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  • Implementing two-tier ERP with manufacturing in mind

    Manufacturers that need to extend their ERP systems to remote locations are considering smaller, lightweight ERP suites as an alternative. With a two-tier ERP system, organizations can consolidate systems and save money while increasing operational efficiency.

    This three-part guide examines the homework organizations need to do -- analyzing costs and benefits -- to make an effective, informed business case for two-tier ERP. First, SearchSAP's Todd Morrison explores the potential cost savings and deployment advantages of two-tier systems -- it will shed light on why the manufacturing industry is so bent on it. Next, Morrison looks at the options available to organizations that have decided to go ahead and implement a second-tier system. It's important to determine the best fit, and there are three to choose from. Veteran IT journalist Lauren Gibbons Paul talks to industry insiders about process improvements available to organizations not quite ready to deploy a whole new ERP system.

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  • Compare business needs with the ERP choices available

    The risks of picking a bad ERP system or implementing it poorly are as significant as the opportunities for efficiency, collaboration and innovation that can come from finding the perfect system. And with today's ERP market boasting more choices than ever before, organizations don't have it easy.

    In this three-part guide, the ERP experts at Panorama Consulting Solutions tell readers how to choose wisely. They start simply: Keep your eyes open. Often, organizations fall victim to the marketing and publicity around larger vendors -- neglecting to explore smaller companies that, in Panorama's experience, are often a better fit. Next, they take a look at Software as a Service ERP systems. Compared with traditional, on-premises systems, software functionality delivered via the Internet -- as in SaaS and open source systems -- is an exciting trend in the ERP market. But while it might appeal to companies as a lower-cost alternative, there are some big risks involved. To close, they detail the seven factors they say are critical to any successful ERP implementation -- including whether your organization needs an ERP system at all.

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      • Multiple systems, new technologies add to ERP integration challenges

        Multiple software systems -- particularly, multiple enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems -- are a problem facing a surprising number of organizations today. There are some important downsides to having multiple systems at work, too: complexity, cost, inflexibility and lack of accurate data among them. What is an organization to do? Consolidate through integration.

        In this three-part guide, readers will take a comprehensive look at the myriad rules and repercussions integral to the success of any ERP integration project. To begin, Rajeev Ranjan, senior associate consultant at Infosys Limited, outlines the four factors that must be assessed before igniting any ERP consolidation plan: business process, user perspective, technology and cost. Next, we dig into the mobile and cloud computing technologies further complicating ERP processes today. While they alleviate many challenges with ERP integration, they prompt a host of new ones. Now that we have covered where ERP is today, we close with a look at where it might be tomorrow. Specifically, how the increasingly blurred line between ERP and supply chain management will influence future integration projects.

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      • Manage supply chain risks with the right technology

        With supply chain management processes expanded to cover the globe, manufacturing executives are hard-pressed to make sense of it all. In this three-part guide, veteran IT journalist Beth Stackpole and other industry observers discuss the key technologies for supply chain planning and execution -- the twin pillars of supply chain management (SCM) -- in today's global manufacturing world.

        First, readers will learn about software deployment options -- including business intelligence and transportation management capabilities -- in an increasingly integrated and interdependent supply chain. Next, we drill down on the actual act of deployment and the many factors manufacturers must consider to find the right SCM software for them. We close with a look at the long-established technologies -- such as bar codes and radio-frequency identification -- that continue to ensure supply management success, even among newer, flashier tools.

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      • Shop for midmarket ERP software that will boost the bottom line

        With an ever-increasing number of ERP vendors, searching for the right ERP software in today's market makes finding a needle in a haystack look easy. But it can be done. In fact, it's gaining real traction in the world of manufacturing. And, while cloud models like Software as a Service have historically been seen as the most feasible option for midsize companies, IT departments today are discovering a host of options -- everything from hosted ERP to public clouds.

        In this three-part guide, our editors go beyond the hype. First, readers will get one manufacturer's firsthand account of moving its ERP systems to the cloud -- and the benefits and challenges encountered on the way up. Next, analyst China Martens offers expert advice on the types of questions IT manufacturers need to be asking before making software buying decisions. Finally, readers will get a boost ahead of the competition with our curated list of the top ERP vendors.

