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Five ways to get products to market faster than competitors

January 29, 2015 4:03 pm | by Infor | White Papers

Five ways to get products to market faster than competitors. It pays to have good ideas for new products, especially if your company can turn its ideas into new products faster than the competition. High tech and electronics companies that consistently get their products to market first consistently enjoy premium pricing. This paper outlines five steps you can take to get first-to-market advantage.

How agile ERP solutions can help high tech manufacturers connect with suppliers

January 22, 2015 3:20 pm | by Infor | White Papers

Outsourcing continues to be a topic of debate among manufacturers, who struggle to find a balance between low cost suppliers and escalating customer expectations. Sentiments about outsourcing—and the cost benefits of outsourcing—are starting to change. This paper outlines what’s driving the reshoring movement, and looks at how modern ERP solutions, particularly cloud deployment, can help make this undertaking easier.

The new production norm in High Tech

January 22, 2015 3:16 pm | by Infor | White Papers

The new production norm in High Tech. Forward-thinking high tech and electronics manufacturers are using ERP technology to perform more efficiently than ever before. They are rapidly setting new manufacturing production norms, changing manufacturing’s core competencies. This paper discusses the new ground rules for manufacturing and how high tech and electronics manufacturers can better meet customer demands for speed, value, and new product introductions.

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5 BEST PRACTICES FOR ANALYZING PRICING DATA

January 22, 2015 12:14 pm | by PROS | White Papers

You’ve worked for weeks to pull together the perfect presentation in your quarterly pricing review. You have mined data from a variety of systems and your analysis is spot-on. Then — the week before your meeting, a key competitor makes a price move that changes the market dynamics. You quickly realize your analysis has become irrelevant. The business and the market are in flux. Quite simply, your data is outdated and so are your recommendations. Now you have to start your analysis all over.How do you get accurate, up-to-the-minute pricing information when today’s business moves so fast? Let’s face it: Using manual techniques to extract data is a time-consuming process that generally yields insufficient results that can give your competition the upper hand.

Price Optimization: How Best-In-Class Performers Add To Both The Top And Bottom Lines

January 22, 2015 12:06 pm | by Aberdeen Group | White Papers

Report Highlights- The number one business goal among sales leaders is now “higher margins.”- The leading reason why B2B sales deals are lost? Pricing.- Best-in-Class companies offer 30% more sales rep-level flexibility, vs. other firms, in closing business deals.- Price optimization users improve customer retention by 5.3% annually. Non-users lose ground at a 0.6% rate.“Do you want to work smarter or harder?” This phrase does not represent a new concept in B2B sales effectiveness, but today’s big data science capabilities add new layers of nuance to traditional methodologies for beating quota. This Research Report explores the value of price optimization solutions in contributing to more efficient customer management strategies.

Pricing Technology Myth vs. Reality

January 22, 2015 11:53 am | by MindBrew | White Papers

Pricing effectively in B2B has never been easy. But today, increases in pricing transparency, information access, and global competition are conspiring to make a difficult task even more challenging. For many companies, memories of the last downturn are all too clear. And as a result, most are focused on driving efficiency and productivity to maintain financial health. In this situation, pricing technology would seem to be the right solution at exactly the right time. After all, pricing has more leverage on profitability than sales volume or operating costs. And technology has long been a proven source of efficiency and productivity gains. So the combination seems ideal.

The New Benchmarks for Pricing Excellence

January 22, 2015 11:48 am | by MindBrew | White Papers

While the economy continues to suffer from uncertainty about the future, there are two trends that leave little doubt... As the heroes of the downturn, procurement teams are being asked to aim for even higher savings targets moving forward. At the same time, 78% of sales teams are reporting that their quotas have increased, with only 24% being very confident they can actually achieve them. So...empowered buyers are pushing for more savings while nervous sellers are pushing for more sales...and your margins are caught in the middle.

Vendor Shootout For ERP Event

January 21, 2015 4:23 pm | by Technology Evaluation Centers | Events

Vendor Shootout for ERP is the nation's leading ERP software evaluation, comparison and selection event. Geared toward ERP selection teams and decision makers, this premier event is ideal for businesses who are budgeting for or are currently evaluating an ERP software upgrade or replacement. 

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Revolutionizing Manufacturing With 3D Printing: An Introduction

January 20, 2015 1:33 pm | by Stratasys | White Papers

With traditional manufacturing methods, it's not practical to manufacture a single item or short run of products - it's simply too expensive. But what if there was a way to fill those needs for far less expense?  And what if those items could be created overnight, in-house and in a hands-off process? That's exactly what 3D printing technology offers manufacturers. Find out more in this informative white paper.

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HOUSTEX 2015 To Showcase Advanced Manufacturing Growth And Innovation

January 20, 2015 9:28 am | by SME | Events

HOUSTEX 2015 will host a special presentation on the global economy’s energy outlook for the manufacturing sector, tactical and strategic additive manufacturing presentations, specially featured technologies and more than 90 new product introductions.

