IDC Manufacturing Insights recently conducted on behalf of Infor and IBM a worldwide study of over 700 small and medium-sized enterprises in the discrete manufacturing industry across four sectors and in eight countries. We discovered that for European and North American manufacturers achieving operational excellence has become more complex, the pressure to reduce costs and improve productivity as ever top priorities, and perfecting the customer experience from bid to fulfillment a critical business need.
It’s never easy to adopt new enterprise technology. It is important to understand the value that the technology brings to each department and the enterprise as a whole. Enterprise applications that complement each other like PLM and ERP play a key role in supporting and improving product development and achieving bottom line operational benefits. Recognizing the distinctive features offered by ERP and PLM as well as the benefits of creating an integrated environment will help manufacturers maintain their competitive edge. Adoption of a PLM system to work in conjunction with ERP greatly enhances a manufacturer’s product development performance. The result is the ability to deliver higher quality products in less time and maintain a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
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Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems can seem like giant beasts when you realize how integrated they can be with nearly every function in your business. From the Sales and Quoting process through Material Planning, Procurement, Scheduling, Shop Floor Control, Quality Management, Outside Services, Shipping & Logistics, Customer Service, Finance and Human Resource Management, an integrated system can be tied into nearly every function.This FREE research brief will help you understand how the functions link together, simplify the complexity of the many ERP features available and highlight where you can realize the most value.
Which ERP solution best fits your unique business situation? Focus has the answers with our in-depth comparison of the top 17 ERP solutions, including offerings from Oracle, SAP, Sage, Epicor, Netsuite, IFS and Microsoft. Whether you’re just looking for basic features such as accounting, CRM, finance and HR or need a robust solution with a full suite of add-on modules for your company, you’ll be able to evaluate the appropriate vendors with this guide.This FREE comparison guide lets you compare important features and functions side by side, including:• Basic features such as inventory management, CRM, financial management and HR• Intermediate features like e-commerce tools• Advanced features including business intelligence and supply chain management• Deployment• CostsPlus many, many more. Download your free Comparison Guide now!
This paper defines the SaaS model, and describes the short-term and long-term benefits the model delivers when implemented within the manufacturing enterprise.
Project Based Solutions (PBS) is a new type of ERP for complex, engineer-to-order companies and companies facing rapid change. And these days, most companies do face change and their legacy ERP systems strain to keep up. Is PBS a better choice for you than traditional ERP.
When high maintenance or frequent replacement of drive components becomes the norm, it’s time to reassess your drive design. Replacing older drive technologies, such as roller chain or gears, with a synchronous belt system offers a way for your equipment
The sheer amount of information available in today's business climate can be a double-edge sword. This TEC white paper takes an informative look at how small businesses and midsize companies can develop ways to access the right information at the right time in order to make better, faster decisions – without getting bogged down or delayed.
In this paper, we consider the business advantages of moving to a Software as a Service (SaaS) model for improving business operations, and to better meet the challenges of growth, competition and regulatory compliance faced by small-to midsize businesses.
In this paper we discuss the relevant criteria for evaluation of SaaS solutions targeting small-to-midsize businesses, and we raise the key questions that should be asked. It is important to ensure that the qualities of the SaaS solution will align well the business requirements and be sufficiently adaptable to meet the needs of change and growth. We also provide an evaluation template for small-to-midsize business executives to use in conducting an evaluation of a SaaS solution.
Software as a Service can provide lower-cost, efficient choices for building, testing, and deploying certain applications and software services, and it offers new go-to-market choices over traditional managed services. For smaller organizations, SaaS is particularly appealing because it allows customers to pay for what they use and deploy applications quickly with less in-house staff and fewer related costs.
Comparing the Total Cost of Ownership of SME On-Premises Business Management Applications and SAP Business By DesignSeptember 30, 2010 8:12 am | by SAP | Comments
Read how SAP Business ByDesign delivered on-demand compares to other equivalent on-premise applications. IDC provides its analysis of the lifetime cost of ownership for a typical on-premise SME business management system and compares it to the cost of running SAP Business ByDesign.
Firms almost always consider software-as-a-service (SaaS) as a cost-advantage over on-premise in the short run due to its quick implementation times and pay-as-you-go pricing. But many firms question the long-term value of SaaS, wondering if the rent-versus-own model necessarily has a cost crossover point and if so, when? As SaaS continues to move into a broader range of applications and into larger, more strategic deployments, Forrester examined client decisions across a range of SaaS solution areas and found that firms obtain long-term value with SaaS solutions.
While firms have used different business strategies to insulate themselves from the effect of change, CEOs are beginning to recognize the need for their firms to become more agile in detecting and making the changes to strategy, operations, and products. Turning agility from a buzzword into a business capability requires firms to measure and manage their ability to change — and agree on what agility means specifically for their enterprise.
Read this report from Aberdeen to discover their findings about the benefits of an implementing an ERP system. Companies which are growing and improving performance have often invested in an ERP system that will grow with them. An ERP system can help small and mid-size businesses develop a balance between their business drivers, growth and customer service.
This Axis Analyst Insight presents vendor-specific highlights from the ERP in Manufacturing Aberdeen AXIS™ published in June 2009 and focuses specifically on SAP Small to Medium-size Enterprise (SME) offerings. With ist dominant market share, it was not surprising to find SAP to be "market ready", but it is a bit surprising to see where its SME products are landing.
At Sapphire 2009, SAP showcased about a dozen Business ByDesign Customers, some brand new and some I had met a year ago, along with a test-drive area that allowed customers and analysts to touch and feel, and take a guided tour of the product. Not being one that is easily led, this analyst went a bit off-road in the test drive. While the data might not have been real, I left convinced that the application behind it was.
Operate your business more effectively by driving faster, smarter decisions, applying better control over costs, minimize risk and liability, and anticipate change. SAP Business ByDesign helps you automate business processes, streamline administrative tasks, and proactively deliver role-based information to employees.
Is your manufacturing sustainability strategy based on continuous improvement? Manufacturers that isolate environmental compliance initiatives may be missing a larger opportunity to yield significant operational savings. This paper discusses the advantage of a planned approach that balances environmental and operational metrics, which can uncover the underlying forces of energy and resource consumption to help minimize waste and related costs—proving that “Green is Green.”