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Quote-to-Order (Q2O) Systems
Quote-to-order (Q2O) solutions (sometimes known as configure, price, and quote or CPQ) enable manufacturers to mobilize their mass customization initiatives. These systems can reduce time-consuming...
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How to Evaluate a Sales and Operation Planning System
The features available in today’s sales and operations planning (SOP) systems make these systems indispensable assets for an organization. Reporting tools and

make to order operation  powerful SOP system can make the difference between the success and failure of an SOP cycle. SOP systems are very useful to senior management, as they allow a “bird’s eye view” (an overall view) of the health of the whole organization. With its graphical representations and dashboards, an SOP system is an indispensable tool for any organization. The software market is becoming increasingly competitive, which is having a positive effect on the SOP products available. Today, SOP systems have many Read More...
Nine Ways to Use ERP to Make the Manufacturing Supply Chain Lean
There are entire books and thorough training and certification processes devoted to lean supply chain practices. But within any manufacturing environment, there

make to order operation  efficient on products that make sense to manufacture in large quantities and to be responsive to products that are best handled as special orders. An enterprise application ought to offer tools that allow production to become pull-based, facilitating processes like kanban . Strong kanban functionality will allow companies to pull products through their supply chain, thus leaning the supply chain, minimizing work in process, maximizing responsiveness, and avoiding stock piling of finished goods. Read More...
Hacking Your PBX: 15 Ways to Make the Most of a Modern Phone System
The days of telephone switchboard operators are long gone. In today@s electronic age, through private branch exchange (PBX) technology, operators have been

make to order operation  company''s incoming communications. So make sure to compare forwarding capabilities before purchasing a PBX system. Call Accounting If you''re serious about keeping a tab on your company''s telephone usage, a call-accounting system is a must. Call-accounting software records various call information including calling party, date, time, duration, destination party, and authorization or account code. With accurate call-accounting records, you''ll be better equipped to bill customers for support calls, gauge Read More...
One Vendor’s Mission to Make Service Businesses Click - Part 1
My recent series of tutorial articles entitled “Navigating Between Service Management Scylla @ Charybdis” and “The Magic Behind Planning and Executing (Optimal)

make to order operation  Vendor’s Mission to Make Service Businesses Click - Part 1 My recent series of tutorial articles entitled  “Navigating Between Service Management Scylla & Charybdis”  and  “The Magic Behind Planning and Executing (Optimal) Service Supply Chains”  have drawn solid interest and valuable feedback. Along similar lines was the series on general workforce management (WFM) systems (i.e., not necessarily only in field service) entitled  “Integrated Workforce Management (WFM) Platforms: Fact or Read More...
The Challenge to Achieve Perfect Order Management
Superior order management can provide you with a competitive edge across the board. To move closer to order perfection and a truly loyal customer base, you must

make to order operation  final quotation. Pricing Functionality Make sure you have the pricing processes and technology capabilities that enable you to execute pricing strategies tailored to each customer and/or sales channel based on your selected criteria. Pricing rules and data must be maintained centrally, accessible by field sales and telesales professionals. In addition to price lists, your application should be able to handle pricing for promotions, specific customers, and contracts. Contract Management An integrated Read More...
How To Conquer the Challenge of Delivering E-mail to 100,000+ Recipients
In the beginning, e-mail marketing was easy. But as e-mail lists have grown, so have Internet service provider (ISP) restrictions. Today, delivering your e-mail

make to order operation  To Conquer the Challenge of Delivering E-mail to 100,000+ Recipients In the beginning, e-mail marketing was easy. But as e-mail lists have grown, so have Internet service provider (ISP) restrictions. Today, delivering your e-mail newsletter can be a real challenge, especially with a list of over 10,000 recipients. Instead of adopting one of several seductive but outdated solutions, a better alternative may be to use an e-mail service provider. Read More...
10 Ways to Use ERP to Lean the Manufacturing Supply Chain
A lean supply chain is more than just those activities relating directly to supply chain management (SCM). Lean supply chain improvements require a commitment

make to order operation  Ways to Use ERP to Lean the Manufacturing Supply Chain A lean supply chain is more than just those activities relating directly to supply chain management (SCM). Lean supply chain improvements require a commitment to finding the correct mix of efficiency and responsiveness. But the reward is great for manufacturers that do embark on the path to lean. Using the right enterprise resource planning (ERP) software can be your key to reaping the benefits of lean SCM. Learn how. Read More...
Got BI? Now You Need to Hire a Data Geek. Here’s What to Look For.
According to a poll conducted by KDnuggets, salaries in the analytics and data mining space are up in 2011. While there is no direct proof that the data

