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Maintenance Scheduling 101
Many organizations have tried to address their maintenance scheduling woes by introducing new and sometimes very advanced technologies. The reality is that

it annual maintenance costs  was present and replace it if it was down. They could also perform visual inspections as well as touch and feel components for heat and vibration, and check for abnormal noise, smell, and any process leakage. As a result, Operations started playing a more active role in ensuring the proper performance of their equipment. They would inspect safety guards around couplings and shafts and would report any abnormalities to the shift mechanic or to the shift electrician who would then determine the severity of Read More...
Support and Maintenance: No Longer the Software Industry''s
Support and maintenance (S&M) contracts mean very different things to vendors and to users. With user enterprises'' growing awareness of how these S&M agreements

it annual maintenance costs  consider when reducing costs. IT entitlement costs, such as enterprise software maintenance, have (at some companies) soared to a record average of 70 percent of total annual IT budgets. Logically, as the maintenance costs become a larger percentage of spending, users want to look at how to reduce those costs. But many chief information officers (CIO) also know that the software bill he or she receives can be minor in comparison to the costs of running an internal IT department. This is particularly true Read More...
Maintenance Software--Plan Ahead to Maximize CMMS Vendor Web Site Visits
For those looking for a computer maintenance management system (CMMS) vendor, the Web is often the first place to start. There are a number of web site features

it annual maintenance costs  page response times. If it takes longer than a few seconds to get something on screen, users get anxious. That''s why most sites bring up at least a title, framework, and some basic text followed by the progressive filling of empty spaces with buttons, graphics, and further text. The entire process should take only under a minute. Once the entire screen has materialized, users can explore the numerous links. Some sites will show sub-categories as you move the cursor over the main headings. One interesting 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

it annual maintenance costs  have lesser value. Understandably, it is difficult and costly for vendors to add functions to the guts of a product, even though these functions are the exact enhancements the users need the most. Yet when this does happen, most vendors take high-value enhancements out of maintenance upgrades included with annual support, and then enhance and package these upgrades as separate, newly licensed products (or modules). Based on this discussion, it is evident that the value of new releases is dependent on Read More...
How One Vendor Addresses Support and Maintenance Issues
SAP is addressing the problem of customers wanting support that vendors are either not providing, or providing at unjustifiable prices. Support and maintenance

it annual maintenance costs  partner products. If possible, it would be ideal for the advisory personnel to have knowledge of the complete playing field, including the competitive offerings. Early in 2006, SAP expanded its support services to meet customers'' changing demands. SAP introduced SAP Premium Support to mitigate some of the above conventional S&M contractual pitfalls, and to underline its commitment to continual S&M evolution and growth. Premium Support provides a new option between SAP Standard Support , a fairly Read More...
IT Service Management-A Road Map for Success
Although information technology service management (ITSM) is not a new discipline, many organizations have yet to adopt it as a part of their IT service

it annual maintenance costs  have yet to adopt it as a part of their IT service improvement strategy. To be successful, businesses must start by building a custom road map. Read about how focusing on long-term, strategic objectives—including a realized return on investment (ROI)—can greatly improve your IT service delivery and support. Read More...
Justification of ERP Investments Part Three: Costs of Implementing an ERP System
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementation costs can be divided into one-time costs and ongoing annual costs. Both types of costs can be segmented into

it annual maintenance costs  user customizations can make it very expensive or even impossible to upgrade. Additional costs must then be incurred to ensure the customizations work with the latest upgrade. As shown in the example estimates in figure 3.4, a ratio of .25 has been used for total annual costs related to ERP software. A phased implementation approach may mean that additional software must be purchased. A data collection system, for example, may be implemented as part of a second phase. Hardware. Ongoing hardware costs Read More...
Latest Developments for a Vendor-neutral Third Party Support and Maintenance Provider
Rimini Street is not trying to be a software vendor. Rather, the third party support and maintenance provider is a focused system implementation and consulting

