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“Act Vertical” vs. “Go Extinct” Retailers - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series set the historical background for the supply chain management (SCM) evolution and presented the advantages and shortcomings of

h part 8  nodes, a strategy that hardly anyone recommends or pursues today (as mentioned in Part 1 ). The downside of owning such assets is getting locked into high costs and capital investments, with potentially inflexible capacity. Even many consumer goods manufacturers have been increasingly shedding their plants. Acting vertical, on the other hand, does not require retailers to own inflexible and costly manufacturing and other supply chain assets —yet it enables them to operate as though they do. This Read More
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Industry Perspectives: Strategic Workforce Management in the Automotive Industry
There’s a buzz in the automotive industry around the concept of “strategic workforce management”—getting the right people, for the right job, at the right time,

h part 8  colleagues must take to heart as part of continuous business improvement. It's a business imperative for any company hoping to lourish in the 21st Century. Those that do it right will emerge as leaders in the automotive industry. Proile Productivity Mobility Performance & Development Compensation & Beneits Stafing Rate/Ratio (Minority, Age, Part- Time, Gender, etc.) Managerial Bench Strength Operating Proit per FTE Headcount Return on Human Investment Ratio Core Productivity Rate Hire Rate Termination Read More
10 Principles for Knowledge Management Success
Knowledge management (KM) can mean different things to an organization depending upon the nature of the initiative. KM is not a technology or set of

h part 8  to use the tools have to be part of the design unless you plan on strong-arming them (and that doesn’t work very well). Don’t make this management decision in a vacuum. Include some people from the various groups that would directly or indirectly use the system. Sometimes there is a fear that knowledge management will be used to replace people. If your staff thinks that is what you are trying to do, then you really need to address that head-on. If that is not your intention, you should convince your Read More
How Do You Categorize Notebooks?
The notebook computer market has become one of the remaining battlegrounds for computer manufacturers. Our purpose here is to define the notebook market

h part 8  Mobile General-Purpose Low-End Reliability H H M M Feature set H M M M Price M M H H Performance H M M L Weight M H M M Battery life M H L L Ergonomics H M M L Warranty & Support H H M H Size/thickness M H M L As can be seen, there is overlap as to which factors are important in adjacent classes. We do not expect this overlap to disappear anytime soon. What Do You Get? Now that we have discussed the segments and some of the features, we need to understand what we can expect to get when we buy a machine Read More
New-world Value: The Strategic Impact of Business Application Suites in Today’s Corporate Environment
The concepts of return on investment (ROI) and total cost of ownership (TCO) have been used for decades in enterprise evaluations of IT investments, including

h part 8  enable functionality they don't have now, she says. These are new levels of functionality and capability. But it's important to establish the business case as part of the overall analysis, she says. Along with ROI, payback period is a critical measure. It indicates when a company can afford to reinvest in other projects that will drive more value. The conflict between establishing a realistic business case and simultaneously recognizing potential top-line benefits can be seen in a survey of C-level Read More
Frankie Does ERP, Part 3
[Editor’s note: Frank is a real person, employed at a real company. However, I’ve changed certain identifying particulars for a variety of reasons. This

h part 8  at a real company. However, I’ve changed certain identifying particulars for a variety of reasons. This interactive series is an exercise in what-if analysis based on ongoing interviews with Frankie as well as your feedback. You may find Frank’s use of language a little colorful. I have toned it down. It’s still colorful.] Previously: Episode 1 | Episode 2 * My boss wants an ERP system. My boss wants an SAP ERP system. My boss wants me to call SAP now so we can get this ERP system. He’s got it in Read More
The 'Joy' Of Enterprise Systems Implementations Part 3: Causes of Failures
This part discusses the causes of ill-fated implementation

h part 8  'Joy' Of Enterprise Systems Implementations Part 3: Causes of Failures The 'Joy' Of Enterprise Systems Implementations Part 3: Causes of Failures P.J. Jakovljevic - July 11, 2002 Executive Summary What has long been a general feeling based on rumors, news headlines and some casual survey reports hidden within analyst houses' vaults and largely inaccessible to mass audience owing to exorbitant subscription fees, has recently been confirmed in a more tangible manner. Namely, many major companies are Read More
PLM (Vendors) and Lean Product Development-Part 3: Siemens PLM Software
After talking about Dassault Systèmes in Part 2 of this blog series, I’d like to move to another prominent player in the product lifecycle management (PLM

