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SaaS Vs. On-Premise ERP

February 19, 2013 9:14 am | by Bobby Rudder, director of marketing & communications, Godlan Inc.

Detractors of ERP cloud computing have always pointed at ERP security as being questionable in that arrangement. Undoubtedly, it is comforting to know that all of your vital information is within your four walls. You can "keep your arms around it" so to speak. On the other hand, how sophisticated is your IT staff in securing your system?

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ERP Week

February 15, 2013 3:40 pm | by Manufacturing Business Technology

Manufacturing Business Technology is devoting this week to ERP. Check here daily for articles, blogs and videos being featured this week. Hear from industry experts on how they've integrated technology, the solutions currently being offered in the industry and gain insight on making the most of your operations. 

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Enhance Existing CRM And Customer Relationships

February 15, 2013 2:38 pm | by Vormittag Associates, Inc.

Because RefrigiWear serves a broad range of industries, its international customer base is diverse and widespread. As such, RefrigiWear needed a flexible, easy-to-use, web-based CRM system that could be integrated seamlessly into the existing infrastructure and implemented quickly. 

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Moving To Cloud ERP: Three Strategic Reasons

February 15, 2013 2:21 pm | by Kenandy Inc.

Product companies are facing significant challenges. Complex global supply chains have become the norm. Social data has changed the way people communicate. Supply chain velocity has exploded. Shorter order runs, compressed innovation cycles, faster decision making, on the spot judgment calls: companies have no choice but to move faster.   

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Integrating LEAN Process Improvement

February 15, 2013 8:54 am | by Stephen J. Benefield, enVista

Strong executive commitment is of upmost importance when implementing any continuous improvement process such as LEAN or Six Sigma. It is important to ensure executive commitment by aligning and reporting results using current corporate measures and strategic initiatives.

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Sustainability And The Supply Chain: How To Reduce Cost And Save The Environment

February 14, 2013 3:54 pm | by Yves Leclerc, West Monroe Partners

For years now, the “green” and “sustainable” trends have transitioned to a standard. From corporate offices to high-rise apartments and clothing manufacturers, most industries have begun to seriously invest in sustainability. The modern consumer is more sustainability-savvy, and brands are beginning to realize that purchasing power is often directed towards businesses that are up to par on remaining socially responsible.

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Solve Business Challenges With An Enterprise Labeling Solution

February 13, 2013 9:13 am | by TEKLYNK

As one of North America’s largest independent manufacturers of plastic tubing, Freelin-Wade has more than 4,000 stock items and infinite custom products that require proper labeling. In order to keep production and shipping running smoothly as the company grew, a new labeling system was necessary.

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Is A Cloud-Based WMS Pie In The Sky?

February 12, 2013 4:09 pm | by Chuck Fuerst, director of product strategy, HighJump Software

You have probably already heard about the benefits of a warehouse management system (WMS) a million times: Increased productivity, real-time access to information, up to 99+ percent inventory accuracy, faster shipping, and on and on. But perhaps it’s time to upgrade your current system and you’re not sure you have the IT resources to install and support the transition, or you’re worried about the infrastructure costs.

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Color Me Visible

February 12, 2013 9:08 am | by CTSI-Global

The challenge Technicolor faced was to find a system that would give them complete visibility to their shipments any time of the day or night.  They needed a system that would be robust enough to allow them to detect possible delivery delays and take steps to ensure delivery prior to the designated street date.

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Integration For Strategic Sales And Operations Planning

February 12, 2013 8:48 am | by Shaun Phillips, product manager, sales and operations planning (S&OP), Infor

Few business leaders would argue that the ability to predict, shape and fulfill demand with precision is critical to the future success of their organization.  Every CEO in the world would love the real world equivalent of a crystal ball?  And it may be possible to have one, if they can pull together the right mix of insight, expertise and intelligence across their entire business and supply chain.

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Supply Chain Week

February 11, 2013 9:42 am | by Manufacturing Business Technology

Manufacturing Business Technology is devoting this week to Supply Chain Management. Check here daily for articles, blogs and videos being featured this week. Hear from industry experts on how they've integrated technology, the solutions currently being offered in the industry and gain insight on making the most of your operations. 

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Managing Your WMS Implementation

February 11, 2013 9:26 am | by enVista

A WMS implementation involves considerable time, a financial investment, continued communications, and quick resolution of problems that arise along the way. But, more importantly, it brings greater efficiencies--and likely greater profits--to your organization. 

Supply Chain Reporting

February 11, 2013 9:04 am | by John Woods, EVP of Sales and Marketing, ProTrans

ProTrans International is a third-party logistics service provider that offers complete network optimization and proven quality solutions to the manufacturing industry. Information reporting plays an integral role in ProTrans’ ability to support its clients. 

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Customer-Centric Manufacturing: The Big Opportunity

February 7, 2013 3:50 pm | by Phil Hussey, President, 89 Degrees

Historically, manufacturers have left most of the consumer-oriented marketing to their retailer and channel partners. However, over the last five to ten years, there have been several developments that put many manufacturers in an excellent position to capture more customer level data.

Six Things To Consider Before Implementing An EQMS

February 5, 2013 4:55 pm | by Mike Roberts

What does quality management software do? From a 30,000 foot view, it helps companies ensure the production and delivery of high quality products and processes. More specifically, though, it streamlines, standardizes, and centralizes cross-functional data from across the value chain.

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ISM: Manufacturing Is Off To A Good Start

February 5, 2013 11:38 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

U.S. manufacturing is off to a good start in 2013. Economic activity in the manufacturing sector continued to expand in January 2013 for the second consecutive month, and the overall U.S. economy grew for the 44th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

Making Use Of Advances In The Integrated Engineering Desktop

February 5, 2013 11:30 am | by Tony Christian, Director, Cambashi

The advances that have made this level of accessibility to engineering tools possible are primarily in the areas of system integration, ease of use and processing power. The exchange of geometry between CAD and simulation and analysis systems has become practically seamless, even between systems from different vendors.

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Teaching An Old Dock New Tricks

February 4, 2013 10:19 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

As manufacturing companies find more and more in the way of technology improvements around material handling, the loading dock has not been ignored. This how-to gives manufacturers some tips on where to begin assessing and addressing risk.

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Computerizing Records Helps Plane Parts Production Take Off

February 4, 2013 10:08 am | by Phoenix Manufacturing

When Martha Paluch returned home to help run the family business her father had started with a partner in 1989, she experienced what might be referred to as “paper shock.” “I came back with expectations of changing times and going greener,” says Paluch, now a 25-year-old operations specialist at Phoenix Manufacturing, where her mother and brother also work.

Proper Data Security

January 31, 2013 10:50 am | by Dean Wiech, Managing Director at Tools4ever

In today’s complex corporate and business network environments, controlling access to sensitive data is of utmost concern. The amount of security-related data stored across a network is immense for many organizations, and relating all this data to the user’s account information in Active Directory can be tricky and time consuming.

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