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Brewing Up a Better Schedule for a Product with Many Variables
For the coffee producer Mother Parkers, scheduling coffee production across two plants was an ever-increasing challenge. Mother Parkers decided to take

schedule attainment  Up a Better Schedule for a Product with Many Variables For the coffee producer Mother Parkers, scheduling coffee production across two plants was an ever-increasing challenge. Mother Parkers decided to take proactive steps toward consolidating its day-to-day scheduling data by engaging Supply Chain Consultants (SCC) to help. SCC applied its scheduling algorithms to improve schedule attainment, visibility, and stability—exactly what Mother Parkers needed.

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These are the Times of CRM Vindication and Validation - Part 3


Part 1 of this series analyzed two white papers entitled “Customer Relationship Management: The Winning Strategy in a Challenging Economy” and “Maximizing CRM Effectiveness During Lean Times” and authored by Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Oracle CRM, respectively. The blog post made the case for forward-looking enterprises to leverage customer relationship management (CRM

schedule attainment  information, resolve issues, and schedule field service visits at their own convenience. In an increasingly networked world, many customers prefer  self-service  channels because of the speed-to-resolution they provide. In both sluggish and expanding economies, companies must seek ways to reduce the cost of providing service to their customers. Online customer-facing applications provide compelling benefits in this regard. According to Forrester Research in its 2008 article entitled  “Need To Cut Read More

SAP SCM-Stepping Out of Obscurity


Major new SAP products are being released in the realms of supply chain management (SCM), manufacturing execution systems (MES), and product lifecycle management (PLM). TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic examines the solutions that SAP is offering for supply chain executives to expand beyond the traditional boundaries of SCM, PLM, and enterprise resource planning (ERP).

schedule attainment  comes from the mean schedule attainment and schedule attainment variability factors. Based on scalable Oracle ’s Java Enterprise Edition (J2EE) architecture, SAP’s EIO offering is synchronized with either SAP ERP or SAP APO transactional information and planning processes, while integrated analytics provide visibility into the aforementioned supply chain variability factors. The system is able to measure, visualize, and act on these sources of variability, while what-if simulation capabilities help Read More

What Makes Incentives and Compensation So Tricky?


Managing incentive compensation presents challenges to almost every large and midsized company, due to the complex nature of the calculations. But along with the ability to perform these calculations, an effective compensation management solution must also provide visibility and transparency.

schedule attainment  or via a customized schedule. In general, an incentive formula represents the mathematical method of ascertaining how pay opportunity relates to performance, and how one pay opportunity relates to another for determining payout. Transactions can occur at very high volume. Different incentive plans can apply to different job descriptions. To illustrate the complications of a shared ownership, in complex sales environments one customer may require several salespeople at different stages in the customer's Read More

E-Procurement Is Not Electronic Purchasing - Part II


Three minutes of labor from purchase requisition to invoice payment; fully executed due diligence; commitment authorization and no delays. That is the promise of e-procurement and the potential is there for the taking - but not without risk. Extensive preparation is necessary and full integration with related business processes is essential to realize the full value from an e-procurement investment.

schedule attainment  that cause cost and schedule overruns. Validate all vendor claims through customer references. This is non-trivial when products and tools change dramatically from one implementation to the next. Employ knowledgeable assistance. Understand the business model and financial performance of suppliers and develop confidence that the partnership will last through implementation and a few change cycles. Understand the technical architecture and capabilities of the suppliers to assure their ability to deliver, Read More

Infor Releases Advanced Scheduling 5.5


The very first acquisitions by what is today Infor, former SCT Corp.’s process software division in 2002, continue to provide Infor with most competitive products that are being enhanced regularly. The vendor recently announced the release of Infor Advanced Scheduling 5.5 to enable production schedule optimization for process and complex manufacturing. The product continues to provide an industry

schedule attainment  5.5 to enable production schedule optimization for process and complex manufacturing . The product continues to provide an industry-specific differentiation for process manufacturers such as dairies, breweries, and beverage production to enhance liquid material movements. Infor Advanced Scheduling 5.5 features components that are designed specifically for process management to redistribute tank inflow and outflow in the event of overlapping batches. This release enhances the user (scheduler) experience Read More

When EDI Goes Native, Everything Falls in Sync with IQMS


IQMS's IQ EDI module is a natively-built solution that deals with the complexities of data synchronization among EDI documents and eliminates the need for third-party translators.

schedule attainment  incoming files, such as schedule releases and forecasts, into something readable and understandable. Simultaneously, it converts outbound data, like invoices and ASNs into acceptable formats for receipt by the supplier. Still, this readable data is only partly good for ERP systems, since the real action is in merging the new data with existing information that is already being processed within the ERP system. The ensuing challenge is to make sense of the daily, constant flood of EDI messages. In high volu Read More

Enterprise Resource Planning Vendors Address Lean Manufacturing


Intentia, Fujitsu Glovia, QAD, and SSA Global's solutions supporting lean manufacturing are examined. Which areas the extended enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors excel in depends on their original ERP system's suitability for repetitive versus to-order environments.

