiments (DOE)  solutions can minimize risks and improve product performance. Electronic  Lab Notebook  applications can capture  intellectual property (IP) , improve patent support and productivity, while improving the accuracy of the company’s formula, package, and material data. Process companies that are getting value from their existing IT systems, and whose existing Read More...
The Changing Face of CRM
The recent economic slowdown has illustrated how interwoven our global economies really are. The demands to increase enterprise performance has accelerated

implementing lean tco  shift away from just implementing a customer centric business model, to engaging the customer. This engagement becomes an integral part to any line of business that can benefit from customer input—whether it be product design, research and development, procurement, etc. Therefore we can describe CRM 2.0 as both a business model and a strategic philosophy used to actively engage customer collaboration, and is supported by a technology platform and business process. In addition to CRM 2.0, we note below Read More...
CA Unloads interBiz Collection Into SSA GT''s Sanctuary Part 2: Market Impact
SSA GT believes it is on a path to regain a leading position in its target markets by solving industry-specific business challenges and creating a heterogeneous

implementing lean tco  a relative ease of implementing these are some of the company''s bargaining chips in the game of keeping its customers from defecting and of giving other intruding competitors run for their money. Actually, vendors vying to be replacement solutions for, e.g., the BPCS or PRMS ERP systems could be in for a bigger hurdle than expected as the SSA GT strategy might resonate with manufacturers that have been happy with these products and are reticent to replace functioning ERP system deeply embedded in plants Read More...
Is There a Panacea for Enterprise Software Pricing Yet?
While enterprise applications are becoming a commodity, their pricing schemes have yet to follow suit. Users are put in a costly position where the

implementing lean tco  is, the likelihood of implementing a total functional footprint, and the total number of users the customer might ever want to have. What can one discern from all this? Such a scenario is truly comparing apples with oranges, and then dumping berries into the mix. However, some vendors will rightfully say that they cannot simplify pricing because different customers want different pricing systems, and they have to do what customers want. For example, many customers resent the notion of paying for Read More...
Implementing Strategic Agility through Modular Architectures
This article focuses on the development of strategic agility as a capability that is built into the design of an architecture. The capabilities, the article

implementing lean tco  Strategic Agility through Modular Architectures This article focuses on the development of strategic agility as a capability that is built into the design of an architecture. The capabilities, the article argues, are matured through six stages that offer different levels of strategic agility. Strategic agility, once capitalized through modular architectures, enables a company to achieve greater speed and flexibility in information technology (IT) deliveries. Read More...
Best Practices in Aerospace Lean Manufacturing: The Migration to a Lean Enterprise
Tackling the transformation to lean production is high-priority in the aerospace industry. After all, lean manufacturing eliminates waste from essential

implementing lean tco  Practices in Aerospace Lean Manufacturing: The Migration to a Lean Enterprise Tackling the transformation to lean production is high-priority in the aerospace industry. After all, lean manufacturing eliminates waste from essential manufacturing processes and helps you measure up to your competitors. But how can you attain true lean transformation—and what specific steps does your company need to take? Take a self-rating test and see where your company really stands. Read More...
Lean Tools and Practices that Eliminate Manufacturing Waste
A number of lean manufacturing tools and practices have long been used to reduce manufacturing waste. These include the five S''s, visual controls, standardized

implementing lean tco  leveled production is by implementing takt time (the term is based on the German word for an orchestra conductor''s baton, used to regulate the speed, beat, and timing at which musicians play), which means basing the production rate on an estimate of how many units per hour must be processed at each work canter in order to meet market demand. Takt time sets the pace of production to match the rate of customer demand, and becomes the heartbeat of any lean production system. As the pacemaker of a lean Read More...
Lean Manufacturing: Part 1
With all the discussion, books, Web sites, and other materials on the topic of lean manufacturing, it''s hard to know which resources are credible@much less

implementing lean tco  Manufacturing: Part 1 With all the discussion, books, Web sites, and other materials on the topic of lean manufacturing, it''s hard to know which resources are credible—much less understand the mounds of information. The first part of this series breaks down the definition of lean manufacturing into easy-to-digest concepts and shares the real-life example of a supplier of remanufactured solvents that is working toward the goal of lean. Get tips on how to determine what you need in your production Read More...
Reflections on Lean Philosophy and the Theory of Constraints
The theory of constraints (TOC) is similar to, yet different from, the lean philosophy. TOC focuses on optimizing production through critical bottlenecks in

implementing lean tco  two resources. Finally, when implementing TOC and DBR, an enterprise often will conduct a comparative analysis of production for all its manufactured items, only to find that, for many items, the full absorption costing was the exact opposite of what one would expect from TOC in terms of realizing increased throughput. Outside expertise often helps with both the required change in mindset, and the more technical aspects of TOC. Thus, it is highly recommended that system experts and TOC experts are not Read More...
Lean Manufacturing: Reaping the Rewards of Lean through Response Management
For years, manufacturers have been driven by sales forecasts and the need to maximize production efficiency at every level of operation. But in order to be

implementing lean tco  The journey to successfully implementing a lean program requires you to take the following steps: Determine the value of your product or service from your customer''s point of view. This is not limited only to the features they want, but also includes what they would knowingly be willing to pay for. Once you have this information, you have a roadmap for creating a lean enterprise. Map out the end-to-end process that takes your product from raw material to the customer. This includes value-adding steps and Read More...
Implementing a High Performance Service-oriented Architecture
To solve your data-intensive problems and deal with data storage tasks, you might consider a two-tier method. How? By using service-oriented architecture (SOA

implementing lean tco  a High Performance Service-oriented Architecture To solve your data-intensive problems and deal with data storage tasks, you might consider a two-tier method. How? By using service-oriented architecture (SOA) to make distributed systems interoperable. Why? SOA can optimize data storage architecture, transparently and securely, to maximize and optimize access to large quantities of data. Learn about other benefits, and the steps that are best for your IT infrastructure. Read More...
Operational Guide to Implementing Lean in Distribution
This whitepaper is a guide for distributors on implementing and integrating lean practices into their businesses. Lean is not just a tool, but also is a

implementing lean tco  Guide to Implementing Lean in Distribution This whitepaper is a guide for distributors on implementing and integrating lean practices into their businesses. Lean is not just a tool, but also is a culture, philosophy, process, and methodology. A main goal in becoming more lean, to become more efficient and profitable at every iteration, can be brought about in ways such as analyzing end-to-end processes and determining how to deliver more with less and becoming more organized. Improved results Read More...
Quote-to-order: One Big, Lean Machine Adds High Tech to Its Mix
BigMachines differentiates itself in the quote-to-order (Q2O) sphere due to its solutions’ lean end-to-end, inquiry-to-order focus. Although there are other

implementing lean tco  time and resources than implementing older technology based on client/server or on-premise technology—in other words, faster is leaner. Additionally, on-demand administration tools can allow customers the flexibility to maintain and change their solution over time as their businesses change, which is another fundamental shift from older technologies. Native reporting and analytics come on top of customization via on-demand administration tools and self-administration by customers. The user interface Read More...

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