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Staying in Synch

February 2, 2012 9:46 am | by Infor | Comments

Three Best Practices for Tightening the Connection with Your Customers and Suppliers

The 5 Point Plan to ERP Selection Success

February 2, 2012 9:43 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?

Introducing Infor10

February 2, 2012 9:40 am | by Infor | Comments

To help accelerate your business, we’re delivering fast, flexible, usable software with breakthrough innovations that embody an entirely new vision of how you use, purchase, deploy, and upgrade business software.


ERP in Manufacturing 2011

January 26, 2012 3:59 am | by Epicor | Comments

The majority of manufacturing enterprises, almost three quarters according to Aberdeen's survey respondents, use Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) as their main business system. However, one aspect of ERP strategy that has always been assumed is that companies strive to have one single ERP system to unify all their parts and processes.

Motor Repair or Replacement? The Green Solution

January 19, 2012 8:31 am | by PdMA Corporation | Comments

When the pressure is on to “go green” in a trying economy, deciding to repair or replace a motor creates conflict.

Gerber Technology Provides Intelligent Smart Services for Proactive Support with Axeda

December 16, 2011 10:48 am | by Axeda | Comments

Gerber Technology, a division of Gerber Scientific, provides integrated automation solutions for intelligent product, design, manufacturing, and quality control. The company has maintained market leadership by enabling its customers to lower their total cost of ownership by requiring less labor content, reducing waste, improving the quality and repeatability of their output, and increasing throughput.

Lean Enterprise Development in Engineer to Order Companies

December 2, 2011 10:55 am | by IFS | Comments

Learn how IFS Applications can bring the lean disciplines normally associated with repetitive manufacturing to engineer to order companies.

2011 Five Steps for Switching ERP Vendors

November 4, 2011 12:28 pm | by Inside-ERP | Comments

The enterprise relationship planning, or ERP, market has grown to include a variety of solutions and delivery models, adding cloud-based and Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings to the mix of premise-based ERP solutions.


2011 3 Key ERP Features and How to Use Them Effectively

November 4, 2011 12:27 pm | by Inside-ERP | Comments

Enterprise resource planning, or ERP, can be far-ranging software that spans all of your business processes. Depending on the size and type of your business, your ERP solution could touch every department from accounting to human resources to product distribution to warehouse management.

2011 10 Tips to Optimize Your ERP Initiatives

November 4, 2011 12:25 pm | by Inside-ERP | Comments

Enterprise relationship planning, or ERP, is notoriously complex to implement. Horror stories abound about failed installations, unresponsive vendors, and wasted investments. As daunting as ERP can be, many organizations can’t operate without it — ERP brings together different aspects of the back office for greater efficiency and insight into business processes.

2011 How to Sell Management on a New ERP System

November 4, 2011 12:24 pm | by Inside-ERP | Comments

Enterprise resource planning systems, or ERP systems, have become much more accessible to midsize and even smaller companies in that past three years. Standard features have matured, eliminating much of the guesswork of software selection, while the systems have become easier to deploy and use.

2011 ERP (Enterprise Resources Planning) Comparison Guide

November 4, 2011 12:21 pm | by Inside-ERP | Comments

August 2011

2011 Inside-ERP MRP Comparison Guide

November 4, 2011 12:02 pm | by Inside-ERP | Comments

August 2011

eCommerce for ETO

September 30, 2011 11:34 am | by IFS | Comments

Engineer to Order (ETO) companies can in fact use enterprise software to implement eCommerce strategies to improve customer service, reduce waste and increase profits. This whitepaper outlines the ways that enterprise resource planning (ERP) software can facilitate ETO eCommerce by opening portals to suppliers, project collaborators and customers.

Usability as an ERP Selection Criteria

September 8, 2011 12:21 pm | by IFS | Comments

ERP software is often criticized for being complex and difficult to use. Learn how to evaluate ERP software for usability.

Wire Springs vs. Machined Springs: A Comparison

August 8, 2011 12:43 pm | by Helical Products Company, Inc. | Comments

The first question generally asked about machined springs is how they compare with wire wound springs. These comparisons will provide descriptions and a decision matrix that can be useful when deciding which of the two spring forms will be most appropriate for a given application.


Are You Like Other Manufacturers ... Struggling To Align Goals With Capabilities?

August 3, 2011 8:27 am | by Tectura | Comments

Whether it is a weak, recovering or strong economy, the fundamental strategies for surviving and thriving remain the same for discrete manufacturing organizations. Many desire to boost revenue through new customer acquisition, new sources of demand from overseas, or through new tactics such as aligning innovation with business strategy, inventory optimization, intelligent supply chains or technology gains within their business. Combined with these strategies, globalization, product proliferation and elongated supply chains have created ever-increasing complexity, not to mention strong downward pressure on pricing and rising input costs.

ERP and Environmental Footprint Management for Manufacturers

July 7, 2011 12:14 pm | by IFS | Comments

Understand the hidden challenges of environmental footprint management in manufacturing, and learn the hard questions to ask green ERP vendors.

10 Ways to Use ERP to Lean the Manufacturing Supply Chain

July 7, 2011 12:12 pm | by IFS | Comments

Four tips for lean supply chain improvements in manufacturing operations and six technology tools to automate these best practices.

On the road to green machines... How OEMs can improve the energy efficiency of machines

July 5, 2011 1:01 pm | by Schneider Electric | Comments

The manufacturing industry (consumer goods and life sciences) tries to manage production through a key methodology: OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness), and the key principal is tracking metrics from machines/ lines between:• Availability: measures productivity losses from downtime - events which entirely stop production,• Performance: measures losses from slow production cycles - processes not working at maximum speed, and• Quality: measures losses from production not achieving established quality levels.


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