schedule attainment  heijunka range calculations to schedule the finishing cell or final assembly line (i.e., the sequence and quantity of parts), and demand calculation algorithms, which are used to handle variability so as to configure product for different product lines. For demand calculations, demand master data identify the critical details of demand determination, such as the average daily demand and the template used for determining demand (i.e., the average over n days and the average over x forward days using Read More

WBS Primer


The earned value management system (EVMS) is a method of tracking cost and schedule performance using work breakdown structure/earned value (WBS/EV) techniques. Formerly called C/SCSC (Cost/Schedule Control Systems Criteria) by the contract industry, an understanding of WBS basics is essential for any US contractor wishing to be selected for new major systems contracts over a certain funding threshold.

schedule attainment  of tracking cost and schedule performance using work breakdown structure/earned value (WBS/EV) techniques. Formerly called C/SCSC (Cost/Schedule Control Systems Criteria) by the contract industry, an understanding of WBS basics is essential for any US contractor wishing to be selected for new major systems contracts over a certain funding threshold. Read More

Non-Traditional Hours: Key Strategies for Creating Flexible and Productive Work Schedules


Enabled by technology, more and more companies are now allowing—and, in some cases, requiring—employees to work flexible schedules. In this era of VoIP, Skype, cloud apps, and mobile devices, some employees really can be as productive (or more so) working off-site. The advantages for companies begin with more engaged, productive workers, and lower overhead costs. So know what you need to consider for flexible work arrangements and the golden rules for developing flexible work policies.

schedule attainment  Flexible and Productive Work Schedules Enabled by technology, more and more companies are now allowing—and, in some cases, requiring—employees to work flexible schedules. In this era of VoIP, Skype, cloud apps, and mobile devices, some employees really can be as productive (or more so) working off-site. The advantages for companies begin with more engaged, productive workers, and lower overhead costs. So know what you need to consider for flexible work arrangements and the golden rules for developing Read More

Enhancing the Agility of Customer Information Systems in Utilities


Customer information system (CIS) projects in the utilities industry have earned a reputation for being disruptive to business, very expensive, and always behind schedule. As a mission-critical cash register for utilities, it pays to examine CIS more closely. Learn about the perspectives on strategic CIS assessment frameworks and how a structured solution can help you improve the agility of CIS without a huge investment.

schedule attainment  expensive, and always behind schedule. As a mission-critical cash register for utilities, it pays to examine CIS more closely. Learn about the perspectives on strategic CIS assessment frameworks and how a structured solution can help you improve the agility of CIS without a huge investment. Read More

APICS 2009 Preview Series, Session 1-Time Management and Master Scheduling: Built from the Same Cloth


I listened to a webinar organized by The Association for Operations Management (APICS) for their upcoming International Conference and Expo,which will be hosted in Toronto, Ontario (Canada) from October 4th to 6th 2009. This is the first webcast in the series, and its title really got my attention: “Time Management and Master Scheduling: Built from the Same Cloth.” The speaker for this webcast was

schedule attainment  point that a master schedule of a production needs to have a firm time fence that is not longer than 48 hours. This way, production can be stabilized and the equipment, resources, and material can be used to their full capacity. As we know, when a master production schedule (MPS) is created with an objective in mind, more deliverables are accomplished, less time is wasted, and better communication happens amongst all parties involved. In the presentation, Mr. Sheldon provided an MPS test, which gave an id Read More

The Magic Behind Planning and Executing (Optimal) Service Supply Chains - Part 1


The recent three-part series entitled “Navigating Between Service Management Scylla @ Charybdis” analyzed the phenomenon of service economy, or the increasing importance of the service sector in industrialized economies. But while the vast customer service software market’s opportunity was examined there, the series also pointed out the treacherous complexity of planning

schedule attainment  what time slot to schedule for each customer and which service engineer (or crew) to assign for providing the service. (The word “resource” will be used throughout this series to refer to any type of mobile field worker including engineers, technicians, inspectors, surveyors, gang, crew, shared vehicle and so on, while “job” or “task” refers to any work that these resources must perform.) As for the long-term planning for the day of service, there are the following activities based on the Read More

Workforce Scheduling and Optimization: The Missing Link on the Shop Floor?


Today’s manufacturers must be able to promptly cater to customer fluctuations in demand and maintain profitability. With agile workforces, companies have a real-time supply chain and produce/deliver only what is required at the best possible cost. Learn about the challenges facing manufacturing companies, as well as the benefits of implementing a workforce managing system that offers automated workforce scheduling and optimization.

schedule attainment  and change the production schedule and corresponding workforce schedule. The bottom line is that there are many methodologies, tools, and processes to help organizations become competitive, but if the workers executing these plans can’t respond to abrupt changes, such as supply shortages, plant breakdowns, and other unexpected disruptions, a manufacturing operation will be less than optimal. WFM has become as much of an execution issue as it is a planning issue. Without an agile workforce that can flex Read More