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ERP Trivia - Every Why Should Have Its Wherefore Part 1: ERP Trends
We take the liberty to comment on the findings of a report, which was recently released by a renowned research organization, and which pinpoints ERP

w part 1  Why Should Have Its Wherefore Part 1: ERP Trends ERP Trivia - Every Why Should Have Its Wherefore Part 1: ERP Trends P.J. Jakovljevic - August 25, 2001 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 the mass audience owing to exorbitant subscription fees, has recently been confirmed in a more tangible manner. Namely, many major companies are having difficulty achieving Read More

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Architecture-Centered Information Systems In The Manufacturing Domain - Part V - Applying the Methodology
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 1  performed externally to the workflow system or as part of an application component embedded in the workflow process. Interface Objects - are made up of two types: Dialog Interfaces - provide for the manipulation of kernel objects through graphical user interfaces. The interface objects are typically partitioned into presentation objects and dialog controls that manage the flow of control in the dialog. Batch Interfaces - provide for manipulation of application kernel objects using batch processes. This Read More
The 'Joy' Of Enterprise Systems Implementations Part 1: Inexorable Statistics
We take the liberty to expand further on the findings of a report, which was recently released by a renowned research organization, and which pinpoints

w part 1  Parts Two and Three will comment on the major key success factors (KSF's) for enterprise applications projects and on the causes of enterprise systems implementation failures. Part Four contains User Recommendations based on this information. Event Summary Approximately 40% of participants in The Conference Board survey reportedly failed to achieve their business case even a year after having implemented ERP. When benefits were achieved, it took six months longer than expected. This lag was often due to Read More
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 1  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
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 1  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
Lean Manufacturing: Part Two
Part One of the

w part 1  Manufacturing: Part Two Part One of the Lean Manufacturing series looked at manufacturing wastes, lean principles, and the benefits of lean manufacturing. Here, in Part Two, you'll be taken through the action stage of lean practices: implementing lean. Understand the 5S program toward implementing lean and begin laying the foundation of a discipline that is necessary for effective implementation of more complicated lean tools such as kanban. Read More
Microsoft Keeps on Rounding up Its Business Solutions Part Two: Challenges and User Recommendations
While smaller businesses must be attuned to what their larger customers and trading partners require, and thus consider the Microsoft Business Network (MBN) as

w part 1  Services . These enhancements were part of the generally available Release 7.5 of Great Plains in April 2003, while these modules for Version 6 and 7 have been available directly from Trinity along with the seventeen other Trinity modules for distribution. The partnership with the UK-based Preactor International for its finite scheduling and advanced planning & scheduling (APS) functionality took place early in 2003, just to further complicate the picture. However, the MBS Demand Planner seems to tackle Read More
Can Webplan Reconcile Planning and Execution? Part Three: Market Impact Continued
Webplan believes its offering should benefit many departments within a manufacturing organization. When it comes to operations and manufacturing, the benefit is

w part 1  Webplan Reconcile Planning and Execution? Part Three: Market Impact Continued Market Impact The past two years or so have been an interesting if not a tumultuous period for the Ottawa, Canada-based, privately-held Webplan Corporation ( www.webplan.com ), which felt compelled to further refine its original supply chain planning (SCP) and business-to-business (B2B) collaboration value proposition. The vendor has refocused onto a highly actionable response management software (a subset of broader Read More
The Pain and Gain of Integrated EDI Part Two: Automotive Suppliers Gain
The nature of the global automotive supply chain means that the suppliers must be tightly integrated into the trading partner’s enterprise, whose supply chain

w part 1  Commodity— Can You Still Win Some Competitive Advantage? ). This is Part Two of a three-part note. Part One detailed the pain of integrated EDI. Part Three will discuss the gains of other industries and make user recommendations. Infor Automotive Essentials The Infor Automotive Essentials product suite has been developed specifically to benefit manufacturers in the automotive industry. Today, seventeen of the top twenty-five automotive suppliers worldwide apparently use parts of solutions found in Read More
Microsoft Office 2000 SR-1 Adds Dysfunction to the Windows Family
Once upon a time, Microsoft products could only be used after the first service pack was released. With Microsoft Office 2000 SR-1, Redmond sets out to prove

w part 1  copies of Office 2000 will include SR-1 as part of the product. Market Impact At least in theory, you can download MS Office 2000 SR-1 from http://officeupdate.microsoft.com/info/officeksr1.htm. But the first question is why? Microsoft does a stellar job of convincing the market that each new packet of bug fixes is an improvement. (For clarity, Microsoft uses the term service pack for Windows NT and Internet Explorer, service release for Office and Windows 95/98 products.) This has not uniformly been Read More
MAPICS Moving On Pragmatically Part 3: Challenges
MAPICS remains at a critical point in time, where immaculate execution without much space for missteps will determine its future. Despite notable functional and

w part 1  to stay in tune with market trends. All the products mentioned in Part One will have lost their former trademarks. The applications discussed in Part Two outside the core ERP backbones can or will be used atop of both ERP systems, and will commonly be referred as e.g., MAPICS Portal, PLM, or SCM solution. The above initiatives should definitely help offset an apparent dip lately in new sales for the company's erstwhile breadwinner the MAPICS ERP for iSeries (still somewhere known as MAPICS XA ), in Read More
Axiom:1, Inc.
Axiom:1, Inc. is an independent consulting firm specializing in Business Process Assessment and Improvement. Our primary focus is in helping clients achieve

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UCN inContact Selected as the First Hosted System to Support a Statewide 2-1-1 Intelligent Call Handling Platform
Washington Information Network 2-1-1 (WIN 211), was the non-profit organization tasked with implementing an integrated call center solution in the State of

w part 1  System to Support a Statewide 2-1-1 Intelligent Call Handling Platform Washington Information Network 2-1-1 (WIN 211), was the non-profit organization tasked with implementing an integrated call center solution in the State of Washington (US). WIN 211’s challenge was to define system requirements, and select a vendor that could interconnect eight call centers into a single, cohesive information service system. For a solution, it turned to UCN inContact. Read More
1 Little GB, 2 Little GB, ..., 10 Little Gigabit
The 10 Gigabit Ethernet Alliance announced that its membership has increased to over 50 companies in less than three months.

w part 1  include Metropolitan (MAN) and Wide Area Networks (WAN) as part of IEEE 802.3ae. Market Impact The 10 Gigabit Alliance was designed to have a standard that integrates all networking technologies under one Ethernet standard for LANs, MANs, and WANs. This merging of technologies will create robust networks that will be able to leverage existing Ethernet technologies. LAN Managers will be able to leverage their existing networking infrastructure while increasing network performance. Internet Services Read More
Can ERP Speak PLM? Part Two: Examples and Recommendations
Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions have to work with many other systems, not just ERP, so integration is not a new issue for PLM vendors. Most PLM

w part 1  the vendor in advance, whether it is through standard integration or an integrated application suite. This is Part Two of a two-part article. Part One part introduced the topic of whether ERP solutions can address PLM and identified potential trade-offs between specialty applications and pre-integrated application suites. Are ERP and PLM Talking About the Same Thing? Some may argue that the yield and scrap factors mentioned in the previous section are not truly semantic differences, and they are probably Read More

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