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Pain and Gain of Integrated EDI Part Three: Other Industry Gains
Many small and medium companies find themselves under pressure to deploy the same EDI system as a major customer, making it a basic cost of doing business with

lean industry tco  purchasing, integrated barcode printing, lean manufacturing, and other e-business processes pertinent to the automotive industry. Sharp industry focus and domain expertise, product interconnectivity, and quick and inexpensive e-commerce enablement have been the bargaining chips of IQMS, QAD, and Infor''s in the game against its peers. Companies that are dependent on EDI for transaction routing should look hard at these products as a pathway into the XML century. What should be most important is how Read More
Easy ERP: A Challenge to Conventional Thinking
There is a new paradigm when it comes to evaluating ERP systems. With little difference between industry players'' solutions, the key is the longevity of the

lean industry tco  but make sure your lean champions get a final review of the list to eliminate the excess functionality that contribute to organizational paralysis. Then visit customers in your industry and ask them how they''ve addressed the few outstanding perceived software gaps. In most cases innovations in business processes have eliminated the need. As you complete these validation steps the implementation team should get started on some pre-implementation tasks that will validate many of the convenience factors Read More
Microsoft Dynamics AX: The Chosen One Among Microsoft Dynamics ERP Equals? - Part 1
I have no reason to doubt Kirill Tatarinov, thus far the longest-standing corporate VP of Microsoft Business Solutions, when he keeps reassuring the market

lean industry tco  In 2007, Microsoft acquired lean manufacturing intellectual property from its partner eBECS  and has recently released the Lean Manufacturing module for Microsoft Dynamics AX. For more information, see TEC’s previous article series entitled  “A Primer on Lean Manufacturing Using Microsoft Dynamics AX: Case Studies.” The next part of this blog series will analyze the product’s life pre-Microsoft and subsequently under Microsoft’s wing. In the meantime, your views and comments are welcome as Read More
Case Study: Heinz Frozen Food Co.
Heinz Frozen Food Company was set on improving its manufacturing and maintenance process efficiency, and knew that implementing a new enterprise asset

lean industry tco  , Lean Improvement , Lean Industry , Lean Inventory , Lean Management , Lean Manufacture , Lean Manufacturing , Lean Manufacturing Definition , Lean Manufacturing Methods , Lean Manufacturing Software , Lean Manufacturing Techniques , Lean Manufacturing Training , Lean Methodology , Lean Operations , Lean Organization , Lean Presentation , Lean Processes , Lean Product Development , Lean Production , Lean Productivity , Lean Program , Lean Quality , Lean Results , Lean Service , Lean Simulation , Lean Read More
Finance and Accounting Solutions Buyer’s Guide for Small to Medium Enterprises
For large organizations, enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems promise big gains by helping grow revenue and increase productivity. But can ERP benefit

lean industry tco  include modules to support lean manufacturing, BPM (Business Process Management) , EAM (Enterprise Asset Management) , and SRM (Supplier Relationship Management) . The modules that compose an ERP package are barely a drop in the bucket when it comes to understanding what features it offers your organization.Choosing the right solution requires digging deep into its functionality and matching it to your organization''s business processes, and ultimately, its corporate strategies and business goals Market Read More
How to Achieve Lean Manufacturing
Lean manufacturing is a transformational exercise that requires an organization to cast aside long-held beliefs and business processes. The five main steps to

lean industry tco  to Achieve Lean Manufacturing How Should One Go About Achieving Lean? Part One of this series provided one definition of lean manufacturing (see Lean Manufacturing: A Primer ). However, another way to encompass the lean philosophy is Womack and Jones'' 1996 definitions of the five main steps to achieving lean transition for enterprises. These steps are now widely accepted as a sort of lean manufacturing life cycle. The following are the five main elements of enabling a lean approach. Define value Map 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

lean industry 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
ERP for the Oil and Gas Industry (Upstream)
The model of ERP systems for the upstream oil and gas sector addresses the particularly specialized business model of this industry. It is common practice for

lean industry tco  for the Oil and Gas Industry (Upstream) The model of ERP systems for the upstream oil and gas sector addresses the particularly specialized business model of this industry. It is common practice for companies, individuals, and government agencies to form partnerships to explore, develop, and share production of oil wells. More often than not, this is a short-term alliance rather than a long-term partnership, and business structuring must therefore be flexible at initial set-up and throughout the Read More
PLM Is An Industry Affair - Or Is It?
The question, ''Do vertical industry needs play a significant role in a PLM software selection?'' should be a simple question to answer. Instead, it is a

