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The Magic Behind Planning and Executing (Optimal) Service Supply Chains - Part 2
Part 1 of this series established that service supply chains have many planning levels and time horizons, which can be roughly divided into the following: the

w part 2  schedule according to the W-6 principle from Part 1 (i.e., Who, does What, with What, When, Where, and for Whom? ).  Logically, one should begin by creating an optimized schedule. To that end, the service jobs scheduled for a certain day did not all necessarily appear that morning or at the same time. Namely, some jobs can be planned installations for new customers and they may have appeared last week. Others will be scheduled periodical maintenance jobs, which the dispatcher knew about quite some time Read More...
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Lawson Software-IPO and Several Acquisitions After Part Two: Retail and Professional Service Initiatives
Lawson is sticking to its focus on selected vertical markets, but going forward the tenets of that focus will likely be more finely tuned. Namely, the vendor

w part 2  investments. The above delivery was in great part a result of the July 2002 acquisition of certain assets of Armature Holdings Ltd., a then bankrupt provider of merchandising/category management and supply chain management (SCM) solutions for retailers, consumer goods manufacturers, and wholesalers. The Armature suite had been focused on grocery and hard line retail sectors, specifically those sectors with complex product/item definition and rapid inventory management. The assets acquired included all Read More...
Modern ERP Processes Behind Historic Scotch Whisky
The whisky industry is an example of a process industry where it is impossible to accurately predict demand for the final product. Goods stocked must also be

w part 2  or bottlers. Because the Workbench is part of the TROPOS ERP package, it offers inherent and uninterrupted traceability (this is necessary to ensure accurate reporting for HMCE purposes), from the receiving vats at the distillery, through warehouse maturation, further vatting, bottling, and dispatch to the customer. The product manages the entire process of reduction, filtration, mixing, and tinting (the only legal additive in whisky is caramel coloring), through to the bulk finished product. It can then Read More...
Architecture-Centered Information Systems In The Manufacturing Domain - Part III - Steps in the Architecture Process
Architecture bridges the semantic gap between the requirements and software. Application software systems must be architected in order to deal with the current

w part 2  Ridge Consulting, Niwot, Colorado, www.niwotridge.com. References - Part III [Abow95] Formalizing Style to Understand Descriptions of Software Architecture, G. Abowd, G. Allen and D. Garland, ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methods, 4(4), pp. 319-164, 1995. [Adow93] Using Style to Understand Descriptions of Software Architecture, G. Adowd, R. Allen and D. Garlan, ACM Software Engineering Notes, December, 1993, pp. 9-20. [Adow97] Recommended Best Industrial Practice for Software Read More...
An Overview of Product Lifecycle Management Implementation Challenges
Product lifecycle management (PLM) implementation brings its own set of challenges, whether considering vendor selection, employee perception management, or

w part 2  one for the organization. We took part in PLM implementations in the automotive, hi-tech, and food industries. We have gathered the inputs of these experiences, and upon studying the various means of software selection pertaining to PLM, we summarize the following process for vendor selection. i) PLM system document preparation An enterprise has to prepare a document on how they envision their PLM system: this is their company's PLM system document. First of all, let all the stakeholders of the Read More...
Vendors Jostle and Profess Economic Stimulus Readiness - Part III
Part I of this series analyzed the opportunity as well as the related attached strings stemming from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA

w part 2  (Navigating the Brave New World).” Part II of this series then analyzed why Deltek believes  it can help government contractors, architecture, engineering & construction (AEC) firms, and other  public sector  organizations in their endeavors to obtain ARRA funds (i.e., the opportunity part) and duly report on them (for transparency and accountability ). But what about the construction industry’s current challenges, its outlook, and the market trends?  The Construction Industry’s Outlook The Read More...
Collaborative Commerce: ERP, CRM, e-Proc, and SCM Unite! A Series Study: IFS - Part 2 of 2
IFS needs to bolster its brand awareness, and let the world know that they are, in fact, a real contender in the Collaborative Commerce space. Once companies