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Manufacturing CyberSecurity Guide

January 14, 2015 12:10 pm | by EdgeWave | White Papers

The transition of business processes to the cloud and proliferation of connected endpoints will increase the vulnerability of critical Intellectual Property to outside threats. IT managers must implement more comprehensive policies regarding the secure handling and transmission of data.

Secure Food Production and Delivery System Environments with Military Grade Cyber Security

January 13, 2015 12:52 pm | by EdgeWave | White Papers

Technology has enabled a new generation of criminals to gain access to information assets. As the “farm-to-fork continuum” assesses potential cyber vulnerabilities in its critical infrastructure, escalating cyber security threats, advancing technologies and increasingly stringent U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) cyber security requirements call for immediate action.

Secure Pharmaceutical intellectual property and production environments with Military Grade Cyber Security

January 12, 2015 12:59 pm | by EdgeWave | White Papers

According to the Identity Theft Resource Center 2014 data breach report, 42% of all reported breaches in 2014 have occurred in the healthcare category. The number represents reported breaches; however, many entities have not yet discovered that they have been compromised, and are thus exposing connected business affiliates to cyber threats by association.

GS1 Connect 2015 Registration Now Open

December 18, 2014 9:39 am | by GS1 US | Events

GS1 Connect 2015, the annual conference and exhibit hosted by GS1 US, will inspire attendees to examine business processes with the theme “Innovate. Collaborate. Transform.” 

Manufacturing’s trifecta: Optimism, growth and investment

December 15, 2014 4:57 pm | by Infor | White Papers

Manufacturers are hungry for growth. Following a debilitating recession and sluggish recovery period, many manufacturing leaders are ready to play for higher stakes, take bigger risks, go all the way in for the big payoff. Growth has to be just around the corner, they predict. Is it idealistic, wishful thinking? Or, is fact-based analysis fueling a new optimism? In this brief, we examine the optimism, see how it is impacting growth strategies, and offer advice on ways that modern IT solutions can help support this forward-facing mindset. Learn how modern ERP technology plays a vital role in manufacturing’s positive growth.

Reshoring: How modern ERP solutions help manufacturers optimize plant location strategies

December 15, 2014 1:56 pm | by Infor | White Papers

As manufacturers struggle to find the appropriate balance between low cost suppliers and escalating customer expectations, outsourcing strategies are being reexamined. Public sentiment plus changing economic factors are causing many manufacturers to relocate plants closer to home—and the consumer. This complex task of establishing new locations causes numerous logistics and supply chain challenges for manufacturers. In this brief, we explore the driving factors in smart plant location and discuss how modern ERP solutions, particularly cloud deployment, play a role in agile response to changing global conditions.

The New IT infrastructure: Cloud deployment supports less-restrictive growth

December 15, 2014 1:31 pm | by Infor | White Papers

Manufacturers today face an incredibly volatile environment that requires a highly agile and flexible IT infrastructure. As a result, many organizations are turning to cloud computing to streamline and simplify IT while reducing overall costs. Cloud deployment offers ways to introduce new applications, remap business processes, and transition from legacy systems to advanced IT infrastructures.  But, manufacturers must also approach the cloud transition with a clear strategy. Download this insightful report  to learn more about the new IT infrastructure and what you can do to make sure your systems are ready for the new generation of manufacturing.

Eight Steps for Ensuring PCB Assembly Success

December 10, 2014 2:28 pm | by Mentor Graphics | White Papers

Today, more than ever, as customer demand patterns become more volatile, performance and productivity is under threat, with rapidly increasing pressure on engineering and materials infrastructures. This paper discusses the eight steps that you need to take to ensure PCB assembly success, ensuring the success of the business.

Latest PCB Assembly Planning Tool Solves the High-Product-Mix Efficiency Challenge

December 10, 2014 2:24 pm | by Mentor Graphics | White Papers

In this paper, we look into the real needs of surface mount manufacturing planning to discover the opportunities that exist to improve optimization and performance through better planning.

ODB++: The Most Effective Communications Format For Transferring PCB Design Data to Manufacturing

December 10, 2014 2:21 pm | by Mentor Graphics | White Papers

Competing in global markets requires OEMs and suppliers to continuously seek ways to more effectively communicate manufacturing requirements when bringing products to market. The collection of manufacturing requirements can be referred to as the product model. For the suppliers, the product model defines ‘what’ needs to be manufactured, but does not define ‘how’ the manufacturing process will be accomplished. When complete, the product model contains the manufacturing content necessary to convey the fabrication, assembly and test requirements to suppliers. The method used to communicate the product model is a key factor in determining process efficiencies, the level of product quality and ultimately the rate a product moves to volume production, which determines the actual time-to-market.

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