Operational Excellence is known to help manufacturers increase both flexibility and profitability without large capital expenditures. When implemented successfully, these goals can be realized while also protecting the most critical assets to the business—brand equity and brand quality.
Award-winning writer and speaker Nahid Jilovec explains how — even in an uncertain economy — the supply chain can be streamlined to improve productivity, increase revenues, and reduce costs.
Is a payroll tax break for certain businesses a good idea? Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, joins Todd McCracken, president and CEO of the National Small Business Association, to discuss the state of the U.S. economy and whether or not giving companies more tax breaks is what's needed to stimulate economic growth.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Oracle Corp. has hired former Hewlett-Packard Co. CEO Mark Hurd to help lead the database software maker in a pivotal moment in Oracle's 33-year history as it tries to muscle in on more of HP's turf. Hurd's appointment Monday as co-president of Oracle comes a month after he resigned from HP following a sexual harassment investigation.
BEIJING (AP) — East Asia is the world's electronics factory, yet unless they are Japanese, producers are largely anonymous. Now HTC Corp., a Taiwanese maker of smart phones, is moving out of the shadows and trying to establish its own brand name as it competes with Apple's iPhone. HTC supplies U.
LONDON (AP) — The chief of the U.N.'s telecommunications agency urged the Canadian manufacturer of the BlackBerry to allow law enforcement agencies access to customer data, saying that governments all over the world had legitimate security concerns which should not be ignored. The International Telecommunication Union agency's Secretary-General Hamadoun Toure said that all governments engaged in the fight against terrorism had the right to demand access to users' information from the maker of the BlackBerry — Research in Motion Ltd.
MUMBAI, India (AP) — India has widened its security crackdown, asking all companies that provide encrypted communications — not just BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion — to install servers in the country to make it easier for the government to obtain users' data. That would likely affect digital giants like Google and Skype.
NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon Wireless is opening up access to smart phones for customers who prepay for service, which includes people with poor credit and those who don't want to be tied down by long-term contracts. Prepaid service has long been the domain of low-end phones, but companies such as Sprint Nextel Corp.
CONCORD, Mass. – Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. (DS SolidWorks) today unveiled the SolidWorks® 2011 product line, delivering new ways to speed product design, deepen collaboration, and strengthen designers’ engagement with manufacturing. The new SolidWorks 2011 family of products includes hundreds of improvements requested by customers who use SolidWorks every day to design new products, validate their performance, communicate with partners, manage design data, and minimize a product’s impact on the environment.
COSTA MESA, Calif. -- SYSPRO, a provider of visionary, pragmatic ERP software, recently announced that its growing prominence in the mid-range ERP software industry is exemplified by the favorable ranking SYSPRO ERP is given in a recent ERP comparison study published by Focus. The Focus “2010 Midmarket/Enterprise ERP Solution Comparison Guide” is a compilation of ERP solutions that should be considered by those seeking to “optimize resource planning .
Technology is everywhere these days, so it's becoming harder and harder for some people to live without it. Are you, or is someone you know, "addicted" to technology? In this video, a roundtable of experts discuss the prevalence of technology in today's world and what constitutes a technological addiction.
Once a product leaves its manufacturer, it enters a world where it can be adultered, completely faked, diluted, relabeled, or repackaged without authorization. Trying to pinpoint the exact vulnerabilities in the supply chain is almost impossible. Counterfeiters have become increasingly sophisticated at imitating real products, from shoes and handbags to DVD’s, chainsaws, watches, airplane parts, and drugs.
There are a range of technology approaches that not only deliver a swift return on investment, but also drive process improvement and optimize manufacturing efficiency, ultimately providing an effective mechanism for cost control. Pictured here is a process signature showing examples of different feature types that can be extracted and monitored in real-time.
ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) — Dell is walking away from a bidding contest with rival Hewlett-Packard for data-storage maker 3Par. Dell Inc. says it will not match Hewlett-Packard Co.'s offer to pay $33 per share for 3Par Inc., or about $2.07 billion. Dave Johnson, Dell's senior vice president for corporate strategy, says the company "took a measured approach throughout the process and have decided to end these discussions.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories managed a slight gain in July as a surge in demand for commercial aircraft helped offset widespread weakness in other areas. Factory orders edged up 0.1 percent in July, the first increase after two months of declines, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.