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The 5 Point Plan to ERP Selection Success

November 29, 2012 10:25 am | by Infor | Comments

These days, an ERP system is a necessity—not a luxury. You need a system that helps you operate and manage your business. But what else do you need it to do?

Next Generation ERP Whitepaper

November 29, 2012 10:16 am | by Infor | Comments

IDC Manufacturing Insights' latest research, conducted on behalf of Infor, indicates that the manufacturing sector continues to struggle with the impact of overly complex market conditions, business operations and IT infrastructures. Understand why modernizing IT architectures and business applications to better support new customer driven models has become a necessity across the entire manufacturing sector.

Learn to Coach instead of Command

November 29, 2012 9:49 am | by University of Tennessee | Comments

Managers try to increase productivity by squeezing more outputs from the same inputs (employees). But it’s not effective. If you want to sustain productivity gains for your company, look in the mirror and figure out what you can do to help your people be the best they can be. Coach instead of command; four management principles will help you reach this goal.


Key Strategies for IT Success in Today's Distribution Environment

November 15, 2012 2:13 pm | by Epicor | Comments

This white paper provides high level definitions, opportunity identification, and future potentials for: Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Anytime, Anywhere Availability, Mobile Devices, Web 2.0, and Report Cards or Balanced Scorecards as a Business Intelligence (BI) capability. It is a foundation for becoming more valuable to an organization by being able to generate a Return on Investment when applying the latest capabilities to the real world.

Pragmatic Steps for Leading Lean

November 1, 2012 10:40 am | by Productivity, Inc | Comments

In recent conversations with manufacturing and service industry leaders, one of the key problems lean managers face as they work to advance operational excellence in their organization is the lack of real engagement with top leadership. This white paper will give several pragmatic approaches lean leaders can follow to counteract these problems while working within the purview and scope of their improvement efforts.

7 Habits of Quality Obsessed Manufacturers

October 24, 2012 2:07 pm | by InfinityQS | Comments

A compelling read that at times is light hearted and funny, 7 Habits of Quality Obsessed Manufacturers is written for top performing quality professionals that want to give their company an edge. The ebook takes a closer look at: • How to brag about quality • What successful manufacturers have in common with Einstein • Who plays the starring role in your company • How to not make easy hard • Making the cloud your answer to supply chain visibility • How to choose between "do something" and "do nothing" • Giving data an afterlife

5 Must Have Strategies for Total Enterprise Quality

October 24, 2012 2:01 pm | by InfinityQS | Comments

This free white paper, 5 Must Have Strategies for Enterprise Quality, shows how quality can take a more prominent, enterprise-scale role. Learn more today about • The trend towards centralizing quality data • Best practices for collecting and integrating multiple data sources • How to monitor and analyze quality real-time • Workflow management to ensure data integrity • Reporting needs of users at all levels

Extending Lean Labor to the Back Office

October 9, 2012 11:30 am | by Kronos | Comments

Download this white paper to learn how workforce management technology enables your organization to apply Lean principles to your back office by automating manual activities to reduce waste and by giving you visibility into labor productivity so you can remove inefficiencies from your labor utilization. As a result, your organization can improve productivity and control labor costs throughout your back-office operations.


What does it really cost your organization when critical manufacturing systems go down?

August 10, 2012 9:45 am | by Stratus | Comments

Maximizing uptime of ERP, MES and other business-critical applications is a top priority for today’s manufacturers. After all, when your systems go down, you could face production delays, idle equipment and workers, lost transactions, customer dissatisfaction, and even brand damage. Few businesses measure the total cost of application downtime, and if they do, chances are they aren’t factoring in all the direct and indirect expenses involved. Without a complete understanding of your organization’s downtime costs, it’s difficult to make sound investments in data center technology and availability protection. Download “The Cost of Critical Application Failure: Make Better Technology Decisions by Understanding Your Cost of Downtime ” to learn more.

How to Calculate the Budget Requirements and Estimate Return on Investment for your Service Management Software

August 6, 2012 12:25 pm | by Infor | Comments

Learn to identify the key areas of your service organization that can benefit most from improvement. Learn how to calculate the total cost of your service problem and the risks associated with delaying change. Learn how to estimate the revenue you can gain through savings and how to project the timeframe required to recover your investment. Get more with Infor10 Service Management Business

Big Data and Big Analytics for Product and Process Quality(2)

July 30, 2012 8:40 am | by SAS | Comments

This is a report on the findings of a recent IndustryWeek and SAS survey targeted to top global manufacturers. The objectives of the survey were to determine concerns about quality among manufacturers; investigate the tools used to measure quality; and examine how using enterprise wide analysis on quality data could improve performance. Read the results and learn about how quality data can be elevated to a strategic enabler and competitive differentiator.

