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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 tools  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, howeve 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, chemicals, paints, consumer products, etc.) has not been well-defined as compared to its counterparts in the discrete manufacturing and fashion (apparel) industry segments. Indeed, the process PLM solution market is currently

tco lean tools  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) implementa Read More

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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.

tco lean tools  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 disclo Read More

Demand-driven Manufacturing and Warehousing: Challenges and User Recommendations


Among its promising initiatives, IBS offers flexible rescheduling tools that integrate with existing manufacturing resource planning systems. Its warehousing solution also promises better use of space, and automates reception put-away, etc. However, the vendor still must navigate through some rough competitive terrain.

tco lean tools  in terms of the TCO for the entire solution (i.e., the hardware, the software, and the service and support). Yet, in situations where modifications to ASW are necessary, the resulting solution can see quite a higher total cost of ownership (TCO) over time, as it is costly to make the initial modifications to the package, and then expensive to maintain them during the entire life of the system. On a more general note, manufacturers and distributors should understand the part and parcel of a more complete d Read More

The Changing Face of CRM


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Move Beyond Lean to Build a Competitive Advantage: Strategies for Discrete Manufacturers


For companies that make complex, configurable products, lean manufacturing principles have become an integral part of their day-to-day operations. Over the past 30 years, lean has helped these companies streamline manufacturing and supply chain processes to eliminate waste and deliver other important business benefits.

But there’s now statistical evidence showing that in discrete manufacturing the presumed benefits from lean have not yielded the competitive advantage that manufacturers had hoped for. Read this white paper to find out more.

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Intentia Presents: An Action Plan for Building a Lean Supply Chain in the Apparel Industry


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tco lean tools  Presents: An Action Plan for Building a Lean Supply Chain in the Apparel Industry Lean supply chain management and lean sourcing strategies are relatively new to the apparel industry, generating more talk than broad implementation to date. In this the final paper of our “Lean Is Fashionable” thought leadership series, we define a lean supply chain action plan with five concrete steps for building a collaborative infrastructure between your company and other members of your supply network. Read More

Management Information Tools


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Dead Heat: Corporate Buyers Gain Analysis Tools in Leading e-Procurement Products


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LEAN OPINION POLL: Are Lean Concepts and ERP Systems Still Antagonists?


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


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tco lean tools  Your Refrigerator Can Teach You about Lean Inventory A lean supply chain consists of two major components—lean manufacturing and lean distribution—which focus on satisfying customer demand efficiently, at the lowest cost, with the least amount of waste. But what if your replenishment strategy is your distribution center’s weakest link? To improve customer satisfaction and achieve efficiency and balance, your replenishment strategy must consider all the key variables. Read More

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