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Manufacturing operations management merges ERP and MES

As integrated manufacturing systems evolve, a new term -- manufacturing operations management -- signifies the merger of ERP and MES.


User-friendly BI tools improve ERP analytics

Democratized BI tools within ERP application suites promise to finally make ERP analytics a reality.


KPIs: More is not necessarily better

Don't overdo KPIs -- a handful should be enough to capture the essence. Any more than that dilutes the user's attention, drawing focus away from key measurements.

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To transform supply chains, meld lean, sustainability strategies

Some manufacturers are expanding lean and sustainability strategies to the supply chain to reduce waste and bolster efficiencies, but extending these practices outside a company's four walls won't be easy.

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    The emerging role of smart machines

    Machine intelligence isn't a new concept, but now it's becoming less science fiction and more of a reality. Companies should understand and prepare for the growing role of smart machines in IT and business operations.

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    New 4-D printing gets itself together

    And you thought 3-D printing was avant-garde? Get a load of this one-upper: The 4-D process prints parts that can assemble or repair themselves. That is, in theory.

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    Is Infor Xi too cloudy for users?

    Infor rolls out Infor Xi and four new cloud applications at Inforum 2014, but users are unsure how -- or whether -- to move off their ERPs.

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