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Frankie Does ERP, Part 1
[Editor’s note: Frank is not a composite character. He is a real person, employed at a real company. I’ve changed certain identifying particulars at his request

b part 1  interactive series, created and published with his permission, is an exercise in what-if analysis based on interviews I am currently conducting with him. You may find Frank’s use of language a little colorful. I have toned it down. It's still colorful.] * My name is Frank. I’m a mid-level manager for a manufacturer of scrotchets here in Greenfields, US of A. I have four direct reports, all of whom want my boss’s job after they’ve digested and shat mine out. Thanks to the latest round of Read More

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Data Management and Business Performance: Part 1-Data
Research for one of my projects led me to ask both software vendors and customers about the factors most important to software users in the selection of a

b part 1  Management and Business Performance: Part 1-Data Research for one of my projects led me to ask both software vendors and customers about the factors most important to software users in the selection of a business intelligence (BI) solution. Two topics resounded: the use of BI tools to improve data management and business performance management. Consumers are continuously looking for innovative ways to move, store, and improve the quality of their data as well as to ways to capture the most valuable Read More
Taming the SOA Beast - Part 1
Certainly, I admit to not being a programmer or a techie expert (not to use somewhat derogatory words like “geek” or “nerd”) per se. Still, my engineering

b part 1  the points A and B doesn’t pass in a real-life scenario, there has to be awareness of what needs to be done to rectify it now and in the future. The abovementioned examples of numerous problems inherent in SOA have caused the previously mentioned silo-ed areas to now come much closer to each other.  These are the following: software lifecycle management, applications performance management and information technology (IT) governance, with change management acting as a core information source on all Read More
The Wizardry of Business Process Management - Part 1
The business process management (BPM) market is sizzling hot, with Gartner Dataquest estimating its compound annual growth rate (CAGR) at 13 percent in 2009. In

b part 1  elements of the business B ottom line improvements E liminate bottlenecks R apidly deploy new services (and processes). Indeed, these are some of the typical benefits of deploying BPM systems, but the trouble, called the lack of clarity and consensus, starts with the quandary about what exactly constitutes BPM, and what exact parts and capabilities of BPM help achieve those benefits? In other words, are there more important and better BPM suites and/or components vs. those that are of less importance? In Read More
AribaLIVE 2012: What Was Jolly Good (and What Could Improve) - Part 1
A recent blog post talked about my attendance of the AribaLIVE 2012 user event and outlined the main premise of the event: Ariba has become a public cloud

b part 1  rules will no longer be part of the integration layer, but rather in the network layer. The  major announcement was the Microsoft Dynamics partnership along the lines to extend the value of ERP in terms of supplier connectivity, invoice automation, catalogs, etc . In July 2011 the vendor announced Ariba Collaborative Commerce for SAP ERP customers and there were similar attempts with Oracle in the past. But the major difference now seems to be that now 5,000 Microsoft Dynamics resellers will sell Ariba 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

b 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
A Modern Tale of Long (Supply Chain) Tails -- Part I
As a little kid growing up in former (and erstwhile happy) Yugoslavia and watching my elders, day in, day out, downing dozens of strong Turkish coffees with

b part 1  pointed out some other businesses (like automotive aftermarket part distributors) that attribute even 98 percent of all SKUs to slow-moving items that contribute to over 60 percent of revenues. Yet, 82 percent of organizations still measure the weighted mean absolute percentage error (WMAPE), which is an appropriate key performance indicator (KPI) for a small number of items with high volumes and high demand forecast predictability (that form the “head” of the supply chain). But this metrics largely Read More
It’s About Process (or the Ability to be Responsive) -- Part IV
Part III of this blog series introduced Webcom ResponsAbility, the on-demand workflow automation and business process management (BPM) solution. Anyone