w part 2  process scenarios, to see which vendor can carry the load. You might be surprised at the outcome. This concludes a two-part article on Collaborative Commerce and IFS. See Part One for details on IFS and its products. Read More...
It's the Aftermarket Service, Stupid! (Part I)
Regardless of the economic environment (and sentiments), I always think of the opportunity within the aftermarket service and support as a profitable, high

w part 2  it is also a way to become a strategic part of the customer's business after the sale is completed. In another Harvard Business Review article titled Winning in the Aftermarket from May 2006, MCA Solutions' co-founders, Dr. Morris Cohen and Dr. Vipul Agrawal, shared their insights on opportunities to increase corporate profitability through better management of the service business. The “Six Steps for Managing Service Networks” outlined therein explain how all service-oriented companies (not to be Read More...
#2 Dell Tries Harder, Compaq Hurts
Dell Computer Corporation is the #2 Intel server manufacturer in the world. Can they beat Compaq and make it to #1?

w part 2  would form strategic alliances where necessary. For the most part, acquisition is not part of Dell's game plan. However, we can envision circumstances under which purchasing a company or technology will take place. Vendor Strengths Price/performance: Dell has been very strong in the product cost and product functionality categories. Dell high-end servers (for example, the PowerEdge 8450 and 6450) are price/performance leaders in TPC-C benchmark testing. In the case of eight-CPU servers, Dell's PE 8450 Read More...
Deltek's Second Bite at the IPO Cherry (Part II)
Well, a few months after Part I of this blog post was published, which focused on Deltek's pre-New Mountain Capital private equity investment era, the time has

w part 2  wrap up Deltek's opportunities, which in great part stem from the latest developments to its traditional breadwinning products, and also analyze some still outstanding challenges for the upbeat vendor. Your comments, opinions, suggestions, etc. are welcome in the meantime. BEGINLYXs Read More...
SCE Leaders Partner To See Beyond Their Portfolio Part Two: Market Impact
Further acquisition, partnerships, and internal development will continue to accelerate offering a much-richer level of functionality throughout the entire

w part 2  out supply chain partners with similar technology that have comparable SCM functionality and the level of complexity. This is Part Two of a three-part note. Part One detailed recent announcements. Part Three will cover Challenges and make User Recommendations. Market Impact Continued acquisition, partnerships, and internal development will continue to accelerate offering a much-richer level of functionality throughout the entire commerce chain software market, as seen in the past with maybe not that Read More...
Not Yet Sold on SaaS ERP in Manufacturing? Take a Hard Look at Plex Online - Part 1
The software as a service (SaaS) model is now mainstream in many functional areas of business, quite outperforming its on-premise counterpart in this tough

w part 2  satisfaction (measured in mid-2007) was reportedly 100 percent among the customers that had been on the system for 6 months or longer. The next part of this blog series will zoom in on Plex Online’s capabilities. Your views, comments, opinions, particular experiences with Plex and its product are welcome in the meantime. Are you becoming more open-minded and ready for an on-demand manufacturing ERP product? Read More...
APICS 2009 From the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog post series talked about my attendance at the APICS 2009 International Conference in Toronto (Canada) in early October. I attended only a

w part 2  business planning (IBP)  that was introduced in Part 1 : leadership education, total involvement, and accountability of senior financial and corporate management in driving the integration of S&OP with business management processes; formalizing the new S&OP process and implementing a quantitative modeling what-if framework based on KPIs designed to make the decisions made within S&OP more optimal; enhancing quantitative modeling with qualitative insights tied to each planning category including the Read More...
To SaaS or Not, Is That a Question? - SaaSy Discussions (Part IIa)
The first part of this blog series described the opportunity for software as a service (SaaS) or on-demand enterprise applications, especially in the current

w part 2  and performance monitoring, and Web-based customer service and technical support . Part IIb of this blog series will continue with more major technical considerations before any vendor can embark onto delivering a SaaS offering. In the meantime, your comments and feedback with regard to the opinions and assertions expressed thus far are welcome. If you are applications users, how important are the abovementioned considerations in your software selections? For both users and vendors, what are your SaaS Read More...
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