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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

tco lean productivity  often result in positive outcomes, such as innovation or new business opportunities. Even in the midst of a financial crisis, businesses are still booming for the most part. Adding green to their business equation shouldn''t change that. In fact, some of those businesses have discovered that profit and green go together in more ways than one, as we''ll see later on in this report. There are many factors to consider in greening your business too many to mention in a 47-page document. Our aim here, Read More...
The Case Against Modifying Your Enterprise Software
The case against modifying enterprise software is a strong one. Standard software offerings are the products of millions of dollars of research, development

tco lean productivity  is about twice the TCO enjoyed by Company A. How could this be the case? The answer is simple. Company A chose to implement its software as is—without modifications. Now let us define our terms. Modification is not the same as customization. A modern, flexible enterprise application suite should be easily customizable to cater to most business needs and tailor the user experience—without altering the underlying code or business logic. Modification implies actually altering the code and business logic 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

tco lean productivity  to $1 billion, the TCO for 475 users is $3,092,021 In addition, the average software cost for 220 users for all midsize companies surveyed was $695,750. Interestingly, the average service cost was almost as high as that of the software: $560,377. On average, these companies deployed 11 modules from their ERP packages. Generally, midmarket ERP vendors price their software on a per-module/ per-user basis, and any additional modules will also impact the final cost. Although few vendors were willing to Read More...
Filling the Holes and Breaking Down Artificial Walls in a Process PLM Solution Set - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series established that the product lifecycle management (PLM) software market for process industries (food @ beverage, life sciences

tco lean productivity  is the constraint (or shortcoming) of the level of configurability of the process PLM solution, with its accompanying ability to minimize  total cost of ownership (TCO) . The process PLM solutions with a global enterprise level of support (i.e., Infor Optima PLM) are generally highly configurable over time via workflows, business rules, and tables (see Figure 2). The discrete manufacturing PLM vendors have robust development tools and their customers have essentially customized (and costly) Read More...
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My recent article SAP SCM – Stepping Out of (Relative) Obscurity analyzed SAP’s revamped comprehensive supply chain management (SCM) suite, its major components

tco lean productivity  solutions corporate-wide would reduce TCO. But many CIOs will say that they have not received many industry-specific user enhancements for their hefty maintenance dollars. Needless to say, the pricing details are still sketchy. Along similar lines was Lora’s even more recent blog post on the upcoming SAP Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) product . SAP SCM Product Marketing Team Gets the Last Word Therefore, as a follow up on the aforementioned article and to further discuss some SCM issues and Read More...
Workforce and Expense Management Supports Lean Manufacturing Initiatives: Applying Lean Manufacturing Initiatives to Workforce and Expense Management
Lean manufacturing initiatives and strategies can also be effectively applied toward a business’s largest controllable expense: its workforce. This paper

tco lean productivity  and Expense Management Supports Lean Manufacturing Initiatives: Applying Lean Manufacturing Initiatives to Workforce and Expense Management Lean manufacturing initiatives and strategies can also be effectively applied toward a business’s largest controllable expense: its workforce. This paper examines lean manufacturing workforce management initiatives, the opportunities and benefits they provide, and the enterprise applications available to manage and support them. Read More...
Maximize Asset Productivity and Operational Performance
In this paper, you’ll learn about predictive maintenance, the specific benefits it provides asset-intensive organizations, and how IBM Business Analytics

tco lean productivity  IBM, business analytics, Cognos, SPSS, manufacturing, manufacturer, predictive maintenance, production line, asset productivity, equipment uptime, productivity Read More...
Ten Ways Robots Enhance Lean Manufacturing Environments
Traditionally, robots have not played a prominent role in the implementation of lean strategies. However, due to their repeatability, speed, accuracy, and

tco lean productivity  Ways Robots Enhance Lean Manufacturing Environments Traditionally, robots have not played a prominent role in the implementation of lean strategies. However, due to their repeatability, speed, accuracy, and flexibility, the role of robots in lean implementations is constantly increasing. Automation equipment, which includes robots, is rapidly becoming a core component to lean manufacturing and the reduction of manufacturing costs. Download this white paper to learn more about the 10 ways large and Read More...
The When, Why, and How of ERP Support for Lean
Certain lean initiatives can be hugely strengthened with a synergistic enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementation—and vice versa. In other cases, the two

tco lean productivity  When, Why, and How of ERP Support for Lean Certain lean initiatives can be hugely strengthened with a synergistic enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementation—and vice versa. In other cases, the two efforts should be viewed as separate initiatives. But it doesn’t depend on “what you want”: specific lean initiatives will fail if specific ERP aspects are neglected. However, other lean initiatives and ERP functionality have little in common. Read More...
Aligning Sales Territories to Enhance Sales Productivity: Improving Customer Relationships in a Tough Economy
In a tough economy, retaining customers and reducing costs become paramount, and sales force productivity takes center stage. You should also be thinking about

tco lean productivity  the root causes of outcomes, refine the approach, enhance simulation models, and take action to ensure that the new alignment achieves targeted outcomes. Achieving Superior End-to-End Sales Process Performance An Integrated Approach Enabled by SAP ® Solutions A system that integrates territory management and a company''s customer relationship management (CRM) solution can ultimately improve sales effectiveness. Territory management can be linked to a vast array of data typically managed in a CRM Read More...
The Transformation of the Lean Enterprise
Over the past 30–40 years, manufacturers have made dramatic leaps in improving their businesses by using lean manufacturing and Six Sigma techniques. The

tco lean productivity  Transformation of the Lean Enterprise Over the past 30–40 years, manufacturers have made dramatic leaps in improving their businesses by using lean manufacturing and Six Sigma techniques. The systems these businesses use, however, have changed relatively little in comparison. The ERP systems manufacturing companies rely on to run their business are greatly at odds with the strategy and processes lean manufacturers use to maintain their competitive advantage. Read More...
Bridging the Lean Performance Gap: How Manufacturers Can Achieve Real Lean and Real Results
The past year has taught executives everywhere that business will never again be “business as usual.” Manufacturers, in particular, must focus more than ever on

tco lean productivity  the Lean Performance Gap: How Manufacturers Can Achieve Real Lean and Real Results The past year has taught executives everywhere that business will never again be “business as usual.” Manufacturers, in particular, must focus more than ever on satisfying customers while removing waste and unnecessary costs from their organizations. And they need to do so faster and better than their competitors. This white paper highlights how companies are doing just that by relying on strategic lean Read More...
Exploring Epicor Productivity Pyramid - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series introduced Epicor Software Corporation’s set of tools called the Epicor Productivity Pyramid. The Pyramid enables one of Epicor’s

tco lean productivity  Epicor Productivity Pyramid - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series  introduced Epicor Software Corporation ’s  set of tools called the Epicor Productivity Pyramid . The Pyramid enables one of Epicor’s main business strategies: to extend the value of several of its mature  enterprise resource planning (ERP)  applications by making enterprise data readily and easily available to all stakeholders. My blog post then zoomed on to the Epicor Portal solution, a cross-platform querying tool that empo Read More...

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