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by GT Nexus

More suppliers and partners are involved in the inbound supply chain than ever, and manual processes are becoming increasingly complicated. The companies that are gaining a competitive edge are the ones investing in technology systems that provide end-to-end visibility into inventory and supply chain activity across the globe.

by Oliver Wight

Oliver Wight’s new white paper, How Good Is Your Sales and Operations Planning/Integrated Business Planning Process?, by James Correll and George Palmatier, theorizes that the magic to successful S&OP/IBP is that regular, routine realignment and synchroniza­tion of all functional plans brings simultaneous improvement in those functional areas and that many organizations are not getting the available bottom-line results from the process.


In recent years, cable management has come into the limelight because machine reliability has increased dramatically, even though robots have grown more complex. Unfortunately, the methods used to attach and guide cables have not quite followed suit. While managing cables and hoses is often an afterthought in most designs, it is truly a vital part of any well-functioning robot. 

by Vantage B2B

Not all payment modules are the same. This white paper case study discusses the unique needs of commercial and government payments and thoughts on selecting the right API integration for your ERP, CRM and eCommerce system upgrade initiatives.

by Aptean

The metals industry is a cyclical business that rides the ebb-and-flow of raw material pricing and mounting pressure from global competition. The homegrown legacy systems currently in place can’t keep pace with the changing market dynamics. But as metals producers turn to ERP vendors for help, there are industry-specific best practices to take into account. Read this paper to learn how two metals companies pursued a metals-specific solution and how it helped them compete and achieve efficiencies.

by Insight

Is your company facing a storm of increased customer requests around online buying and customer experience? Unsure of where to start and what to consider?Consider Insite’s approach to create a different kind of storm:  Strategy, Technology, Organizational Change, Resources, and Marketing. Download this whitepaper on the 5 Critical elements to a successful eCommerce strategy. Compliments of Insite Software.

by PTC

Dynamic global markets pressure manufacturers to continually transform the way they create products to stay ahead of the competition. Engineering leaders are at the heart of this change. The article “Two Options – Transform or Fall Behind” outlines the top 7 engineering management initiatives aimed to create value: • Improve global product development • Achieve on-time delivery and reduce time to market• Reduce product development costs• Improve product quality• Accelerate product innovation• Streamline regulatory compliance and reduce product risk• Reduce product costs Each of these value-focused initiatives is a significant opportunity to transform and improve how your company creates and services products. Read the article.

by Aptean

Best practices for unlocking the full power of ERP in confronting and overcoming unrealistic delivery dates. 

by Arena Solutions

New advancements in storage technologies are ushering in an era of rebirth and unlimited possibilities in renewable energy. So ask yourself this: when opportunity in cleantech knocks — will your business be ready to scale when and where the market demands?

by Arena Solutions

This white paper provides an overview of manufacturing tools like mechanical computer aided design (MCAD), product data management (PDM), electronic design automation (EDA) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) and describes how to bridge the gap between engineering and manufacturing.

by Arena Solutions

Often small to medium-sized businesses make do with the tools they have to manage their product data. Paper, spreadsheets and email are often used throughout the product development and engineering change management processes. These tools can wreak havoc when product information is released into production.

by Arena Solutions

In the world of product design and manufacturing, the bill of materials (BOMs) is a critical product information record for both the engineering and manufacturing teams. Managing BOMs with the wrong tools can cause product errors, delays and compliance failures.

by Arena Solutions

This eBook identifies business considerations that may impact your decision-making process, the risks and benefits for each choice, and tips for making your chosen strategy work for you. With the tips and advice in this eBook, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) will be equipped for long-term success in manufacturing outsourcing.

by Arena Solutions

The medical device industry stands at the crossroads between innovation and increased regulation. The lack of formal Design History Files (DHF) and Device Master Records (DMR) is one of the most important reasons for issuing non-conformance directives to medical device makers. Luckily, effective Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, such as Arena BOMControl, can help to facilitate proper management of quality documentation, and ease the pains of the regulatory approval process while accelerating time to market.

by Aptean

The lack of good supply chain coordination can lead to frequent changes in production schedules, expedited transfers and shipments in distribution, excessive stock-outs, erratic levels of customer service, lack of visibility into future demand, and inventory in the wrong place and at the wrong time. This whitepaper reviews the supply chain function, inventory policy, production planning, and integration with ERP systems.


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