make to order operation  using that output to make tactical and strategic decisions. This step has the potential to improve the decision-making process, if you have the right set of tools and the right people—data geeks. These organizations are typically medium-sized companies with smaller budgets, rather than big corporations, but with a huge workforce potential and a budget to acquire at least some, if not all, of the complete and complex set of BI and analytics features. Analysis and data visualization tools as well as Read More...
Order Promising: Pre-Condition Your Enterprise for Operational Excellence
Simple questions often have complex answers. Whether they are speaking with you on the phone or placing an order on a Web storefront, your customers expect

make to order operation  against your need to make a consistent profit? If you expedite the order, will your margin erode to the point that it will cost you money instead of making you money? Given all of your other orders, do you have the capacity to produce the order by the requested date? Is it more profitable to ship the order from a distribution center hundreds of miles away or to build and ship it directly from the factory? You could use standard lead-times to answer these questions and hope for the best, but if the quoted Read More...
MessageClick to Provide Unified Messaging to RCN’s Business Clients
RCN has teamed up with MessageClick to provide its business-based users a complete suite of Unified Messaging tools including point-to-point e-mail, fax, and

make to order operation  to Provide Unified Messaging to RCN’s Business Clients MessageClick to Provide Unified Messaging to RCN''s Business Clients P. Hayes - June 9, 2000 Event Summary In May, MessageClick, a leading Unified Communications company, announced a partnership with RCN Corporation, a leading broadband services company, and one of the largest ISP''s in the country, to provide messaging services to RCN''s business customers. Market Impact RCN has teamed up with MessageClick to provide its business-based Read More...
Do You Want Your App to Talk Back to You (as a Chatterbox)? - Part 2
In Part 1 of this blog series I admitted to being a late adopter of a sort, in part for not immediately jumping onto the social media bandwagon. In particular

make to order operation  the conversation, collaborate, and make contributions more simply than ever before. That will be the catalyst of this new productivity revolution—delivered through these new social enterprise platforms. We have deployed Salesforce Chatter internally through our own beta program, and we are now using the social models proven by Facebook and Twitter to run our company. Our new social enterprise is built atop our existing business information and applications. It’s not partitioned off from other Read More...
The High Cost of Change for ERP: What Does it Cost to Keep Up to Date?
Companies are finding it difficult and costly to update and modify enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems after they have been installed. The question isn’t

make to order operation  High Cost of Change for ERP: What Does it Cost to Keep Up to Date? Companies are finding it difficult and costly to update and modify enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems after they have been installed. The question isn’t whether an ERP solution supports change, but rather at what cost? How quickly can adjustments be made, and what stresses do such changes place on the organization. To answer these questions, this paper provides results from a survey of senior finance executives. Read More...
How to Use Projects to Master Asset Management
IFS co-founder Ulf Stern and senior advisor Anders Wilhelmsson discuss how project management functionality that is tightly integrated with enterprise asset

make to order operation  to Use Projects to Master Asset Management IFS co-founder Ulf Stern and senior advisor Anders Wilhelmsson discuss how project management functionality that is tightly integrated with enterprise asset management (EAM) and asset lifecycle management (ALM) tools is essential to executives of asset-intensive industries. Lacking this integration, valuable asset data is lost and asset utilization cannot be maximized. Read More...
8 Questions to Ask to Successfully Negotiate a Phone System Deal
Learn how to get the right phone system for your company''s requirements in 8 Questions to Ask to Successfully Negotiate a Phone System Deal.

make to order operation  Questions to Ask to Successfully Negotiate a Phone System Deal Getting the wrong business phone system can be a costly, long-term mistake. Learn how to get the right phone system for your company''s requirements in 8 Questions to Ask to Successfully Negotiate a Phone System Deal . From cost, service, and support considerations to features and future scalability, you''ll know what to ask to get everything you need—from the right vendor, at the right price. Download your PDF copy of 8 Questions to Ask to Read More...
TEC Joins Forces with EOH Technology Consulting to Assist Businesses Matching Software Choices to Strategic Requirements
TEC Joins Forces with EOH Technology Consulting to Assist Businesses Matching Software Choices to Strategic Requirements EOH Technology Consulting (EOH) and

make to order operation  delivering IT solutions that make business sense. We focus on providing remarkable technology solutions using robust methodologies to perform along the following four dimensions of IT excellence: Business-alignment Quality Risk management Cost management Technology – Through a number of subsidiary companies, EOH is able to sell, implement, and support a range of world class business applications including enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), business intelligence, Read More...

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