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Enterprise Marketing Management (EMM)

The Enterprise Marketing Management (EMM) Knowledge Base research helps determine support levels of various systems that help companies market their services or products effectively and efficiently. EMM tools help manage strategic planning and marketing resources (sometimes referred to as marketing resource management or MRM). This KB also covers rule-based techniques, pattern recognition, and other profiling features.  

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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 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.

tco lean techniques  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

New Approaches to Software Pricing


Hearing the complaints of dissatisfied customers, some vendors are developing customer-centric contracts. HarrisData has even gone so far as to draft a Bill of Rights for customers. How well do these pledges measure up?

tco lean techniques  to convert them into TCO calculations over a certain period of time (e.g., five years), with the hopes of understanding all that is imponderable. HarrisData helps with this regard by providing the five-year TCO upfront. Yet, the problem with any fixed price deal that manages anything complex, such as a manufacturing enterprise operations, is that some users might end up paying the premium unnecessarily, because the vendor has to price it high enough so that it can deal with possible problems. While Read More

What's Ahead for Users on the Enterprise Infrastructure Battlefront?


The battle between Oracle, Microsoft, SAP, and IBM goes far beyond applications -- it goes right into the technology stack or the enterprise infrastructure. As a result, these vendors are drilling down deeper to compete with each other.

tco lean techniques  total cost of ownership (TCO). IBM and SAP currently share a broad partnership and the introduction of DB2 8.2.2 marks the latest milestone. DB2 is optimized for the largest SAP enterprise implementations, in which high volumes of data and peak performance are required, as well as for less demanding mySAP All-in-One and SAP Business One installations. IBM and SAP will offer worldwide support for DB2 8.2.2 through jointly staffed integration and competency centers and support will include the extension of 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.

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Less Stock, More Profit: Inventory Optimization


Inventory optimization is the area where most enterprise resource planning (ERP) software implementations get the highest and fastest return on investment (ROI). However, many companies implementing an ERP solution don’t add a dedicated inventory optimization module. Learn how inventory optimization can offer companies huge potential to maximize the value of IT investments—and keep inventory levels at the right balance.

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Sorting Through the ERP, Lean MFG, APS, and MES Clutter - Part 1


Especially in today’s globally competitive and recessionary environment it is imperative that companies further eliminate waste, become leaner, and become more agile to respond to customer’s demand. The ability to sense demand and become a demand-driven (responsive) business is more than just the catch-phrase du jour: it has become a recipe for survival. Everyone is on a

tco lean techniques  Through the ERP, Lean MFG, APS, and MES Clutter - Part 1 Especially in today’s globally competitive and recessionary environment it is imperative that companies further eliminate waste, become leaner, and become more agile to respond to customer’s demand. The ability to sense  demand  and become a demand-driven (responsive) business is more than just the catch-phrase du jour: it has become a recipe for survival. Everyone is on a quest to deliver on time and as quickly as necessary, with Read More

Alternative Investments: Advanced Modeling Techniques for Pricing and Valuing Private Equity, Infrastructure and Real Estate


One of the most complex areas of financial risk management is pricing and valuing alternative investments. It’s also one of the most important areas for businesses to execute well. In this white paper, IBM discusses the integrated risk management and modeling frameworks available to help your organization’s risk management team better manage the value of a single security or portfolio in the future, as well as to identify the valuation factors of the portfolio or security. Modeling and analysis can provide information on the risk relationship to public investments as well as give information on the volatility of private securities. But the model selected must relate to the potential investment, be it real estate or infrastructure; one model does not function for all public and private investments.

Choosing the proper model to use for private market securities depends on the information and features of the private security itself. Learn how users can input specific parameters and modify factors to analyse a variety of potential scenarios, and be confident that the model will yield accurate results regarding information on volatility. Users can also map the risk relationship to public investments. Details on five modeling methods are addressed in depth in order to help you select the best model for the potential investment: factor models, sensitivity instruments, distribution uploads curve/formula fitting, cash flow replication, and custom equations, allowing your organization to assess risk over a wide variety of criteria and make investment choices with confidence.