h part 8  in Part 2 of this blog series , I’d like to move to another prominent player in the product lifecycle management (PLM) field— Siemens PLM Software . In this blog post, I will give my personal interpretations about the major relevancies between Siemens PLM’s offerings and lean product development (LPD). My first impression of Siemens PLM is the comprehensiveness of its product offerings. The company provides both PLM tools (e.g., computer-aided design [CAD], digital manufacturing, and simulation) Read More
Taming the SOA Beast - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog topic introduced the notion of how complex and tricky it can be to manage and govern enterprise applications' service oriented architecture

h part 8  the SOA Beast - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog topic introduced the notion of how complex and tricky it can be to manage and govern enterprise applications' service oriented architecture (SOA). That blog post also tackled Progress Software ’s recent acquisition of Mindreef in order to round out its SOA governance solution for distributed information technology (IT) environments. Mindreef joined the Progress Actional SOA Management product family that provides policy-based visibility, security, and Read More
SAP Keeps Traction On Some Tires Of Its Omni-Wheel-Drive Part 1
Although SAP’s recently announced tamed results for Q1 2002, which fit within the current market milieu, may add to some challenges moving forward, particularly

h part 8  Some Tires Of Its Omni-Wheel-Drive Part 1 SAP Keeps Traction On Some Tires Of Its Omni-Wheel-Drive P.J. Jakovljevic - June 6, 2002 Event Summary At the end of April, SAP AG (NYSE: SAP), the leading provider of business software solutions, announced growing momentum for mySAP Customer Relationship Management (mySAP CRM) among companies seeking to leverage SAP's understanding of global business, industry-specific business solutions, and CRM functionality for the chemical industry. SAP claims that because Read More
The Path to ERP for Small Businesses, Part 3: Selection of ERP Software
The third and final part of the path to ERP for small businesses series describes the software selection stage, including the dos and don’ts during vendor

h part 8  Path to ERP for Small Businesses, Part 3: Selection of ERP Software Parts 1 and 2 of this series described the processes of research and evaluation of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. At the end of these two stages, you should have a pretty good idea which type of software might fit the needs of your organization and which vendors might provide this solution. Part 3 will describe the final stage—selecting the software that best fits your specific needs. You started by defining the main Read More
The Power of Knowledge -- Knowledge is Power (Part 2)
Part 1 of this blog series introduced the need for knowledge management (KM) software applications as part of a more comprehensive and strategic service

h part 8  Power of Knowledge -- Knowledge is Power (Part 2) Part 1 of this blog series introduced the need for knowledge management (KM) software applications as part of a more comprehensive and strategic service management (SSM) suite . One such broad SSM suite has been offered by Servigistics . Servigistics’ Service Knowledge Management (SKM) solution, the newest module within Servigistics SSM , is designed to meet the requirements of the technical service organizations that manage complex problem Read More
Mega-Vendors Warming Up to the Cloud - Part 4
Part 1 of this blog series depicted the three evolutionary phases (or waves) of software as a service (SaaS) and cloud computing adoption. The post ended with

h part 8  Vendors Warming Up to the Cloud - Part 4 Part 1 of this blog series  depicted the three evolutionary phases (or waves) of  software as a service (SaaS)  and  cloud computing  adoption. The post ended with some glimpses into the future and the likely implications for SaaS users. Part 2 then explored the apparent opportunities and accompanying challenges  (and painstaking soul-searching exercises) that SaaS aspirants face in their endeavors. Some concrete examples of vendors and their new Read More
Are PLM and Global Sourcing Related? Duh, And How! (Part II)
Part I of this blog post analyzed the white paper entitled

h part 8  Sourcing Related? Duh, And How! (Part II) Part I of this blog post analyzed the white paper entitled Manufacturing Outsourcing: Seven Common Pitfalls to Avoid , authored by Symphony Consulting and Arena Solutions . It also established an intrinsic connection with product lifecycle management (PLM) software technology as a global sourcing collaboration enabler. Indeed, several macroeconomic trends seem to be helping the PLM market, starting with the rampant offshoring of facilities and/or expansion of Read More

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