b part 1  (or the Ability to be Responsive) -- Part IV Part III of this blog series introduced Webcom ResponsAbility , the on-demand workflow automation and business process management (BPM) solution. Anyone interested can take the product for a free trial test drive here . Other Real Life ResponsAbility Use Examples In addition to the examples described in Part III , another example of the ResponsAbility software in use can be found in Grayhill, Inc. an electronics manufacturer from Lagrange, Illinois (US), Read More
Case Study: SAP Business One Making The Difference For Source 1 Enterprises
For compliance with vendor requirements, Source 1 Enterprises, a supplier of health and beauty products, needed a solution to automate bill-back revenue and

b part 1  Study: SAP Business One Making The Difference For Source 1 Enterprises Case Study: SAP Business One Making the Difference for Source 1 Enterprises If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. Source 1 Enterprises implemented the SAP® Business One application to replace its existing but limited software package with a robust and integrated application capable of meeting current and future objectives. Source : Vision33 Resources Read More
It’s About Process (or the Ability to be Responsive) -- Part V
Part IV of this blog series further analyzed Webcom ResponsAbility, the on-demand workflow automation and business process management (BPM) solution. Anyone

b part 1  (or the Ability to be Responsive) -- Part V Part IV of this blog series further analyzed Webcom ResponsAbility , the on-demand workflow automation and business process management (BPM) solution. Anyone interested can take the product for a free trial test drive here . The vendor just released the ResponsAbility p4 release. Competitive Offerings Do Exist Still, Webcom’s first-to-market (or close to) BPM on-demand advantage has already been challenged by the solutions from Skemma, Appian [ evaluate this Read More
Case Study: B&K Corporation
B&K Corporation engineers and manufactures test and assembly systems for automotive and other components. But B&K didn’t have the infrastructure and systems

b part 1  Study: B&K Corporation B&K Corporation engineers and manufactures test and assembly systems for automotive and other components. But B&K didn’t have the infrastructure and systems support for effective engineering controls and documentation—manual and paper-based processes meant data was often three weeks old. Find out how B&K decreased costs and improved customer service with a new automated enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Read More
The Magic Behind Planning and Executing (Optimal) Service Supply Chains - Part 1
The recent three-part series entitled “Navigating Between Service Management Scylla @ Charybdis” analyzed the phenomenon of service economy, or the

b part 1  Planning decisions play a bigger part in the bottom-line performance of the service business (i.e., financial profitability or  net income ). In other words, by omitting or neglecting any of these important logical steps, any company’s ability to deliver customer service will likely be impaired. Scheduling and Executing: Where the Rubber Meets the Road It is likely that every service business experiences the operational service chain optimization challenge on a daily basis. Simply said, service chain Read More
A Modern Tale of Long (Supply Chain) Tails -- Part III
Part II of this blog series explained ToolsGroup’s value proposition for achieving service level excellence in distribution environments. The point of the

b part 1  has also been a bestseller. In his part of the Webcast mentioned in Part I , Joseph Shamir, ToolsGroup’s chief executive officer (CEO), ascertained that when the long tail is viewed from a supply chain perspective, the tail starts where demand becomes “intermittent.” Using this definition, ToolsGroup’s research shows that most brick-and-mortar companies (and not only e-tailers, as one might think) are also facing an increasingly long tail environment. This is because they are dealing with far Read More
6 Immediate Business Improvements Offered by an Online SRM System: Part 3: Other Points to Consider
Maintaining an effective supply chain is clearly an integral part of a manufacturing company’s livelihood. Using Web-enabled tools, the enterprise is able to

b part 1  Immediate Business Improvements Offered by an Online SRM System: Part 3: Other Points to Consider Other Points to Consider Other points to consider when choosing an online SRM system are: Customization Financial Commitment Speed of Implementation Ability to Integrate with Existing ERP Security This is Part Three of a three-part article. Part One presented the supplier relationship activities. Part Two presented the six immediate business improvements provided by an online SRM system. Customization Each Read More

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