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Implementing Kanban Alternatives in Lean Manufacturing


Kanban—the Japanese term for physical or visual signs that trigger replenishment, which can be a useful part of lean manufacturing—is not a good fit in some situations. Alternatives to kanban can also eliminate waste in lean production by addressing inventory, materials, and replenishment process needs. Learn more on how you can find alternatives to kanban to make your enterprise resource planning (ERP) system “leaner.”

tco lean techniques  Kanban Alternatives in Lean Manufacturing Kanban—the Japanese term for physical or visual signs that trigger replenishment, which can be a useful part of lean manufacturing—is not a good fit in some situations. Alternatives to kanban can also eliminate waste in lean production by addressing inventory, materials, and replenishment process needs. Learn more on how you can find alternatives to kanban to make your enterprise resource planning (ERP) system “leaner.” Read More

Transforming Your Business to Lean: 10 Lessons Learned


On the path toward global competitiveness, the benefits and basic principles of “Lean” are widely known. However, many organizations struggle to gain a foothold when embarking on the Lean journey. Or, perhaps more commonly, Lean initiatives stall and are sometimes eliminated due to a lack of understanding of what it takes to both make and sustain the Lean transformation.

tco lean techniques  Your Business to Lean: 10 Lessons Learned On the path toward global competitiveness, the benefits and basic principles of “Lean” are widely known. However, many organizations struggle to gain a foothold when embarking on the Lean journey. Or, perhaps more commonly, Lean initiatives stall and are sometimes eliminated due to a lack of understanding of what it takes to both make and sustain the Lean transformation. Read More

Integrated Lean Giving ERP the Flexibility to Push and Pull


Current manufacturing practices have been made cumbersome by the imposition of data recording activities required by manufacturing systems through the release, issuing, and expediting of the infamous work order. An integrated lean system utilizes full containers to signal the completion of product and backflushes the component material within the ERP system. Additionally, the integrated lean system (pull) can work simultaneously and in harmony with your MRP planning (push) to schedule your shop floor bottlenecks so that the bottleneck becomes the heartbeat (pull) for the remainder of the plant. Although originally scheduled, the bottleneck may use the integrated lean backflush routines as well! This white paper defines the integrated lean environment.

tco lean techniques  Lean Giving ERP the Flexibility to Push and Pull Current manufacturing practices have been made cumbersome by the imposition of data recording activities required by manufacturing systems through the release, issuing, and expediting of the infamous work order. An integrated lean system utilizes full containers to signal the completion of product and backflushes the component material within the ERP system. Additionally, the integrated lean system (pull) can work simultaneously and in harmony Read More

Lean Manufacturing: Part 1


With all the discussion, books, Web sites, and other materials on the topic of lean manufacturing, it's hard to know which resources are credible—much less understand the mounds of information. The first part of this series breaks down the definition of lean manufacturing into easy-to-digest concepts and shares the real-life example of a supplier of remanufactured solvents that is working toward the goal of lean. Get tips on how to determine what you need in your production operation and why.

tco lean techniques  Manufacturing: Part 1 With all the discussion, books, Web sites, and other materials on the topic of lean manufacturing, it''s hard to know which resources are credible—much less understand the mounds of information. The first part of this series breaks down the definition of lean manufacturing into easy-to-digest concepts and shares the real-life example of a supplier of remanufactured solvents that is working toward the goal of lean. Get tips on how to determine what you need in your production 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.

tco lean techniques  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

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tco lean techniques  (Vendors) and Lean Product Development -- Part 2: Dassault Systèmes Part 1 of this blog post series discussed in general the relationship between product lifecycle management (PLM) and lean product development (LPD), and pointed out that various PLM vendors may have different interpretations of PLM functionality, as well as different levels of support for users’ LPD initiatives. In this and a few future blog posts, I will choose some PLM vendors and talk about the relationship between each Read More

Achieving Lean Success-A Holistic Approach


A common question that comes up in most discussions about lean is whether it’s the tools and processes, or the people that make lean work. In reality it is both. Applying lean tools, new technology, and new business processes to a traditional silo-oriented culture will not work. Lean, at its core, is a cultural and people-oriented initiative.

tco lean techniques  Lean Success-A Holistic Approach A common question that comes up in most discussions about lean is whether it’s the tools and processes, or the people that make lean work. In reality it is both. Applying lean tools, new technology, and new business processes to a traditional silo-oriented culture will not work. Lean, at its core, is a cultural and people-oriented initiative. Read More

Sorting Through the ERP, Lean MFG, APS, and MES Clutter - Part 2


Part 1 of this blog series started with the fact that the ability to sense demand and become a demand-driven (responsive) business is more than just the catch phrase du jour: it has become a recipe for survival. Every sensible enterprise is on a quest to deliver on time and as quickly as necessary, with minimum inventory (and working capital), and the highest necessary

tco lean techniques  Through the ERP, Lean MFG, APS, and MES Clutter - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series  started with the fact that the ability to sense  demand  and become a demand-driven (responsive) business is more than just the catch phrase du jour: it has become a recipe for survival. Every sensible enterprise is on a quest to deliver on time and as quickly as necessary, with minimum inventory (and  working capital ), and the highest necessary  utilization . For a few decades, the providers of a Read More