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      • Navigate the e-procurement technology landscape

        E-sourcing and e-procurement technology have created new opportunities to save money, improve supplier performance -- even make better products. Called e-sourcing and e-procurement, the tools may very well help organizations change the way they buy the materials and goods they need. Online communities give manufacturers a comprehensive view of available suppliers, allowing them to see who is offering what and then negotiate deals. And vendors have been developing a whole range of new products with features like spend analytics, supplier performance management and contract lifecycle management.

        But though many manufacturers use basic e-sourcing tools for requests for proposals and auctions to cut sourcing costs and cycle times, most don't tap them for their full potential and thus are losing out on the real prizes: a clear return on investment, better supplier relationships and innovative new products. In this three-part handbook, we look into the various new e-procurement and e-sourcing tools and their features. We talk to industry experts about the best ways to improve ROI, and we explore e-procurement strategies that are beneficial to both manufacturer and supplier.

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      • Do your homework before integrating software systems

        Many manufacturers want to circumvent the often long and arduous process of software systems integration by collecting new ERP, supply chain management and other business applications. This might work in the short term, but what does it mean in the long term? And when does a manufacturer integrate rather than add to its data systems? In this handbook, you’ll find information on when and why integration is key -- as well as advice on proper business strategies for integrating software systems.

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      • Machine-to-machine communications enliven warehouse management

        Manufacturers can find many uses for machine to machine technology outside their walls—from shipment tracking to remote diagnostics—but the technology can also bring split-second data visibility inside as well. This handbook gives an introduction to M2M technology and explains its uses in the warehouse, with strategies for selecting and implementing M2M for warehouse management and instructions on how to optimize the warehouse management potential of M2M investments.

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      • Best BI and analytics options for midmarket manufacturers

        BI is everywhere and it is becoming more affordable for even smaller midmarket manufacturers. As a matter of fact, it's actually becoming possible for this type of business to implement the same sort of BI that even the largest enterprises use. In the following e-handbook, learn how to get the same high-potency BI that the largest organizations use and most importantly, learn where and when to use BI without straining your IT staff.

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      • Compare business needs with the ERP choices available

        The risks of picking a bad ERP system or implementing it poorly are as significant as the opportunities for efficiency, collaboration and innovation that can come from finding the perfect system. And with today's ERP market boasting more choices than ever before, organizations don't have it easy.

        In this three-part guide, the ERP experts at Panorama Consulting Solutions tell readers how to choose wisely. They start simply: Keep your eyes open. Often, organizations fall victim to the marketing and publicity around larger vendors -- neglecting to explore smaller companies that, in Panorama's experience, are often a better fit. Next, they take a look at Software as a Service ERP systems. Compared with traditional, on-premises systems, software functionality delivered via the Internet -- as in SaaS and open source systems -- is an exciting trend in the ERP market. But while it might appeal to companies as a lower-cost alternative, there are some big risks involved. To close, they detail the seven factors they say are critical to any successful ERP implementation -- including whether your organization needs an ERP system at all.

        View E-Handbook
      • Shop for midmarket ERP software that will boost the bottom line

        With an ever-increasing number of ERP vendors, searching for the right ERP software in today's market makes finding a needle in a haystack look easy. But it can be done. In fact, it's gaining real traction in the world of manufacturing. And, while cloud models like Software as a Service have historically been seen as the most feasible option for midsize companies, IT departments today are discovering a host of options -- everything from hosted ERP to public clouds.

        In this three-part guide, our editors go beyond the hype. First, readers will get one manufacturer's firsthand account of moving its ERP systems to the cloud -- and the benefits and challenges encountered on the way up. Next, analyst China Martens offers expert advice on the types of questions IT manufacturers need to be asking before making software buying decisions. Finally, readers will get a boost ahead of the competition with our curated list of the top ERP vendors.

        View E-Handbook
      • Do your homework before integrating software systems

        Many manufacturers want to circumvent the often long and arduous process of software systems integration by collecting new ERP, supply chain management and other business applications. This might work in the short term, but what does it mean in the long term? And when does a manufacturer integrate rather than add to its data systems? In this handbook, you’ll find information on when and why integration is key -- as well as advice on proper business strategies for integrating software systems.

