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A Semi-open Source Vendor Discusses Market Trends


A response to trends in the open source software market comes this time from relative newcomer provider xTuple. This vendor’s footprint isn’t entirely in the open source door, however, with OpenMFG, its commercially licensed solution with an open source infrastructure.

lean source tco  of Constraints Enters the Lean Manufacturing Arena ). The developed code was footnoted with references to the fathers of TOC, Goldratt and Schragenheim. The solution looks deceptively simple, but many people actually take a while to get it (learn and understand) because it appears to be counterintuitive at first. Basically, the target customer for this solution is someone who has pulled out half his or her hair trying to program the shop with a complex finite scheduler, only to find that the system Read More

Emptoris "Procures" Zeborg's Spend Management Expertise Part one: Event Summary


Emptoris, an upbeat provider of strategic sourcing software for the global 5000 companies, announced its acquisition of spend management specialist Zeborg. However, despite a good fit, enlarged customer base, and improved cross-selling opportunity, some challenges and product gaps will have to be overcome.

lean source tco  meet ISO 9000 and lean manufacturing standards Audit more of the supply base without increasing resource requirements In addition, version 4.0 introduced the Smart Data Framework , a new technology that provides enhanced control and decision-making accuracy. It is a flexible technology infrastructure for defining all elements in the Sourcing Portfolio. Where other systems hard-code data for items or supplier bid forms, the Emptoris Smart Data Framework allows users to create their own definitions and 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 small to medium businesses (SMBs) in the same way? This step-by-step guide includes important decision-making considerations, such as benefits and costs, across some of the top finance and accounting solution providers for small to midsize companies.

lean source tco  eBECS Ltd. for its lean manufacturing capabilities. According to AMR Research''s 2007 ERP Providers Serving the Midmarket, the ERP market will continue to grow at 18 percent, largely through add on functionality. Vendors will continue their acquisitions, with the goal to create product portfolios and be a single source of business applications for their customers and prospects. Like their customers, most midmarket ERP vendors are global companies with offices around the world. Sage Software''s parent Read More

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 is still relatively new. Many companies are just beginning to adopt an approach that provides measurable results. Learn how reducing waste and creating efficiencies within your company can make a difference to the environment, the economy, and your bottom line.

lean source tco  including non-manufacturing organizations, lean principles help to reduce costs and increase operational efficiency. Technology also plays a key role (see figure 1). From an efficiency perspective, pollution is a waste of resources. Green initiatives seek to eliminate waste (either at the source or before it hits the external environment). Thus, green is efficient, and efficiency demands innovation, which eventually provides a competitive edge to companies . The same thinking applies to lean. Every 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 management (EAM) system would involve monumental change for employees. Heinz choose a Web-based system to help it gain better visibility into processes and work towards more progressive lean manufacturing and lean maintenance practices for greater efficiency. Learn more.

lean source tco  , Lean Software , Lean Source , Lean Supply Chain , Lean Systems . About the company. Located in Pocatello, Idaho, Heinz Frozen Food Co. is a division of H.J. Heinz Co. LLP. Sharing the corporate Heinz passion for serving up good food, the frozen food division strives to provide delicious and nutritious products that consumers can easily make at home. It is one reason that the Heinz brand has become a staple in homes for nearly 140 years. The company is renowned for being one of the world''s leading Read More

5 Ways ERP Can Help You Implement Lean


Lean delivers what companies need in today's competitive world: shorter lead times, improved quality, reduced cost, increased profit, improved productivity, and better customer service. Lean advocates have come to recognize that enterprise resource planning and lean work well together: the five lean principles are supported and enhanced by the information control and management tools delivered by end-to-end enterprise software suites.

lean source tco  Can Help You Implement Lean Lean delivers what companies need in today''s competitive world: shorter lead times, improved quality, reduced cost, increased profit, improved productivity, and better customer service. Lean advocates have come to recognize that enterprise resource planning and lean work well together: the five lean principles are supported and enhanced by the information control and management tools delivered by end-to-end enterprise software suites. 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 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 from lean distribution can include increased profits, improved delivery performance, better customer satisfaction and supplier relations, and shorter lead times.

