While B2B and B2C e-commerce buying may share a common shopping and check-out experience, the under-the-hood fundamentals are not the same — the ways that a company might implement the right features in each situation, while generating the highest return on investment (ROI) possible, depends, in many ways, upon those internal functions. And the prospect of making the right B2B decision still stumps many companies.
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Navigating the complex landscape of expected process improvements, functional requirements, the realities of software capabilities, integration with your IT landscape and best practices can be quite daunting. What are some of the leading approaches being taken as part of these software selections and solution implementations?
When Boa-Franc, a leading North American manufacturer of pre-finished hardwood floors, was looking to enhance its ERP and CRM software, it partnered with Edgewater Fullscope for help with Microsoft Dynamics AX and Dynamics CRM.
In a report published Tuesday, House Republicans say the FDA's computer surveillance may have overstepped federal laws designed to protect government whistleblowers. Using software that took rapid fire screen shots of employees' computers, the FDA picked up emails from the five whistleblowers to members of Congress.
Reducing lead times in these scenarios can cut millions off the bottom line, but there’s too many concurrent pressures for many to do it effectively, and it's far too easy to get caught up in "chasing a ghost" — a potentially costly and damaging misstep.
I can’t tell you how rewarding it is when a company implements a plan and the light bulb goes on and they finally see how data can drive truly effective action. When data-based systems are installed, the implementation is too often considered successful once the data are flowing and people can get to the data.
Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday the recall affects the RAV4 sport utility, Tacoma pickup and Lexus RX 350 luxury model, manufactured from March 2012 through December 2012. The Japanese automaker said the problem can cause stability control, anti-lock brakes and traction control to turn off, although standard braking will keep working.
Toyota Motor Corp. said that 997,000 Prius cars in Japan, some 713,000 in North America, another 130,000 in Europe and the rest in other regions are being recalled for a problem in the software to control the hybrid system. No accidents or injuries have been reported related to the problem.
Life Cycle Engineering, Inc. (LCE) has recently announced that it will offer three workshops on the International Standard for Asset Management (ISO 55000). These workshops will be offered through LCE’s training entity, the Life Cycle Institute, and aim to educate on how to align business objectives with a risk-based asset management strategy.
While a key enabler for the modern supply chain, ERP is often mistaken as the single universal solution to meet every need. Whether the result of over-aggressive vendors or self-imposed rationalization to justify the large investment, the outcome is the same: disappointment with supply chain functionality.
Microsoft has named the head of its cloud computing business as the company's next CEO, tapping a longtime insider to lead efforts to catch rivals in mobile devices and offer more software and services over the Internet. Satya Nadella replaces Steve Ballmer immediately to become only the third chief executive in Microsoft's 38-year history.
Amazon Supply’s stated goal is “to provide earth’s largest, easiest-to-research, discover, and access selection of professional products required to support the maintenance, repair, operations, and project needs of business and professional customers.” And it's already creating disruption in the larger business-to-business buying ecosystem.
There are plenty of well-known predictions — like in all sorts of industries, adoption of cloud is likely to increase and mobilisation will come into its own. More generally, we’re going to see attitudes to innovations in ERP significantly impact the competitiveness of organisations, as those who resist change risk falling behind their competitors.
GoldieBlox will appear in a commercial in the third quarter of Sunday's game, the grand prize in a small business competition held by software maker Intuit. The company's toy sets include a book, blocks, wheels, cranks and other parts that children can use to build structures with moving parts.
Today, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) unveiled a study by Bill Kerr, associate professor at Harvard Business School, and Chad Moutray, chief economist for the NAM, finding that unfair competition fueled by stolen software is a significant drain on manufacturing in the U.S. Estimated losses between 2002 and 2012 totaled nearly $240 billion in manufacturing revenue, $70 billion in GDP and 42,220 U.S. manufacturing jobs.
Currently, the processing market, and in particular the harsher chemical, petrochemical and resins sectors, are seeing growth due to an influx of homegrown energy resources that have helped lower production costs. This growth shines a spotlight on the need for equipment, operational approaches and ERP systems that are scalable, reliable and efficient.
A lawsuit by Microsoft Corp. says an Iowa computer and information technology company sold computers with counterfeit Microsoft software. The lawsuit says Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft had told Dymin in July that it must stop selling the computers, but the company persisted.
Dell recently announced its intent to offer MakerBot Replicator 3D printers to help more small- and medium-sized businesses prototype faster and more affordably. By adding the 3D design products to its existing portfolio of Dell Precision workstations, engineers have access to an end-to-end solution that helps them test product concepts quickly.
DIRTT, which was founded in 2004 and is based out of its headquarters in Calgary, AB, Canada, aims to do nothing less than change the methods of conventional construction. The company is offering its customers the ability to design envision, specify, price, manufacture and deliver on new construction in a modular fashion that they claim is cheaper, more environmentally friendly, and less susceptible to human error.
The computing services company said Friday that it will build 15 data centers around the world this year to add to the 12 it already operates and the 13 it recently acquired through its $2 billion purchase of cloud computing company SoftLayer last year.
Shareholders in Delcam today voted to accept the offer made by Autodesk to acquire the company. The acquisition is expected to be completed during February. The company’s range of design, manufacturing and inspection software provides automated CADCAM solutions for a variety of industries, ranging from automotive and aerospace to footwear and healthcare.
The National Security Agency has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world — but not in the United States — that allows the U.S. to conduct surveillance on those machines, The New York Times reported.
When you consider some of the challenges that manufacturers face across industries today — they’re unprecedented. The pressures of global supply and demand dynamics, supply chain complexities, disparate production locations and systems, regulations, and other factors have forced manufacturers to reevaluate operations and optimize them everywhere possible in order to remain competitive and profitable.
With 90 percent of the world’s data created in the last two years, what can we expect our data vaults to hold two or even twenty years from now? Companies who are hiring data scientists with the hopes of harnessing big data and data analytics' mythical promises are potentially making a huge mistake.
Oracle Corp. said Tuesday that it has agreed to buy networking technology maker Corente to expand its cloud-computing services. Oracle, which makes business software, did not disclose any financial details of the deal. It also did not say when it expects the acquisition of the Bernardsville, N.J., company to close.
The South Korean firm unveiled webOS-based smart TVs at a trade fair in Las Vegas, less than a year after it bought the operating system for smartphones and tablet computers from Hewlett-Packard Co. LG Electronics Inc.'s chief technology officer, Skott Ahn, said the software will make LG TVs easier to set up and use.
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