        View E-Handbook
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      • Machine-to-machine communications enliven warehouse management

        Manufacturers can find many uses for machine to machine technology outside their walls—from shipment tracking to remote diagnostics—but the technology can also bring split-second data visibility inside as well. This handbook gives an introduction to M2M technology and explains its uses in the warehouse, with strategies for selecting and implementing M2M for warehouse management and instructions on how to optimize the warehouse management potential of M2M investments.

        View E-Handbook
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      • Navigate the e-procurement technology landscape

        E-sourcing and e-procurement technology have created new opportunities to save money, improve supplier performance -- even make better products. Called e-sourcing and e-procurement, the tools may very well help organizations change the way they buy the materials and goods they need. Online communities give manufacturers a comprehensive view of available suppliers, allowing them to see who is offering what and then negotiate deals. And vendors have been developing a whole range of new products with features like spend analytics, supplier performance management and contract lifecycle management.

        But though many manufacturers use basic e-sourcing tools for requests for proposals and auctions to cut sourcing costs and cycle times, most don't tap them for their full potential and thus are losing out on the real prizes: a clear return on investment, better supplier relationships and innovative new products. In this three-part handbook, we look into the various new e-procurement and e-sourcing tools and their features. We talk to industry experts about the best ways to improve ROI, and we explore e-procurement strategies that are beneficial to both manufacturer and supplier.

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      • Manage supply chain risks with the right technology

        With supply chain management processes expanded to cover the globe, manufacturing executives are hard-pressed to make sense of it all. In this three-part guide, veteran IT journalist Beth Stackpole and other industry observers discuss the key technologies for supply chain planning and execution -- the twin pillars of supply chain management (SCM) -- in today's global manufacturing world.

        First, readers will learn about software deployment options -- including business intelligence and transportation management capabilities -- in an increasingly integrated and interdependent supply chain. Next, we drill down on the actual act of deployment and the many factors manufacturers must consider to find the right SCM software for them. We close with a look at the long-established technologies -- such as bar codes and radio-frequency identification -- that continue to ensure supply management success, even among newer, flashier tools.

        View E-Handbook
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      • Implementing two-tier ERP with manufacturing in mind

        Manufacturers that need to extend their ERP systems to remote locations are considering smaller, lightweight ERP suites as an alternative. With a two-tier ERP system, organizations can consolidate systems and save money while increasing operational efficiency.

        This three-part guide examines the homework organizations need to do -- analyzing costs and benefits -- to make an effective, informed business case for two-tier ERP. First, SearchSAP's Todd Morrison explores the potential cost savings and deployment advantages of two-tier systems -- it will shed light on why the manufacturing industry is so bent on it. Next, Morrison looks at the options available to organizations that have decided to go ahead and implement a second-tier system. It's important to determine the best fit, and there are three to choose from. Veteran IT journalist Lauren Gibbons Paul talks to industry insiders about process improvements available to organizations not quite ready to deploy a whole new ERP system.

        View E-Handbook
      • Multiple systems, new technologies add to ERP integration challenges

        Multiple software systems -- particularly, multiple enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems -- are a problem facing a surprising number of organizations today. There are some important downsides to having multiple systems at work, too: complexity, cost, inflexibility and lack of accurate data among them. What is an organization to do? Consolidate through integration.

        In this three-part guide, readers will take a comprehensive look at the myriad rules and repercussions integral to the success of any ERP integration project. To begin, Rajeev Ranjan, senior associate consultant at Infosys Limited, outlines the four factors that must be assessed before igniting any ERP consolidation plan: business process, user perspective, technology and cost. Next, we dig into the mobile and cloud computing technologies further complicating ERP processes today. While they alleviate many challenges with ERP integration, they prompt a host of new ones. Now that we have covered where ERP is today, we close with a look at where it might be tomorrow. Specifically, how the increasingly blurred line between ERP and supply chain management will influence future integration projects.

        View E-Handbook
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      • Identification options for supply chain management

        Supply chain tracking is an obvious manufacturing necessity -- having a handle on where your products are at any given time is crucial to ensuring the quality of your services. But there are several options available under the AIDC (automatic identification and data capture) umbrella. In this expert handbook, discover the benefits and drawbacks of three main AIDC technologies: bar codes, RFID, and GPS tracking systems. See which technology best suits your manufacturing needs according to expert analysis of each system. Get the latest information on supply chain management and more in this guide.

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