it annual maintenance costs  software release and update, it is likely that an alternative S&M program is not a good fit for it. Also, Rimini Street advises user enterprises to remain on their vendors'' contracts for at least a year after implementation, after which time they will likely be more suitable candidates for Rimini''s support program (since much of the growing pains will be sorted out by then). Also, support for some of the products that have garnered hardly any install bases (such as the PeopleSoft Campus module) are not Read More...
Spinnaker Support Announces New SAP Third-party Maintenance Customer
Spinnaker Support, a a provider of third-party maintenance for JD Edwards and SAP products, announced D+M Group as its latest customer. This win has multiple

it annual maintenance costs  customer). In that sense, it must be exciting for Spinnaker to have a customer that has “crossed-over” to the third-party maintenance world. Sometimes the initial leap to stop receiving support from the ERP vendor itself can be the most difficult for a company using ERP. This win certainly adds to Spinnaker’s cred in the market. TEC blog post (Aug 2012): “Out of Touch” ERP Vendors Means Third-party Support Is Here to Stay Read More...
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.

it annual maintenance costs  of about a dozen IT executives. What they shared was a common ERP system. Most people would think their ERP system was old (it was introduced in the 80''s and the average length of time that these companies had been using the product was approximately eight years). Over the last few years, most of the individuals in the group had faced the issue of replacing their existing ERP system (see The Old ERP Dilemma: Replace or Add-on ) and each had decided to keep their existing system. These individuals were Read More...
Drink-IT
Drink-IT@ is a modular software suite that is intended mainly for producers and distribution centers in the beverage industry, such as breweries, specialized

it annual maintenance costs  IT Drink-IT® is a modular software suite that is intended mainly for producers and distribution centers in the beverage industry, such as breweries, specialized beverage wholesalers, and beverage producers. Drink-IT enables them to cover all enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) processes in one integrated solution. Drink-IT enables companies to make informed decisions in production and quality management, logistics, sales, and promotions, and helps them Read More...
How Airlines Can Stop Getting Murdered by Maintenance Costs
Patchwork maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) systems can cost large airlines millions in duplicated effort, extra inventory, and delays. But with round-the

it annual maintenance costs  in place for an IT overhaul. With that caveat in mind, there are two solutions that legacy airlines should consider in order to streamline their maintenance operations and significantly control their costs: project management and workflow. Maintenance through Augmented Project Management Airlines are generally challenged by the need to coordinate their maintenance activities visibly  and dynamically across multiple functional units, while at the same time comprehensively tracking the costs of Read More...
Columbus IT
Columbus IT is a global technology consulting and software development company dedicated to improving your operations. You can count on Columbus for low

it annual maintenance costs  IT Columbus IT is a global technology consulting and software development company dedicated to improving your operations. You can count on Columbus for low risk implementations of ERP, BI, and CRM systems and faster ROI. At Columbus, software development is not an afterthought – you get the benefit of an entire division that is completely focused on the development of high quality industry solutions. Underscoring our leadership in the industry, we have been recognized as ‘Global Partner of the Read More...
Big Data, Mobility, and Green IT: Innovations for Manufacturers and Distributors
Your business is in good company if it is considering big data, mobility, and/or green information technology (IT) solutions. Before making an investment

it annual maintenance costs  in good company if it is considering big data, mobility, and/or green information technology (IT) solutions. Before making an investment decision, however, it should evaluate its options relative to actual business strategies and operating requirements. Only then will it put itself in a position to make a well-informed investment decision. Download this article to learn more. Read More...
Best Practices and Processes for Improving the Business Value of IT
Understanding, measuring, and managing against return on investment of a company’s IT investment (ROIT) enables IT leaders to quantitatively frame their

it annual maintenance costs  the Business Value of IT Understanding, measuring, and managing against return on investment of a company’s IT investment (ROIT) enables IT leaders to quantitatively frame their contribution to the business and justify initiatives they seek to undertake. Read about concrete practices, processes, and recommendations to drive ROIT investment via key areas for improvement, the value of improvement, and guidelines for evaluating potential projects. Read More...

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