Impact of Formula-Based ERP Applications on Chemical Manufacturers

July 2, 2012 6:37 am | by Ross Enterprise | Comments

Considering replacing your existing ERP application or upgrading from spreadsheets? By understanding the key functions and architecture of a process-oriented, formula based ERP application, you will have a better foundation for choosing a solution that best suits your company and type of manufacturing.

Manufacturing’s Role in Creating a Smarter Planet

June 26, 2012 11:00 am | by EpicData | Comments

Collecting data is the critical first step. But you can quickly be overwhelmed. Knowing how to use data is what will give a company a strategic advantage – market intelligence, innovation, and use efficiencies to drive higher quality and higher productivity.

Impact of Recipe-Based ERP Applications on the Bakery Industry

June 11, 2012 10:44 am | by Ross Enterprise | Comments

Considering replacing your existing ERP application or upgrading from spreadsheets? By understanding the key functions and architecture of a process-oriented, recipe based ERP application, you will have a better foundation for choosing a solution that best suits your company and type of manufacturing.

Best Practices for Protecting Virtualized Applications: Is your production system protected?

March 1, 2012 10:50 am | by Stratus | Comments

Is your mission critical manufacturing system vulnerable to a single point of failure? Read this insightful report to learn how to protect your virtualized applications from downtime. Download now!

Don’t let your production floor stop because of downtime

March 1, 2012 10:49 am | by Stratus | Comments

Read this white paper, “Server Virtualization: Do’s and Don’ts for Business - and Mission-Critical Manufacturing Systems” to learn the best practices to put in place as you virtualize your mission critical manufacturing applications. Download now!

Unchaining the Value of RFID for Unmatched Flexibility and Fast ROI

February 9, 2012 9:08 am | by Zebra Technologies | Comments

Businesses in a wide range of industries are realizing significant benefits from radio frequency identification (RFID) technologies. The return on investment for RFID comes from reducing the time and labor required to track assets and materials, decreased losses and theft, improved maintenance operations, and streamlined efficiency through better asset availability and utilization. Many of these benefits occur in applications that do not directly require participation from suppliers and customers, and reside outside the external supply chain. Download this white paper to learn how companies are unlocking the value of RFID by “unchaining” the technology from strictly supply chain-based projects, to improve overall tracking and control throughout the enterprise.

Increasing Profits and Productivity: Bar Coding and RFID Enables Precise Asset Management

February 9, 2012 9:06 am | by Zebra Technologies | Comments

When businesses cannot locate tools and equipment at the time of need, the price is more than just inconvenience. Time spent searching for assets hurts productivity, reducing profitability. To improve competitiveness and profitability, enterprises must manage assets with the same care and innovation they use to drive excess inventory and costs out of operations. A good asset management program will improve return-on-assets (ROA) and other metrics by helping to lower and control the overall cost to do business. Download this white paper to learn how bar code and radio frequency identification (RFID) technology can improve supply chain visibility and make it simple and convenient to gather and manage asset information in a timely and efficient manner.

Improve Truck Freight Carrier Productivity and Cost-Effectiveness with Mobility Technology

February 9, 2012 9:03 am | by Zebra Technologies | Comments

In today’s tough business conditions, over-the-road freight carriers are looking for ways to increase productivity, decrease operating expenses, and retain customers. As many businesses have already discovered, mobility technology delivers exceptional benefits to a wide range of operations. When deployed to truck freight carriers, handheld computers, networking, RFID technology and mobile thermal printers are proven productivity enhancers. Download this white paper to learn key considerations when selecting mobility solutions, and how mobility-enabled operations can improve freight trucking efficiency, reduce operating expenses, and boost customer satisfaction.


Major Auto Manufacturer Controls Labor Costs and Improves Workforce Productivity with Kronos

February 3, 2012 8:52 am | by Kronos | Comments

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. – Manufacturing Division (MMNA – Mfg.) is an automotive assembly operation located in Normal, Ill. MMNA – Mfg. is the only Mitsubishi Motors passenger car assembly plant in North America, with a current production capacity of 135,000 vehicles per year.


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