lean source 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

Adaptive Manufacturing: Enabling the Lean Six Sigma Enterprise


Enabling lean manufacturing and six sigma principles to improve operations requires a nontraditional approach. The old idea that lean manufacturing and six sigma principles don’t require IT isn’t valid anymore. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain management (SCM) applications are critical for enabling holistic, lean manufacturing operations, and work hand-in-hand to better enable consumption—not forecasts—to drive replenishment.

lean source tco  Manufacturing: Enabling the Lean Six Sigma Enterprise Enabling lean manufacturing and six sigma principles to improve operations requires a nontraditional approach. The old idea that lean manufacturing and six sigma principles don’t require IT isn’t valid anymore. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain management (SCM) applications are critical for enabling holistic, lean manufacturing operations, and work hand-in-hand to better enable consumption—not forecasts—to drive Read More

Will MS try the "Open Source" Gambit with WinCE? Why Not - Nothing Else Seems to Work


In what may be another attempt to gain some kind of foothold in the handheld and embedded-OS market, rumors are floating that Microsoft will open the source code for Windows CE.

lean source tco  MS try the Open Source Gambit with WinCE? Why Not - Nothing Else Seems to Work Event Summary Updated 5:20 AM ET March 17, 2000 By John Spooner and Mary Jo Foley, ZDNet News Feeling pressure from Linux in the embedded-device market, Microsoft Corp. is contemplating giving away Windows CE to some developers for free. The company is unlikely to go so far as to try to claim its effort to be Linux-like open source, but it nonetheless seems to be counting on riding the open source movement''s coattails. Read More

Considerations When Comparing Open Source and Appliance-Based Messaging


Open source messaging middleware is an increasingly popular way to provide data distribution functionality inside and outside the datacenter. It can let companies cost-effectively meet relatively simple messaging requirements without the expense of purchasing a commercial messaging platform. It is important to understand the relative strengths and weaknesses of open source and appliance-based messaging in order to choose a platform that meets your short- and long-term needs as cost-effectively as possible. This white paper gives points to consider when evaluating open source messaging and a set of questions and answers to aid in identifying the right solution.

lean source tco  When Comparing Open Source and Appliance-Based Messaging Open source messaging middleware is an increasingly popular way to provide data distribution functionality inside and outside the datacenter. It can let companies cost-effectively meet relatively simple messaging requirements without the expense of purchasing a commercial messaging platform. It is important to understand the relative strengths and weaknesses of open source and appliance-based messaging in order to choose a platform 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 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

lean source 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

Moving Beyond Lean Manufacturing to a Lean Supply Chain


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lean source tco  Beyond Lean Manufacturing to a Lean Supply Chain Background Most of the buzz and activity around the adoption of lean manufacturing concepts within an enterprise has been linked to the shop floor. Production operations have been the target of most lean manufacturing deployments, but lean manufacturing principles and techniques can be extended beyond the shop floor to processes that are unique to and transcend efficient production operations and supply chain operations. Stretching lean manufacturing Read More

Getting Lean with Made2Manage Enterprise Software


In times of economic recession, many businesses take the opportunity to look inward and seek ways to streamline their operations. It’s no wonder that lean manufacturing has been such a hot topic across the manufacturing industry. Lean manufacturing helps manufacturers work smarter and more efficiently, and has become a refined version of traditional just-in-time (JIT) and demand flow manufacturing concepts.

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A Primer on Lean Manufacturing Using Microsoft Dynamics AX: Case Studies


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Is an Open Source Business Process Management Solution Right for You?


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lean source tco  an Open Source Business Process Management Solution Right for You? Increased availability of highly functional enterprise open source business process management (BPM) technology is bringing the benefits of BPM solutions within reach of more companies and projects. If you are considering deploying BPM solutions, but have been daunted by the cost, footprint, risk, lack of flexibility, or complexity of proprietary options, an enterprise open source approach may be just what you are looking for. Download Read More