lean industry tco  Is An Industry Affair - Or Is It? PLM Is An Industry Affair - Or Is It? Featured Author - Jim Brown - December 26, 2003 Introduction Often it''s the simplest questions that have the most complicated answers. What appears to be a simple question, Does industry matter when looking for a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution? leads to an interesting discussion instead of a simple answer. If you are looking for the short answer, the answer is Absolutely yes! But the answer is also Probably not. Read More
LEAN OPINION POLL: Are Lean Concepts and ERP Systems Still Antagonists?
It’s been many years since this question of compatibility between lean practices and enterprise resource planning (ERP) was rigorously discussed and brought

lean industry tco  OPINION POLL: Are Lean Concepts and ERP Systems Still Antagonists? It’s been many years since this question of compatibility between lean practices and enterprise resource planning (ERP) was rigorously discussed and brought many controversial and opposite opinions to the table. Can these two work well together, or do they have no place in each other’s space? It seems like even after all this time—and discussion—the jury is still out the final verdict. The answer is not a simple “yes” or Read More
3 Key Areas to Reduce Costs with Lean Techniques
Continuous process improvement is more critical than ever for manufacturers to become lean. One key area of focus is on the flow of product from supplier to

lean industry tco  to Reduce Costs with Lean Techniques Continuous process improvement is more critical than ever for manufacturers to become lean. One key area of focus is on the flow of product from supplier to customer. Naturally, any process that impedes the smooth flow of product is a source of additional cost to the company. Download this white paper now and learn about 3 key areas to reduce costs and improve product flow from quote to cash. Read More
Lean Maintenance-Does It Impact Reliability? Lessons Learned and Best Practices
The main cause of lean maintenance failure is that companies fail to focus on asset reliability. The reliability approach to capacity, which includes risk

lean industry tco  Best Practices What is Lean Maintenance? Lean manufacturing, lean maintenance, and the whole lean concept have had many successes, but many companies have not achieved the results they expected. There are many reasons why lean maintenance fails, but the number one cause of failure is the lack of focus on reliability. To understand this, we must start by defining lean maintenance. Lean maintenance is a proactive maintenance operation employing planned and scheduled maintenance activities through total Read More
TEC Industry Watch: Enterprise Software News for the Week of July 30, 2012
SOFTWARE SELECTIONSVentura Manufacturing selects IQMSIndustry tags: Manufacturing, Assembly

lean industry tco  Industry Watch: Enterprise Software News for the Week of July 30, 2012 SOFTWARE SELECTIONS Ventura Manufacturing selects IQMS Industry tags: Manufacturing, Assembly Ventura Manufacturing, Inc. has adopted IQMS''s manufacturing ERP software after reviewing multiple top-tier ERP vendors. Venture Manufacturing is headquartered in Zeeland, Michigan, and provides component assembly for furniture and automotive customers. Ventura will also run IQMS'' EDI module and customer/vendor portals, and plan to Read More
Technical Staff Management Systems for the Aviation Industry
In the airline industry, aircraft maintenance is an activity that has to be done throughout the day, so maintenance personnel must be available at all times

lean industry tco  Staff Management Systems for the Aviation Industry Introduction In the airline industry, the every day activities of fleet maintenance can be divided into two large areas: scheduled maintenance (or major maintenance) and line maintenance. In scheduled maintenance, personnel management is not as complicated as in line maintenance. Traditionally, scheduled maintenance has a fixed number of days to perform maintenance activities, while line maintenance only has a few hours at night and often a few Read More
TEC Industry Watch: Enterprise Software News for the Week of August 6, 2012
SOFTWARE SELECTIONSAccuride Corporation selects cloud-based Plex Online ERPIndustry tags: Manufacturing

lean industry tco  with PLC integration; • Lean concepts and heijunka box load-leveling tools; • IQMS’ EnterpriseIQ system included extended capabilities, such as the Quality Suite of modules, right out-of-the-box. —P.J. Jakovljevic, Principal TEC Analyst See the IQMS profile Read the TEC Blog post (March 2011): IQMS and IFS Going Strong (without Much Help from the Cloud) High-tech solar panels developer and manufacturer selects on-demand ERP solution from Tensoft Industry tags: Manufacturing, electronics and Read More

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